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(Movoto)   Have you ever said to yourself, "There's no way those people could afford THAT apartment" when watching a TV show? Well, me neither, but here's vindication for you just in case you did   (movoto.com) divider line 255
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2014-04-28 11:50:49 AM  
Are those adjusted for inflation? Where is you standard deviation! How can I trust these studies?!?!
 
2014-04-28 12:10:42 PM  
Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.
 
2014-04-28 12:13:07 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.


It's actually a set on a sound stage in Los Angeles.
 
2014-04-28 12:16:52 PM  

Solid State Vittles: scottydoesntknow: Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.

It's actually a set on a sound stage in Los Angeles.


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2014-04-28 12:25:45 PM  
How about Penny living across the hall? Even a one-bedroom would be probably 2/3 the $1700 estimate, so $1100/mo on a waitress salary?
 
2014-04-28 12:26:36 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.


came here to say THIS and laugh at the moron who wrote the article
 
2014-04-28 01:01:29 PM  
I still want to know why three surgeons/officers had to share a single tent on M*A*S*H* while Klinger got an entire tent to himself for his wardrobe.
 
2014-04-28 01:22:56 PM  
Today I learned that Mad Men is a sitcom.
 
2014-04-28 01:23:55 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I still want to know why three surgeons/officers had to share a single tent on M*A*S*H* while Klinger got an entire tent to himself for his wardrobe.


Would you want to share a tent with Klinger?
 
2014-04-28 01:27:44 PM  

SuperChuck: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I still want to know why three surgeons/officers had to share a single tent on M*A*S*H* while Klinger got an entire tent to himself for his wardrobe.

Would you want to share a tent with Klinger?


Hell yes!
 
2014-04-28 01:28:51 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.


That was one of the things about the final episode that made no sense:  they were giving up the apartment.  Basically flushing money away.  People keep rent-controlled apartments in NYC because of the value even if they don't use them.
 
2014-04-28 01:29:41 PM  

Gig103: How about Penny living across the hall? Even a one-bedroom would be probably 2/3 the $1700 estimate, so $1100/mo on a waitress salary?


I've also wondered why Leonard and Sheldon need to be roommates, with Leonard dealing with all of Sheldon's quirks, if he could have a place just like Penny's on his own.

(I move a lot. These things get to me. I know the show wouldn't work otherwise. Haha.)

The theme from "Friends" always bugged me about how "broke" they are (rent controlled or not)...  also that building has massive disparity in apartments when you look at Monica and Rachael's versus the one across the hall the guys live in.  No building in NYC has a huge, gorgeous spread out apartment like the girls and then that little dingy one across the hall.
 
2014-04-28 01:30:01 PM  
They think a local TV host in San Francisco makes $96k? Hmm. Seems low.
 
2014-04-28 01:30:47 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Today I learned that Mad Men is a sitcom.


DON DRAPER: (Takes sip of yet another drink, furthering his current descent and foreshadowing a future of sadness, isolation and regret)

STUDIO AUDIENCE: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
 
2014-04-28 01:31:47 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.


I thought this was going to be the Boobies.

If they were going to do Friends they should have done Chandler and Joey's apartment. It's not as big as the girls' but it's still in a decent part of Manhattan. I don't know what Chandler did but Joey was an out of work actor wasn't he?

And how could they have any Idea how much Seinfeld made?
 
2014-04-28 01:31:58 PM  

Wadded Beef: Wellon Dowd: Today I learned that Mad Men is a sitcom.

DON DRAPER: (Takes sip of yet another drink, furthering his current descent and foreshadowing a future of sadness, isolation and regret)

STUDIO AUDIENCE: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.


It adds a new perspective.
 
2014-04-28 01:32:08 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Today I learned that Mad Men is a sitcom.


THIS


Also: No one else in the Full House household paid for rent?!?
 
2014-04-28 01:34:59 PM  

Crudbucket: Wadded Beef: Wellon Dowd: Today I learned that Mad Men is a sitcom.

DON DRAPER: (Takes sip of yet another drink, furthering his current descent and foreshadowing a future of sadness, isolation and regret)

STUDIO AUDIENCE: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

It adds a new perspective.



That was...wow...just...wow.
 
2014-04-28 01:36:12 PM  
I'd love to know how they came up with a housing cost for the Simpsons without knowing what state the house is in.
 
2014-04-28 01:36:14 PM  

serpent_sky: Gig103: How about Penny living across the hall? Even a one-bedroom would be probably 2/3 the $1700 estimate, so $1100/mo on a waitress salary?

I've also wondered why Leonard and Sheldon need to be roommates, with Leonard dealing with all of Sheldon's quirks, if he could have a place just like Penny's on his own.

(I move a lot. These things get to me. I know the show wouldn't work otherwise. Haha.)

The theme from "Friends" always bugged me about how "broke" they are (rent controlled or not)...  also that building has massive disparity in apartments when you look at Monica and Rachael's versus the one across the hall the guys live in.  No building in NYC has a huge, gorgeous spread out apartment like the girls and then that little dingy one across the hall.


There was one episode where Sheldon said that all of his monthly expenses were only ~45% of his salary. But in another episode, he said that he would live alone if he could afford the rent himself.

No, I don't watch that much television, I just have a really good memory.
 
2014-04-28 01:36:42 PM  

Sanguine Dawn: Also: No one else in the Full House household paid for rent?!?


Well I think John Stamos was a musician, the twin girls sold coke and the blonde dude got blown by Alanis Morrisette for a living.
 
2014-04-28 01:37:08 PM  

Mugato: scottydoesntknow: Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.

I thought this was going to be the Boobies.

If they were going to do Friends they should have done Chandler and Joey's apartment. It's not as big as the girls' but it's still in a decent part of Manhattan. I don't know what Chandler did but Joey was an out of work actor wasn't he?

And how could they have any Idea how much Seinfeld made?


Chandler made a lot of money as a Transponster. He paid the rent and everything for him and Joey. I think he even continued to do so after moving out.

And yea, the Jerry one is also dumb. It was established that Jerry is a very successful comedian and made way more than the "average" they go by.
 
2014-04-28 01:38:03 PM  

Sanguine Dawn: Wellon Dowd: Today I learned that Mad Men is a sitcom.

THIS


Also: No one else in the Full House household paid for rent?!?


Also This.  I thought that's why there was two 'uncles' living there with them, to help cover the rent/mortgage
 
2014-04-28 01:38:26 PM  
Concerning Friends, I think the lack of minorities in New York was more obviously clueless than 'how can they afford their apartment'.
 
2014-04-28 01:40:34 PM  

Phins: There was one episode where Sheldon said that all of his monthly expenses were only ~45% of his salary. But in another episode, he said that he would live alone if he could afford the rent himself.


He should become a waitress then, or get money management classes from Penny.  :)
 
2014-04-28 01:41:35 PM  

Phins: serpent_sky: Gig103: How about Penny living across the hall? Even a one-bedroom would be probably 2/3 the $1700 estimate, so $1100/mo on a waitress salary?

I've also wondered why Leonard and Sheldon need to be roommates, with Leonard dealing with all of Sheldon's quirks, if he could have a place just like Penny's on his own.

(I move a lot. These things get to me. I know the show wouldn't work otherwise. Haha.)

The theme from "Friends" always bugged me about how "broke" they are (rent controlled or not)...  also that building has massive disparity in apartments when you look at Monica and Rachael's versus the one across the hall the guys live in.  No building in NYC has a huge, gorgeous spread out apartment like the girls and then that little dingy one across the hall.

There was one episode where Sheldon said that all of his monthly expenses were only ~45% of his salary. But in another episode, he said that he would live alone if he could afford the rent himself.

No, I don't watch that much television, I just have a really good memory.


I also saw an episode of Big Bang where they found like three months worth of uncashed paychecks of Sheldon's in a desk drawer.  How is he paying bills if he hadn't cashed a paycheck in 3 months?
 
2014-04-28 01:43:00 PM  

Mugato: scottydoesntknow: Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.

I thought this was going to be the Boobies.

If they were going to do Friends they should have done Chandler and Joey's apartment. It's not as big as the girls' but it's still in a decent part of Manhattan. I don't know what Chandler did but Joey was an out of work actor wasn't he?

And how could they have any Idea how much Seinfeld made?


Chandler is a Transponster
 
2014-04-28 01:44:28 PM  
The best house on TV is the Golden Girls house. Their lanai is sweet.
 
2014-04-28 01:44:43 PM  
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Probably accurate for a couple of  bottle cappers in the time and place (late '50s Milwaukee) if they were union, but no way a couple of gift-wrappers at a department store could afford this place in Burbank.
www.dvdtalk.com
 
2014-04-28 01:44:43 PM  

Seacop: Chandler is a Transponster


THAT'S NOT EVEN A WORD!!!

/One of the best episodes ever
 
2014-04-28 01:45:32 PM  

Seacop: Mugato: scottydoesntknow: Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.

I thought this was going to be the Boobies.

If they were going to do Friends they should have done Chandler and Joey's apartment. It's not as big as the girls' but it's still in a decent part of Manhattan. I don't know what Chandler did but Joey was an out of work actor wasn't he?

And how could they have any Idea how much Seinfeld made?

Chandler is a Transponster


He worked on the WENUS
 
2014-04-28 01:49:55 PM  

GalFriday: I also saw an episode of Big Bang where they found like three months worth of uncashed paychecks of Sheldon's in a desk drawer.  How is he paying bills if he hadn't cashed a paycheck in 3 months?


Paychecks? I haven't been handed an actual paycheck in over 27 years.
 
2014-04-28 01:49:58 PM  

serpent_sky: Phins: There was one episode where Sheldon said that all of his monthly expenses were only ~45% of his salary. But in another episode, he said that he would live alone if he could afford the rent himself.

He should become a waitress then, or get money management classes from Penny.  :)


I assume that Penny pays her rent primarily off Lenord's tips. The first couple seasons, at least.
 
2014-04-28 01:49:59 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Concerning Friends, I think the lack of minorities in New York was more obviously clueless than 'how can they afford their apartment'.


You know, that always bothered me, until I found out that New York is the most racially segregated city in America.

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-segregated-cities-census-maps-20 13 -4?op=1
http://gothamist.com/2014/04/15/nyc_segregation_map.php#
 
2014-04-28 01:51:03 PM  
Is it me or are those incomes listed incredibly unrealistic?
 
2014-04-28 01:51:57 PM  

GalFriday: Phins: serpent_sky: Gig103: How about Penny living across the hall? Even a one-bedroom would be probably 2/3 the $1700 estimate, so $1100/mo on a waitress salary?

I've also wondered why Leonard and Sheldon need to be roommates, with Leonard dealing with all of Sheldon's quirks, if he could have a place just like Penny's on his own.

(I move a lot. These things get to me. I know the show wouldn't work otherwise. Haha.)

The theme from "Friends" always bugged me about how "broke" they are (rent controlled or not)...  also that building has massive disparity in apartments when you look at Monica and Rachael's versus the one across the hall the guys live in.  No building in NYC has a huge, gorgeous spread out apartment like the girls and then that little dingy one across the hall.

There was one episode where Sheldon said that all of his monthly expenses were only ~45% of his salary. But in another episode, he said that he would live alone if he could afford the rent himself.

No, I don't watch that much television, I just have a really good memory.

I also saw an episode of Big Bang where they found like three months worth of uncashed paychecks of Sheldon's in a desk drawer.  How is he paying bills if he hadn't cashed a paycheck in 3 months?


At work we had to re cut these checks for a guy. He left them laying around for over 180 days and each one was over $4k. I told payroll he didnt need the money so we should split it, they didnt go for it.
 
2014-04-28 01:52:11 PM  
Yeah, Friends was an odd choice for the article. They mentioned the big apartment being rent controlled several times per season, and Chandler said a few times that he could easily afford to live alone.

I'm also not convinced the Bundy house was nearly as large as TFA suggests. Perspective on the sound stage made the living room and kitchen look big, but the dialog always suggested otherwise. The upstairs bedrooms all seemed to be pretty small. I never imagined it to be more than 1100 sq ft or so.
 
2014-04-28 01:52:56 PM  

Wellon Dowd: GalFriday: I also saw an episode of Big Bang where they found like three months worth of uncashed paychecks of Sheldon's in a desk drawer.  How is he paying bills if he hadn't cashed a paycheck in 3 months?

Paychecks? I haven't been handed an actual paycheck in over 27 years.


I haven't either, but I don't write that show, now do I?
 
2014-04-28 01:53:26 PM  
Was it ever explained on Seinfeld how Kramer managed to afford to live in Manhattan despite having seemingly zero income for the majority of the show?
 
2014-04-28 01:53:37 PM  

scottydoesntknow: And yea, the Jerry one is also dumb. It was established that Jerry is a very successful comedian and made way more than the "average" they go by


Yeah, his was the most realistic. Pretty plain by sitcom standards but it's in Manhattan and fits someone who's slightly rich but also doesn't know where his next check is coming from.

Now George's place was about the same and he was on again off again unemployed.
 
2014-04-28 01:55:04 PM  

GalFriday: Seacop: Mugato: scottydoesntknow: Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.

I thought this was going to be the Boobies.

If they were going to do Friends they should have done Chandler and Joey's apartment. It's not as big as the girls' but it's still in a decent part of Manhattan. I don't know what Chandler did but Joey was an out of work actor wasn't he?

And how could they have any Idea how much Seinfeld made?

Chandler is a Transponster

He worked on the WENUS


And nearly the ANUS.
 
2014-04-28 01:56:09 PM  
It was heavily implied numerous times throughout the series that Jerry Seinfeld made considerably more money than you would expect just from looking at his career from the outside. In all likelihood, Jerry was paying only a relatively small fraction of his actual income in rent.
 
2014-04-28 01:58:23 PM  

spman: Was it ever explained on Seinfeld how Kramer managed to afford to live in Manhattan despite having seemingly zero income for the majority of the show?


That's one of the running gags. Either George or Jerry asked him point-blank about it once and he just gave some cryptic non-answer that leads you to believe he's getting money somehow but doesn't want to say what it is.
 
2014-04-28 01:59:45 PM  

Mugato: Now George's place was about the same and he was on again off again unemployed.


Didn't he have to move back in with his parents at one point?

While he was unemployed a lot, when he was employed, he usually had good, high-paying jobs.

Kramer is much harder to explain... It seems like they didn't go much into it but he probably ran a lot of scams and schemes to get by.  He also generally ate out of Jerry's apartment at all times.
 
2014-04-28 02:00:32 PM  

spman: Was it ever explained on Seinfeld how Kramer managed to afford to live in Manhattan despite having seemingly zero income for the majority of the show?


George in "The Visa":

"Kramer goes to Fantasy Camp. His whole life is a fantasy camp. People should plunk down two-thousand dollars to live like him for a month. Do nothing, fall ass-backwards into money, mooch food off your neighbors, and have sex without dating.THAT'S a Fantasy camp!"

Also he was on strike from the bagel company.
 
2014-04-28 02:00:57 PM  
The Cosby show's townhouse always bugged me. How could they afford it? Neither adult seemed to be at thier practice
 
2014-04-28 02:01:14 PM  

skozlaw: It was heavily implied numerous times throughout the series that Jerry Seinfeld made considerably more money than you would expect just from looking at his career from the outside. In all likelihood, Jerry was paying only a relatively small fraction of his actual income in rent.


Like when he bought the Cadillac for his father like it was nothing, or never seemed to want for anything,
 
2014-04-28 02:02:47 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Mugato: scottydoesntknow: Monica and Rachel's apartment in Friends was rent-controlled (sublet from her grandmother). Their rent was a fark-ton lower than the $5,000 estimate.

I thought this was going to be the Boobies.

If they were going to do Friends they should have done Chandler and Joey's apartment. It's not as big as the girls' but it's still in a decent part of Manhattan. I don't know what Chandler did but Joey was an out of work actor wasn't he?

And how could they have any Idea how much Seinfeld made?

Chandler made a lot of money as a Transponster. He paid the rent and everything for him and Joey. I think he even continued to do so after moving out.

And yea, the Jerry one is also dumb. It was established that Jerry is a very successful comedian and made way more than the "average" they go by.


Oh, so you are one of those who believed he could afford that Cadillac and go to the non-early bird special. Go steal a marble rye....
 
2014-04-28 02:04:26 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: The Cosby show's townhouse always bugged me. How could they afford it? Neither adult seemed to be at thier practice


I thought Cliff had a home office?
 
2014-04-28 02:04:37 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I still want to know why three surgeons/officers had to share a single tent on M*A*S*H* while Klinger got an entire tent to himself for his wardrobe.


Why did two jag-offs and a complete twat, who between the three of them could give everyone in the camp a compelling reason under the UMCJ to slowly torture them unto death, but the guy who ran the office where all the logistical paperwork originated got his own tent?  Nope, can't think of a single reason.
 
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