All The Television Actors Who Have Earned $1 Million Or More Per Episode

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Making $1 million (or extra) per episode of a tv/cable/streaming present was a reasonably uncommon incidence. Not anymore. With A-list movie actors making the bounce to the small display screen, salaries have skyrocketed.

Earlier than 2017, solely a small handful of actors had ever earned $1 million per episode. Within the years since 2017 almost a dozen new members have joined the $1m membership, a number of members are effectively above that mark.

Moreover, Jennifer Aniston was in a position to rating her second look on the checklist. She first grew to become a member of the $1 million per episode or extra membership in 2002 for “Buddies.” Aniston earned her second membership card in 2019, due to AppleTV+’s “The Morning Present.” She earns a whopping $2 million per episode. Her “The Morning Present” costar Reese Witherspoon additionally has two entries on this checklist. She made $1 million or extra on each “Large Little Lies” and “The Morning Present.”

Let’s check out the checklist of actors and actresses who’ve made at the least $1 million per episode.

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Jason Sudeikis for Ted Lasso (2022)

AppleTV+’s “Ted Lasso” lately cleaned up on the Emmy Awards incomes Finest Actor for Jason Sudeikis and best-supporting actor and actress for Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham. The present has gained an viewers of passionate followers who flip in every week for his or her dose of Lasso’s kindness. It was lately introduced that Sudeikis was getting a increase to $1 million per episode for season three of “Ted Lasso.”

Chris Pratt for The Terminal Checklist (2022)

Chris Pratt, like Robert Downey Jr., is a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a consequence of his function as Star-Lord. He is appeared in 4 MCU motion pictures. Now, he is taking his skills to Amazon Prime for the variation of the Jack Carr novel “The Terminal Checklist.” Pratt will take dwelling $1.4 million per episode for his starring function within the collection.

Jeff Bridges for The Previous Man (2022)

Jeff Bridges final appeared in a tv present 50 years in the past. The “Large Lebowski” actor is ready to debut in FX for Hulu’s “The Previous Man” in 2022. He’ll carry dwelling $1 million per episode for the collection primarily based on the 2017 novel of the identical identify by Thomas Perry. Bridges can also be government producing the upcoming collection. Bridges is at present battling lymphoma and we’re wishing him a full restoration.

Robert Downey Jr. for The Sympathizer (2021)

Robert Downey Jr. has made a number of appearances on the prime of the highest-paid movie actors checklist. Now, after formally retiring from his function as Iron Man, Downey is becoming a member of the group of A-list movie actors who’ve made the bounce to the small display screen. He is set to star within the HBO adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning espionage thriller “The Sympathizer.” Downey will take dwelling at the least $2 million per episode for his co-starring function.

Jennifer Aniston for The Morning Present (2019) and Buddies (2002)

Jennifer Aniston first made the checklist of actors making at the least $1 million in 2002 with the forged of “Buddies.” She’s now made the checklist for the second time for her starring function in AppleTV+’s “The Morning Present.” Aniston is bringing dwelling $2 million per episode. “The Morning Present” season two lately premiered.

Reese Witherspoon for The Morning Present and Large Little Lies (2019)

Reese Witherspoon made the bounce to the small display screen within the 2019 adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel “Large Little Lies” for HBO. She additionally produced the collection by means of her firm Whats up Sunshine. Witherspoon took dwelling $1 million for every episode. Witherspoon additionally stars in “The Morning Present” alongside Jennifer Aniston. Like Aniston, Witherspoon brings dwelling $2 million per episode for the streaming present in regards to the unstable actuality of a morning information present.

Nicole Kidman for Large Little Lies (2019)

Nicole Kidman starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in HBO’s “Large Little Lies.” The Oscar-winning actress made $1 million per episode for her function as battered spouse Celeste Wright. Kidman is at present starring in one other small display screen adaptation of a novel by “Large Little Lies” writer Liane Moriarty. She performs Masha on Hulu’s “9 Excellent Strangers.”

The forged of Sport of Thrones (2017)

The forged of “Sport of Thrones” had an epic eight-season run on HBO and garnered a cult-like following. Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, and Equipment Harrington, who performed, respectively, Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and Jon Snow, every made $1 million per episode for the eighth and last season of the collection in 2017-2018.

The forged of The Large Bang Idea (2014)

The forged of “The Large Bang Idea” spent their 2013 hiatus negotiating monumental raises for his or her eighth season salaries.  Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny acquired $1 million per episode for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons. In whole, the three foremost forged members earned greater than $100 million every from the eighth season to the twelfth and last season of the present. Previous to the bounce to the million greenback membership, Galecki, Parsons, and Cuoco have been incomes $350,000 per episode.

Charlie Sheen for “Two and a Half Males” (2010)

Charlie Sheen made $1.8 million for the final season he was on “Two and a Half Males.” In fact that was the yr of Tiger Blood and Profitable and all of the issues that went alongside along with his epic meltdown. Consequently, that season was minimize quick. Sheen appeared in 16 episodes of the improbably lengthy operating sitcom. For his hassle, he earned about $30 million. Sheen previously held the Guinness World File for Highest Paid TV Actor Per Episode.

James Gandolfini for “The Sopranos” (2003)

James Gandolfini’s wage negotiations dragged on for therefore lengthy they delayed manufacturing and threatened to close down the HBO hit “The Sopranos.”  Because the fifth season was about to start capturing, Gandolfini filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit in opposition to HBO for, primarily, not giving him the $1 million per episode he’d been in search of. HBO countered with a $100 million lawsuit and manufacturing on the mafia drama was delay for 2 weeks. Lastly, the present’s government producer stepped in and Gandolfini obtained his $1 million an episode –doubling his wage – offered he stick round for at the least two extra seasons.

Ray Romano for “All people Loves Raymond” (2004)

Ray Romano made an astounding $1.7 million for the ultimate two seasons of the long-running sitcom “All people Loves Raymond.”  The present centered on Romano and his dysfunctional household and it was an enormous hit for CBS for a decade and is making all of its forged tons of cash in syndication.

The forged of “Buddies” (2002)

Through the early years of “Buddies,” the actors found that they have been all being paid completely different salaries starting from $20,000 to $40,000 per episode.  Earlier than the third season, the actors banded collectively and negotiated raises as a gaggle. They have been then making $75,000 per episode. Yearly Courtenay Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer negotiated as one and their salaries elevated exponentially till, within the ninth and tenth seasons, every of the six foremost forged members have been incomes $1 million per episode.  Over the course of 10 seasons, every forged member of “Buddies earned” $88.4 million in wage.

Kelsey Grammer for “Frasier” (2002)

Kelsey Grammer performed Dr. Frasier Crane on “Cheers.” He was alleged to play that character for simply six episodes. As an alternative, he managed to play the neurotic shrink for 20 years. His “Cheers” spinoff “Frasier” was some of the profitable TV spinoffs in historical past.  The sitcom ran for 11 seasons, amassing 37 Emmy Awards throughout its future.  Over the past two seasons of the Seattle-based present, Grammer earned $1.6 million per episode for a complete gross of slightly below $77 million over these two seasons.

Tim Allen for “Residence Enchancment” (1998)

Tim Allen made a staggering $1.25 million per episode for the ultimate season of “Residence Enchancment.”  Have you ever seen that present? It’s horrible!  The sitcom was Allen’s first performing gig. He starred as a former salesman turned host of a house enchancment present.  “Residence Enchancment” ran for eight seasons.

Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt for “Mad About You” (1998)

It is onerous to recollect now, however again within the 90s “Mad About You” was a sizzling property with nice rankings and a faithful fan base.  Helen Hunt received the Emmy for  Finest Actress in a Comedy 4 years in a row (1996-1999). The present’s stars, Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt every acquired $1 million per episode for the eighth and last season of the long-running collection. That final season carried a 22 episode order, incomes Hunt and Reiser $22 million in a single season.

Jerry Seinfeld for “Seinfeld” (1997)

Manner again in 1997, Jerry Seinfeld grew to become the primary particular person to take dwelling $1 million an episode for the ultimate season of “Seinfeld.”   This was HUGE information 17 years in the past. However Jerry may have earned much more if he had needed to carry “Seinfeld” again for a tenth season.  Reportedly, the community supplied Seinfeld $5 million an episode to do yet another season.  Seinfeld is the one actor to look in each episode of the present. His co-stars – Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards, have been every paid $500,000 per episode on the finish of the collection.


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