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.

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
    Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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    Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

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    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

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    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

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    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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    often listed
    Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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    Eric McIntire, Daniel Spink, Matthew Felker

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    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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    Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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    Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

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    Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

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    Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

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    Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

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    Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

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    Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

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    David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

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    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

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    Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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    Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

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    Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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    Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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    Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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    Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

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    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

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    Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny

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    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

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    Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze

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    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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    Banshee

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    Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Sullivan

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    Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

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    Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham

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    Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen

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    Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

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    Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

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    Penn Jillette, Teller, George W. Bush

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