To create a hit tv series requires a good script and money. The more technically challenging the show is, the more expensive it is to make, especially when the series lasts for numerous seasons. The decor, the costumes and the actors are also costly parts to creating a fantastic tv show, but being the most expensive show, doesn’t mean it will be a hit show!
20. Breaking Bad
One of the biggest TV hits of recent times, but not one of the most expensive to make. Costing only $3 million an episode, it is one of the series which is the most profitable.
19. The Walking Dead
Another quality tv show, which proved popular, but it only cost $3.1 million per episode.
The first series from Netflix/Marvel filmed in New york, had a reasonable budget of $3.3 million per episode.
17. Orange is the new black
This series is expensive to produce, mainly due to the high number of actors needed. Each episode is budgeted at $3.8 million.
16. Terra Nova
An expensive show to produce in Australia with expensive sets and long editing schedules this show cost $3.9 per episode, which is why it as cancelled after season 1.
15. Lost / Vikings
Lost was expensive to make due to the large cast and expensive location on the island of Hawaii. The series pilot alone cost $14 million.
The show Vikings is expensive due to the costumes, makeup and actors.
Both of these series cost $4 million an episode.