Steve Austin is The 26 Million Dollar Man
No need to adjust your glasses at the title of this post. What we're talking about here is the inflation-adjusted price of the Bionic Man in the year 2008. This is according to CNNMoney.com, which looked at a number of pop culture icons and programs to see what the costs for various things would be. Using tools from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they were able to put estimates not only the inflation adjusted costs but the actual cost in today's world.
Take Steve Austin, for instance. The six million dollars that it cost to make the former astronaut stronger and faster in 1974 would actually be an inflation-adjusted $26 million dollars today. Factor in the actual cost of the bionic parts, more than $100 million, and Steve would probably be stronger, not faster.
What about the house that the Brady clan lived in on The Brady Bunch? The four-bedroom, two bathroom house (well, three bathrooms, if you count the one that Alice used in her little room) on 1164 Morning Glory Circle was worth about $88,000 in the 70's. Even taking the recent collapse in the Southern California housing market in recent months the actual value of this house would be a cool $1.5 million. Heck, with that amount of money they could add on another bathroom and put some real grass in the backyard!
Other television characters and shows mentioned on this list were Mr. T (How much would his gold jewelry cost today), The $64,000 Question (worth about $500,000. Personally, I would take the $64K), and Dallas' J.R. Ewing, whose oil cost $40 a barrel in 1980. Now? Well, let's not talk about it for fear of making ourselves ill.