The Best of Premium Cable TV Series TV Programs
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The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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, 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.
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  1. 27
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    Amanda Seyfried, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin

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  2. 8
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    Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll

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  3. 45
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Billie Piper, Ashley Madekwe, Cherie Lunghi

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  4. 61
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    Bryan Cranston, Mark Harmon, Chris Isaak

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  5. 15
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    Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, David Duchovny

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  6. 51
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    Chris Potter, Hal Sparks, Gale Harold

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  7. 14
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    Christopher Meloni, Edie Falco, J.K. Simmons

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  8. 11
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    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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  9. 42
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    Dan Marino, Wanda Sykes, Chuck Bednarik

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  10. 19
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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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  11. 40
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    Darren Woodson, Zach Thomas, Eddie Kennison

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  12. 12
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    Dustin Hoffman, Larry David, John Legend

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  13. 28
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    Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Haaz Sleiman

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  14. 1
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    most listed Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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  15. 16
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    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Piven, Phil Mickelson

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  16. 30
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    ranked low on reranks Emmy Rossum, Amy Smart, William H. Macy

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  17. 4
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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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  18. 33
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    James Badge Dale, William Sadler, Rami Malek

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  19. 48
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    James McAvoy, David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff

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  20. 5
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    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson

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  21. 32
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    Jeremy Hotz, Peter Keleghan, Karen Hines

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  22. 23
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    ranked low on reranks Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Colm Feore

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  23. 52
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    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Henry Thomas

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  24. 43
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    Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

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  25. 26
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    Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, Jeremy Piven

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  26. 53
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    ranked low on reranks Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber, Elliott Gould

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  27. 54
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    added by mark123 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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  28. 39
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    Kevin Bacon, Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis

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  29. 9
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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds

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  30. 58
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    added by LanaYoshii Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle, Nia Long

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  31. 44
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    Kristen Schaal, Jemaine Clement, Eugene Mirman

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  32. 50
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    added by shannonm Lena Dunham, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Williams

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  33. 49
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    added by LanaYoshii Lili Simmons, Ulrich Thomsen, Antony Starr

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  34. 36
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    Linda Hunt, Adrienne Barbeau, Nick Stahl

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  35. 13
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    Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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  36. 60
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    added by nicolas.verret Matt LeBlanc, Mircea Monroe, Richard Griffiths

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  37. 21
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    ranked low on reranks & added by elise Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn

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  38. 62
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    added by Dave_7672 Meryl Streep, Courteney Cox, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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  39. 17
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    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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  40. 6
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    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, David Schwimmer

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  41. 38
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    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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  42. 24
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    ranked low on reranks Natalie Dormer, Joss Stone, Henry Cavill

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  43. 35
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    Olivia Wilde, Bill Maher, Paul F. Tompkins

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  44. 41
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    added by sebbzor Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson

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  45. 31
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    Penn & Teller

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  46. 20
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rebecca Gayheart, Mandy Patinkin, Jasmine Guy

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  47. 57
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    added by davenathan Rhona Mitra, Richard Armitage, Andrew Lincoln

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  48. 34
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    Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen

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  49. 37
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    Sacha Baron Cohen

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  50. 22
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Bridget Moynahan

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