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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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+ - 3,709 1,955
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dexter Showtime

3
+ - 3,321 1,213
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

4
+ - 2,674 1,163
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Wire HBO

5
+ - 1,861 1,116
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Deadwood HBO

6
+ - 1,822 1,024
Rome is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Rome HBO

7
+ - 2,261 1,024
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

8
+ - 2,173 839
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

9
+ - 1,987 1,564
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

10
+ - 2,598 923
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Homeland Showtime

11
+ - 2,179 701
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

12
+ - 1,465 343
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Vikings History

13
+ - 1,596 1,183
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Weeds Showtime

14
+ - 1,818 865
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

15
+ - 1,182 432
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Outlander Starz

The Best Series Finales The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

16
+ - 1,223 1,118
Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

17
+ - 1,211 799
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

18
+ - 1,136 874
Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Oz HBO

19
+ - 1,389 1,096
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Entourage HBO

20
+ - 1,536 433
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Ray Donovan Showtime

21
+ - 1,981 737
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Shameless Showtime

22
+ - 1,280 1,029
Californication is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Californication Showtime

23
+ - 1,071 640
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

24
+ - 832 523
The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Borgias Showtime

25
+ - 926 244
Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Black Sails Starz

26
+ - 779 1,252
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 1,045 900
Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

28
+ - 935 751
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

29
+ - 718 586
The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 728 302
Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Penny Dreadful Showtime

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+ - 595 751
Big Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Big Love HBO

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+ - 550 472
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

33
+ - 650 334
Banshee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Banshee Cinemax

34
+ - 550 746
Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dead Like Me Showtime

35
+ - 323 772
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

36
+ - 710 727
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
+ - 650 984
Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

38
+ - 307 166
Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

39
+ - 288 171
The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

40
+ - 413 177
Power is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Power Starz

41
+ - 256 46
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

42
+ - 437 756
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

43
+ - 617 639
Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles The Sexiest Female Soccer Players

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+ - 419 480
Veep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Veep HBO

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+ - 445 799
Hung is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Hung HBO

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+ - 319 226
Da Vinci's Demons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 298 586
Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

48
+ - 268 167
The Affair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Affair Showtime

49
+ - 181 698
Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

50
+ - 247 143
Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series