14The original series cast was poorly paid and never got residuals
Amazing as it seems now, the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show was a non-union production and none of the main cast had agents. As a result, they were given pretty crappy contracts that effectively worked out to little more than minimum wage at the time. The original Pink Ranger, Amy Jo Johnson, told the Power Rangers podcast No Pink Spandex in 2012 that they got paid something like $600 a week.
Despite the show’s huge popularity, she, along with many of the other actors, worried that once it was over, they’d have to go back to crappy jobs in food service just to make ends meet. In fact, after Austin St. John left the show in 1994, he hit a bit of a rough patch financially. “I ended up sleeping out of my jeep for awhile with my dog,” he told the Huffington Post back in 2014. Part of the reason for his dire straits was the fact that the Rangers were effectively bought out and their contracts did not include residuals. As a result, every time an MMPR episode airs, a little part of the cast dies inside at what could have been.