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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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2
+ - 3,755 1,999
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dexter Showtime

3
+ - 3,382 1,235
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

4
+ - 2,724 1,182
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Wire HBO

5
+ - 1,896 1,133
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Deadwood HBO

6
+ - 1,841 1,043
Rome is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Rome HBO

7
+ - 2,301 1,040
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

8
+ - 2,215 851
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

9
+ - 2,022 1,585
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

10
+ - 2,641 944
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Homeland Showtime

11
+ - 2,215 715
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

12
+ - 1,493 357
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Vikings History

13
+ - 1,616 1,202
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Weeds Showtime

14
+ - 1,847 873
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

15
+ - 1,203 450
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Outlander Starz

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16
+ - 1,244 1,133
Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

17
+ - 1,230 812
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

18
+ - 1,161 883
Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Oz HBO

19
+ - 1,412 1,108
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Entourage HBO

20
+ - 1,563 443
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Ray Donovan Showtime

21
+ - 2,020 748
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Shameless Showtime

22
+ - 1,297 1,044
Californication is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Californication Showtime

23
+ - 1,088 651
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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+ - 846 533
The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Borgias Showtime

25
+ - 948 255
Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Black Sails Starz

26
+ - 792 1,269
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 1,055 912
Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 945 763
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 730 592
The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 747 309
Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Penny Dreadful Showtime

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+ - 605 761
Big Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Big Love HBO

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+ - 558 478
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

33
+ - 668 340
Banshee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Banshee Cinemax

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+ - 559 754
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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+ - 330 782
The Larry Sanders Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Larry Sanders Show British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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+ - 725 736
Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Nurse Jackie Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central

37
+ - 657 999
Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 325 173
Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

39
+ - 294 55
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

40
+ - 442 183
Power is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Power Starz

41
+ - 298 182
The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

42
+ - 441 769
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 621 647
Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 434 489
Veep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Veep HBO

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+ - 452 809
Hung is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Hung HBO

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+ - 303 592
Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 322 235
Da Vinci's Demons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 281 174
The Affair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Affair Showtime

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+ - 183 706
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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+ - 260 150
Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series