The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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List Criteria: Premium cable refers to subscription-based channels including HBO, Showtime, Epix, Cinemax, Encore, Starz and PPV

Best cable series on premium cable includes some of the greatest TV shows in history. This list of premium cable original programming is ranked by TV fans around the world. What are the best original shows on premium cable? These are all the best cable series, past and present, that ever aired. The best premium cable series are often good enough to persuade consumers to pay extra money to watch them. Shows like Game of Thrones, The Wire, and The Newsroom have such loyal followings that single episodes can affect entertainment news cycles. For television lovers, many of these top cable series are must-see.

This list of original programs on premium cable feature the best dramas and comedies according to ratings, awards, and fan bases. Even though Showtime's crime drama series Dexter ended with a poorly received season, the overall response was mostly positive, making it high on this list. Even shows that were canceled like Penny Dreadful and Dead Like Me are found on list of the best premium cable TV series of all time.       

What are the best premium cable TV series? Vote for your favorites - comedy, sports, or drama - and for real impact on the list order, rank your own list of series or just nominate a show you think should be represented. Networks like HBO and Showtime have been churning out some of the highest rated programming in recent history, so much so that these channels have begun to sweep many of Hollywood's most prestigious award. But the only metric that really matters is your opinion. Which of the most popular premium cable shows are you willing to pay big bucks for? Vote for your favorite below!

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    the people's #1 & most listed
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    - 1,694


    Showtime

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    - 1,085


    HBO

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    - 1,015


    HBO

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    HBO

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    HBO

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    HBO

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    HBO

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    often listed
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    - 796


    Showtime

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    + 1,221
    - 251

    added by JennySobonski
    History

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    + 1,019
    - 324

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    + 1,947
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    HBO

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    - 1,066


    Showtime

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    Starz!

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    + 1,091
    - 1,016


    HBO

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    + 1,094
    - 711


    HBO

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    + 1,021
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    HBO

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    Showtime

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    + 1,154
    - 940


    Showtime

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    + 770
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    Showtime

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    + 940
    - 569


    British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, Canadian Broadcasting ...

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    - 179

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    Starz

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    HBO

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    HBO

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    HBO

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    HBO

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    Showtime

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    added by sebbzor
    HBO

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    HBO

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  33. 33
    + 632
    - 653


    Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central

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    + 501
    - 672


    Showtime

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    + 517
    - 270

    ranked low on reranks & added by LanaYoshii
    Cinemax

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    - 847


    HBO

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    - 693


    British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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    - 107

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Showtime

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    - 716

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    HBO

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    - 155

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    Starz

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    + 194
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    HBO

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    + 191
    - 99

    ranked low on reranks & added by theuniverse
    HBO

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    - 623

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    HBO

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    - 509


    HBO

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    HBO

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    + 196
    - 125

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    Showtime

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    - 106

    ranked low on reranks & added by MichaelTrueblood
    Showtime

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    - 568


    British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, HBO

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