Top 5 Most Expensive TV Shows Ever Made

Despite the TV series being relatively difficult to be produced unlike other films, especially the action genre, it also comes at a great cost. And due to this, there is a high chance that there is not much hype over the show resulting in huge losses for the production team.

The cost of publishing a good TV series will take millions of dollars due to various factors like the location of the sceneries, high salaries of the actors and actresses, and even complex props and costumes to be made.

Here we would like to share with you the top 5 most expensive TV shows ever made in history.

5. The Pacific, 2010 ($20 Million Per Episode)

The Pacific was the most costly TV show at the time it was made. The TV show features the actual event of the World War II combat between the American soldiers and the Japanese on the island of Peleliu.

It was published by HBO miniseries costing a whopping $20 million for each episode. The Pacific is a war drama produced by one of the most prominent directors and actors in the world Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

The TV show was a huge success gaining 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.3 IMDB scores for the rating.

4. House of The Dragon, 2022 ($20 Million Per Episode)

The first episode of The House of Dragon broke HBO's audience record with approximately 10 million viewers. As it brings huge success to the prequel to Game of Thrones, this TV show puts an emphasis on the House of Targaryen as well as the civil war causing the family's collapse and the loss of dragons from Westeros.

The TV show was set two centuries before the events took place in Game of Thrones. The $20 million per episode budget has given the series a chance to continue the story of Westeros three years after the contentious Game of Thrones finale.

With so many things at stake, the TV show was a hit and many might seem to agree.

3. WandaVision, 2021 ($25 Million Per Episode)

This is perhaps one of the most well-known TV shows of the century created by non-other than the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU). After the epic end to the Infinity Saga, Marvel's foray into television series came with equal price budgets in order to continue growing the MCU in which the Avengers: Endgame had a $400 million budget.

Marvel had invested a huge sum of money of $25 million per episode in their new MCU television series with the likes of Wandavision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and Hawkeye.

Ever since the launch of Disney+ in 2019, Marvel has continued to release various other TV shows throughout the year with the most recent and controversial release of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

2. Stranger Things, 2016 ($30 Million Per Episode)

Over the course of its 4 seasons, Stranger Things, which is one of the most popular TV series on Netflix has evolved from a small-town story about a missing boy and references to the 1980s to a much darker side with action-paked horror sci-fi show involving convert Russian conspiracies, government facilities and military involvement.

The extravagant stories and production of season four were matched by an equally ambitious $30 million per episode budget. This massive budget allowed for greater action, more thrills, and 90-minute episodes for the fans to enjoy.

1. The Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power, 2022 ($58 Million Per Episode)

The Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power featuring on Amazon Prime has surpassed the combined $281 million budget of The Lord of the Rings film series and set a new world record for the most expensive TV show ever made with a staggering $58 million per episode.

Rings of Power ensemble sat leads viewers through the Elven stronghold of Eregion to the underground Dwarven kingdom of Khazad-dum as they explore the world of Middle Earth thousands of years before the events of the Hobbit.

It all makes sense that the beloved fantasy franchise's foray into television would be met with an equally opulent budget following its rich scenery, costumes, and epic story.


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