Streaming services have taken many homes by storm. Perhaps the most famous is Netflix, but not only this platform offers interesting movies. Here are the most expensive series of streaming services. The last two places can be treated as a curiosity – with a grain of salt.
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The most expensive series of streaming services
10th Band of Brothers – $ 12.5 million per episode
Created by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, Band of Brothers is one of the highest-rated television shows in history, and also one of the most expensive. The war series told the story of the “Easy Company” battalion during World War II as it fought its way through missions in the middle of war-torn Europe. Such an expensive budget for a TV series was unheard of during the series premiere in 2001, and it was graced by names such as Hanks and Spielberg.
9. ER – $ 13 million per episode
Seemingly ER may seem like a typical medical drama, but in fact it was one of the most popular programs of all time in its heyday in the 90s of the twentieth century. While the show’s initial costs were within reasonable limits, during its peak popularity, the showrunners were so desperate to keep Clooney in the cast that they agreed to sky-high budgets.
8. The Crown – $ 13 million per episode
Netflix’s Crown is one of the most expensive series ever made for the platform. Building on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the series covers her life from her youth to the present day. Much of the budget is a rich recreation of historical events and royal aesthetics, such as the wedding scene between Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth where the actress wore a replica of a dress that reportedly cost $ 37,000 to manufacture.
7. The Morning Show – $ 15 million per episode
This is my favorite series at this rate. The photos and the method of shooting the series, as well as the selection of actors, are of the highest quality. Of course, the money comes with it. Apple’s budget is reported to be $ 6 billion to invest in the production of TV shows and movies for Apple TV +.
The Morning Show stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carel – a significant portion of the show’s budget was spent on actors’ salaries. The two main actresses received over $ 2 million per episode.
6. See – $ 15 million per episode
Another series produced by Apple TV +, See, is also on a huge budget, albeit for reasons other than The Morning Show. The cast features Aquaman’s star Jason Momoa starring Baby Voss, the chief of the tribe in a world where humans have lost their eyesight and adapted to a different lifestyle over many centuries.
5. The Mandalorian – $ 15 million per episode
Created by Iron Man director Jon Favreau, Disney +’s The Mandalorian immediately became an instant hit after its premiere. The action takes place in the Star Wars universe, but is not directly related to any of the mainstream movies, which allowed the series a lot of flexibility in terms of plot and character development.
4. Game of Thrones – $ 15 million for last season’s episode
A series that probably needs no introduction. Game of Thrones HBO took the world by storm when it first came out in 2011 and has remained the most expensive and best-produced TV show for many years. Filming in exotic locations, the use of massive CGI, and tons of special effects, not to mention the huge cast – all added to the cost.
3. Pacific – $ 20 million per episode
Released in 2010 by HBO, The Pacific remains one of the most expensive television series ever produced to this day. Producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have spared no expense when it comes to recreating some of the bloodiest and brutal battles of World War II. Initially, the budget was estimated at around $ 100 million for the entire ten-episode series, but the final cost turned out to be more than the average budget of the Hollywood blockbuster.
2. Marvel Series – $ 25 million per episode
Following the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, there’s no reason Disney wouldn’t want to invest more in producing more Marvel content. Upcoming shows, most notably Wandavision, Hawkeye, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, will follow the story of some of the MCU’s most famous characters.
1. Lord of the Rings – Total Budget $ 1 Billion
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien is one of the most successful films in the media today. Amazon is developing a prequel action series and has already paid $ 250 million just for production rights, and the deal also included a commitment that five seasons of the series would be produced. This will bring the total production cost of the entire series to nearly $ 1 billion, which is why this title closes the list of “most expensive series”.