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2014-04-28 03:08:11 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?


In one episode it was implied that Kramer inherited a bunch of money earlier in his life.  And his apartment was a sublet from Paul Buchman (the lead character on Mad About you) who had apparently been there for quite a while.  It's possible his rent is rather low.

Plus, he's Kramer.
 
2014-04-28 03:09:25 PM  

groppet: IIRC the episode where the plant was going to melt down Smithers and Burns were talking about Homer being hired under Operation Bootstrap. Mr. Burns thanked president Ford for that plan.


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2014-04-28 03:11:07 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: groppet: IIRC the episode where the plant was going to melt down Smithers and Burns were talking about Homer being hired under Operation Bootstrap. Mr. Burns thanked president Ford for that plan.

[www.randomlicious.org image 720x480]


To be fair though, we have yet to see another bear since they instituted the bear patrol tax.
 
2014-04-28 03:11:22 PM  

Mugato: bungle_jr: how he got such a seemingly high up job, i really don't recall.

I'm guessing because Mr. Burns doesn't give a shiat. Lenny and Carl don't seem to be Dr. Christmas Jones in the nuclear physics dept either.


Season 1, Episode 3:

Unsatisfied with his own efforts, Homer takes on the biggest danger in Springfield, the nuclear power plant. After Homer rallies people to his cause, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Burns">Mr. Burns decides to end the furor he is creating by offering him a new position as the plant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inspection">safety inspector, along with a higher salary. Homer, torn between his principles and his livelihood, tearfully tells his followers that they must fight their battles alone from this point on and takes the job.
 
2014-04-28 03:12:35 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Mid_mo_mad_man: 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?

daddy


Giggling Jiggling boobs can really bring in the tips

Took me a second to parse that one...

Mugato: bungle_jr: about the deloreans...delorean.com has many used for sale...most have "$inquire" on the price line, but there are prices from about $31k thru about $54k listed. you can get a "brand new" one, made from never-before-used parts, for something like $75k. so, delorean...not exactly like buying a rolls or bentley

Yeah, I didn't say they were but someone mentioned that he collects cars and I thought that was kind of cool.

/must be hard to get parts for though

Delorean parts are incredibly EASY to get ahold of. Enough parts were produced to make over 30,000, but less than 10,000 got assembled. There's a company in Texas (Delorean Motor Company) that bought EVERYTHING...all the NOS parts, all of the CAD files, blueprints, everything. Any parts that they run out of, they can reproduce to OEM specs or better. They also do full restorations, and Back to the Future conversions, if I remember correctly.


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2014-04-28 03:12:40 PM  
What they're not telling you is that The Homer has been the top-selling car in China and India for ten years running.
 
2014-04-28 03:12:57 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: groppet: IIRC the episode where the plant was going to melt down Smithers and Burns were talking about Homer being hired under Operation Bootstrap. Mr. Burns thanked president Ford for that plan.

[www.randomlicious.org image 720x480]


so, $11/hr. but what season was that? show started in 87, and $11/hr back then was pretty good money.
 
2014-04-28 03:14:10 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Delorean parts are incredibly EASY to get ahold of


Ok, fair enough. I just based that on the fact that they've been out of production and no other knowledge.

Sin_City_Superhero: They also do full restorations, and Back to the Future conversions


That would be pretty cheesy. And I'd probably do it if I had one. But just the flux capacitor, time circuits and Mr. Fusion. No giant microchip strapped to the hood, that would be tacky.
 
2014-04-28 03:14:16 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Delorean parts are incredibly EASY to get ahold of. Enough parts were produced to make over 30,000, but less than 10,000 got assembled. There's a company in Texas (Delorean Motor Company) that bought EVERYTHING...all the NOS parts, all of the CAD files, blueprints, everything. Any parts that they run out of, they can reproduce to OEM specs or better. They also do full restorations, and Back to the Future conversions, if I remember correctly.


I have to make a Firefox addon that blocks anybody who mentions this company. I have enough half finished projects to not have a Delorean sitting in my kitchen.
 
2014-04-28 03:15:22 PM  

bungle_jr: so, $11/hr. but what season was that? show started in 87, and $11/hr back then was pretty good money.


That episode aired in 1996.
 
2014-04-28 03:16:35 PM  
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They are way underestimating those salaries.
 
2014-04-28 03:16:45 PM  

bungle_jr: Yanks_RSJ: groppet: IIRC the episode where the plant was going to melt down Smithers and Burns were talking about Homer being hired under Operation Bootstrap. Mr. Burns thanked president Ford for that plan.

[www.randomlicious.org image 720x480]

so, $11/hr. but what season was that? show started in 87, and $11/hr back then was pretty good money.


1996, season 7.
 
2014-04-28 03:17:11 PM  

Mugato: Sin_City_Superhero: Delorean parts are incredibly EASY to get ahold of

Ok, fair enough. I just based that on the fact that they've been out of production and no other knowledge.

Sin_City_Superhero: They also do full restorations, and Back to the Future conversions

That would be pretty cheesy. And I'd probably do it if I had one. But just the flux capacitor, time circuits and Mr. Fusion. No giant microchip strapped to the hood, that would be tacky.


I'm thinking of putting a MrFusion on my Forester.
 
2014-04-28 03:17:28 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: bungle_jr: so, $11/hr. but what season was that? show started in 87, and $11/hr back then was pretty good money.

That episode aired in 1996.


considering springfield is likely in the midwest, where housing prices tend to be cheaper than the coasts and big cities, $11/hr in 1996 would provide a decent lower-middle-class living
 
2014-04-28 03:18:47 PM  
"Sure, everybody loves the show Friends, but, come on, that's not singles reality. In the real singles world you live in an apartment the size of Billy Barty's walk-in closet with three roommates who are flakier than a Greek pastry placed on Wally George's shoulder. Roommates who two weeks into the relationship tell you they spent their rent money on a QVC alabaster statuette of Hermann Goring that they are hollowing into a bong."

-- Dennis Miller, back when he was somewhat funny
 
2014-04-28 03:20:29 PM  

Biff_Steel: [img.fark.net image 568x374]

They are way underestimating those salaries.


It's funny how the retired black couple make way less than anyone else. Doubly funny how everyone in that picture look so put upon and sad, as if they were struggling to get by on $9.50/hr...
 
2014-04-28 03:21:25 PM  

bungle_jr: Yanks_RSJ: bungle_jr: so, $11/hr. but what season was that? show started in 87, and $11/hr back then was pretty good money.

That episode aired in 1996.

considering springfield is likely in the midwest, where housing prices tend to be cheaper than the coasts and big cities, $11/hr in 1996 would provide a decent lower-middle-class living


Yeah, in another episode Homer refers to them as "upper-lower-middle class" types.  And with Abe selling his house and ponying up the down payment (before they shipped him off the old folks home) that mortgage in Pressboard Estates would probably be in their budget.
 
2014-04-28 03:21:53 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: What they're not telling you is that The Homer has been the top-selling car in China and India for ten years running.


Plus the Mr. Sparkle money for the use of his likeness still comes in, I'm sure.  And Mr. Plow is probably busy in winter....
 
2014-04-28 03:23:56 PM  
Penny has been making money starring in fetish films.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 03:25:11 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: -- Dennis Miller, back when he was somewhat funny


Verbose and almost as literate as he thought he was but funny. Then he had to go all conservative bat shiat insane after 9/11.
 
2014-04-28 03:26:20 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: I have to make a Firefox addon that blocks anybody who mentions this company. I have enough half finished projects to not have a Delorean sitting in my kitchen.


I feel ya. I currently have three, but I'm wrapping up work on my '85 RX-7. Once I sell it, it'll just be the Datsun truck and the Fiero.
 
2014-04-28 03:29:43 PM  

serpent_sky: Mr. Coffee Nerves: What they're not telling you is that The Homer has been the top-selling car in China and India for ten years running.

Plus the Mr. Sparkle money for the use of his likeness still comes in, I'm sure.  And Mr. Plow is probably busy in winter....


Homer had tons of other jobs. He was the police chief, garbage commissioner, Isotopes mascot, monorail conductor just to name a few.
 
2014-04-28 03:29:56 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Mid_mo_mad_man: 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?

daddy


Giggling Jiggling boobs can really bring in the tips

Took me a second to parse that one...

Mugato: bungle_jr: about the deloreans...delorean.com has many used for sale...most have "$inquire" on the price line, but there are prices from about $31k thru about $54k listed. you can get a "brand new" one, made from never-before-used parts, for something like $75k. so, delorean...not exactly like buying a rolls or bentley

Yeah, I didn't say they were but someone mentioned that he collects cars and I thought that was kind of cool.

/must be hard to get parts for though

Delorean parts are incredibly EASY to get ahold of. Enough parts were produced to make over 30,000, but less than 10,000 got assembled. There's a company in Texas (Delorean Motor Company) that bought EVERYTHING...all the NOS parts, all of the CAD files, blueprints, everything. Any parts that they run out of, they can reproduce to OEM specs or better. They also do full restorations, and Back to the Future conversions, if I remember correctly.


I think now they even convert DeLoreans to electric cars.
 
2014-04-28 03:31:47 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: "Sure, everybody loves the show Friends, but, come on, that's not singles reality. In the real singles world you live in an apartment the size of Billy Barty's walk-in closet with three roommates who are flakier than a Greek pastry placed on Wally George's shoulder. Roommates who two weeks into the relationship tell you they spent their rent money on a QVC alabaster statuette of Hermann Goring that they are hollowing into a bong."

-- Dennis Miller, back when he was somewhat funny


that isn't even somewhat funny
 
2014-04-28 03:32:05 PM  

The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: 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.


I think it's spelled AENUS.  And eventually, Chandler quit that job and went into advertising.
 
2014-04-28 03:35:19 PM  

Mugato: Target Builder: Homer Simpson is pulling in almost $80k?

The article says he's a Nuclear Safety "instructor", which I don't think is right. I think he's head of safety in the plant, which probably requires at least a masters in engineering. Which of course Homer doesn't have but he must have gotten the job through some comical means. The salary is probably about right.


Burns gave him the job in exchange for him calling off an anti-nuclear protest that threatened to shut down the plant.  It was like the second or third episode of the series, IIRC.
 
2014-04-28 03:37:52 PM  

chitownmike: Mr_Fabulous: "Sure, everybody loves the show Friends, but, come on, that's not singles reality. In the real singles world you live in an apartment the size of Billy Barty's walk-in closet with three roommates who are flakier than a Greek pastry placed on Wally George's shoulder. Roommates who two weeks into the relationship tell you they spent their rent money on a QVC alabaster statuette of Hermann Goring that they are hollowing into a bong."

-- Dennis Miller, back when he was somewhat funny

that isn't even somewhat funny


That's more like nonewhat funny.
 
2014-04-28 03:39:50 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Mugato

bungle_jr: about the deloreans...delorean.com has many used for sale...most have "$inquire" on the price line, but there are prices from about $31k thru about $54k listed. you can get a "brand new" one, made from never-before-used parts, for something like $75k. so, delorean...not exactly like buying a rolls or bentley

Yeah, I didn't say they were but someone mentioned that he collects cars and I thought that was kind of cool.

/must be hard to get parts for though


It's not as bad as you might think. Here is the episode of Wheeler Dealers where Mike visits the parts warehouse.

That episode was about refurbing a DMC-12. Interesting stuff.


They have enough parts that they've built DeLoreans from scratch.  The guys in Texas actually bought out DMC when it was in bankruptcy; they are the auto maker at this point.

Jerry Seinfeld made an obscene amount during the last few seasons of the show and then once it went into syndication.  He's a car collector, specifically of Porsches.  He owns a large warehouse building in one of the outer boroughs where he stores his cars.  He's an obsessive collector, with several hundred cars.
 
2014-04-28 03:40:19 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: 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.

I think it's spelled AENUS.  And eventually, Chandler quit that job and went into advertising.


Oops, I was wrong about that.
 
2014-04-28 03:41:40 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Tr0mBoNe: I have to make a Firefox addon that blocks anybody who mentions this company. I have enough half finished projects to not have a Delorean sitting in my kitchen.

I feel ya. I currently have three, but I'm wrapping up work on my '85 RX-7. Once I sell it, it'll just be the Datsun truck and the Fiero.


Fiero, LOL!
 
2014-04-28 03:45:32 PM  

max_pooper: serpent_sky: Mr. Coffee Nerves: What they're not telling you is that The Homer has been the top-selling car in China and India for ten years running.

Plus the Mr. Sparkle money for the use of his likeness still comes in, I'm sure.  And Mr. Plow is probably busy in winter....

Homer had tons of other jobs. He was the police chief, garbage commissioner, Isotopes mascot, monorail conductor just to name a few.


meanwhile one of his former coworkers could barely affort an efficiency suite above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley. since springfield has only one, he must have had a long commute.
 
2014-04-28 03:45:53 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.


Maybe they thought the cross dressing impulse was contagious? It was the 50's, after all...
 
2014-04-28 03:46:55 PM  
Homer also owns the Denver Broncos as one of his severance packages. from the year before they started winning superbowls.
 
2014-04-28 03:47:01 PM  

mcreadyblue: Sin_City_Superhero: Tr0mBoNe: I have to make a Firefox addon that blocks anybody who mentions this company. I have enough half finished projects to not have a Delorean sitting in my kitchen.

I feel ya. I currently have three, but I'm wrapping up work on my '85 RX-7. Once I sell it, it'll just be the Datsun truck and the Fiero.

Fiero, LOL!


Those are actually neat little cars!  Stereo speakers in the headrests, they weren't bad on gas, the GTs were sporty little things (for a "commuter car"), and they looked good (the later ones moreso).  I'd love to own a 2M6 or a GT with a stick shift.

Btw, congrats to Subaru for showing a commercial with a model with a standard (dad is teaching his twins how to drive it).

/Save the manuals!
 
2014-04-28 03:47:41 PM  
And probably his brother Herb sends him care packages whenever he's not broke
 
2014-04-28 03:47:52 PM  

serpent_sky: 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.


Because he needs the company, even if it's coming from a neurotic. On top of that, he probably shudders at the thought of Sheldon trying to function on his own. Despite the quirks, they're still friends.

--OR--

Short answer: It's in the script.
 
2014-04-28 03:51:31 PM  

clkeagle: 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.


Well, I can tell you from first hand experience that two people just can't sleep in Kelly Bundy's twin bed...
 
2014-04-28 03:53:05 PM  

Trainspotr: Next, someone should figure out how the interior of the Brady house would ever fit inside the exterior shot.


I read a great article a few years back about how for an architect, Mike Brady had designed a shiatty house...
 
2014-04-28 03:56:24 PM  
The only apartment-dwellers on TV who lived in one even remotely resembling those most
Americans live in were Ralph and Alice Kramden.
 
2014-04-28 03:56:55 PM  
Enough about that, I want to know how a bartender and psychology student can afford a $500k+ house on House Hunters.
 
2014-04-28 03:57:31 PM  

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

and apparently set in 2014, according to the pay/rent

unless the numbers are adjusted for inflation, and the "author" of this piece failed to mention that somewhere

it MUST be adjusted, because there is NO WAY al bundy pulled in over $1500/month in 1988 dollars


I can't figure out if you meant that's too low or too high.  Because that seems right to me.  That would be about $36K today, which is what I'd expect for a shoe salesman in the Chicago area.
 
2014-04-28 03:58:12 PM  

squegeebooo: 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


Jessie was the girls' biological uncle.  Joey was Danny's wacky best friend.  They moved in with Danny after his wife was killed by a drunk driver, to help raise the girls.

Funny that the three of them are RL BFFs.  http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1wifo2/john_stamos_dave_coulier _ and_bob_saget_here_the/
 
2014-04-28 04:07:57 PM  
There is no way Al Bundy earned that much. Minimum wag shoe salesman who clearly doesn't work 40 hours per week? NO WAY.
 
2014-04-28 04:08:33 PM  
wage
 
2014-04-28 04:09:37 PM  
The Brady Bunch was all kinds of messed up.  Architect living in a poorly designed home, stay at home mom with a live-in maid, kids sharing bedrooms in said poorly designed home.  If they couldn't afford a bigger home, maybe they could lose the maid and Mrs. Brady could do her own damn cooking.
 
2014-04-28 04:10:49 PM  

The Banana Thug: bungle_jr: Wellon Dowd: Today I learned that Mad Men is a sitcom.

and apparently set in 2014, according to the pay/rent

unless the numbers are adjusted for inflation, and the "author" of this piece failed to mention that somewhere

it MUST be adjusted, because there is NO WAY al bundy pulled in over $1500/month in 1988 dollars

I can't figure out if you meant that's too low or too high.  Because that seems right to me.  That would be about $36K today, which is what I'd expect for a shoe salesman in the Chicago area.


AT BEST in today's dollars, a minimum wage shoe salesman would make $1176 a month. In 1988, he would have made more like $800 per month at minimum wage.
 
2014-04-28 04:13:15 PM  
Ted Mosby split his rent with Lily and Marshall, or with Robin, or when Barney (IIRC, because Swarley wanted a place to screw chicks he picked up at McClaren's). I think Ted only had a few weeks in which he lived alone, after Robin moved out.
 
2014-04-28 04:17:10 PM  

peacheslatour: The Brady Bunch was all kinds of messed up.  Architect living in a poorly designed home, stay at home mom with a live-in maid, kids sharing bedrooms in said poorly designed home.  If they couldn't afford a bigger home, maybe they could lose the maid and Mrs. Brady could do her own damn cooking.


Somewhere there's an SNL House Hunters spoof where Mike and Carol see a couple of houses that would suit their family, then pick the one with two bedrooms and one bathroom for six kids.

Although they did apparently make the attic taller between the episode where Greg moves into Mike's office and the one where he moves into the attic.
 
2014-04-28 04:18:32 PM  
But the Simpsons also get sued all the time with an average settlement of $68,000.
 
2014-04-28 04:19:54 PM  

Nix Nightbird: I can't figure out if you meant that's too low or too high.  Because that seems right to me.  That would be about $36K today, which is what I'd expect for a shoe salesman in the Chicago area.

AT BEST in today's dollars, a minimum wage shoe salesman would make $1176 a month. In 1988, he would have made more like $800 per month at minimum wage.


Most shoe salespeople are paid on commission. Someone who really hustles can actually make decent money selling shoes. Working full-time $36K is easily doable.
 
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