Lack of Finance Shows?

It's currently closer to dawn than dusk where I am so please bear with me. Perhaps I have been watching too much "Designated Survivor" and "Young Pope" but is anyone else shocked and disappointed at the lack of GOOD finance shows. 

In essence, we have seen several finance-based movies, but there isn't a single series that stays on the finance-oriented track. Billions have that element for the first few seasons but have now divulged into a ridiculous and just too unrealistic show that I refuse to watch anymore. Then you take a look another attempt of that God awful garbage on Amazon Prime about IB that shall not go named

I think it would be really cool to have one following a Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, in the way House of Cards followed a senior politician. But instead of just seeking raw power, they are trying to solve (or perhaps cause) a looming economic crisis. Some episodes could be on trying to protect the independence of the central bank, others could be a heated argument in a monetary policy meeting. Obviously some realism would be lost (what show is perfectly in line with reality?), but I feel that something like that could have a niche fan base?

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Comments (18)

Sep 22, 2020 - 11:14am

People shit on that show but it wasn't awful imo. Also the whole first season is less than an hour

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  • Analyst 1 in Other
Sep 22, 2020 - 11:31am

Ah shit you get a SB for defending my comment (after some asshat monkey shat me) but I was being sarcastic. I thought the show was pretty awful. It felt very much like a first-year hardo undergrad's idea of what IB is like, based on what he heard from is 3rd-year cousin who interned at a regional boutique. I think the truth is that finance has become so much more regulated and scrutinized that it's pretty hard to commercially glamorize while keeping it "authentic". Gone are the Wolf of Wall St/Gordon Gecko larger-than-life stories because it's just hard to believe that they could happen today. Billions does a solid job IMO, and of course the Big Short was a great movie but it had the benefit of only needing to keep its audience for the 2-hour runtime. I just think it's hard to keep the average person feeling engaged in the character development of a group of bankers when so few people can relate to high finance. Words like "origination", "securitization", the concept and mechanics of shorting something, "WACC", and so many more terms would just require sooooo much expository dialogue and take away from the characters.

Sep 22, 2020 - 11:58am

There was a part in the show where there's some merger announcement on TV and the VP says something like "WOW that's gonna generate so much value for the shareholders" and it killed me partially because it's so dumb but also because I know people who say that kind of shit irl. I don't really care for authenticity because IB is lame just as a reality show about cops would be lame but it does get some aspects of the day-to-day right and it's funny at points. Not great but not terrible 5/10 show. On the other hand, if you want to see some actual cringe, just watch billions past season 2. 

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  • Analyst 1 in Other
Sep 22, 2020 - 12:03pm

LMAO funny you should say that about Billions, I only got through season 1 and maybe the first 3-4 episodes of Season 2. Glad to know I am not missing out on too much.

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Sep 22, 2020 - 5:34am

I don't know how you guys can work in finance and watch finance shows. Anything recreationally real estate /HGTV/whatever repulses me.

also Billions is rad first 2 seasons

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Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Sep 22, 2020 - 8:43am

Young Pope is fucking rad - and I say that as a Catholic. Here in Yurop, we have Bad Banks, which is... sometimes barely watchable, sometimes decently entertaining.

Sep 22, 2020 - 10:01am

You basically have two ways to make a finance show; making it "flashy"/sketchy, or make it realistic. 

Making is more "flashy", everything has to be pushed to extreme levels, which usually involves some financial crisis, fraud, laundering, or sketchy/"bro-y" people in finance to attract attention, which reflects bad on the industry.

If its too realistic, no one would watch. It's kind of the same when they do elections, how many people can tell you a candidates tax policy vs some scandal they did 20 years ago?

It's similar to shows about cops, how accurate do you think most of them are?

Sep 22, 2020 - 12:05pm

+sb for Young Pope shoutout. Jude law is hot af

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Oct 10, 2020 - 6:51pm
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others could be a heated argument in a monetary policy meeting.

Wow now that is some fucking enthralling TV show that every normie would binge-watch on Netflix

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