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Ted Danson

TV Show: Cheers
Seasons:
11
Finale Episode Airdate:
May 20, 1993
Show Residuals:
Up to $5 million a year*

Ted Danson has enjoyed a successful career, but his most recognizable role was in NBC’s Cheers as leading character Sam Malone. Cheers was – and continues to be – one of the biggest shows ever to grace our screens. 

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After Cheers aired, some interesting details came out about the show. For example, the show’s location, the Bull & Finch Pub, was chosen out of the phone book. The producers asked Tom Kershaw, the owner of the bar, to shoot exterior footage. Kershaw agreed–for a price of just $1!

Danson has had several roles since that have bumped up his bank balance, including parts in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bored to Death, and The Good Place. If Danson decides to retire, he could rest easy knowing that he would still get up to $5 million a year from his 80s sitcom. That’s a prettier pension than most of us can expect to get!

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Bob Saget

TV Show: Full House 
Seasons:
Finale Episode Airdate: May 23, 1995 
Show Residuals: Up to $2,000 per year*

Bob Saget played Danny Tanner on Full House, and he has made the highest residual checks of anyone else in the series. These checks, he stated in an interview, still didn’t amount to much. He stated that because he was not an executive producer, his residuals from the popular sitcom were between $2 and $2,000.

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He claimed that, with residuals, you basically get “nothing.” Saget is likely making comparatively more residual money now from his Full House spinoff, Fuller House, which airs on Netflix. Fuller House has five seasons but was canceled in the spring of 2019 after viewership plunged.

Jeff Franklin, the producer of the show, still continues to rake in high residuals. Full House aired internationally, and, in some cases, it even became more popular in syndication. Dave Coulier, one of the main “uncles” on the show, said that Full House was a “dysfunctional family” that still kept it “G-rated.”

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