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15 Sitcom Characters Who Might Be Broke If They Lived In The Real World

You may have wondered if characters on your favorite show could actually afford to live in their houses or apartments. Here's the answer.

Chris Kolmar

Chief Armchair Economist

164 articles, 139 comments

While watching your favorite sitcom, you may have wondered if the characters on the show could actually afford to live in their houses or apartments in reality. Could a news anchor in San Francisco really pay the mortgage on the towering home that the “Full House” clan resided in? Is Mindy Lahiri’s spacious Manhattan apartment too much for her doctor’s salary? How about Al Bundy—is his and Peg’s Illinois home over budget for his paltry shoe salesman income?

We chose 15 of America’s favorite TV shows and examined their dwellings as well as their estimated incomes (based on occupations). We researched the real-life cities and neighborhoods that the sitcoms were set in and found comparable real estate and rental listings. Take a look and find out if four roommates really are needed to pay the rent on the expansive L.A. loft in “New Girl”.

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posted on: April 16, 2014
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  1. Marcy

    Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful information specially the last part :) I care for such info much. I was seeking this particular information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  2. Bob

    Didn’t Monica (Friends) cry about having to leave because her apt was so cheap due to rent control? I seem to recall that…

  3. Juan Carlos

    Mad Men isn’t a sitcom.

  4. Tabbie

    This is a really cute idea!

    Do the numbers account for the time the shows were filmed/took place, though? I mean, rent/mortgage costs have changed a LOT in the past decade, even if income hasn’t.

 

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