"Prestige TV is the defining art form of America right now, as the streaming wars offer up an endless array of shows that probe the intricacies of gender, sexuality, race, class and identity," says Allie Pape. "But for all it’s gained in thoughtful new voices and delicately drawn artistic masterworks, TV has lost one of its best categories, which I can only describe as 'Prestige Trash.'" Pape adds: "Given that, I’m a bit befuddled as to why Showtime’s Billions, the rare drama that’s equal parts prestige and popcorn, isn’t a megahit. Perhaps it’s because in an age of clearly drawn comic-book heroes and evildoers, it’s the rare show with the audacity to make nearly every one of its characters a villain. A Dynasty for the decade-long bull market, it’s lurid and pulpy, covering serious topics but disinclined to take itself too seriously — a combination that’s accidentally made it one of the more relevant depictions of our greed-fueled society."