Welcome to this directory of all the cultural references to appear in the scripts of the best show on TV, from the mainstream to the gloriously obscure to the absurdly arcane, searchable by episode, character or keyword. No, I can't believe I did this either.
If you're a true Billions fan – and, since you’re here, I’m going to assume you are – you will totally get why a crazy person would build this website. But in case you’re wondering there are a couple of reasons. First of all, Billions is an exceptionally good TV show, beautifully conceived and written, brilliantly acted by a first-class ensemble cast and brought to the screen with flair by an accomplished rosta of top-notch directorial talent.
The other thing is those aforementioned cultural allusions which pepper the dialogue throughout each episode and are a glimpse into the obsessions and preoccupations of the showrunners and writers. When I don't get one of these - often because I'm English and don't know the first thing about basketball or famous Ivy League colleges, or Philly Cheesesteaks - I want to know what the hell that's about.
So at some point I got to thinking somebody ought to collate these references; build a website, perhaps. Then I realised there was only one person perfectly placed, ideally qualified, obsessive-compulsive and insane enough to actually do it. Yup. That would be me.
It’s a labour of love but, man, it’s an incredible amount of work. So if you appreciate the time and effort it took, please kick in a few bucks to help pay for the hosting. Thanks! And enjoy.