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. 6
    Up 742
    Down 399

    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, David Schwimmer

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  2. 49
    Up 86
    Down 157

    added by LanaYoshii Lili Simmons, Ulrich Thomsen, Antony Starr

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  3. 27
    Up 201
    Down 368

    Amanda Seyfried, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin

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  4. 7
    Up 782
    Down 417

    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

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  5. 39
    Up 122
    Down 333

    Kevin Bacon, Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis

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  6. 59
    Up 44
    Down 130

    T.I., Kelsey Grammer, Sanaa Lathan

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  7. 15
    Up 428
    Down 503

    Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, David Duchovny

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  8. 36
    Up 232
    Down 345

    Linda Hunt, Adrienne Barbeau, Nick Stahl

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  9. 12
    Up 422
    Down 534

    Dustin Hoffman, Larry David, John Legend

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  10. 37
    Up 146
    Down 383

    Sacha Baron Cohen

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  11. 20
    Up 249
    Down 403

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

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  12. 5
    Up 621
    Down 488

    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson

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  13. 2
    Up 1323
    Down 691

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

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  14. 18
    Up 391
    Down 440

    Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, John Hawkes

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  15. 16
    Up 463
    Down 523

    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Piven, Phil Mickelson

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  16. 60
    Up 44
    Down 198

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

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  17. 34
    Up 113
    Down 359

    Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen

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  18. 44
    Up 119
    Down 276

    Kristen Schaal, Jemaine Clement, Eugene Mirman

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  19. 43
    Up 168
    Down 309

    Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

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  20. 38
    Up 146
    Down 332

    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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  21. 61
    Up 44
    Down 166

    Bryan Cranston, Mark Harmon, Chris Isaak

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  22. 1
    Up 1973
    Down 436

    most listed Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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  23. 48
    Up 73
    Down 150

    added by sebbzor

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  24. 50
    Up 78
    Down 238

    added by shannonm Lena Dunham, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Williams

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  25. 40
    Up 123
    Down 300

    Darren Woodson, Zach Thomas, Eddie Kennison

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  26. 11
    Up 691
    Down 369

    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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  27. 58
    Up 26
    Down 47

    added by LanaYoshii Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle, Nia Long

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  28. 29
    Up 192
    Down 398

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

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  29. 42
    Up 97
    Down 320

    Dan Marino, Wanda Sykes, Chuck Bednarik

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  30. 19
    Up 361
    Down 388

    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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  31. 41
    Up 115
    Down 211

    added by sebbzor Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson

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  32. 52
    Up 51
    Down 214

    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Henry Thomas

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  33. 25
    Up 119
    Down 385

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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  34. 28
    Up 214
    Down 360

    Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Haaz Sleiman

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  35. 14
    Up 418
    Down 426

    Christopher Meloni, Edie Falco, J.K. Simmons

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  36. 31
    Up 229
    Down 389

    Penn & Teller

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  37. 56
    Up 52
    Down 135

    Sarah Shahi, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

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  38. 51
    Up 88
    Down 199

    Chris Potter, Hal Sparks, Gale Harold

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  39. 53
    Up 129
    Down 96

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

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  40. 54
    Up 46
    Down 230

    added by Dave_7672

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  41. 35
    Up 217
    Down 408

    Olivia Wilde, Bill Maher, Paul F. Tompkins

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  42. 9
    Up 636
    Down 408

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds

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  43. 45
    Up 79
    Down 322

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

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  44. 22
    Up 224
    Down 547

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

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  45. 47
    Up 141
    Down 197

    James McAvoy, David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff

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  46. 30
    Up 430
    Down 329

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

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  47. 17
    Up 400
    Down 351

    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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  48. 13
    Up 610
    Down 435

    Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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  49. 57
    Up 42
    Down 128

    added by davenathan Rhona Mitra, Richard Armitage, Andrew Lincoln

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  50. 23
    Up 305
    Down 129

    ranked low on reranks Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Colm Feore

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