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 749
    Down 403

    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, David Schwimmer

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  2. 49
    Up 87
    Down 158

    added by LanaYoshii Lili Simmons, Ulrich Thomsen, Antony Starr

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  3. 27
    Up 201
    Down 372

    Amanda Seyfried, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin

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  4. 7
    Up 792
    Down 421

    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

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  5. 39
    Up 124
    Down 334

    Kevin Bacon, Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis

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  6. 59
    Up 44
    Down 131

    T.I., Kelsey Grammer, Sanaa Lathan

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  7. 15
    Up 434
    Down 506

    Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, David Duchovny

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  8. 36
    Up 235
    Down 346

    Linda Hunt, Adrienne Barbeau, Nick Stahl

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  9. 12
    Up 430
    Down 538

    Dustin Hoffman, Larry David, John Legend

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  10. 37
    Up 146
    Down 384

    Sacha Baron Cohen

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  11. 20
    Up 251
    Down 406

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

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  12. 5
    Up 627
    Down 491

    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson

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  13. 2
    Up 1335
    Down 696

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

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  14. 18
    Up 398
    Down 444

    Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, John Hawkes

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  15. 16
    Up 471
    Down 526

    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Piven, Phil Mickelson

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  16. 60
    Up 44
    Down 199

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

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  17. 33
    Up 114
    Down 360

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen

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  18. 44
    Up 120
    Down 277

    Kristen Schaal, Jemaine Clement, Eugene Mirman

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  19. 43
    Up 168
    Down 310

    Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

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  20. 38
    Up 146
    Down 333

    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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  21. 61
    Up 44
    Down 167

    Bryan Cranston, Mark Harmon, Chris Isaak

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  22. 1
    Up 1988
    Down 440

    most listed Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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  23. 48
    Up 74
    Down 151

    added by sebbzor

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  24. 50
    Up 80
    Down 238

    added by shannonm Lena Dunham, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Williams

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  25. 40
    Up 123
    Down 301

    Darren Woodson, Zach Thomas, Eddie Kennison

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  26. 11
    Up 703
    Down 372

    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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  27. 58
    Up 27
    Down 47

    added by LanaYoshii Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle, Nia Long

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  28. 29
    Up 194
    Down 403

    Stephen Amell, Anne Heche, Thomas Jane

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  29. 42
    Up 97
    Down 321

    Dan Marino, Wanda Sykes, Chuck Bednarik

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  30. 19
    Up 364
    Down 392

    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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  31. 41
    Up 115
    Down 212

    added by sebbzor Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson

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  32. 52
    Up 51
    Down 215

    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Henry Thomas

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  33. 25
    Up 119
    Down 388

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

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  34. 28
    Up 215
    Down 364

    Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Haaz Sleiman

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  35. 14
    Up 426
    Down 428

    Christopher Meloni, Edie Falco, J.K. Simmons

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  36. 31
    Up 229
    Down 393

    Penn & Teller

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  37. 56
    Up 52
    Down 136

    Sarah Shahi, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

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  38. 51
    Up 88
    Down 200

    Chris Potter, Hal Sparks, Gale Harold

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  39. 53
    Up 137
    Down 96

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

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  40. 55
    Up 46
    Down 231

    added by Dave_7672

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  41. 35
    Up 217
    Down 409

    Olivia Wilde, Bill Maher, Paul F. Tompkins

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  42. 9
    Up 640
    Down 411

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds

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  43. 45
    Up 79
    Down 323

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

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  44. 22
    Up 228
    Down 550

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

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  45. 47
    Up 142
    Down 198

    James McAvoy, David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff

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  46. 30
    Up 437
    Down 331

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

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  47. 17
    Up 407
    Down 353

    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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  48. 13
    Up 614
    Down 439

    Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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  49. 57
    Up 43
    Down 129

    added by davenathan Rhona Mitra, Richard Armitage, Andrew Lincoln

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  50. 23
    Up 308
    Down 131

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

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