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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, catching many of these top cable series are a must-do.

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.

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

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  1. 1
    Up 1284
    Down 190

    most listed
    Game of Thrones

    HBO More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 918
    Down 358

    the people's #1
    Dexter

    Showtime More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 665
    Down 257

    often listed
    The Sopranos

    HBO More
    86
  4. 4
    Up 589
    Down 229

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Wire

    BBC Four, HBO More
    83
  5. 5
    Up 531
    Down 165

    ranked low on reranks
    Band of Brothers

    British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    81
  6. 6
    Up 433
    Down 226

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Deadwood

    HBO More
    81
  7. 7
    Up 659
    Down 195

    ranked low on reranks
    The Walking Dead

    AMC More
    77
  8. 8
    Up 486
    Down 346

    often listed &controversial
    True Blood

    HBO More
    77
  9. 9
    Up 509
    Down 176

    ranked low on reranks
    Boardwalk Empire

    HBO More
    76
  10. 10
    Up 425
    Down 170
    Rai 2, British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    76
  11. 11
    Up 419
    Down 111
    Showtime More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 298
    Down 267

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    HBO More
    70
  13. 13
    Up 325
    Down 251
    Showtime More
    68
  14. 14
    Up 403
    Down 203

    ranked low on reranks
    Spartacus: Blood and Sand

    Starz! More
    68
  15. 15
    Up 290
    Down 191
    HBO More
    66
  16. 16
    Up 306
    Down 258

    often listed
    Entourage

    HBO More
    65
  17. 17
    Up 297
    Down 249

    often listed
    Californication

    Showtime More
    65
  18. 18
    Up 256
    Down 175

    often listed
    Eastbound & Down

    HBO More
    63
  19. 19
    Up 259
    Down 139
    FX More
    62
  20. 20
    Up 241
    Down 125
    HBO More
    62
  21. 21
    Up 187
    Down 153

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dead Like Me

    Showtime More
    59
  22. 22
    Up 196
    Down 117

    niche appeal
    The Newsroom

    CBC Television More
    55
  23. 23
    Up 94
    Down 149

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mr. Show with Bob and David

    HBO More
    55
  24. 24
    Up 236
    Down 104

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Shameless

    Showtime More
    55
  25. 25
    Up 65
    Down 21
    HBO More
    54
    added by: elise
  26. 26
    Up 154
    Down 98

    ranked low on reranks
    The Pacific

    HBO More
    54
  27. 27
    Up 86
    Down 152

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Larry Sanders Show

    British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    54
  28. 28
    Up 165
    Down 162
    Showtime More
    53
  29. 29
    Up 162
    Down 143
    HBO More
    53
  30. 30
    Up 144
    Down 69

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    The Tudors

    British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, Canadian Broadcasting ... More
    52
  31. 31
    Up 123
    Down 277

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sex and the City

    HBO More
    52
  32. 32
    Up 139
    Down 159
    HBO More
    51
  33. 33
    Up 106
    Down 161

    often listed
    Da Ali G Show

    Channel 4, HBO More
    50
  34. 34
    Up 112
    Down 120

    ranked low on reranks
    Nurse Jackie

    Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central More
    50
  35. 35
    Up 108
    Down 132

    often listed &controversial
    Big Love

    HBO More
    50
  36. 36
    Up 83
    Down 138

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Extras

    British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, HBO More
    50
  37. 37
    Up 114
    Down 159

    often listed &controversial
    Hung

    HBO More
    49
  38. 38
    Up 48
    Down 32

    niche appeal
    John Adams

    HBO More
    49
    added by: sebbzor
  39. 39
    Up 85
    Down 132

    often listed
    Bored to Death

    HBO More
    49
  40. 40
    Up 121
    Down 124

    ranked low on reranks
    Fraggle Rock

    Tiny Pop, Cartoonito, CBC Television More
    49
  41. 41
    Up 92
    Down 125
    Audience Network, NBC More
    49
  42. 42
    Up 79
    Down 112
    HBO More
    48
  43. 43
    Up 71
    Down 94
    HBO More
    48
  44. 44
    Up 19
    Down 43
    British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, BBC HD More
    46
    added by: nicolas.verret
  45. 45
    Up 58
    Down 130

    often listed &controversial
    Inside the NFL

    Showtime, HBO More
    45
  46. 46
    Up 7
    Down 24

    about to drop off
    Veep

    HBO More
    45
    added by: mark123
  47. 47
    Up 53
    Down 132

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Secret Diary of a Call Girl

    ITV2 More
    45
  48. 48
    Up 64
    Down 128

    often listed &controversial
    United States of Tara

    Showtime More
    44
  49. 49
    Up 14
    Down 14

    ranked high on reranks
    Strike Back

    Sky1 More
    44
    added by: davenathan
  50. 50
    Up 28
    Down 29

    ranked low on reranks
    Generation Kill

    43
    added by: sebbzor
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