When making a series, many factors must work together so that it is finally successful enough to satisfy the audience; most importantly, there must be a plot that attracts the viewers, as well as actors who can bring the characters to life and fulfill their roles. But these two things are not enough because thanks to streaming platforms, audiences are faced with a large number of offers every day, many of which are of good quality. Having said that, a quality series should pay special attention to details in order to win the championship From other competitors. Among these things, we can mention the design of the set and costumes, good make-up, suitable special effects, attractive soundtrack and, of course, the right director who can balance all these factors.
To fulfill Doing all these requirements requires only one thing; Money. Television productions in themselves cost a lot to the creators because the higher the quality of the work, the more people are willing to pay to watch them and recommend them to others. However, in the history of television, there are series whose budget for making one episode is more than even the world's famous movies, and for this reason, they reached a quality level that attracted many audiences From all over the world.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power), which is scheduled to air on Amazon Prime in September 2022, has been dubbed as the most expensive TV series in history. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this platform bought the rights to broadcast the franchise in 2017 for $250 million and spent $465 million on the first season alone. According to these staggering figures, many audiences are waiting for this series and it is expected that its various episodes will be of high quality, but before the broadcast of "Lord of the Rings", we will examine 9 of the most expensive series in the history of television that have been released to date; From "The Mandalorian" to "Game of Thrones".
9- Westworld (Westworld)
- Average cost per episode: $9 million
- Years of publication: 2016 to now
- Number of seasons: 4
- Creator: Jonathan Nolan , Lisa Joy
- Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Teddy Newton, Aaron Paul, Jeffrey Wright
- Score IMDb Movie: 8.6 out of 10
- Rotten Tomatoes Movie Score: 81 out of 100
Imaginary world, captivating visions of the future, stunning architecture and beautiful scenery are all among the factors that have made "West World" one of the most eye-catching science-fiction series of the last few years. This series is adapted From James Brolin's classic drama of the seventies and with the help of modern technologies, beautiful stage design, powerful visual effects and stylish and first-class cinematography, it supports the science-fiction premise that is based on it in an all-round way. /p>
The wonder of "West World" was complete when, along with the story of the strange amusement park of the American West, it also provided the basis for the story of the revolution of robots that flow into the real world. Among the stunning moments of the series, we can mention the fictional version of Los Angeles in the year 2058, which is much more advanced than today, and of course moral deviations are rampant in it.
Therefore, despite all these things, it is not at all strange that HBO decided to make this The strange and eye-catching series has allocated a huge budget; According to the Hollywood Reporter, the average production cost of each episode of "West World" is 9 million dollars.
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8- Friends (Friends)
- Average cost per episode: 10 million dollars
- Years of publication: 2004-1994 li>
- Number of seasons: 10
- Creator: David Crane, Martha Kaufman
- Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry
- Rating IMDb Movie: 8.9 out of 10
- Rotten Tomatoes film rating: 79 out of 100
In 1994, the first season of the comedy series "Friends" was released on TV. It soon became one of the most popular comedy sitcoms in the world. For 10 years, this series depicted the adventures of characters such as Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross. "Friends" became so popular that even today, many people find it hard to find its different parts. They go and laugh heartily with the main characters.
The television show created by David Crane and Martha Kaufman has become one of the icons of popular culture over the years. While the locations and decor of "Friends" remained largely unchanged throughout the show's run, instead, the actors' salaries became more astronomical season after season; Especially in the final season, the salary of each of them reached more than 1 million dollars, which brought the average cost of each episode to 10 million dollars.
7- Medical emergency department (ER)
- Average cost per episode: 13 million dollars
- Years of publication: 1994-2009
- Number of seasons: strong> 15
- Producer: Michael Crichton
- Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Maria Bello, Maura Tierney, Linda Cardelliani, Angela Bassett
- IMDb Movie Rating: 7.8 out of 10
- Rotten Tomatoes Movie Rating: No information available
Emergency Department is written by Michael Crichton, writer of Jurassic Park, and produced by Warner Bros. Is. This series was one of the most influential television phenomena in the 90s, and some of its actors, such as George Clooney, later became the most prominent figures in Hollywood. Chicago was busy. The first season was released in 1994, and the fifteenth and final season was aired in 2009. In 1998, when the series was at the peak of its popularity, NBC entered into negotiations with Warner Brothers to increase its budget and managed to get one of the most unprecedented budgets in the world for making a television program; According to this agreement, which was valid From the fourth to the ninth season, the average budget of each episode increased From 2 million dollars to 13 million dollars. Of course, at the end of the ninth season, this amount was negotiated again, and finally the remaining seasons were filmed with an average of 8 million dollars per episode.
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6- Taj (The Crown)
- Average cost per episode: 13 million dollars
- Years of release: 2016 so far
- Number of seasons: 4
- Creator: Peter Morgan
- Cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Eileen Atkins, Alex Jennings, Leah Williams
- IMDb Rating Movie: 8.7 out of 10
- Rotten Tomatoes Movie Rating: 90 out of 100
The Crown, the buzzy Netflix series by Peter Morgan It revolves around the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the history and events that took place during her extensive reign. The creators of this series recently announced that Imelda Stanton has been chosen to play the role of Queen Elizabeth II; The role was played by Claire Foy in the first and second seasons and by Olivia Coleman in the next two seasons. And making the events realistic so that they are aesthetically pleasing to the audience also requires a lot of budget. The cost of making each part of "Taj" is 13 million dollars on average, and this budget was secured with great effort. Ironically, this flamboyance has made this series incredibly popular in the world.
5- The Morning Show)
- Average cost per episode: 15 million Dollar
- Years of publication: 2019 to now
- Number of seasons: 2
- Manufacturer: Jay Carson
- Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass
- Score IMDb Movie: 8.3 out of 10
- Rotten Tomatoes Movie Score: 64 out of 100
"Morning Program" is a series that shows the complexities of today's mainstream media; Where the big networks and their productions do their best to attract more audiences and get the highest ratings.
This series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steven Carl is the free fall of a morning news program. It follows the scandal of one of the presenters and the relentless efforts of his colleagues to save the show. "Morning program" on Apple TV Plus, which was released for two seasons before, was renewed for the third season in January 2022. This series has a large budget for each episode, which is estimated at an average of 15 million dollars. Much of this The budget has been spent to pay the salaries of its superstars.
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4- Game of Taj and Throne (Game of Thrones)
- Average cost per episode: 15 million dollars
- Years of publication: 2011 to 2019
- Number of chapters: 8
- Creator: David Benioff, D. B. Vice
- Starring: Sean Bean, Mark Eddy, Peter Dinklage, Nicolai Caster-Waldo, Lena Hyde, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke
- Score IMDb Movie: 9.2 out of 10
- Rotten Tomatoes Score Movie: 89 out of 100 li>
The Game of Thrones, whose first season was released on HBO in 2011, is one of the most popular TV shows in the world, and if its eighth season had not ended in a shameful way, it would have reached a position that was unlikely This series is From the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by Javadan George R. R. Martin adapted and covers different stories, all of which revolve around seven noble families, each of them intending to seize the throne of the seven kingdoms by any bloody means and bring the rest under their rule. The average budget for the production of each episode of this series in the first season was 6 million dollars, which significantly increased due to the dramatic increase in the audience in the following seasons. It was 15 million dollars, which not only covered the salary of the main actors, who had a great impact on the visibility of the series, but also covered the costs of luxurious set design and costumes, a good film crew, visual and computer special effects, stunts and other ancillary costs. gave All these factors made "Game of Thrones" with all its faults and flaws into one of the most important series in the history of television. The Mandalorian/The Book of Boba Fett)
- Average cost per episode: $15 million
- Years released: 2019 to present/2022
- Number Seasons: 1/2
- Producer: Jon Favreau
- Actors: Pedro Pascal, Temora Morrison, Ming - Na Wen
- IMDb Movie Score: 8.7 out of 10 and 7.3 out of 10
- Rotten Tomatoes film score: 93 out of 100 and 63 out of 100
"The Mandalorian" is directed by Jon Favreau, who is known for his great contribution to the world It is known as a Marvel movie. As expected, this series became a global success very soon. The series follows the story of a lone Mandalorian warrior after the fall of the Empire and helped to further expand the world of "Star Wars". It was so well received that it was renewed for the third season, which is under construction and will be released soon. An important part of the success of "The Mandelorian" is due to its special effects and perfect performances, which brought the production budget of each episode of this series to 15 million dollars. It was similar to the original series, and although it does not reach its level, it is considered to be one of the most successful science-fiction productions of this year, which satisfied the critics and die-hard fans of "Star Wars" and we will probably hear more about it in the future. /p>
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2- The Pacific>)
- Average cost per episode: 20 million dollars
- Years of publication: 2010
- Number of seasons: 1
- Producer: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks
- Stars: Rami Malek, James Badge Dale, Javon Seda, Joseph Maslow, Ashton Holmes
- Rating IMDb Movie: 8.3 out of 10
- Rotten Tomatoes Movie Rating: 91 out of 100
"The Pacific Ocean" was a television mini-series produced by HBO and revolved around the events of World War II. The story of this miniseries is adapted From the real memories of two American soldiers during the battle against the Japanese Empire. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaborated with this project as executive producers and did not hesitate to spend the budget to make war scenes with first-class visual effects. million dollars for each episode and of course getting a perfect score of 91 out of 100 It was closed in Rotten Tomatoes base.
1- Marvel and Disney TV shows (Marvel/Disney Shows)
- Average cost per episode: $25 million
The undeniable success of the works of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to increase and attracts more fans day by day. With the release of "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (Spider-Man: No Way Home), Marvel broke all records and became the first movie to sell more than 1 billion worldwide in the midst of the Corona pandemic. Having said that, it is not surprising that Marvel decided to turn to TV shows to further develop its successful characters.
They did not hesitate to spend money to realize their big goal; So that for each episode of series like "Loki", "WandaVision", "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "Hawkeye" in each episode more than 25 They spent millions of dollars, which is almost equivalent to a full movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All these works, regardless of their content, have an extremely good visual quality.