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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

156 articles, 136 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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