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The stars of "Big Bang Theory," a top-rated comedy with one season left, are the four best-paid men on the small screen, according to Forbes.

It all started with a big bang and ended with a sizable paycheck.

The stars of "Big Bang Theory," a top-rated comedy with one season left, are the four best-paid men on the small screen, according to Forbes.

Credit: Kevin Winter
Actors Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons during the People's Choice Awards 2010 held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for PCA)

Yes, they still are the best on the list despite the fact that their paychecks dropped a bit last year to boost their female co-stars' pay. They also negotiated a cut of the show's profits.

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The Forbes ranking has changed slightly since last year. New to the list: Andrew Lincoln, the exiting lead of "The Walking Dead." Off the list this year: Fired "House of Cards" actor Kevin Spacey, who is under investigation for sexual assault.

Here's a look at the annual pay of top TV actors, with earnings estimated from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018:

1. Jim Parsons

"Big Bang Theory" star, 45, $26.5 million

2. Johnny Galecki

"Big Bang Theory" star, 43, $25 million

3. Simon Helberg (tie)

"Big Bang Theory" star, 37, $23.5 million

3. Kunal Nayyar (tie)

"Big Bang Theory" star, 37, $23.5 million

5. Mark Harmon

"NCIS" star, 67, $19 million

6. Ed O'Neill

"Modern Family" star, 72, $14 million

7. Eric Stonestreet

"Modern Family" star, 47, $13.5 million

8. Jesse Tyler Ferguson

"Modern Family" star, 43, $13 million

9. Ty Burrell

"Modern Family" star, 51, $12 million

10. Andrew Lincoln

"Walking Dead" star, 45, $11 million

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