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Thirty-minute sitcoms normally cost very little money, as they're shot on an inexpensive set with a single camera. The NBC mega-hit "Friends" had modest production demands, but the cost of the show was driven up as time went on by the actors.

The stars of the ensemble show -- Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer -- grew increasingly popular in their own right. In 2002, however, rather than lobby for higher salaries individually, the actors lobbied as a group to have them bumped up to $1 million each per episode.

Source: NBC