Actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon

When you watch a TV show, chances are you’re not thinking about the type of lifestyle the character is living. The whole point of TV is to get you caught up in your favorite characters’ “reality.” But, have you ever wondered if they would be able to support the lavish lifestyle they live in the real world?

Is it Realistic?

Recently, crunched the numbers to find out which beloved TV characters could realistically live their charmed life in today’s economy. Focusing on the metrics of annual salaries, monthly net income, location, monthly rent or mortgage, and disposable income, a few characters really stood out.

Alex Levy – The Morning Show

Actress Jennifer Aniston
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Star of the Apple TV hit The Morning Show, actress Jennifer Aniston’s character, Alex Levy, is loosely based on NBC’s Today Show.

After taxes, it’s estimated that Levy’s net income amounts to $343,566 per month. Zillow estimates the rent for this exact penthouse Levy lives in to be around $43,160 per month!

The study estimates that New York City’s favorite news anchor still rakes in more than $300,000 in disposable income a month after taxes and rent, leaving her more than enough money to support her lavish lifestyle. 

Blair Waldorf – Gossip Girl

Actress Leighton Meester
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The article states that despite coming from a wealthy family, they solely focused on her income earned as CEO of Waldorf Designs. It was estimated that she was making an annual income of $10,000,000.

After paying taxes and the $212,324 monthly rent for her lavish Waldorf Penthouse on 1136 Fifth Avenue, the study notes Waldorf is left with a monthly expendable income of $215,142.

Ted Lasso – Ted Lasso

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As the head coach of AFC Richmond, Ted Lasso earns an estimated annual income of $1,285,275. The study notes, “Coach Lasso’s apartment on Paved Court in Richmond comes with an estimated monthly rent of $3,855 (£3,000) per month, according to Zoopla. This leaves the Midwest-twang character about $52,784 (£41,069) to spare after taxes and rent.”

Phil Dunphy – Modern Family

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The article shares, “Glassdoor estimates Dunphy’s annual income as a realtor in Santa Monica to average out to $100,000, a respectable income indeed. Unfortunately, Dunphy falls into a deep financial hole because of his hefty mortgage.“ Zillow estimates that a house similar to Dunphy’s would cost around $11,000 per month in real life, which would put him in the red around $5,000 per month. 

Oliver Putnam – Only Murders in the Building

Actor Martin Short
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Coming in last on the list is theater director Oliver Putnam. It was said, “With a yearly income of $83,933, his New York City salary is quite decent. Unfortunately, his biggest downfall (besides being intensely obsessed with true crime) is the fact that he’s residing in one of the city’s most expensive buildings.”

With the average mortgage payment costing almost as much as he earns in a year, it seems Oliver is way over his head and should consider finding more affordable housing.

How the Remainder of the Characters Stack up

The study goes on to show other fan favorites Harvey Specter, a lawyer in the TV drama Suits, Meredith Grey, Chief of General Surgery in the long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Jessica Day from New Girl, and Michaela Stone from Manifest, would each be able to continue thriving should they be plucked from TV and dropped into reality.

Michael Scott from The Office, Carmen Berzatto from The Bear, and Emily Cooper from Emily in Paris would all be capable of supporting their fictional middle-class lifestyles in the non-fictional world.

Joe Goldberg, an English literature lecturer from the thriller You, may be able to get by if he takes care to live frugally in London, as his estimated annual income of $59,023 won’t go too far in an expensive city like London.

This study gives us a fun reality check when we get caught up in the glitz and the glamour of what we watch on TV and bring us back down to Earth when we find ourselves wishing we could live like our favorite TV characters.

12 Films Guaranteed to Freeze Your Blood: Are You Brave Enough?

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Looking for movies that redefine the word horror? Sometimes, it’s not just about the spooky movies you’ve heard of, sometimes it’s the ones that delve deep into horror that have a greater impact. Sit back, try to relax, and dive into these 12 films that are absolutely bone-chilling.

12 Films Guaranteed to Freeze Your Blood: Are You Brave Enough?

Beyond the Stars & Off the Radar: 25 Sci-Fi Series Begging for Your Binge

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Like the kaleidoscopic worlds they’re frequently set in, the sci-fi genre is an almost bottomless ocean of books, comics, movies, and TV shows — many of which are worth seeing or reading for one reason or another.

Beyond the Stars & Off the Radar: 25 Sci-Fi Series Begging for Your Binge

80s Unearthed: The 24 Hidden Film Gems That Hollywood Forgot, But You Won’t

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While some films from the 80s have become iconic, etching themselves into our collective memories, a treasure trove of lesser-known films has gradually faded into obscurity.

Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of 25 gems, based on IMDb, that graced our screens with their offbeat charm, eccentric characters, and captivating narratives that defy convention.

80s Unearthed: The 24 Hidden Film Gems That Hollywood Forgot, But You Won’t

25 Movies You May Only Watch Once Because They’ll Destroy You

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Some movies can leave such a profound impact on us that we can’t bear watching them again. Ever. These films stay with us long after the credits roll, haunting our thoughts and leaving us emotionally shattered.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of 25 movies deemed one-time experiences by viewers on an online forum who have been through the emotional wringer.

25 Movies You May Only Watch Once Because They’ll Destroy You


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