Millions of dollars are spent to create some of your favorite series. However, many will be surprised to find out just how many millions each show costs.
From television shows to HBO to Netflix streaming series, some of the most successful shows have hefty price tags. Exotic locations, expensive reshoots and stars’ salaries drive up the costs for production companies, PEOPLE reports.
Read below to see the five most expensive series of all time and why it costs so much to make the programs.
It comes as no surprise that HBO’s Game of Thrones makes the list for most expensive TV shows. It costs $10 million per episode to create the fantasy drama.
The series has had significantly greater success than many shows of its kind. From the sets to the cast's salary, this show quickly added up.
Friends may be an unexpected show on the list, however the one thing that drove up its price was the cast’s salary per episode.
The show’s price tag was $10 million per episode as well. Over the course of its 10 seasons, the salaries increased to $1 million each for the main cast members.
Since it didn’t have the production value like Game of Thrones, the cost of the show would have been much lower without the hefty salaries.
The successful medical drama that sky rocketed George Clooney’s career, ER, also had a steep increase in its production cost.
The price tag went from $1.9 million to a massive $13 million per episode to keep the show on the air. The series lasted for 15 seasons.
Baz Luhrmann’s hip-hop musical The Get Down cost Netflix a whopping $120 million for its first season.
The cost was so high because of production changes and music licensing. It was Netflix’s most expensive show until The Crown.
The series was canceled after one season due to behind-the-scenes trouble and failed connection to its viewers.
The Crown topped the list of the most expensive show of all time. The biographical drama is based on the story behind the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
The Netflix's series' first season cost a massive $130 million.
The show was nominated for multiple awards just after its debut season.