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How ‘Sex and the City’ Made Sarah Jessica Parker The Highest-Paid TV Actor In History

Ignore Ray Romano, Jennifer Aniston, and Jerry Seinfeld. The highest-paid television actress in history is Sarah Jessica Parker, BY A LONG SHOT.



And just like that, “Sex and the City” has a new season.

There was once a television program called “Sex and the City” that starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, and Kim Cattrall for those who don’t know what I’m talking about (i.e. most straight males). Between 1998 and 2004, 94 episodes were shown during the original run’s six seasons. The first run and “The Sopranos” helped HBO gain recognition and, in a sense, set the way for the high-profile, lavish, premium television programs that are the rule today.

Two feature films, one released in 2008 and the other in 2010, brought the program back to life. Between 2013 and 2014 a prequel called “The Carrie Diaries” (starring totally different actresses) aired two seasons on The CW.

Additionally, a brand-new 10-episode revival had its HBO Max debut last night. Spoiler alert: They have sex and talk about sex and drink martinis at cool NYC restaurants and probably go to spin class or something‚Ķ I’m not sure. I haven’t watched a single second of the franchise.


The opening line of this article refers to the title of the 10-episode revival, “And Just Like That…”.

Regardless of what you think of the show or the various incarnations that were spawned, there’s one area where Celebrity Net Worth readers need to bow down and show some respect: Sarah Jessica Parker has amassed a MASSIVE fortune because to her series. She became the highest-paid television actor in history, male or female, in terms of pay per episode. Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Jennifer Aniston, and Reece Witherspoon pale in comparison to her record.

Sarah Jessica Parker Salary
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(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images )

Highest Paid Actor In Television History

Before the fourth season of the program began airing in 2001, Sarah’s original series contract had already run out. Looking to lock down the biggest star on one of their two biggest shows, HBO did not hold back.

Sarah walked away from the negotiations with a huge per-episode salary bump and a producer credit. As a point of interest, James Gandolfini never received producer credit for “The Sopranos.”


After accounting for inflation, her average episode salary was $4.333 million. So, in other words, Sarah made the same around $182 million, inflation adjusted, for the final three seasons.

    Here is the list after inflation adjustment:

      How Much Has Sarah Jessica Parker Made From Sex and the City?

      Sarah earned $15 million for the first film and $20 million for the second. That sums up to $35 million from the movies.


      Add it all up… then suddenly… The total revenues from the “Sex and the City” franchise for Sarah Jessica Parker are…

      $242 million

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