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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. 28
    Up 161
    Down 142
    HBO More
    53
  2. 58
    Up 42
    Down 61

    niche appeal
    Girls

    HBO More
    41
    added by: shannonm
  3. 50
    Up 11
    Down 13

    ranked high on reranks
    Strike Back

    Sky1 More
    43
    added by: davenathan
  4. 12
    Up 296
    Down 265

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    HBO More
    70
  5. 4
    Up 588
    Down 227

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Wire

    BBC Four, HBO More
    83
  6. 42
    Up 79
    Down 110
    HBO More
    48
  7. 21
    Up 186
    Down 151

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dead Like Me

    Showtime More
    58
  8. 45
    Up 58
    Down 128

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Inside the NFL

    Showtime, HBO More
    45
  9. 7
    Up 657
    Down 193

    ranked low on reranks
    The Walking Dead

    AMC More
    77
  10. 19
    Up 255
    Down 137
    FX More
    62
  11. 68
    Up 14
    Down 15
    NBC More
    34
  12. 5
    Up 528
    Down 165

    ranked low on reranks
    Band of Brothers

    British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    81
  13. 62
    Up 14
    Down 5
    Showtime More
    35
  14. 34
    Up 110
    Down 119

    ranked low on reranks
    Nurse Jackie

    Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central More
    50
  15. 13
    Up 323
    Down 249
    Showtime More
    68
  16. 65
    Up 19
    Down 15
    British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC HD More
    35
  17. 3
    Up 660
    Down 257

    often listed
    The Sopranos

    HBO More
    86
  18. 43
    Up 70
    Down 92
    HBO More
    47
  19. 55
    Up 74
    Down 59

    ranked low on reranks
    Shameless

    Channel 4 More
    42
  20. 36
    Up 106
    Down 132

    often listed
    Big Love

    HBO More
    50
  21. 22
    Up 195
    Down 116

    niche appeal
    The Newsroom

    CBC Television More
    55
  22. 47
    Up 53
    Down 130

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

    ITV2 More
    44
  23. 30
    Up 141
    Down 69

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    The Tudors

    British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, Canadian Broadcasting ... More
    52
  24. 2
    Up 916
    Down 353

    the people's #1
    Dexter

    Showtime More
    94
  25. 39
    Up 83
    Down 131

    often listed
    Bored to Death

    HBO More
    48
  26. 20
    Up 236
    Down 124
    HBO More
    61
  27. 40
    Up 119
    Down 123

    ranked low on reranks
    Fraggle Rock

    Tiny Pop, Cartoonito, CBC Television More
    48
  28. 61
    Up 33
    Down 61

    often listed &niche appeal
    From the Earth to the Moon

    HBO More
    37
  29. 44
    Up 19
    Down 41
    British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, BBC HD More
    46
    added by: nicolas.verret
  30. 25
    Up 152
    Down 97

    ranked low on reranks
    The Pacific

    HBO More
    54
  31. 63
    Up 18
    Down 11
    NBC More
    35
  32. 56
    Up 111
    Down 45

    ranked low on reranks
    American Horror Story

    FX More
    41
  33. 64
    Up 22
    Down 16
    USA Network More
    35
  34. 14
    Up 400
    Down 202

    ranked low on reranks
    Spartacus: Blood and Sand

    Starz! More
    68
  35. 31
    Up 122
    Down 274

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sex and the City

    HBO More
    52
  36. 41
    Up 91
    Down 124
    Audience Network, NBC More
    48
  37. 24
    Up 236
    Down 102

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Shameless

    Showtime More
    55
  38. 23
    Up 93
    Down 147

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

    HBO More
    55
  39. 9
    Up 506
    Down 176

    ranked low on reranks
    Boardwalk Empire

    HBO More
    76
  40. 32
    Up 139
    Down 156
    HBO More
    51
  41. 66
    Up 15
    Down 13
    HBO More
    34
    added by: nicolas.verret
  42. 70
    Up 0
    Down 1
    Channel 4 More
    33
  43. 67
    Up 1
    Down 0
    British Broadcasting Corporation More
    34
  44. 29
    Up 163
    Down 162
    Showtime More
    53
  45. 27
    Up 85
    Down 150

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Larry Sanders Show

    British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    54
  46. 16
    Up 305
    Down 256

    often listed
    Entourage

    HBO More
    65
  47. 60
    Up 36
    Down 84

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Queer as Folk

    Showtime, Showcase More
    40
  48. 1
    Up 1277
    Down 190

    most listed
    Game of Thrones

    HBO More
    100
  49. 17
    Up 297
    Down 247

    often listed
    Californication

    Showtime More
    65
  50. 46
    Up 7
    Down 22

    about to drop off
    Veep

    HBO More
    45
    added by: mark123
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