The joy television stars bring to our lives is priceless -- and that is certainly reflected in the sky-high salaries of its brightest stars. Variety has released a comprehensive ranking of (estimated) highest-paid on-screen talent, and the two actors bringing home the biggest TV paychecks right now are The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco, cashing in an estimated $1,000,000 per episode.
The wildly popular CBS series is now in its tenth season, and has consistently brought in top ratings for the network — so while its stars may not have to learn sword fighting, fight white walkers or trudge through furious crowds naked for a public shaming, they're earning almost twice that of HBO's Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey, who take home an estimated $500,000 per episode.
On the drama side, seems like Netflix has shelled out big bucks to get Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel back for Gilmore Girls, spending an estimated $750,000 per episode, per actress. With that kind of money, they can buy a lot of coffee.
Possibly the largest TV paycheck though goes to the peppy and plainspoken Judge Judy Sheindlin, who earns $47 million a year to settle small claims and tell it like it is on the syndicated Judge Judy. The reality show host and honorable court official works hard for the money though, filming over 260 new episodes a season — as compared to The Big Bang's 24 new episodes.