They spent hundreds of millions to invest in the production of dramas that are no stranger to the race of producers, many of whom have been fortunate enough to capture the “sweet” nutritious rice bowl. But there are also many times they feel regret for having “overstretched hands”.
No. 6. Friends (1994-2004)
Average budget: $ 10 million per episode
A name that is too popular, the only sitcom on this list, just 20 minutes / episode, why Friends lost more than 10 million production money? Also easy to understand, Friends of NBC is not just a normal comedy that has extensive public influences, ratings are “super terrorist” and possessed a “super star” at that time.
The producer paid $ 1 million per episode for each lead actor (counting the actors only appearing for a few minutes and earning $ 1 million). With up to six main characters not to mention other expenses, of course the money spent there has also gone far beyond the usual budget of a comedy film more than a decade ago.
5th place. The Get Down (2017)
Average budget: $ 11 million / episode
The musical thriller with the success beyond the imagination of the Empire and FOX made the big men quickly pour money into production to keep up with trends and make the most of the heat.
Thus, Netflix blasted $ 130 million for the first installment of The Get Down. Whether it’s a dark-skinned community with a unique underground music genre, even more vinyl-acclaimed, it can not get The Get Down to produce any more episodes. The fee is too expensive.
4th place. Band of Brothers (2001)
Average budget: $ 12.5 million per episode
Having topped the “expensive slate” TV series, HBO’s hugely popular mini-series cost millions of dollars for explosions in the context of World War II. Moving to more than 11 different venues throughout Europe and filmmaking across dozens of kilometers.
The story of this special soldier has to spend extra money on marketing budgets such as early screenings, events for veterans and lobbies for important awards.
3rd place ER (1994 – 2009)
Average budget: $ 13 million / episode
When it comes to the most expensive dramas, no one ignores the ER. The film revolves around a hospital in Chicago, a scene of nothing special, studio footage, a blouse, starting its first season with a modest budget of only $ 2 million, so why? NBC costs 13 million / episode?
The answer lies in the cast of the “big stars” of ER and its length. Names such as George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, William H. Macy, and NBC were all over, especially from Season 4 to Season 6, when a slew of moviegoers wanted to leave. . The film lasted for 15 years, and the later the more expensive, so that E.R became the legend of the medical drama that may be difficult to pass later series.
2nd place. The Crown (2017)
Average budget: $ 14 million / episode
The Crown really broke the record in the history of television dramas, costing 140 million for the first 10 episodes. Spinning around the life of Queen Elizabeth II, Netflix’s “money-laundering” crown in lavish, splendid contexts, the subtle, sophisticated costumes detail the details. Small details such as cigarette lighter, ashtray, or car appear in the film are listed in extremely rare antiques.
Coming up, the second part of the movie will surely continue to surprise audiences with the level of “consumption” production costs and replace the first position of The Pacific has held for eight years.
The first is The Pacific (2010)
Average budget: $ 20 million per episode
As soon as he got the idea, HBO announced to the world that he was embarking on the world’s most expensive TV series. And indeed, when the financial statement of The Pacific was released, audiences and critics hated HBO’s read-and-breath as the 10-episode mini-series took the exact number of 217 million USD.
So do you wonder where that money is headed for the most expensive series on this planet? Because the story is a battle in many Pacific Islands, setting up a set, setting up a school, working with more than 300 actors a day costs $ 5 million, Secondary actors, costumes, and war equipment cost an average of more than $ 500,000 a day, not to mention explosives.
After the launch, with proper investment, The Pacific set up a new milestone, the distance between film and television is not far.