In the first week of Season Three’s release, the show broke records.
“@Stranger_Things 3 is breaking Netflix records!” Netflix’s official Twitter account tweeted. “40.7 million household accounts have been watching the show since its July 4 global launch — more than any other film or series in its first four days. And 18.2 million have already finished the entire season.”
The kids behind the show are now being paid in a way that makes sense when you consider the show’s success. But if pay is directly correlated to the success of the show, then why aren’t the kids of On My Block, another extremely popular Netflix series, making anywhere near as much as the Stranger Things kids?
How much did the casts make for Season One?
The salaries for Season One of a show are often quite low. Especially if the cast consists of people who don’t have a lot of acting credits. Networks and streaming sites are only willing to put so much money into a project that hasn’t proved itself yet.
For Season One of Stranger Things, Winona Ryder made $100,000 per episode, which is definitely on the high end of first season earnings, but then again, Ryder has a long list of credits that raise her pay grade.
All of the kids on the show made $20,000 per episode of the first season of Stranger Things.
On My Block stars Sierra Capri (Monsei), Diego Tinoco (Cesar), Jason Genaon (Ruby) and Brett Gray (Jamal) were all on par with the cast of Stranger Things for their first season. They each reportedly made $20,000 per episode as well.
Season Two, the kids of Stranger Things reportedly earned $30,000 whereas the kids of On My Block stayed steady with their $20,000 per episode rate.
How much did the casts make for Season Three?
Season Three is where things get sticky. The kids of Stranger Things saw huge pay raises.
The majority of the actors, Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), all earned $250,000 per episode. And Millie Bobby Brown earned $350,000 per episode.
On My Block Season Three has yet to air but the season is already set to be cut from the normal ten episodes to eight, which would mean that if the cast’s salaries stayed the same, they would each earn $30,000 less for Season Three than they did for the other two.
The cast of On My Block is seeking a major pay raise, though not the size of the cast of Stranger Things‘.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the four stars are asking for $218,000 per episode of the show, which would come out to $1.75 million for the season.
When you put that into perspective, if they got this raise, each of them would be making more than their entire group was paid for Seasons One and Two.
Apparently, Netflix made a counteroffer to pay them $30,000 per episode instead of the original $20,000 and when that didn’t work, they offered $40,000.
Casts of Netflix shows are known to get pay bumps after Season Two of their shows, so it’s a bit peculiar that Netflix is trying to low ball them, especially since it turned out that On My Block was the most binged show of 2018.
“Viewership grew pretty steadily from the launch of Season One, and then we saw a big bump in new viewers coming in and discovering the show in Season Two, as well as people who loved it before coming back for Season Two,” Netflix’s VP of Content, Cindy Holland, told the outlet back in April. “You could also see it in the social following of some of the cast, who have gotten up to a million or more followers, which is pretty sizable considering they were completely unknown a couple of years ago.”