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The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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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. 56
    Up 112
    Down 45

    ranked low on reranks
    American Horror Story

    FX More
    42
  2. 5
    Up 533
    Down 166
    British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    82
  3. 36
    Up 108
    Down 134

    controversial
    Big Love

    HBO More
    50
  4. 9
    Up 513
    Down 177
    HBO More
    76
  5. 40
    Up 85
    Down 133
    HBO More
    49
  6. 59
    Up 19
    Down 24
    Starz More
    41
  7. 62
    Up 23
    Down 16
    USA Network More
    36
  8. 16
    Up 300
    Down 251
    Showtime More
    65
  9. 29
    Up 163
    Down 144
    HBO More
    53
  10. 12
    Up 302
    Down 269

    controversial
    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    HBO More
    70
  11. 33
    Up 107
    Down 162
    Channel 4, HBO More
    50
  12. 21
    Up 188
    Down 154
    Showtime More
    59
  13. 6
    Up 434
    Down 228

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Deadwood

    HBO More
    81
  14. 2
    Up 920
    Down 362

    the people's #1
    Dexter

    Showtime More
    94
  15. 18
    Up 259
    Down 176
    HBO More
    63
  16. 17
    Up 309
    Down 261

    often listed
    Entourage

    HBO More
    65
  17. 44
    Up 19
    Down 44
    British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, BBC HD More
    46
    added by: nicolas.verret
  18. 35
    Up 84
    Down 139

    often listed
    Extras

    British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, HBO More
    50
  19. 43
    Up 72
    Down 95
    HBO More
    48
  20. 39
    Up 123
    Down 124
    Tiny Pop, Cartoonito, CBC Television More
    49
  21. 41
    Up 92
    Down 126
    Audience Network, NBC More
    49
  22. 61
    Up 33
    Down 62
    HBO More
    37
  23. 1
    Up 1293
    Down 191

    most listed
    Game of Thrones

    HBO More
    100
  24. 50
    Up 30
    Down 29
    44
    added by: sebbzor
  25. 57
    Up 43
    Down 61

    niche appeal
    Girls

    HBO More
    41
    added by: shannonm
  26. 42
    Up 81
    Down 112
    HBO More
    48
  27. 11
    Up 425
    Down 113
    Showtime More
    72
  28. 38
    Up 115
    Down 160

    controversial
    Hung

    HBO More
    49
  29. 45
    Up 60
    Down 130

    controversial
    Inside the NFL

    Showtime, HBO More
    46
  30. 19
    Up 265
    Down 140
    FX More
    63
  31. 37
    Up 49
    Down 32

    niche appeal
    John Adams

    HBO More
    49
    added by: sebbzor
  32. 66
    Up 15
    Down 14
    HBO More
    35
    added by: nicolas.verret
  33. 58
    Up 34
    Down 85

    niche appeal
    Masters of Horror

    Showtime More
    41
  34. 65
    Up 19
    Down 16
    British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC HD More
    35
  35. 23
    Up 95
    Down 150

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

    HBO More
    55
  36. 34
    Up 113
    Down 121
    Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central More
    50
  37. 15
    Up 292
    Down 192
    HBO More
    66
  38. 69
    Up 0
    Down 2
    Channel 4 More
    33
  39. 28
    Up 166
    Down 163
    Showtime More
    53
  40. 53
    Up 23
    Down 20
    CBS More
    43
  41. 60
    Up 36
    Down 85

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Queer as Folk

    Showtime, Showcase More
    40
  42. 63
    Up 14
    Down 6
    Showtime More
    35
  43. 52
    Up 24
    Down 83

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

    43
    added by: Dave_7672
  44. 32
    Up 140
    Down 162
    HBO More
    51
  45. 10
    Up 430
    Down 170
    Rai 2, British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    76
  46. 67
    Up 14
    Down 16
    NBC More
    34
  47. 47
    Up 54
    Down 132

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

    ITV2 More
    45
  48. 31
    Up 123
    Down 279

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sex and the City

    HBO More
    52
  49. 55
    Up 74
    Down 60
    Channel 4 More
    42
  50. 24
    Up 238
    Down 105

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Shameless

    Showtime More
    55
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