The Most Expensive TV-Shows of All Time

Netflix and chill, right? Or maybe it’s either HBO Now or HBO Go or maybe AMC?

As more and more people are watching TV shows on streaming services or cable TV, as the phenomenon of Game of Thrones urges show runners to ask for bigger budgets than ever before, this begs a question: how expensive are TV Shows nowadays?

Is $15 million dollars per episode for the eight season of GoT a lot?

Let’s find out. Here are the top most expensive TV shows of all time.

The Crown: The first season of Netflix’s royal drama cost a rumored $141 million, which breaks down to $14.1 million for each of its ten episodes.

ER: NBC’s medical drama racked up a $13 million price tag per episode during one stretch in its long run before eventually cutting back on costs.

Friends and The Big Bang Theory: Friends‘ last season cost $10 million per episode because each of the show’s main cast members demanded a $1 million per episode fee. Big Bang now costs the same because that show’s main cast held out for a similar deal.

Sense8 and Rome: Netflix’s series cost $9 million per episode because it was shot all over the world, while HBO’s show cost that much because of its lavish sets and expensive costumes.

Crazy numbers, right?

Well, it gets even better. Or worse.

J.J. Abrams’ pilot for Lost cost somewhere between $10 and $14 million, while Terra Nova‘s two-hour pilot cost a bit more than that. But it’s Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire who cost a whooping $18 million for the pilot episode which takes the crown for the single most expensive hour of TV.

5 thoughts on “The Most Expensive TV-Shows of All Time

  1. They are pricing themselves out of the market. Worse, a growing number are going behind various paywalls which are starting to outpace cable in terms of how much you would spend to join each paywall to see the shows you want to watch.

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