'Big Bang Theory' Cast Makes More Than These 7 Amazing Actors (Cough, Cranston!)

Let's just talk about this real quick: You're telling me that Kaley Cuoco is making approximately four times as much money per episode of The Big Bang Theory than Jon Hamm is making per episode of Mad Men? The world has truly gone to the dogs. Don't get me wrong — I'm not completely rolling my eyes at Cuoco's ridiculous level of monetary success, but doesn't it seem a little lopsided that the actress, and her costars Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, have managed to secure an outrageous salary of $1 million per episode for the next three years, while Hamm is reportedly earning $275,000 per episode? (It should be noted that both are insane salaries that anyone would be lucky to have.)

Even though advertising has a big part to play in determining a star's salary, something just feels plain wrong about this entire deal. I mean, Jon Hamm is Jon Hamm, and Mad Men is Mad Men. Sure, that's not the most bullet-proof argument in defense of the artistic level of Mad Men and Hamm's strong portrayal of Don Draper, but, you get what I'm going for. Mad Men is just on an entirely different playing field than The Big Bang Theory. Basically, all I'm saying is that if we're handing out checks for $1 million to some of the cast of The Big Bang Theory, does that make Hamm and some of his other acting comrades chopped liver?

Check out a few of today's Hamm-level stars who are reportedly making way less than Cuoco and Co.:

Peter Dinklage

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The Game of Thrones royalty makes $150,000 per episode.

Tatiana Maslany

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TV Guide claims that the clone-club star makes $50,000 per episode (although who else thinks that she deserves $50,000 per clone per episode?).

Bryan Cranston

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This meth lord was earning $225,000 per episode of Breaking Bad by the final season.

Aaron Paul

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As Business Insider reports, Paul was raking in slightly less than Cranston at $150,000 per episode.

Kevin Spacey

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Spacey pulls in $385,000 per episode of Netflix's House of Cards.

Amy Poehler

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TV Guide reports that this funny lady makes $200,000 per episode of Parks and Recreation.

Claire Danes

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Also according to TV Guide, Danes pretends to be super paranoid for $250,000 per episode of Homeland.

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