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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
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    ranked low on reranks
    American Horror Story

    FX More
    42
  2. 5
    Up 530
    Down 165

    ranked low on reranks
    Band of Brothers

    British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    81
  3. 36
    Up 107
    Down 132

    controversial
    Big Love

    HBO More
    50
  4. 9
    Up 507
    Down 176

    ranked low on reranks
    Boardwalk Empire

    HBO More
    76
  5. 39
    Up 84
    Down 132

    often listed
    Bored to Death

    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 297
    Down 248

    often listed
    Californication

    Showtime More
    65
  9. 29
    Up 162
    Down 142
    HBO More
    53
  10. 12
    Up 297
    Down 266

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    HBO More
    70
  11. 33
    Up 106
    Down 160

    often listed
    Da Ali G Show

    Channel 4, HBO More
    50
  12. 21
    Up 187
    Down 152

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dead Like Me

    Showtime More
    59
  13. 6
    Up 432
    Down 226

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Deadwood

    HBO More
    81
  14. 2
    Up 918
    Down 356

    the people's #1
    Dexter

    Showtime More
    94
  15. 18
    Up 255
    Down 174

    often listed
    Eastbound & Down

    HBO More
    63
  16. 17
    Up 305
    Down 257

    often listed
    Entourage

    HBO More
    65
  17. 44
    Up 19
    Down 42
    British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, BBC HD More
    46
    added by: nicolas.verret
  18. 35
    Up 83
    Down 137

    often listed
    Extras

    British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, HBO More
    50
  19. 43
    Up 71
    Down 93
    HBO More
    48
  20. 41
    Up 120
    Down 123

    ranked low on reranks
    Fraggle Rock

    Tiny Pop, Cartoonito, CBC Television More
    49
  21. 40
    Up 92
    Down 124
    Audience Network, NBC More
    49
  22. 61
    Up 33
    Down 62

    often listed &niche appeal
    From the Earth to the Moon

    HBO More
    37
  23. 1
    Up 1281
    Down 190

    most listed
    Game of Thrones

    HBO More
    100
  24. 51
    Up 28
    Down 29

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Generation Kill

    43
    added by: sebbzor
  25. 57
    Up 43
    Down 61

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Girls

    HBO More
    41
    added by: shannonm
  26. 42
    Up 79
    Down 111
    HBO More
    48
  27. 11
    Up 419
    Down 110
    Showtime More
    72
  28. 38
    Up 113
    Down 159

    often listed &controversial
    Hung

    HBO More
    49
  29. 45
    Up 58
    Down 129

    often listed &controversial
    Inside the NFL

    Showtime, HBO More
    45
  30. 19
    Up 258
    Down 138
    FX More
    62
  31. 37
    Up 48
    Down 31

    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

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Masters of Horror

    Showtime More
    41
  34. 65
    Up 19
    Down 16
    British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC HD More
    35
  35. 23
    Up 94
    Down 148

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

    HBO More
    55
  36. 34
    Up 112
    Down 119

    ranked low on reranks
    Nurse Jackie

    Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central More
    50
  37. 15
    Up 289
    Down 190
    HBO More
    66
  38. 69
    Up 0
    Down 2
    Channel 4 More
    33
  39. 28
    Up 164
    Down 162
    Showtime More
    53
  40. 53
    Up 23
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Person of Interest

    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 139
    Down 157
    HBO More
    51
  45. 10
    Up 424
    Down 170
    Rai 2, British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    76
  46. 67
    Up 14
    Down 16
    NBC More
    34
  47. 47
    Up 53
    Down 131

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

    ITV2 More
    45
  48. 31
    Up 123
    Down 276

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sex and the City

    HBO More
    52
  49. 55
    Up 74
    Down 60

    ranked low on reranks
    Shameless

    Channel 4 More
    42
  50. 24
    Up 236
    Down 103

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Shameless

    Showtime More
    55
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