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

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  2. 9
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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds

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  3. 24
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    ranked low on reranks Natalie Dormer, Joss Stone, Henry Cavill

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  4. 52
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    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Henry Thomas

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  5. 50
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    added by shannonm Lena Dunham, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Williams

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  6. 2
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    the people's #1 Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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

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  8. 10
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    Zooey Deschanel, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon

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  9. 17
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    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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  10. 58
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    added by LanaYoshii Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle, Nia Long

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  11. 28
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    Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Haaz Sleiman

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  12. 19
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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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  13. 43
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    Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

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  14. 18
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    Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, John Hawkes

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  15. 31
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    Down 390

    Penn & Teller

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  16. 29
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    Down 399

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Stephen Amell, Anne Heche, Thomas Jane

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  17. 56
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    Sarah Shahi, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

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  18. 21
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    ranked low on reranks & added by elise Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn

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  19. 7
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    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

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  20. 4
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    Down 484

    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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  21. 39
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    Down 333

    Kevin Bacon, Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis

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  22. 53
    Up 132
    Down 96

    ranked low on reranks Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber, Elliott Gould

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  23. 27
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    Amanda Seyfried, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin

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  24. 3
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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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  25. 47
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    added by sebbzor

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  26. 45
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Billie Piper, Ashley Madekwe, Cherie Lunghi

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  27. 13
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    Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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  28. 49
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    added by LanaYoshii Lili Simmons, Ulrich Thomsen, Antony Starr

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  29. 30
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    ranked low on reranks Emmy Rossum, Amy Smart, William H. Macy

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  30. 48
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    James McAvoy, David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff

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  31. 15
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    Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, David Duchovny

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  32. 46
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    Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard, Viola Davis

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  33. 20
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rebecca Gayheart, Mandy Patinkin, Jasmine Guy

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  34. 23
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    ranked low on reranks Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Colm Feore

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  35. 36
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    Linda Hunt, Adrienne Barbeau, Nick Stahl

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  36. 1
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    most listed Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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  37. 6
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    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, David Schwimmer

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  38. 61
    Up 44
    Down 166

    Bryan Cranston, Mark Harmon, Chris Isaak

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  39. 41
    Up 115
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    added by sebbzor Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson

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  40. 33
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    James Badge Dale, William Sadler, Rami Malek

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  41. 55
    Up 46
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    added by Dave_7672

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  42. 59
    Up 44
    Down 130

    T.I., Kelsey Grammer, Sanaa Lathan

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  43. 22
    Up 224
    Down 548

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

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  44. 8
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    Down 654

    Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll

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  45. 37
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    Sacha Baron Cohen

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  46. 35
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    Olivia Wilde, Bill Maher, Paul F. Tompkins

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  47. 12
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    Dustin Hoffman, Larry David, John Legend

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  48. 62
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    added by Dave_7672 Meryl Streep, Courteney Cox, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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  49. 54
    Up 62
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    added by mark123 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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  50. 60
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    added by nicolas.verret Matt LeBlanc, Mircea Monroe, Richard Griffiths

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