9. ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’
The CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” was one of the most popular TV shows during its 1996 to 2005 run. It was created by Philip Rosenthal, who served as executive producer, along with David Letterman, Rory Rosegarten, Stu Smiley, Lew Schneider and Ray Romano.
In 2003, Romano’s salary surged to $1.8 million per episode, according to People magazine. Because Romano was making so much, Brad Garrett --who was earning $160,000 per episode, according to the Los Angeles Times — went on strike. He landed a new contract that paid him an estimated $250,000 per episode, plus a cut of syndication fees, according to The Washington Post.
Still one of the highest-paid female actresses, Patricia Heaton earned $450,000 per episode, according to People. Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle each commanded $250,000 per episode.