Inflation-Adjusted Sitcoms: $1 Million Per Episode Is Cheap for Big Bang

August 6, 2014 4:42 PM

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A cool $1 million for a day’s work doesn’t seem shabby. That’s what the stars of CBS’s (CBS)Big Bang Theory will be collecting: the three-season contract they finalized yesterday made them the highest-paid sitcom stars on television today.

Still, $1 million isn’t what it used to be. It meant a lot more in 2002 when the cast of Friends broke the seven-figure mark in a deal with Warner Brothers (TWX). Adjusting for inflation, Ross, Phoebe, and the gang were each making $1.32 million per episode in 2014 dollars.

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