Since its beginning, television has been seen as a less expensive but more commercially viable alternative to film. But that does not imply that it is cheap to create; just the contrary. Some of the most treasured television shows have had substantial budgets (surprisingly, so have some of the worst). The price tag for the first season of Jon Favreau's live-action show has lately been confirmed to be $100 million. This shows Disney's confidence in the idea, but it also makes the programme, which is still in the planning stages, one of the most expensive television series ever produced. Here are ten more series that correspond to that.
1. Game Of Thrones
You anticipated that HBO's massive fantasy epic would rank first. It costs a lot of cash to make those dragons look natural, and actors who weren't well-known at the show's start are now. Nearly everything is shot in exotic locations (and commands a higher salary because of it). The next and last season of the show is anticipated to cost around $15 million per episode.
2. The Crown
According to reports, Netflix wants to take on an additional $2 billion in debt to increase the amount of original content it offers. Nevertheless, the company will not fail anytime soon, partly because of shows like The Crown. The first episode's reproduction of Queen Elizabeth II's wedding gown cost $35,000, demonstrating the series' dedication to historical authenticity. A Piece episode's elaborate period costumes and opulent settings cost about $13 million each.
The NBC medical show ER, which made famous, once had a significant cultural impact. (
even directed an episode.) Between 1998 and 2003, when NBC was content to hand producers a blank check, the programme reached its zenith. Each episode had a budget of around $13 million due to many emerging performers and higher-than-average production costs.
4. Band Of Brothers
Anyone who has seen the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, from 2001, which is on the "Easy Company" of WWII, will know how astronomically expensive the production was. The miniseries, created by
and , cost an impressive $12.5 million each episode and included a large cast, period-appropriate clothes and settings, and spectacular action sequences.
5. The Get Down
The entire economic model of Netflix depends on appealing to niche audiences, which might be wildly successful or a total failure. Unfortunately, Baz Luhrmann's passionate task, The Get Down, was the latter. The show reportedly cost Netflix $120 million for a single season, featured lavish sets and incurred exorbitant fees for well-known licensing R&B and funk songs. Netflix cancelled the planned sequel when it became clear that it would not make a quick comeback.
By the back of its run, Friends had established itself as a show that defined a generation, and the cast was aware of this. While NBC tried to keep production costs to a minimum, it still amounted to roughly $10 million each episode in the later seasons, with all six of the series' principal actors receiving more than $1 million per episode.
The Big Bang Theory has changed from a typical, moderately off-putting nerds sitcom to a record-breaking blockbuster for CBS. As a result, the show's seven prominent cast members renegotiated their contracts a few years ago and are now compensated between $750,000 and $1 million per episode. The programme costs about $9 million for 25 minutes of transmission when production costs, celebrity cameos, and the royalty fee they pay to Barenaked Ladies for the theme song are considered.
8. Marco Polo
Netflix had high hopes for Marco Polo, a sweeping historical drama about the formative years of its eponymous trader and adventurer. The show's first ten episodes, which cost $90 million in total, debuted in December 2014. A few weeks later, Netflix happily approved the series' second and final season, which would have the same little budget. Most famously, the series owes the streaming service $200 million.
Rome, the historical drama about two Roman soldiers who become involved in actual historical events by John Milius, William J. MacDonald, and Bruno Heller, may nearly be blamed for Netflix's hefty wager on Marco Polo. But it's often said that its early success gave rise to shows like Game of Thrones. Rome's first season was sufficiently well-liked to justify its $9 million per episode budget, but season two's ratings were so bad that it led to the show's cancellation.
Netflix had to cancel this sci-fi sleeper hit even though it was the Wachowskis' most financially lucrative venture since The Matrix. It was costing them a hefty $9 million each episode. According to reports, the Wachowskis insisted on shooting everything on location, necessitating the purchase of long-term filming permits in nine different areas across the globe.