NYC Apartments That TV Characters Could Never Afford

Ever get jealous of the apartments that TV characters get to live in? Yeah, us too. It’s easy to spend hours trying to calculate how they can all afford those places with walk-in closets and terraces and second bathrooms. But there are some realistic lifestyles shown on TV, so read on to find out if any of your favorites are truly living within their means and don’t forget to check out Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23 when it premieres Tonight at 9:30/8:30c, on ABC.

1. Chloe And June’s Downtown Apartment (Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23)

Location: Downtown NYC

June is forced to move in with party-girl Chloe because the job she relocated to NYC for doesn’t exist. But this show appears to be the first accurate depiction of how roommates can be terrible, and that’s why it gets our highest grade in realism. In this case, Chloe is the socialite who cares about parties and clothes more than being a good neighbor or roommate, and June is constantly shocked by the situation she finds herself in.

Believability: High

2. Carrie’s East 73rd Street Spacious One Bedroom (Sex And The City)

Location: 245 E 73rd Street, between Park and Madison

Did Carrie’s spacious one bedroom with a gigantic walk-in closet on the Upper East Side seem a bit too good to be true? Well, it was. Since Carrie’s job as a newspaper columnist couldn’t possibly earn her more than $45k a year, her $5k a month rent would be pretty hard to afford.

Believability: Low

3. Richard Castle’s Swanky SoHo Loft (Castle)

Location: 25 Broome St. at the corner of Crosby Street

Richard Castle’s pad has a floating staircase and is also pretty huge. Richard may be a successful writer of thriller novels, but in an age of iPads and Kindles, we find it unlikely this writer could live in a spot that luxurious.

Believability: Somewhat

4. Seinfeld’s Upper West Side Pad (Seinfeld)

Location: 129 West 81st Street

Believability Sure, IRL Seinfeld could afford a spot like this without any problem, but on the show, Jerry was just a struggling standup comedian. And everyone knows no one rents to people who aspire to tell jokes.

Believability: Low

5. Monica Gellar’s Greenwich Village Pad (Friends)

Location: Greenwich Village, NYC

Monica’s gigantic pad was a 2 bedroom/2 bath in the heart of SoHo. She always had roommates, but she spent the majority of the series being a chef or trying to keep her failing catering business afloat. We find this setup pretty hard to believe, since an apartment of this size in that neighborhood would cost anywhere from $3,000 – $5,000 a month.

Believability: Low

6. Rufus Humphrey’s Brooklyn Loft (Gossip Girl)

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Rufus Humphrey (Dan’s Dad) was supposedly a “rock star” in the 80s. But he never became famous and used to complain about money in earlier seasons, so we know he didn’t make too much playing his songs. However, he hasn’t really had job since his rocker days, so he must’ve lucked out and bought his Brooklyn loft at a really excellent price at the height of his career.

Believability: High

7. Will And Grace’s Upper West Side Apt (Will And Grace)

Location: 155 Riverside Drive

The apartment on Will and Grace was a luxurious 2 bedroom and came with a terrace and fireplace. Even though both Will and Grace had respectable jobs, an apartment like this could easily cost upwards of $10,000 a month.

Believability: Somewhat

8. Felicity’s Downtown Dream (Felicity)

Location: Downtown NYC

With a downtown loft that featured a spiral staircase and a giant working fireplace, we find it next to impossible that Felicity could fund this place on her Dean & Deluca salary.

Believability: Low

9. Paul & Jamie’s Apartment (Mad About You)

Location: 5th Avenue and 12th Street

Paul and Jamie lived in a 1 bedroom apartment in Greenwich Village. Although it was semi-realistic, it’s the living room that really threw us off. Not to mention, they had a bathroom the size of a studio apartment.

Believability: Somewhat

10. Ted’s Pad (How I Met Your Mother)

Location: 75th and Amsterdam

Barney, Robin, Ted, Marshall and Lily all have some pretty awesome living spaces in Manhattan. You would think, for sure, Ted could enjoy something a little more posh, with his successful career as an architect.

Believability: High

11. Max and Caroline’s Apartment In Brooklyn (2 Broke Girls)

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Max and Caroline work as waitresses at a diner and work for tips, so making rent for a space with such large square footage seems like a stretch. But the Murphy bed, the drawings on paper napkins on the walls and the egg crates for tables seems to balance it out.

Believability: High

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