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List Rules 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dexter Showtime

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+ - 3,240 1,188
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 2,617 1,141
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Wire HBO

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+ - 1,812 1,093
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Deadwood HBO

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+ - 1,780 1,002
Rome is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Rome HBO

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+ - 2,213 1,001
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 1,940 1,527
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 2,542 905
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Homeland Showtime

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Vikings History

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+ - 1,567 1,170
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Weeds Showtime

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+ - 1,780 854
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Outlander Starz

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+ - 1,194 1,102
Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 1,192 786
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 1,111 865
Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Oz HBO

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+ - 1,358 1,077
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Entourage HBO

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+ - 1,491 426
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Ray Donovan Showtime

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+ - 1,928 725
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Shameless Showtime

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+ - 1,262 1,014
Californication is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Californication Showtime

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+ - 1,046 635
The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Tudors British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Borgias Showtime

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+ - 900 232
Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Black Sails Starz

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+ - 761 1,231
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 1,028 891
Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 918 740
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 700 578
The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Penny Dreadful Showtime

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Big Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Big Love HBO

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Banshee Cinemax

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Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dead Like Me Showtime

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+ - 704 717
Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Nurse Jackie Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central

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The Larry Sanders Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Larry Sanders Show British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 287 156
Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 276 159
The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 436 744
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 372 165
Power is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Power Starz

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+ - 604 628
Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 212 39
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Veep HBO

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+ - 438 789
Hung is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Hung HBO

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+ - 309 215
Da Vinci's Demons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 292 575
Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 258 156
The Affair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Affair Showtime

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+ - 180 688
Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 202 626
Extras is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Extras British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, HBO