What's the budget of your favorite tv show?

by Happy_Evil_Dude | created - 01 Aug 2013 | updated - 30 Sep 2016 | Public

NEW SHOWS ADDED REGULARLY It's generally relatively easy to find a film's budget. TV shows are more tricky. Here's a list. If you've got anything to contribute, please do.

Last update: September 30, 2016 - Desperate Housewives, Doctor Who (classic & revival), Doctor Thorne, Downton Abbey, Indian Summers, Star Trek Enterprise, The Night Manager, True Detective, Weeds (& Space Above & Beyond update)

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1. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 105,183

Estimated at $18,000,000 to $27,000,000 per episode

2. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord to V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 401,843

$12,500,000 per episode

3. Friends (1994–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Follows the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 905,213

$10,000,000 per episode (Season 10)

4. Marco Polo (2014–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, "Marco Polo" is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century Mongolia.

Stars: Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Remy Hii

Votes: 68,472

$9,000,000 per episode

5. Napoléon (2002)

380 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

A masterful soldier, tactician and statesmen, Napoleon Bonaparte's courage and love for his country sees him rise from an unpaid general consumed with ambition to the most powerful man in Europe, then his fall, and exile

Stars: Christian Clavier, Isabella Rossellini, Gérard Depardieu, John Malkovich

Votes: 4,322

€10,250,000 per episode (approx. $8,673,000)

6. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Drama, History

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 161,792

Between $8,300,000 and $9,167,000 per episode

7. ER (1994–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle

Votes: 54,832

$2,000,000 per episode (Season 1-3) $13,000,000 per episode (Season 4-6) $8,000,000 per episode (Season 7-9)

AVERAGE: $7,667,000 per episode

8. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for millennia.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,888,410

$6,000,000 per episode (Season 1) $7,000,000 per episode (Season 2) $10,000,000 per episode (Season 6)

AVERAGE: $7,667,000 per episode

9. Camelot (2011)

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

When King Uther dies and Britain faces chaos, Merlin presents an unknown named Arthur as the new king by birthright, as the late king's son, against the ambitious desires of his half-sister, Morgan.

Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton, Peter Mooney

Votes: 23,547

$7,000,000 per episode

10. Bionic Woman (2007)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A reimagining of the popular 1970s TV series about a female athlete who is given bionic strength.

Stars: Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer, Molly Price, Lucy Hale

Votes: 8,125

$6,000,000 per episode (+$7,400,000 pilot)

11. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 69,237

$6,000,000 per episode

12. World Without End (2012)

TV-MA | 374 min | Drama, History, Romance

The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death.

Stars: Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley, Nora Waldstätten, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Votes: 8,405

$5,750,000 per episode

13. Les misérables (2000)

90 min | Drama, History

The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving ... See full summary »

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, John Malkovich, Virginie Ledoyen

Votes: 4,325

FRF41,250,000 per episode (approx. $5,584,000)

14. Frasier (1993–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle, where he lives with his father, and works as a radio psychiatrist.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 78,374

$5,200,000 per episode (Season 11)

15. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 179,425

$5,000,000 per episode (+$20,000,000 pilot)

16. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 99,829

$5,000,000 per episode

17. Spartacus (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 231,211

$5,000,000 per episode

18. The Borgias (2011–2013)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

In the fifteenth century, Pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war, and marriage alliances.

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Peter Sullivan

Votes: 49,665

$5,000,000 per episode

19. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.

Stars: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 29,959

$5,000,000 per episode

20. The Night Manager (2016– )

TV-14 | 358 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer's inner circle.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman

Votes: 81,562

£3,333,000 per episode (approx. $4,801,500)

21. House of Cards (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 51 min | Drama

A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara

Votes: 482,154

$4,615,000 per episode

22. True Detective (2014–2019)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 524,844

Between $4,000,000 and $4,500,000 per episode (Season 1)

23. Terra Nova (2011)

TV-14 | 46 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying, who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

Stars: Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams, Allison Miller

Votes: 81,780

$4,000,000 per episode (+$14,000,000 pilot)

24. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 520,947

$4,000,000 per episode (+$14,000,000 pilot)

25. Fringe (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An F.B.I. agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole

Votes: 228,700

$4,000,000 per episode (+$10,000,000 pilot)

26. Kings (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A modern day, alternate-reality drama about a hero who rises to become the King of his nation, based on the biblical story of King David.

Stars: Ian McShane, Christopher Egan, Susanna Thompson, Allison Miller

Votes: 8,374

$4,000,000 per episode (+$10,000,000 pilot)

27. Carnivàle (2003–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 43,580

$4,000,000 per episode

28. Charlie's Angels (2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A cat burglar, a car thief, and a dirty cop get a chance to turn their lives around; fighting crime and working for the mysterious Charlie Townsend.

Stars: Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Ramon Rodriguez

Votes: 4,162

$4,000,000 per episode

29. Hemlock Grove (2013–2015)

TV-MA | 46 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Secrets are just part of daily life in the small Pennsylvania town of Hemlock Grove, where the darkest evils hide in plain sight.

Stars: Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, Joel de la Fuente

Votes: 38,410

$4,000,000 per episode

30. Heroes (II) (2006–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented.

Stars: Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka

Votes: 234,379

$4,000,000 per episode

31. Da Vinci's Demons (2013–2015)

TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Follows Leonardo Da Vinci during his early days in Florence, as a young artist, inventor and dreamer, trying to change the future.

Stars: Tom Riley, Gregg Chilingirian, Eros Vlahos, Laura Haddock

Votes: 75,080

$3,881,000 per episode

32. True Blood (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill Compton, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 235,880

Between $3,000,000 and $5,000,000 per episode

33. Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 287,851

$3,769,000 per episode

34. Taxi Brooklyn (2014)

43 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A tough NYPD detective and a French NYC taxi driver/consultant solve cases in Brooklyn and look for her dad's killer.

Stars: Chyler Leigh, Jacky Ido, James Colby, José Zúñiga

Votes: 3,083

€2,917,000 per episode (approx. $3,701,000)

35. 1864 (2014)

TV-14 | 460 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

When Prussia and Austria declare war on Denmark, two brothers are called to serve in the bloodiest battle in Denmark's history.

Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Bent Mejding, Marie Tourell Søderberg

Votes: 3,612

DKK21,625,000 per episode (approx. $3,685,000)

36. Versailles (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.

Stars: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman

Votes: 15,272

€2,800,000 per episode (approx. $3,552,000)

37. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy.

Stars: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton, Alexander Siddig

Votes: 57,518

$1,500,000 per episode (Season 2) (+$12,000,000 pilot) $4,000,000 per episode (Season 4-7)

AVERAGE: $3,500,000 per episode

38. CSI: Miami (2002–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit.

Stars: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Rex Linn

Votes: 55,281

$3,500,000 per episode

39. The X Factor (2011–2013)

TV-PG | Music, Reality-TV

In this American version of the hit UK show, Simon Cowell and his fellow judges search for a singer who has the "X factor".

Stars: Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid, Mario Lopez

Votes: 5,935

$3,500,000 per episode

40. XIII: The Series (2011–2012)

45 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An amnesiac secret operative is being used by unknown groups to cover up dirty business involving high ranking officials from the CIA.

Stars: Stuart Townsend, Greg Bryk, Stephen McHattie, Aisha Tyler

Votes: 2,607

€2,500,000 per episode (approx. $3,381,000)

41. Glee (2009–2015)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club headed by a passionate Spanish teacher.

Stars: Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith

Votes: 141,850

$3,000,000 per episode (Season 1) Between $3,200,000 and $3,800,000 per episode (Season 2)

AVERAGE: $3,250,000 per episode

42. The Walking Dead (2010–2022)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan

Votes: 907,682

$3,400,000 per episode (Season 1) $2,750,000 per episode (Season 2)

AVERAGE: $3,075,000 per episode

43. Borgia (2011–2014)

TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History

Story of the rise and the fall of the Renaissance dynasty.

Stars: Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, Diarmuid Noyes, John Doman

Votes: 6,374

€2,000,000 per episode (approx. $2,840,000) - Season 1 €2,500,000 per episode (approx. $3,270,000) - Season 2

AVERAGE: €2,250,000 per episode (approx. $3,055,000)

44. Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is seventy-five years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home.

Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson, Robert Duncan McNeill

Votes: 63,672

$2,000,000 per episode (Season 5) (+$23,000,000 pilot) $3,500,000 per episode (Season 6-7)

AVERAGE: $3,000,000 per episode

45. Arrested Development (2003–2019)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett

Votes: 288,488

$3,000,000 per episode (Season 4)

46. Crossing Lines (2013–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama