There’s no doubt that there is a heck of a lot of money involved in television, from having to pay for sets, props and a hell of a lot of salaries, it is definitely not cheap (or easy!). So here are 6 of the most expensive TV shows ever produced…
6. Game of Thrones.
Cost: $6 million/episode.
This incredible and unbelievably popular show is based on the best-selling series by George R.R Martin. Like a lot of other popular TV shows, this mind-blowing budget isn’t actually because of the cast selection. From Alan Taylor and Brian Kirk, you would expect this to be an expensive bunch of actors, however, most of this huge budget was actually due to the beautiful and massive sets used as well as the elaborate shooting locations.
Giving the well-known story a more adult twist, Camelot was definitely not one to miss. Deciding to completely axe the series after just one season, Camelot was certainly more expensive that anyone had anticipated. Featuring a fantastic star-studded cast selection and being set amongst elaborate locations, it wasn’t going to be cheap.
4. Marco Polo.
Cost: $9 million/episode.
As we all already know, period dramas can be extremely costly to produce due to the extravagant costumes, detailed sets and many more other pricey resources. At $9 million an episode, this made Marco Polo one of Netflix’s most expensive titles to date. However, just like Camelot, they became way too expensive to produce and the series ended at Season 2.
Cost: $9 million/episode.
This fantastic historical drama, which ran from 2005 to 2007, told the story of the lives of the Romans. This outrageous budget that they used was put towards the exquisite scenery and individual details that made this TV show as good as it was. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show creator, Bruno Heller tells us that “just like many of the other shows in the same class, it’s a show that ended early rather than got strung out and had the juice squeezed out of it.”
Cost: $10 million/episode.
Creating an incredible 10 years of TV success, with most of the scenes set in a coffee shop and the character’s apartments, the Friends cast were definitely the most expensive part in this whole process. As an increasing amount of viewers tuned in each year, the cast became increasingly popular and started to ask for more money, wouldn’t you?! This meant that by the time the final season came about, each cast member was making $1 million an episode.
Cost: $13 million/episode.
Lastly, but certainly not least, this popular medical drama quickly became a huge hit and a major start for star George Clooney. Hitting record-breaking ratings in 1996 and 1997, the producers were extremely keen to keep Clooney on board and ended up agreeing to pay Warner Bros. a very expensive budget of $13 million per episode!