7 Most Expensive Series in History, Where Each Episode is a Masterpiece – FinderMag
Most Expensive Series

Before, producers hardly risked investing large sums in TV series. The reason is obvious – TV series couldn’t generate the same profit as films intended specially for cinemas. Only the most successful projects could count on large budgets. The situation significantly changed due to development of streaming service. Now, series can really bring their creators a lot of money, which means that their budgets have increased as well.

Most Expensive Series

NBC

Friends

1994-2004

8.9/10
IMDb Rating

The first episode was released in 1994. Over the 10 years of its existence, Friends turned into a cult series famous all over the globe. It goes about the lives of six friends – unique and interesting personalities, whose communication results in numerous comic situations.

Why did this series become one of the most expensive in history? It doesn’t have expensive filming scenery, costumes, or special effects. Most of the budget (which grew together with the series’ ratings) was spent to pay the key actors. Over 10 years of filming the series, they became real stars. In 2002, each of the main actors received about $1 million per 1 episode, and 1 episode cost about $10 million to produce.

Most Expensive Series

Netflix

Stranger Things

2016-…

8.7/10
IMDb Rating

The series takes place in 1983. A twelve-year-old boy weirdly disappears. Not only police, but the boy’s friends as well are looking for him. They will have to deal with a mysterious government organization that doesn’t want to reveal none of its secrets.

Viewers get captivated by the series’ plot, great acting, nostalgic atmosphere, and references to pop culture. Critics love this series; it has received many awards. Besides, the audience keeps watching three seasons with unfailing interest. The budget is largely spent on visual effects. To date, filming an episode costs about $10 million.

Most Expensive Series

NBC

ER

1994-2009

7.8/10
IMDb Rating

The series narrates about employees and patients of one of the Chicago clinics. It pays close attention to relationship between patients and doctors, between medical staff, as well as to personal life of the series’ main characters. It raises social problems, discusses such topics as AIDS and HIV, suicide, abortion, and the need for euthanasia. Over its screening time, the series has received a huge number of awards.

It has 15 seasons in total. Resulting from skyrocketing ratings, the budget of each episode reached about $13 million in 1998. Most of the budget was spent on salaries paid to the main characters, who had become Hollywood stars by that time.

Most Expensive Series

Disney+

The Mandalorian

2019-…

8.7/10
IMDb Rating

Even though the new Star Wars trilogy was very profitable, viewers couldn’t help but notice the obviously poor quality of the franchise’s movies. Changing directors, rewritten scripts, no clear line of the franchise development almost driven Star Wars to grave. But then it came… The Mandalorian. The series that was treated with doubts at first. The series that saved the entire franchise.

The Mandalorian is a lone gunfighter who travels the galaxy and works for hire. The entire series is dedicated to his adventures and can boast stunning visual effects, a decent script, memorable and charismatic main characters. Undoubtedly, filming such an ambitious project wasn’t at all cheap for the studio. Each episode costs about $15 million, which easily pays off, given that the series is incredibly popular.

Most Expensive Series

HBO

Game of Thrones

2011-2019

8.9/10
IMDb Rating

Game of Thrones is a phenomenal TV series that has become incredibly popular all around the world. Filming the first season cost its creators $60 million. And the last seasons broke through 100-million financial bar. The plot turns upon the fates of many different characters, whom the story often collides with each other. Political intrigues, betrayals, civil war, and dragons. The plot that holds up until the end.

The series is extremely expensive to produce. It includes crowd battle scenes, numerous costumes, unique scenery, an incredible number of extras. When filming the series, the main actors became real stars, so their fees grew every season. The costs were worth it – the series brought incredible pleasure to the audience and significant profits to its creators. The only thing that was a fly in the ointment was the finale, which disappointed many viewers. And yet Game of Thrones is a must-see for everyone.

Most Expensive Series

Netflix

The Crown

2016-…

8.9/10
IMDb Rating

The series, which both viewers and critics love, will tell you about the Queen Elizabeth II’s years in Great Britain. To date, the studio has filmed 4 seasons that steadily receive many awards for directing, visual effects, and acting.

Each episode is estimated at about $15 million. This stunning budget was spent on recreating the exact scenery, costumes, and salaries to the starring actors. The series retains its high quality for many seasons. This series is a must-see for everyone who loves historical films with a beautiful scenery and intriguing plot.

Most Expensive Series

HBO

The Pacific

2010

8.9/10
IMDb Rating

This is the most expensive series out of all filmed to date in terms of each episode cost. The studio paid over $20 million per episode. The series consists of only 10 episodes, but each of them has been filmed at the highest level.

The Pacific narrates about the battles of the Second World War in the Pacific Ocean. One of the producers was Steven Spielberg, who decided to approach the filming on grand scale. Most of the money was spent on recreating the battles. Thus, the series looks great from a visual point of view. The plot also holds up till the end.

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