I figured this might fall under a "social issue", hence posting it in PRSI. If not, feel free to move it to the regular community discussion. Who Are TV's Top Earners? The list of TV's top earners was just published, and the list is quite astonishing. The amount of money some of these people make is pretty ridiculous. The highest-paid actor in a TV series of any sort is Charlie Sheen at $1.25 million PER EPISODE. Charlie Sheen! He's not even that good. The next-closest person behind him, his co-star, doesn't even make half as much. But some of the numbers are just seriously strange. Angus T. Jones plays the son on Two and a Half Men. He makes $250,000 per episode. I've watched the show a few times, and it seems like he's really not that big of a character...and I've always thought he was a pretty terrible actor. Then you look at the leads for something like The Big Bang Theory (one of the top shows currently) who make $60,000 or less an episode. It's just weird. Some of my favorites: Judge Judy makes more than David Letterman?? Really??? Kate Gosselin makes $250,000 an episode for being alive? SNOOKI?! And don't get me started on the news people. Either way, it just seems like the amount some people make is out of control. I see it the same with sports figures. I'm sure there will be the standard replies saying "Well, then stop watching TV and stop supporting them!" Yes, that's an option, but let;s be serious...that will probably never happen. But it seems that TV and sports have dug themselves a hole they can't get out of now...and the public ends up paying for it by way of higher prices to support advertising. And then the actor wants a raise. Ad prices go up. Cost of product goes up. Ahh, the vicious cycle. Just for giggles, I did the math. Take a person who has a basic $10 an hour job. He works 40 hours a week, every week of the year, starting from when he is 16 years old. He would have to work until he was 76 years old to earn what Charlie Sheen makes in ONE EPISODE of his show. HA! I'm just interested in what others think about these types of salaries. It will be interesting to hear the comments on how wonderful capitalism is, as well!