For most television lovers, the question of whether our favorite sit-com characters could realistically afford to live in their TV house or apartment is a purely academic one—the answer to which has little-to-no effect on our enjoyment of the show. Of course Carrie Bradshaw can’t afford that insane Manhattan apartment—let alone the Manolo Blahniks—on the salary of a weekly columnist. But we’re not exactly watching Sex and the City for a realistic portrayal of life in New York City, are we?
That said, imagining yourself in a certain character’s shoes (or professionally decorated two-bedroom flat) is one of the pleasures of watching our favorite shows. Not to dampen your day dreams, but we thought we’d bring a little journalistic precision to your couch-born fantasies.
So we asked Trulia to estimate what some of the most famous apartments and homes from the past few decades of TV comedy would cost their occupants, and compared that to the average salary for the characters’ occupation. Could commercial actor Dev really afford that rustic Williamsburg studio on Master of None? What’s up with Soulstice custodian Abbi’s Astoria two-bedroom in Broad City? And, of course: How could Monica afford that massive Greenwich Village two bedroom on a chef’s salary? (Spoiler: She probably couldn’t. Ah, the magic of TV.)
Salary information is based on the 2016 average and was pulled from a variety of sources, including PayScale.com, Salary.com, and government websites.