20 Most Expensive TV Shows


The Big Bang Theory spent $10 million per episode during their 11th season, mostly due to the salaries of the show’s stars.

Netflix spent $7 million per episode for the first season of Bridgerton.

The final season of Friends reportedly costed $10 million per episode, mostly because staff salaries jumped to $1 million per episode.

To make the first season of Game of Thrones, the HBO series was spending approximately $6 million per episode. By season 6, the price tag rose to $10 million per episode, and jumped to $15 million per episode for the show’s final season.


House of the Dragon, the Games of Thrones spinoff series, spent $200 million on the entire first season, or approximately $20 million per episode.

HBO spent $3.5 million per episode for Issa Rae’s Insecure.

The hit series Lost reportedly costed $4 million per episode, with $12 million spent on the two-part pilot alone.

The Lord of the Rings TV show, The Rings of Power, had a budget of $715 million for the entire first season, an estimated $60 million per episode.

Each Mad Men episode costed $3 million to make.


Disney and Lucasfilm spent $15 million per episode on the Star Wars series Mandalorian.

Apple TV’s The Morning Show spent $15 million per episode during its first and second seasons.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story reportedly spent $6 million per episode.

Season 4 of Stranger Things reportedly cost $30 million per episode, with most of the spending going towards visual effects.

Prime Video’s The Boys spent $11.2 million per episode during its first season, and upped the show’s budget after the first season.


Another Disney and Marvel collaboration, WandaVision, reportedly cost $25 million per episode.

Netflix’s The Witcher reportedly spent $70-80 million for the show’s first season, or approximately $10 million per episode.

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