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  • Monica Geller on Random TV And Movie Characters Who Can't Afford Their Homes

    (#1) Monica Geller

    • Friends

    The Apartment:

    Monica's massive apartment on Friends is gorgeous. There are high ceilings, exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows, a balcony, a large kitchen and dining area, and two sizable bedrooms. The apartment is especially impressive when compared to Joey and Chandler's place across the hall. It's much more modest but still too expensive for an often-unemployed actor and a mid-level finance guy.

    The Income:

    Apartments like Monica's are virtually impossible to find in the real New York City, NY. A super-conservative estimate prices a two-bedroom in her neighborhood at about $5,000. A more realistic price for an apartment that size is around $14,000 per month. Monica holds various chef positions, but a sous chef's salary in the Big Apple is only about $56,000 a year.

  • Ted Mosby on Random TV And Movie Characters Who Can't Afford Their Homes

    (#9) Ted Mosby

    • How I Met Your Mother

    The Apartment:

    This New York City, NY, apartment is far beyond Ted's means. His unit is a two-bedroom with generous windows and a fireplace. Located on the Upper West Side, the flat also has exposed brick walls, a piano, and a separate workspace area.

    The Income:

    Ted is an architect, so it stands to reason he isn't bringing home chump change. Still, an apartment that size might be a financial burden. A similarly-sized Upper West Side apartment may cost about $3,500. With Ted's paycheck, which is probably around $4,900 a month, he would have to scrimp and save to afford the bare necessities.

  • Mia Dolan From 'La La Land' on Random TV And Movie Characters Who Can't Afford Their Homes

    (#5) Mia Dolan From 'La La Land'

    The Apartment:

    La La Land is meant to be at least somewhat unrealistic; the characters are dreamers and everyone spontaneously bursts into song. But the poshness of Mia's apartment exceeds the bounds of believability. The place appears to be a refurbished Old Hollywood flat with multiple bedrooms. The unit is impeccably decorated in bold colors, expensive furnishings, and wall murals.

    The Income:

    For most of the movie, Mia is a barista and struggling actress. Roughly estimating, she takes home about $16,000 a year. The rent for a stylish four-bedroom unit in Los Angeles, CA, would be around $6,000, though. Split four ways, that's $1,500 each. And Mia only makes $1,333 a month.

  • Carrie Bradshaw on Random TV And Movie Characters Who Can't Afford Their Homes

    (#2) Carrie Bradshaw

    • Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, Sex and the City 2, Sex and the Matrix, Sex and the City

    The Apartment:

    Carrie lives in a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. Chic and comfortable, the space also has ample closet space. Exterior shots show the building is a classic New York City brownstone.

    The Income:

    A columnist for The New York Star, Carrie presumably earns a median writer's salary of about $38,000 a year, while an Upper West Side one-bedroom costs about $3,000 a month. To be fair, Carrie mentions her unit is rent-controlled; she only pays $750 a month in rent. But figure in the cost of everything else – utilities, cable, cab rides, endless cosmos, and that famous designer wardrobe – and there's no way the main character can afford her life.

  • Max Black on Random TV And Movie Characters Who Can't Afford Their Homes

    (#3) Max Black

    • 2 Broke Girls

    The Apartment:

    Max and Caroline's Williamsburg apartment is meant to look cheap, but it's clearly not. It's huge by New York City standards, even though Caroline sleeps in the living room. The place is always in a state of disarray, but even the clutter is strangely unrealistic. And there's a yard, which is incredibly rare and fiscally impossible. 

    The Income:

    The girls are supposed to be broke; they waitress at a local diner. However, a one-bedroom Williamsburg apartment is around $3,500 a month. Waitresses living on tips would struggle to afford that sort of rate.

  • Dana Barrett on Random TV And Movie Characters Who Can't Afford Their Homes

    (#8) Dana Barrett

    • Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Ghostbusters III

    The Apartment:

    A penthouse unit on Central Park West, Dana's apartment is colossal, especially because she doesn't have roommates. There's a living room with views of the city, a large bedroom, and an absolutely massive kitchen.

    The Income:

    Dana is a symphony musician, so it's hard to imagine how she affords her spot, even in the 1980s. A one-bedroom in the same building sold for nearly $1.3 million in 2014. Symphony musician salaries can vary, ranging from a few thousand dollars a year to upwards of $150K. Still, though, if Dana wanted that apartment today, she'd have to be incredibly creative to make rent.

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In TV and movies, there is often a plot that can not pay the rent. The random generator tool collects 12 items, chronicling 12 of the most iconic characters in movies and TV shows who can’t pay their rent, including the familiar Monica Geller, Carrie Bradshaw, Max Black, Josh Baskin, and more.

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