Behind the Billions

Behind the Billions Podcast

Brian Koppelman and David Levien give a behind-the-scenes look into Billions, Season 5. Following each episode's airing on Showtime, the podcast will unpack the writing of the script, exclusive stories from production, the ideas behind the music cues, and much more. The 12-episode podcast season will also include interviews with cast and crew members as well as bonus podcast episodes devoted to inside stories from Billions.

"The Limitless Sh*t," Season 5, Episode 7 With David Costabile
Before getting into "The Limitless Sh*t," Episode 7 of 'Billions' Season 5, cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss the concept of high-end mental-performance-enhancing drugs; the difficult editing required to pivot into a midseason finale; crew superstars, including the line producer, key grip, and gaffer; obscure references; guest cast; and more (0:05). They next speak with actor-director David Costabile, who plays Mike Wagner, about directing as well as acting in Episode 7, figuring out who W...

"The Nordic Model," Season 5, Episode 6 with Stephen Kunken
Before getting into "The Nordic Model," S5E6 of 'Billions,' cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss the real billionaire art community, this episode's director Shaz Bennett, script-to-screen changes in location, the show's stellar sound department, revealing the layers of Chuck Rhodes Sr., a laundry list of obscure references, guest cast performances and more (0:50). They next speak with actor Stephen Kunken, who plays Ari Spyros, about joining the show as a guest star in the pilot episode, the ...

"Contract," Season 5, Episode 5 With Eva Victor
Before getting into "Contract," S5E5 of 'Billions,' cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss diving into Bobby Axelrod's childhood; the greatness of the episode's director, Adam Bernstein; and the costume and wardrobe department's effect on the show; they also explain some obscure references and shout-out some guest-cast performances (0:30). They next speak with actress, writer, and comedian Eva Victor about her signature style-satire videos; the dynamic relationship between her character, Rian, ...


"Opportunity Zone," Season 5, Episode 4, With Maggie Siff | Behind the Billions
Before diving into S5E4, "Opportunity Zone," 'Billions' cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss the challenges of filming the opening scene of Episode 4, having Daymond John of "Shark Tank" on the show and the insight he provided, Dominique Wilkins set stories, listener questions, obscure references, and more (0:45). Then they talk with actress Maggie Siff about her coaching scene with Frank Grillo's character, Nico Tanner, auditioning for the part of Wendy Rhodes, the toughest scenes to play as...

"Beg, Bribe, Bully," Season 5 Episode 3 With Ben Mezrich | Behind the Billions
Before diving into S5E3, "Beg, Bribe, Bully," 'Billions' cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss real-life examples of billionaire feuds, script-to-screen changes, a stellar performance from the assistant director, guest cast members, obscure references, and more (0:40). Then they talk with author Ben Mezrich about his time in the writers' room as consulting producer for Season 5 of 'Billions' (32:44)....

“The Chris Rock Test” Season 5, Episode 2 With Corey Stoll | Behind The Billions
Before diving into S5E2, “The Chris Rock Test,” 'Billions' cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss some parallels between ‘Billions’ and real-life billionaire behavior as well as how the location manager and prop master truly shined in Season 5's second episode (0:30). Then they talk to Corey Stoll, who plays Michael Prince, about his character, joining an already established show, learning from his castmates, filming at Mohonk Mountain House, and more (36:40)....


"The New Decas" Season 5, Episode 1 With Becky Lynch | Behind the Billions
'Billions' cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss the show returning for its fifth season, what a showrunner really does, the importance of season openers, and Episode 1 of Season 5 of 'Billions,' "The New Decas" (0:20), before talking to "The Man" Becky Lynch about her cameo in Episode 1 (32:20)....

Introducing 'Behind the Billions'
Brian Koppelman and David Levien give a behind-the-scenes look into 'Billions,' Season 5. After each episode's airing on Showtime, the podcast will unpack the writing of the script, exclusive stories from production, the ideas behind the music cues, and much more. The 12-episode podcast season will also include interviews with cast and crew members as well as bonus podcast episodes devoted to inside stories from 'Billions.' Hosts: Brian Koppelman and David Levien...

‘GLOW,’ Season 3 | The Recappables
We break down ‘GLOW’ Season 3 by diving deep on Episode 6, “Outward Bound.” We talk about why we love the show, the ongoing conflict between Ruth and Debbie, and how ‘GLOW’ handles wrestling stereotypes. Hosts: Alison Herman and Michael Baumann...


'The End of Evangelion' | Sound Only
Finally, we discuss 'The End of Evangelion' in comparison with the TV series finale and the modern temptation to discount the show’s characters and sexuality as “problematic.” Episodes discussed: 27 - 28 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters...


‘Stranger Things,’ Season 3, Episodes 1-3 | The Recappables
We break down episodes 1 through 3 of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3, offering our thoughts on the Russians, the Mind Flayer, Hopper’s dad-bod, characters we ship, our favorite musical cues, and, of course, ’80s nostalgia. Hosts: Alison Herman, Miles Surrey...

Kaworu Nagisa | Sound Only
We discuss the final episodes of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ which introduce the final pilot as well as the final Angel before ending the series on a cathartic if bewildering final note. (Don’t worry, we’ll cover ‘The End of Evangelion’ in the sixth and final episode of 'Sound Only.') Episodes discussed: 22-26 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters...

Toji Suzuhara | Sound Only
We discuss episodes 15 through 21 of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ which puts Toji in the cockpit of the brand-new Unit-03. Meanwhile, Kaji leads a dangerous investigation of NERV, the Angel in Terminal Dogma, and the real cause of Second Impact. Episodes discussed: 15 - 21 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters...


Asuka Langley Soryu | Sound Only
We discuss episodes 8 through 14 of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ which introduce us to Asuka Langley Soryu, the hot-headed pilot of Unit-02, and which also begin to grapple with the intriguing backstories for Misato, Ritsuko, and Kaji. Episodes covered: 8 - 14 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters...

Rei Ayanami | Sound Only
We talk about the arrival of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ on Netflix and the changes that accompanied the new release (00:00) before breaking down episodes three through seven, which introduce us to Rei Ayanami, the pilot of Evangelion Unit-00 (08:42). Episodes covered: 3 - 7 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters...

Who Is Shinji? What Is Eva? | Sound Only
In the first episode of our six-part miniseries on the 1995 classic ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ we break down the context of the show, explain its importance and impact in both anime and the TV canon, and discuss the show's main character, Shinji Ikari (00:00). Then we analyze the first two episodes, “Angel Attack” and “The Beast” (32:43). Episodes covered: 1 - 2 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters...


‘Billions,’ S4E12: “Extreme Sandbox” | The Recappables
We discuss the 12th and final episode of ‘Billions’ Season 4: “Extreme Sandbox.” We break down Axe’s acquisition of Taylor back under Axe Cap, Connerty’s fall from grace, and make predictions for what's in store next season. Hosts: Alison Herman, Kate Knibbs Unbury the Hatchet: How Competitive Ax-Throwing Went From a Canadian Fad to a Global Pastime...

‘Billions,’ S4E11: “Lamster” | The Recappables
We discuss the 11th episode of ‘Billions’ Season 4: “Lamster.” We break down Wendy’s change of heart during her medical license hearing, Axe’s intervention by the hands of his own staff, Rebecca’s deal with Taylor, and Connerty’s breaking of the law in order to close in on Chuck. Hosts: Alison Herman, Miles Surrey...

‘Billions,’ S4E10: “New Year’s Day” | The Recappables
We discuss the tenth episode of ‘Billions’ Season 4: “New Year’s Day.” We break down Wendy’s fight to keep her medical license, Axe’s painting problem, Taylor’s new romance, and Wags’s cuddling session. Hosts: Alison Herman, Kate Knibbs Wendy Rhoades Is the Most Villainous Villain on ‘Billions’ Billions Star David Costabile Isn’t "That Guy" Anymore...


'Killing Eve,' S2E8: "You're Mine" | The Recappables
The final episode of Season 2 is basically an hour of Eve having a panic attack (3:27). Carolyn reveals that she was manipulating Eve in typical Carolyn fashion (5:37), and there are some amazing Rome location shots (25:41). Plus, a final edition of “Jodie Comer Can” (29:41) and our favorite outfits from the season (32:04). Hosts: Alison Herman and Kate Halliwell...

‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E6: “The Iron Throne” | The Recappables
The Ringer’s Zach Kram and Riley McAtee break down everything from the finale of the biggest show on television, discussing winners and losers, picking nits, and reminiscing on what made ‘Game of Thrones’ so great in the first place. Hosts: Zach Kram, Riley McAtee...

'Killing Eve,' S2E7: "Wide Awake" | The Recappables
In the penultimate episode of Season 2, we see Villanelle crush two pasta dishes in a row to get an invite to Rome (1:53), Eve have a conference call threesome with her coworker (16:52), and some European decor inspiration (19:07). Plus, predictions for the season finale (38:57). Hosts: Alison Herman and Kate Halliwell...


‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E6 | The Precappables
The Ringer’s Zach Kram and Riley McAtee prognosticate on what could happen in Season 8, Episode 6 of ‘Game of Thrones.’ They break down the teaser for the final episode (01:40), theorize who will sit on the Iron Throne (19:00), and offer their key players in the episode (36:53) before predicting what will happen next (40:41)....

‘Barry’: Season 2 | The Recappables
We break down everything from Season 2 of ‘Barry’ and discuss our favorite episodes, moments, and quotes from the season before offering predictions and insights into the Season 2 finale and Season 3 (slight spoiler warning!). Hosts: Donnie Kwak, Chris Almeida, Miles Surrey, Kate Knibbs...

'Killing Eve,' S2E6: "I Hope You Like Missionary!" | The Recappables
Eve and Niko's relationship has finally reached its breaking point and apparently Eve has never heard of breakup sex (2:36). MI-6 enlists Villanelle to get closer to Aaron Peele's sister and she dons an American persona to do so (18:25). And why do Carolyn's best lines always revolve around rodents (31:46)? Hosts: Alison Herman and Kate Halliwell...


‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E5 | The Precappables
The Ringer’s Zach Kram and Riley McAtee theorize and prognosticate on what could happen in Season 8, Episode 5 of ‘Game of Thrones.’ They break down the teaser for the upcoming episode (01:22) and make predictions for what they think will happen (12:30) before discussing theories and answering questions from listeners (20:28). Host: Zach Kram, Riley McAtee...

'Killing Eve,' S2E5: "Smell Ya Later" | The Recappables
Villanelle and Eve come to face to face for the first time this season after Eve orders a hit on herself (2:16). In a parallel to the first season, they have another sexually charged meeting in Eve's kitchen (20:34). Villanelle dresses like only Villanelle can for the occasion (26:47). Plus, our favorite quotes of the episode (32:22). Hosts: Alison Herman and Kate Halliwell...

‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E4 | The Precappables
The Ringer’s Zach Kram and Riley McAtee theorize and prognosticate on what could happen in Season 8, Episode 4 of ‘Game of Thrones.’ They break down the teaser for the upcoming episode (01:24), discuss what fate lies ahead for Cersei based on The Valonqar prophecy (21:57), and talk about the key players (34:34). Finally, they each give their predictions for what’s to come (40:49). Host: Zach Kram, Riley McAtee...


‘Cobra Kai’: Season 2 | The Recappables
We break down everything from Season 2 of ‘Cobra Kai,’ handing out awards for MVP, LVP, Most 2019 Moment, and much more. Hosts: Donnie Kwak, Miles Surrey, Chris Almeida...

‘Billions,’ S4E7: “Infinite Game” | The Recappables
The Ringer’s Alison Herman and Paolo Uggetti discuss the seventh episode of ‘Billions’ Season 4: “Infinite Game.” They break down Chuck’s pet problem and Wendy and Axe’s attack on Taylor and the difficult decision they have to make because of it. Host: Alison Herman, Paolo Uggetti...

'Killing Eve,' S2E4: "Desperate Times" | The Recappables
Eve's work-life balance continues to deteriorate, but she does manage to find "The Ghost" (7:41). Villanelle tries to get over Eve by going on a drug-fueled bender (19:21) and looks fabulous while doing so (24:08). Plus, awards for quote of the week (28:07). Hosts: Kate Halliwell and Alison Herman...


‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E3 | The Precappables
The Ringer’s Zach Kram and Riley McAtee theorize and prognosticate on what could happen in Season 8, Episode 3 of ‘Game of Thrones.’ They break down the teaser for the upcoming episode (01:27), discuss whether Bran knows more about the Night King than he’s letting on (19:23), and talk about the key players (28:30). Finally, they break down the remaining characters' chances of survival (32:41)....

'Killing Eve,' S2E3: "The Hungry Caterpillar" | The Recappables
Eve and Villanelle continue to circle each other as Villanelle works on getting her mojo back (2:56). It's probably telling that we're just now learning what Eve's husband Niko does (5:20). If you're wearing counterfeit fashion, Villanelle will come for you (15:09), and 'Fit of the Week' makes a triumphant return (24:00). Hosts: Kate Halliwell and Alison Herman...

‘Game of Thrones’, S8E2 | The Precappables
The Ringer’s Zach Kram and Riley McAtee theorize and prognosticate on what could happen in Season 8, Episode 2 of ‘Game of Thrones’. They break down the teaser for the upcoming episode (01:22), discuss Daenerys’s dragons in the North (20:49), and talk about the key players ahead of the Battle of Winterfell (33:40). Finally, they give their predictions for what they expect to happen in the upcoming episode (41:39)....


'Killing Eve,' S2E2: "Nice and Neat" | The Recappables
Eve has some new coworkers and there could be a new female assassin (2:07). Villanelle is still healing from her stab wound and doesn't pick the best place to take refuge (17:15). Plus: our favorite outfits (23:56) and quotes of the week (25:27). Hosts: Alison Herman and Kate Halliwell...

‘Game of Thrones’, S8E1 | The Precappables
With the Season 8 premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’ fast approaching, The Ringer’s Zach Kram and Riley McAtee theorize and prognosticate on what could happen next. They discuss past season premieres (1:32), their theory of the week (18:35), and who the key to the first episode is (30:57). They wrap up with some predictions (38:12). Hosts: Zach Kram, Riley McAtee...

'The Bold Type,' S3E1: "The New Normal" | The Recappables
The Ringer's Amanda Dobbins and Juliet Litman explain their love for Freeform's 'The Bold Type' (1:03). Season 3 kicks off with Jane battling the new head of "the dot com" (16:53), Kat dealing with the fall out from her breakup with Adena (31:48), and Sutton trying to decide whether she should move in with her boyfriend Richard. We also award MVP of the episode (33:51) and pick some nits with how the show portrays the media industry (37:00). Hosts: Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins...


‘Billions,’ S4E4: “Overton Window” | The Recappables
The Ringer’s Alison Herman and Miles Surrey discuss the fourth episode of ‘Billions’ Season 4: “Overton Window”. They breakdown Chuck’s big speech, the implications it has on his and Wendy’s relationship going forward, and Chuck and Axe’s relatively peaceful alliance (so far). Hosts: Alison Herman, Miles Surrey...

'Killing Eve', S2E1: "Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body" | The Recappables
The Season 2 premiere of 'Killing Eve' kicks off just 30 seconds after the finale. Eve is in the middle of a mental breakdown and working on her work-life balance (3:44), Jodie Comer is in the hospital with a stab wound (10:17), and Carolyn is still being Carolyn (21:22). Hosts: Kate Halliwell and Alison Herman...

'Killing Eve': Season 1 | The Recappables
Ahead of the Season 2 premiere of 'Killing Eve,' we explain why the show is so important to us (4:11), talk about our favorite looks (11:10) and one-liners from the season (18:03), and name some characters to watch in Season 2 (27:36). Hosts: Alison Herman and Kate Halliwell Read Kate's interview with Phoebe De Gaye here....


‘Billions,’ S4E1: “Chucky Rhoades’s Greatest Game” | The Recappables
The Ringer’s Alison Herman and Miles Surrey break down the first episode of ‘Billions’ Season 4: “Chucky Rhoades’s Greatest Game.” They discuss Chuck attempting to drum up good will after being ousted as attorney general and the ongoing battle between Axe Capital and Taylor Mason Capital. Hosts: Alison Herman, Miles Surrey...

What Is Hoyt’s Role in the Crime? | Recappables: True Detective (Ep. 7)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion investigate the seventh episode of ‘True Detective’ Season 3: “The Final Country.” Our detectives break down the plot, examine the characters, and analyze real-life crimes that resemble the one on the show. With one episode remaining, Chris and Jason detail the questions that are still unanswered and give their theories on what we can expect for the season finale. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion...


‘Abducted in Plain Sight’ | The Recappables
The Ringer’s Alison Herman and Claire McNear analyze the kidnappings, interviews, and most unbelievable moments of ‘Abducted in Plain Sight,’ the latest true-crime documentary from Netflix.   Hosts: Alison Herman and Claire McNear...

How Many Crimes Were There? | The Recappables: True Detective (Ep. 6)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion investigate the sixth episode of ‘True Detective’ Season 3: “Hunters in the Dark.” Our detectives break down the plot, examine the characters, and analyze the context around the show’s time period. With only two episodes remaining, Chris and Jason detail the questions that are still unanswered and give their theories on what we can expect for the final two episodes. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion...

Where Is the Pink Room? | Recappables: True Detective (Ep. 5)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion investigate the fifth episode of ‘True Detective’ Season 3: “If You Have Ghosts.” Our detectives break down the plot, examine the characters, and analyze the context around the show’s time period. Chris and Jason further explore the real-life crimes that resemble the crime happening on the show. Finally, with the release of the teaser trailer for the upcoming episodes of the season, our detectives fully dive into conspiracy corner to figure out how the rest of th...


What Does Lucy Purcell Know? | The Recappables: True Detective (Ep. 4)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion investigate the fourth episode of ‘True Detective’ Season 3: “The Hour and the Day.” Our detectives break down the plot, examine the characters, and analyze the context around the show’s time period. Chris and Jason further explore the real-life crimes that resemble the crime happening on the show. Finally, our detectives head to the conspiracy corner where they break down the theories surrounding the show. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion...

Where Is Julie Purcell? | The Recappables: True Detective (Ep. 3)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion investigate the third episode of ‘True Detective’ Season 3: “The Big Never.” Our detectives break down the plot, examine the characters, and analyze the context around the show’s time period. Chris and Jason further explore the real-life crimes that resemble the crime happening on the show. At the end, they dive into some theories surrounding the case. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion...


‘Insecure,’ S3E1: “Better-Like” | The Recappables
Ringer staff writers Micah Peters and Alison Herman are joined by comedian and writer Travon Free to break down the Season 3 premiere of ‘Insecure.’ The trio hand out their awards for the episode’s worst decision (1:35), best music cue (8:00), most and least valuable players (15:00), and the most clueless white person (28:30)....

‘Succession,’ S1E10: “Nobody Is Ever Missing” | The Recappables
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with staff writer Justin Charity to discuss the jarring events of the season's final episode (1:00), its most lasting moments (17:30), and who should be crowned the winner of the episode (21:20). Then, Fennessey is joined by an array of Ringer staffers to debate who deserves the MVP award for the first season (24:30)....


'The Office' S4E9: "Dinner Party" | Best TV Episodes of the 21st Century
In honor of The Ringer's list of 100 best TV episodes of the 21st century, Amanda Dobbins, Shea Serrano, and Jason Gallagher discuss this episode's MVPs (10:03), the most iconic moment (13:57), and Shea's new book, 'Conference Room, Five Minutes' (27:43). More from The Ringer: Visit besttv.theringer.com for the full list of 100 best TV episodes of the 21st century An Oral History of the Best ‘Breaking Bad’ Episode Ever What’s the Difference Between a Great TV Episode and a Great TV Moment? Get Shea Ser...

‘Lost,’ S4E5: “The Constant” | Best TV Episodes of the 21st Century
In honor of The Ringer’s list of 100 best TV episodes of the 21st century, Juliet Litman, Chris Ryan, and David Shoemaker revisit “The Constant” from the series ‘Lost.’ They discuss why this episode made the list (8:48), the lost art of fitting plot into an episode interrupted by commercials (30:34), and the lasting impact of ‘Lost’ (43:35)....


‘Succession,’ S1E9: “Pre-Nuptial” | The Recappables
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Jason Concepcion, and Katie Baker discuss which character won the episode (1:00) and how we saw a different side of the Roy family (18:45). Then they give their predictions for the finale (22:45) and more....

'Billions,’ S3E12: “Elmsley Count”
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin, Sean Fennessey, and Alison Herman get together over a foosball table and some red wine to celebrate the Season 3 finale of ‘Billions.’ They talk about Chuck’s downfall (6:54), the way Connerty and Taylor are becoming their former mentors (19:16), and their predictions for Season 4 (42:59)....

'Billions,’ S3E11: “Kompenso”
It’s comp day at Axe Capital! And also the second-to-last episode of the third season of 'Billions.' The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Mallory Rubin discuss Chuck Sr.’s sage advice to Taiga (4:54), Salt Bae’s cameo (40:08), and what the future of the series might look like (50:11)....


‘Billions,’ S3E10: “Redemption”
The Ringer’s Alison Herman and Miles Surrey connect to discuss that Ben Kim elevator scene (3:43), comparisons between Jock Jeffcoat and Rex Tillerson (9:53), and Maria Sharapova’s cameo (25:50)....

‘Billions’: S3E9, "Icebreaker"
The Ringer's Alison Herman and Miles Surrey discuss the introduction of John Malkovich's character, Russian oligarch Grigor Andolov (3:05); how art imitates life through Jock Jeffcoat (14:!3); and how Axe and Taylor's relationship continues to evolve (25:27). More from The Ringer: ‘Billions’ Superlatives: The Disappearance of Dollar Bill’s Dollar Bill Ari Spyros of ‘Billions’ Is the Most Brilliantly Hateable Character on TV...

‘Billions,’ S3E8: “All the Wilburys”
The Ringer’s Alison Herman and Chris Almeida link up to talk about Ari Spyros’s cringiest moments of the episode (17:06), the tense relationship between Axe and Taylor (10:42), and their MVPs and LVPs of the week (35:32)....


'Atlanta,' S2E11: "Crabs in a Barrel"
The Ringer's Amanda Dobbins, Alison Herman, and Micah Peters discuss the Season 2 finale of 'Atlanta' (4:17), the highlights of this season (24:13), and aspects of the season they wish had been different (37:49). More from The Ringer: The ‘Atlanta’ Season 2 Awards...

‘Billions,’ S3E7: “Not You, Mr. Dake”
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Alison Herman discuss this Very Chuck Episode (5:00), Wendy's unsubtle seduction technique (29:17), and the best pop culture references of the week (45:56)....

'Atlanta,' S2E10: "FUBU"
The Ringer's Amanda Dobbins, Andrew Gruttadaro, and Micah Peters take a trip down memory lane with this throwback episode. They discuss the heartbreaking twist (3:48), the best '90s moment (14:59), and what may be in store during next week's season finale (17:20). More from The Ringer: Subscribe to 'The Dave Chang Show'...


'Billions': S3E6, "The Third Ortolan"
The Ringer's Alison Herman and Miles Surrey discuss the significance of Chuck and Axe being on the same side (5:11), the most scarring food moments of the episode (7:32), and this week's MVPs (17:47). More from The Ringer: Read Miles' 'Billions' recaps here Subscribe to 'The Dave Chang Show'...

'Atlanta,' S2E9: "North of the Border"
The Ringer's Amanda Dobbins, Alison Herman, and Justin Charity discuss Pajama Jam (2:30), why Earn and Paper Boy's falling out was inevitable (14:13), and the episode's LVPs (38:33). More from The Ringer: Subscribe to 'The Dave Chang Show' Subscribe to 'Westworld: The Recappables'...

Introducing 'Westworld: The Recappables'
The Ringer's David Shoemaker introduces a brand-new podcast, which will cover Season 2 of HBO's 'Westworld.' Subscribe to the 'Westworld: The Recappables' feed here. Don't worry, we will continue our recaps of 'Atlanta' and 'Billions' in this feed! In this episode, David Shoemaker, Chris Ryan, and Danny Heifetz discuss the Season 2 premiere of 'Westworld' (1:38), the most shocking moment of the episode (22:39), and what new plot theories were created (37:07). More from The Ringer: ‘Westworld’ Begins S...


'Billions:' S3E5, "Flaw In The Death Star'
The Ringer's Sean Fennessey and Alison Herman discuss learning more about Taylor's life outside of Axe Capital (12:30), the best quotes from this episode (16:38), and why Dollar Bill is the Loser of the Week (26:37)....

'Atlanta' S2E8: "Woods"
The Ringer's Amanda Dobbins, Andrew Gruttadaro, and Justin Charity discuss Al's emotional journey through the woods (1:00), deer guts (4:32), and Brian Tyree Henry's Emmy-worthy performance (13:12)....

'Billions' S3E4: "Hell Of A Ride"
The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Mallory Rubin discuss how terrible Chuck is (1:55), why Taylor isn't as interesting this season (25:47), and the most scarring scene of the week (and maybe the year) featuring Chuck Sr. (37:05). More from The Ringer: 2018 NBA Playoff Mega-Preview With Ryen Russillo The Nature of Consciousness in ‘Westworld’ Season 1, Episodes 1-5...


'Atlanta:' S2E7, 'Champagne Papi'
The Ringer's Amanda Dobbins, Micah Peters, and Justin Charity discuss Van's drama-filled trip to Drake's New Year's Eve party (1:04), how we learned Darius is back to normal after last week (6:32), and this week's MVP (19:46). More from The Ringer: Drake Is Too Big to Fail The Familiar Unpredictability of ‘Atlanta’ Season 2...

'Billions' S3E3: “Generation Too Late”
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Sean Fennessey break down how Axe is flexing behind the scenes to stay in the game (9:48), this week's MVPs (24:06), and the line of the episode (42:06). You can find the official Ringer web store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop More from The Ringer: Subscribe to Sean Fennessey's podcast 'The Big Picture' Everything from Giant Week ahead of HBO's 'Andre the Giant' documentary premiere...

'Atlanta' S2E6, "Teddy Perkins"
The Ringer's Amanda Dobbins, Alison Herman, and Victor Luckerson discuss the main themes of this week's wild ride with Darius (1:37), the commentary Donald Glover may have been making about his own career (17:58), and the most unsettling moments of the episode (23:25). More from The Ringer: Ostrich Eggs, Attics, and a Michael Jackson Look-alike: ‘Atlanta’ Embraces Horror Giant Week You can find the official Ringer web store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop...


'Billions': S3E2, “The Wrong Maria Gonzalez”
The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Mallory Rubin discuss the introduction of the “Winkletech” twins (4:58), how on earth Wags was banned from Little League baseball for life (10:07), what's different about Taylor this season (18:35), and how Lara is still the absolute worst (26:12). You can find the official Ringer web store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop...

'Atlanta': S2E5, "Barbershop"
The Ringer's Amanda Dobbins, Chris Ryan, and Justin Charity discuss what happens when Al's barber takes him on a wild adventure (1:51), the best hustle of the episode (5:21), and how this season of the show continues to be different from anything else on television (12:40). You can find the official Ringer web store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop...

'Billions': S3E1 "Tie Goes to the Runner"
The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Mallory Rubin discuss where we left off since last season of 'Billions' (2:13), the most scarring scene of the Season 3 premiere (13:39), Axe's new bachelor lifestyle (21:27), and what they're looking forward to the most in next week's episode (31:58). More from The Ringer: 'The Bill Simmons Podcast': ‘Billions’ and ‘Rounders’ With Brian Koppelman 'Binge Mode': 'Billions' Season 1 'Binge Mode': 'Billions' Season 2...


‘Atlanta’ S2E4: "Helen"
The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins, Alison Herman, and Micah Peters take a trip to Oktoberfest with Van and Earn and discuss their extremely awkward relationship conversations (3:47), the most surreal moment of the episode (10:55), and the least valuable player of the week (17:35)....

'Atlanta' S2E3: "Money Bag Shawty"
Amanda Dobbins, Alison Herman, and Micah Peters discuss what happens when Earn and Paperboy finally get a major payday (1:42), the crew's failed attempts to stunt (12:51), and what happens when you try to drunkenly race Michael Vick in a parking lot (9:34). More from The Ringer: Music Biz Commentary From ‘Atlanta’ and Julian Casablancas ‘Collateral’ Is Essential—and Timely—TV ‘Jersey Shore’ Creator and Former ‘Bachelor’ Producer Discusses What Makes a Great Reality Show...

‘Atlanta’ S2E2: "Sportin' Waves"
The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins, Hannah Giorgis, and Justin Charity unpack the music industry tropes that pop up when Earn and Paperboy visit a streaming service that definitely isn't Spotify (11:18). They also discuss Tracy’s failed gift card scheme (8:19) and the most awkward robbery they’ve ever seen (18:30). More from The Ringer: ‘Atlanta’ Traces the Anxiety of Early Rap Stardom 'Damage Control': Will the Real Donald Glover Please Stand Up? 'The Watch': New TV Alert: ‘Atlanta,’ ‘McMafia,’ and ‘Looming T...


'Atlanta': S2E1 'Alligator Man'
The Ringer's Amanda Dobbins, K. Austin Collins, and Micah Peters discuss the Season 2 premiere of 'Atlanta' and hand out awards for the scenes they can't stop thinking about (4:22), the best guest star (10:40), and, of course, that alligator moment (15:40). More from The Ringer: The Surprising, Very Public Evolution of Donald Glover ‘Atlanta’ Season 2 Is Off to a Weird, Perfect Start 2018 Oscars coverage...

'Atlanta’: Season 1
The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins, Alison Herman, and Micah Peters discuss the award-winning first season of ‘Atlanta’ ahead of the Season 2 premiere. They give the award for the best episode (6:00), list their favorite guest stars (17:40) and what they’re looking forward to in Season 2 (32:29), and more. More from The Ringer: You Have to Take Donald Glover Seriously Now...

Introducing 'The Recappables'
'The Recappables' is a show that will bring you instant breakdowns of every episode of ‘Atlanta’ Season 2. Hosted by Ringer culture editor Amanda Dobbins and a rotating panel of Ringer staffers.'The Recappables' premieres on February 26 with a look back at the first season of 'Atlanta.'We'll be back every Thursday, starting March 1, with weekly recaps of 'Atlanta' Season 2....