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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. 49
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    Strike Back

    Sky1 More
    44
    added by: davenathan
  2. 54
    Up 20
    Down 30
    Fox Broadcasting Company More
    43
  3. 10
    Up 427
    Down 170
    Rai 2, British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    76
  4. 30
    Up 144
    Down 69

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    The Tudors

    British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, Canadian Broadcasting ... More
    52
  5. 58
    Up 34
    Down 85

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Masters of Horror

    Showtime More
    41
  6. 7
    Up 661
    Down 196

    ranked low on reranks
    The Walking Dead

    AMC More
    77
  7. 57
    Up 43
    Down 61

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Girls

    HBO More
    41
    added by: shannonm
  8. 2
    Up 918
    Down 359

    the people's #1
    Dexter

    Showtime More
    94
  9. 15
    Up 291
    Down 191
    HBO More
    66
  10. 13
    Up 325
    Down 252
    Showtime More
    68
  11. 20
    Up 241
    Down 125
    HBO More
    62
  12. 34
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    Down 120

    ranked low on reranks
    Nurse Jackie

    Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central More
    50
  13. 66
    Up 15
    Down 14
    HBO More
    35
    added by: nicolas.verret
  14. 19
    Up 261
    Down 139
    FX More
    62
  15. 40
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    Down 124

    ranked low on reranks
    Fraggle Rock

    Tiny Pop, Cartoonito, CBC Television More
    49
  16. 18
    Up 258
    Down 175

    often listed
    Eastbound & Down

    HBO More
    63
  17. 28
    Up 165
    Down 162
    Showtime More
    53
  18. 37
    Up 114
    Down 159

    often listed &controversial
    Hung

    HBO More
    49
  19. 53
    Up 23
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Person of Interest

    CBS More
    43
  20. 25
    Up 66
    Down 21
    HBO More
    54
    added by: elise
  21. 9
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    Down 176

    ranked low on reranks
    Boardwalk Empire

    HBO More
    76
  22. 4
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    Down 229

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Wire

    BBC Four, HBO More
    83
  23. 39
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    Down 132

    often listed &controversial
    Bored to Death

    HBO More
    49
  24. 63
    Up 14
    Down 6
    Showtime More
    35
  25. 35
    Up 108
    Down 132

    often listed
    Big Love

    HBO More
    50
  26. 3
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    Down 257

    often listed
    The Sopranos

    HBO More
    86
  27. 50
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    Down 29

    ranked low on reranks
    Generation Kill

    43
    added by: sebbzor
  28. 47
    Up 53
    Down 132

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

    ITV2 More
    45
  29. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    Spartacus: Blood and Sand

    Starz! More
    68
  30. 24
    Up 236
    Down 104

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Shameless

    Showtime More
    55
  31. 55
    Up 74
    Down 60

    ranked low on reranks
    Shameless

    Channel 4 More
    42
  32. 16
    Up 298
    Down 250

    often listed
    Californication

    Showtime More
    65
  33. 48
    Up 64
    Down 128

    often listed &controversial
    United States of Tara

    Showtime More
    44
  34. 21
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    Down 153

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dead Like Me

    Showtime More
    59
  35. 51
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Borgias

    Showtime More
    43
  36. 29
    Up 162
    Down 143
    HBO More
    53
  37. 62
    Up 23
    Down 16
    USA Network More
    36
  38. 1
    Up 1287
    Down 190

    most listed
    Game of Thrones

    HBO More
    100
  39. 5
    Up 531
    Down 165

    ranked low on reranks
    Band of Brothers

    British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    81
  40. 61
    Up 33
    Down 62

    often listed &niche appeal
    From the Earth to the Moon

    HBO More
    37
  41. 65
    Up 19
    Down 16
    British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC HD More
    35
  42. 38
    Up 48
    Down 32

    niche appeal
    John Adams

    HBO More
    49
    added by: sebbzor
  43. 26
    Up 154
    Down 98

    ranked low on reranks
    The Pacific

    HBO More
    54
  44. 52
    Up 24
    Down 83

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

    43
    added by: Dave_7672
  45. 59
    Up 19
    Down 24
    Starz More
    41
  46. 31
    Up 123
    Down 277

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sex and the City

    HBO More
    52
  47. 8
    Up 486
    Down 347

    often listed &controversial
    True Blood

    HBO More
    77
  48. 33
    Up 106
    Down 161

    often listed
    Da Ali G Show

    Channel 4, HBO More
    50
  49. 32
    Up 139
    Down 159
    HBO More
    51
  50. 12
    Up 299
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    HBO More
    70
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