From 1978 to 1991, viewers tuned in to Dallas every week to see what antics the Ewing family would get up to next. While the delightfully devious J.R. Ewing might be the most memorable part of this classic primetime soap opera, we think that Southfork Ranch, the home of the Ewings, is the real star of the show.
Many of the show's exterior shots were shot on location at the ranch (which is located on the outskirts of Dallas), and viewers were instantly captivated by the cowboy decadence the giant house displayed. The actual ranch was recently sold to a development company that plans on preserving this important part of Texas history, and it's estimated that the property is worth upwards of $6 million today.
It's not uncommon for TV show characters to own a home that seems completely out of their price range, but none of them have been quite as ridiculous as the Tanner family home in the '90s sitcom Full House. Dad Danny Tanner (played by Bob Saget) was a news anchor in San Francisco, and we have a hard time believing that he could afford a home like this (much less support a giant family) on his salary.
The beautiful three-bedroom Victorian home that was used for exterior shots of the Tanner home was sold in 2016 for a whopping $4.15 million. That sounds like a hefty sum, but considering how crazy real estate can be in San Francisco, it almost seems suspiciously low for a place like that!
The Brady Bunch
The Cleavers from Leave it to Beaver might been seen as the ultimate stereotypical perfect TV family, but we think that the Bradys of The Brady Bunch could give them a run for their money! This blended family may have had their issues, but it was never something that couldn't be solved in 30 minutes from the comfort of their perfectly maintained ranch home.
The home used for exterior shots in the show recently went on the market in Studio City, CA, with an asking price of $5.5 million. Considering that this home was a major part of TV history, we could see that price rising as potential buyers do whatever they can to get a hold of this iconic property.
On the surface, Friends was a TV show about a group of pals trying to survive life in New York City. However, it's really about a group of people with no financial literacy living beyond their means. Case in point: Monica's ridiculously large New York apartment. There's no way she could actually afford it on a Chef's salary.
While the apartment itself was just a set, people have done the math on what it might have cost based on the average rent for a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in NYC. According to their findings, the place would cost at least $4,200 per month, and that's on the lower end of the estimate.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The giant mansion in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is not as unbelievable as some TV homes because it's established in the show that Will's relatives that he goes to live with are loaded. However, we still weren't prepared for just how much this real-life home would be selling for!
According to estimates from the real estate website Redfin, the estimated value of this Bel-Air mansion is a whopping $13.1 million! Unfortunately, the home isn't currently for sale. However, even if you could buy it, you might be disappointed with your purchase since the home actually resides in Brentwood and not Bel-Air.
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies may have left the air decades ago, but the mansion that this backwoods family inhabited is still around! After getting rich from striking oil in the Ozarks, the Clampett family travels to California (complete with Granny in her rocking chair tied to the roof of the car) to enjoy their newfound wealth.
According to producers on the show, it cost them $500 a day to rent the mansion for filming in the 1960s. However, if you want to make this your home today, you're going to have to spend a bit more than that. In 2017, the iconic mansion went up for sale at a price of $350 million, making it the most expensive property on the market at the time.
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls entertained fans in the 1980s with the antics of four older friends sharing a home in tropical Miami, Florida. While Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy held various jobs throughout the series, it still seems a bit baffling that they were able to afford this home, considering its current asking price.
The home used for exterior shots in the show isn't currently for sale, but it has an estimated value of $5.5 million. Before you go begging the owner to sell, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind—the interior of the home is DRASTICALLY different than the set used for the show, and the home is actually located in Los Angeles, not Miami.
The iconic home from Designing Women served as the headquarters for Sugarbaker and Associates, an interior design firm located in Atlanta, GA run by the main characters of the show. While you might have thought that producers used a classic home from somewhere in the Atlanta area, you'd be sorely mistaken!
The exterior shots used in the show are actually of a home in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2017, the famous home went on the market for an asking price of $975,000, but it was later purchased in 2019 for only $463,000. It turns out that the demand for famous TV homes might not be as high as the seller estimated!
Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond was a sitcom about the everyday antics and struggles of an average, middle-class family on Long Island. True to the TV show's ethos, Ray and Debra's home was not as extravagant as some on this list, but the fact that so much of the show took place in it makes the house iconic in its own right.
While the home used for exterior shots in the show isn't currently on the market, Zillow estimates that it's worth roughly $725,000. In the show, Ray and his family live across the street from his overbearing parents, and, in a fun twist of fate, the real home is actually across the street from the home used for exterior shots of his parents' house in the show.
Walter White's home in Breaking Bad isn't really anything to write home about—it looks just like any other home you'd expect to find in a New Mexico suburb. However, that hasn't stopped thousands of fans from flocking to the home used for exterior shots in the show. But if you'd like to have this piece of TV history for yourself, you're out of luck.
The family that lives in the home has stated clearly that they have no intentions of selling of it, as it holds too many important memories for them. However, it's estimated that the home's value is somewhere in the $200,000 range. The family was paid for the right to use shots of the home, but they have not disclosed how much they received.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show ran for seven seasons in the 1970s and chronicled the life of Mary Parker as she made an independent life for herself as a news producer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During the show's run, it won numerous awards and even spawned multiple similarly successful spin-off TV shows.
In the show, Mary rents a studio apartment in a beautiful home that sits lakeside in Minneapolis. While the interior shots were filmed in a studio, the exterior is actually a home in the Minneapolis area. In 2012, it went on the market for $2.9 million but later sold in 2016 for only $1.5 million.
Batman first made his appearance on the big screen in a film from 1946, but the Caped Crusader is probably most well known from the 1966 television series where the superhero was portrayed by Adam West. While the show played up the comedic elements more than most Batman portrayals do, it still had one classic element: Wayne Manor.
The exterior shots for the manor are from an actual home in Pasadena, California, but don't expect to put down roots here anytime soon. The home is currently off the market after it sold for nearly $10 million several years ago. If it were to be for sale again, we imagine that price tag would be even bigger now.
If you missed the 1950s the first time around, you got a second chance to experience the era when Happy Days debuted at the end of the 1970s. While the show started as a sentimental look back at the time, it became much more comedic in nature after the unexpected success of its breakout star, Fonzie.
In the series, the Cunningham family lives in a beautiful colonial two-story home. While the show is set in Milwaukee, the home used for exterior shots is actually located in Los Angeles. While it's currently not on the market, it's estimated that it would sell for roughly $3 million today.
The Jeffersons may have started out a just a spin-off of All in the Family, but it quickly became a beloved TV show in its own right, considering it ran for eleven seasons over the course of a decade. The show follows George and Louise Jefferson as they move to Manhattan after the success of Jefferson's dry cleaning business.
There aren't many TV shows where the setting is as important as it is in The Jeffersons—their ritzy Manhattan apartment even gets a shout-out in the theme song! While the actual apartment in the show doesn't exist, these days, you should expect to spend upwards of $1 million for a deluxe apartment in the sky on the east side of Manhattan.
All in the Family
Despite its uniquely American locale (Queens, New York), All in the Family was actually a remake of a British TV series called Til Death Do Us Part. The show focused on the working-class Bunker family and was largely responsible for the trend in sitcoms of addressing controversial, real-life issues.
Like many shows, the exterior shots for the Bunker home are images of a real-life residence—this one in Rego Park, New York. The home isn't currently on the market, but it's estimated to have a value of at least $880,000. It's a little cheaper than the apartment in The Jeffersons, but not by much!
Three's Company was a sitcom that ran for eight seasons from 1977 to 1984. The show follows the antics of two women with a male roommate (played by John Ritter) who try to convince their landlord that he's gay since he disapproves of men and women cohabitating. The show featured several infamous casting changes and spawned two spin-offs.
In the show, the three live in an apartment, but the building used for exterior shots is actually a single-family home in Santa Monica, California. While not on the market now, it's estimated to be worth almost $4 million dollars. While it may be a piece of TV history, please don't go knock on their door because whoever is living there has definitely not been waiting for you.
Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss? was a 1980s sitcom starring Tony Danza as a retired MLB player who takes a job as a live-in housekeeper for a family in Connecticut. Throughout the show, Danza's character and the homeowner, Angela, have a very will-they-won't-they type relationship that ends quite ambiguously, to the chagrin of many fans.
The home used for exterior shots is a massive five-bedroom home located in Rye, New York. The home is currently off the market but is estimated to be worth around $2.3 million. Honestly, despite being a massive amount of money objectively, that seems a little low for such a huge, beautiful home.
The Wonder Years
The 1980s were a great time for TV shows about bygone eras, and one of the best was The Wonder Years. The show is an exploration of the late '60s and early '70s through the eyes of a middle-class teenager, played by Fred Savage—who became the youngest person at the time to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the Emmys.
Considering the show was about a middle-class family, it's not surprising that their home is a pretty modest, suburban residence. However, that doesn't mean it's cheap! The home is located in Burbank, California, and, while currently not on the market, is estimated to be worth about $1.3 million.
Roseanne was a sitcom from the '90s that featured the Conners, a working-class family in Illinois who are always trying to scrape by. The show starred comedian Roseanne Barr as the title character, but it also included other big names like John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Johnny Galecki.
While the show is set in Illinois, the exterior shots of the Conner's home actually come from a residence in neighboring Indiana. True to the working-class routes of the show, this home is estimated to only be worth about $215,000 dollars. However, it's currently not for sale by the owners.
Seinfeld was the self-proclaimed "show about nothing" that dominated the world of television in the 1990s. The show follows Jerry Seinfeld playing a fictionalized version of himself as he and his three friends (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander) as they find themselves in all sorts of mundane-yet-bizarre situations in New York City.
While the real Jerry Seinfeld would be able to afford the show's one-bedroom apartment in the show, we don't understand how fictional Jerry manages to make ends meet working as a stand-up comedian. It's estimated that the rent for an Upper West Side apartment these days would be at least $2600 per month.
The Big Bang Theory
Love it or hate it, there's no denying that The Big Bang Theory was a massive success. With 12 seasons, 279 episodes, and multiple Emmy wins, this was one of the biggest wins for CBS in recent memory. The show follows the lives of a group of nerds living in Pasadena, California.
One of the best-known locations in the show is the apartment that Sheldon and Leonard share in the series. While it's not a real apartment, the estimate for a similar apartment in Pasadena is roughly $1800 a month in rent. Considering that they're both college physicists, the nerdy duo probably had no problem making rent.
How The Simpsons is still on the air all these years after it premiered is beyond us. However, the beloved animated sitcom has beaten all the odds and now boasts an impressive 34 seasons and 750 episodes. The show focuses on the Simpson family and the antics they get up to in their hometown of Springfield...somewhere.
While the iconic home that the Simpsons live in is obviously not real, we can still make an estimate about what it would cost in the real world based on the size of the home and the features it holds. According to one estimate, this home on Evergreen Terrace would run you at least $450,000 these days.
Modern Family was an ABC sitcom that chronicled the lives of three different families living in the Los Angeles area. Over the course of its eleven-season run, the show was nominated for 75 Emmys and won 22 of those. To say that this show was wildly popular would be an understatement!
On the show, Claire and Phil Dunphy live in a gigantic suburban home that boasts multiple living rooms and gardens, as well as four bedrooms. If you were to buy a similar home in the Los Angeles area today, be prepared to pay! It's estimated that this home would cost almost $3 million in real life.
For several years in the 1990s (and a year in the 2010s), David Lynch's TV masterpiece Twin Peaks confused and frightened viewers who tuned in every week in the hopes of finally finding out who killed Laura Palmer. It was an offbeat show, to say the least, but it's garnered critical acclaim and has developed a cult following over the years.
One of the spookiest locations in the show is Laura Palmer's home, where her parents descend into madness after her death. The home used for exterior shots of the house is actually in Everett, Washington, and it's estimated to cost at least $500,000. The home's real-life owners even made a cameo in the final episode of the Twin Peaks revival in 2017.
Charmed was a late '90s TV show about three sisters with magical powers trying their best to save the world and simultaneously maintain normal lives in San Francisco. While the show never managed to nab an Emmy win, it was still highly praised at the time of its airing and continues to hold a cult following.
The sisters' home on the show is a gorgeous and gigantic five-bedroom house with a surprisingly low price tag, considering it's supposed to be located in San Francisco. The actual home is really in Los Angeles, and it's estimated to cost almost $840,000.
Family Matters may have started about an average family in the Chicago suburbs, but it quickly became the Steve Urkel Program once he became the breakout star of the show. It seems that this goofy nerd just couldn't help but cause trouble for the Winslows, as many episodes in the show revolved around just this.
While most people have long forgotten about the Winslow home, it's actually a real home on the north side of Chicago. In today's money, it's estimated that the home is worth more than $1 million. Unfortunately, while Steve Urkel's home on the show was also real, it was demolished several years ago.
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World was a '90s sitcom that was part of ABC's classic TGIF programming lineup. The show primarily followed teenager Corey Matthews as he progressed through high school and college. Unlike many sitcoms at the time, Boy Meets World was unusual in that the characters on the show aged up as their actors grew older.
On the show, the Matthews family lives in a home that actually exists in Studio City, California. However, if they lived in the real thing, it probably would have been pretty cramped, as the real home only has two bedrooms. It's estimated that the home would cost $1.2 million today.
Mork and Mindy
Mork and Mindy might not have been Robin Williams' first role, but it was definitely the one that put him on the map. This bizarre yet hilarious spin-off from Happy Days follows Mindy and her extraterrestrial roommate, Mork (played by Williams). As ridiculous as the premise sounds, it was actually a fairly successful and beloved show.
On the show, Mork and Mindy live in a home in Boulder, Colorado, and, in fact, the home used in exterior shots of the show is actually in the area. These days, it's estimated that the home would cost $1.4 million dollars. It seems like a lot, but maybe money is no issue for an alien.
Beverly Hills 90210
The 1990s were the golden age of dramas featuring rich, angsty teens, and no show did it better than Beverly Hills 90210. Despite almost being canned after one season, the show went on to have almost 300 episodes and had big-name actors like Tori Spelling, Shannen Doherty, and Jason Priestly.
The Walsh house was a big part of the show, and probably in ways you didn't realize at the time! In addition to exterior shots, the crew also used the gigantic home for interior scenes, and it's backyard was used for outdoor shots. The real home, which is located in Altadena, CA, is estimated to be worth at least $2 million.
American Horror Story
One of the appeals of the horror series American Horror Story is that the characters, locations, and storylines change from season to season. However, the first season is still one of the most memorable and involves a family buying and renovating a mansion that, unbeknownst to them, is seriously haunted.
The home, dubbed the "Murder House" is actually a real location in Los Angeles, California that was used for both exterior and interior shots in the show. It was originally built in 1908 and goes by the much less creepy title of the Rosenheim Mansion in real life. It's estimated to cost at least $3 million.