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Most expensive TV shows: For more than twenty years, TV shows have experienced a real renaissance: their popularity is growing, their scale is growing, which means that budgets are also growing. Today we will recall the ten most expensive projects in the modern history of television. There will be proven hits and ambitious failures here, and a couple of positions will surely surprise you.

10th place - "Rome", $ 9 million per episode

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Most expensive TV shows: In 2000, the huge success of Ridley Scott's Gladiator actually revived the peplum genre - sweeping historical canvases about the era of swords and sandals. And while in Hollywood they were shooting "Alexandra" and "Troy" in a raceHBO also decided to keep up. Together with the BBC, he launched one of his most ambitious projects - "Rome"... The approach was as serious as possible: the producers wanted to show the Eternal City of the times of Julius Caesar in all its bloody splendor, without any discounts on the TV format. To do this, at a studio in Italy, huge, detailed decorations of antique streets were rebuilt and hundreds of authentic costumes were sewn. All of the above has flown into hundreds of millions of dollars for the first season of twelve episodes alone. And although Rome received top marks and three Emmy awards from critics, it is not surprising that the channel decided to close the show after the second season. Part of the blame fell on a terrible fire that destroyed half of the set just after filming ended, but it was, rather, a good excuse. After all, for television in the middle of zero, the costs were too high.

9th place - "Friends", $ 10 million per episode

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Most expensive TV shows: It would seem that what could be simpler and cheaper than a sitcom? The same unpretentious scenery, the same actors (except for rare guest stars), no visual delights, and complex tricks. How did it happen that by the beginning of the 2000s, Friends, who did not violate any of these principles, became one of the most expensive series on TV? The reason is simple: success. Since its launch in 1994, the show has gained phenomenal popularity - as has the cast of lead actors. Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer became world-class stars by the end of the nineties. And the fees demanded the appropriate - so that by the final seasons the creators had to spend about $ 10 million on a 22-minute episode. Since then, of the traditional sitcoms, only the "Big Bang Theory" has been matched to similar numbers.

8th place - Ambulance, $ 13 million per episode

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Most expensive TV shows: Many producers had to shell out for the suddenly untwisted actors. Especially got to the creators of the once cult "Ambulance"George Clooney began acting in 1994 as a little-known TV actor and ended five years later as one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors. His colleague Noah Wiley also managed to establish himself in other projects. And the ambulance itself was not cheap. In the end, it was launched by the author of "Jurassic Park" Michael Crichton, and Steven Spielberg himself helped. All 90s shows held the title of the highest-rated series on American television. Unsurprisingly, by the fourth season, the creators weren't greedy to shell out $ 13 million per episode. True, the attraction of unprecedented generosity lasted only two seasons. Then Clooney finally went to conquer the big screen, and the rest of the original lineup slowly dispersed, which made it possible to significantly reduce costs.

7th place - "Annealing", $ 11-16 million per episode

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Most expensive TV shows: Netflix has always prided itself on being a freelance writer. Say, it's on a dying TV that showrunners have to steam up because of such nonsense as ratings, airtime, and budget constraints. They have the same, on the mainstream service of the planet, filmmakers can shoot anything, as they like and as much as they like. For example, Baz Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, has the right, without unnecessary worries, to drop a lot of money on a luxurious musical about the formation of hip-hop. To do this, the team recreated New York in the seventies in detail, which turned out to be a very difficult task. In the end, none of the spectators lived, say, in the Roman Empire, so it's easy to lie about it, but many still remember the seventies very well. Costumes, entourage, colorful musical numbers - from all this the planned budget of 11 million per episode often swelled up to 16 million. As a result, "Annealing" became the most expensive failure of Netflix. Nobody discloses the exact numbers of views, but the fact that the alleged hip-hop saga was closed after eleven episodes says a lot.

6th place - "Crown", $ 13-15 million per episode

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Most expensive TV shows:  But sometimes the game is still worth the candle. As, for example, in the case of "Korona" all the same Netflix. Who would have thought that the life story of Elizabeth II would turn out to be a breakout hit of the Stranger Things level for the streaming giantEach new season consistently leads the top in views and reaps a bountiful harvest of awards, but it all costs a pretty penny. As we have already found out, the historical dramas of the near sight are even more expensive in production than the TV series about the conventional Middle Ages. And even more so when it comes to the most famous royal family on the planet. There is makeup, hairstyles, and outfits that the whole world admired. For example, just one exact copy of Elizabeth's wedding dress cost almost 40 thousand dollars. And in addition to this, the interior of Buckingham Palace had to be rebuilt. As a result, the budget for the first season alone was $ 156 million. For comparison, the Oscar-winning drama The King's Speech! with Colin Firth cost ten times less.

5th place - "Game of Thrones", $ 15 million per episode

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Most expensive TV shows: From real kings and queens, let's move on to fictional ones. You probably expected to see "Game of Thrones" much higher in the top, but no - in the early seasons, the main fantasy of the past decade was slightly more expensive than Rome. In the first, there are no major battles or dragons at all, and of the big actors only Sean Bean, who then dropped out of the cast for plot reasons. But the further the confrontation between the Starks and the Lannisters went, the more impressive the numbers became. In the final season, the average budget reached $ 15 million per episode. Of course, the number is rather arbitrary, because the burning of King's Landing is obviously more expensive than a series of long conversations by the fireplace in Winterfell. And whoever says anything about the eighth season of "Game of Thrones" has definitely set a new bar among the series in terms of scope and entertainment. Which, of course, many immediately wanted to move.

4th place - "See", $ 15 million per episode

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Most expensive TV shows: The mega-corporation Apple definitely has no financial problems, so it decided to flood its new stream service with guaranteed hits. And, perhaps, of all Apple TV + start-up projects, the most ambitious was the series "See"- post-apocalyptic fiction of truly gigantic proportions. If HBO spent 15 million on each episode of the finale of its saga, knowing that it will definitely be watched all over the world, then Yabloko spent the same amount for the debut season. And even more, because there were not six episodes, but eight. With this money, the creators tried to rebuild the world of the new Stone Age, inhabited by tribes of blind people. Well, Jason Momoa has risen in price since the beginning of "Game of Thrones": Aquaman, after all. True, "See" did not cause much excitement, and the critics turned out to be very stingy with positive assessments. But Apple still renewed the series for a second season. Perhaps from the principle: closing would be an admission of failure.

3rd place - "The Mandalorian", from $ 15 million per episode

13 most expensive TV shows of our time: "Game of Thrones", "The Mandalorian" and others
Most expensive TV shows: A full-fledged, non-animated Star Wars series was considered a completely impracticable idea for many years. And for a reason: how much money has to be spent so that it doesn't look like another Star Trek or the infamous Christmas specialMany, very many. But Disney, like Apple, decided not to skimp on the launch exclusive of its new stream service.
We must pay tribute to the creators of "The Mandalorian": to carry out their plans and meet at least some reasonable budget, they went to a lot of technical tricks. Take the giant curved screens that can display alien landscapes drawn in the Unreal Engine. But even so, the cost of a half-hour episode started at $ 15 million. The animatronic doll of Grog, better known as Baby Yoda alone, cost two million. But such is the price of total immersion in a galaxy far, far away.

2nd place - "Brothers in Arms" and "Pacific Ocean", $ 12.5 million and $ 20 million per episode

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Most expensive TV shows: Only a real war can be more expensive than Star Wars - especially if the duet of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks is taken to portray it. In the wake of the success of Saving Private Ryan, they decided to create something for television that is equally big, meaningful, and credible. And, as you already know, credibility comes at a price. Accurate replicas of military uniforms and weapons, complex practical effects with minimal use of graphics, large-scale scenery of several European cities built from scratch, and even filming in different countries in addition - for ten episodes of Brothers in Armsit took $ 125 million, that is, 12.5 million per episode. Impressive, especially for 2001, but hardly a record. It was staged by Hanks and Spielberg nine years later, when they took on the conditional sequel to The Brothers, called The PacificThere, it took about 200 million for about the same. This is the absolute maximum for both the miniseries format and television in general.

1st place - Wanda / Vision, Falcon, and the Winter Soldier, Loki, $ 25 million per episode

13 most expensive TV shows of our time: "Game of Thrones", "The Mandalorian" and others
Most expensive TV shows: But the first place is still with Disney - it's not for nothing that it is the main media corporation on the planet. On her main brainchild, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she will definitely not save. And if one episode of "Wanda / Vision""Falcon and the Winter Soldier" or "Loki" should cost as much as $ 25 million - so be it. Where does all this money go? We do not know. Perhaps Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, and Tom Hiddleston have grown so bold. Maybe the special effects from Industrial Light & Magic are especially expensive. Well, or it's all about the vast geography of filming. Be that as it may, Kevin Feige and his team set a record that no one will beat for a long time. At least until Amazon rolls out its mega-epic on Tolkien.

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