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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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dexter Showtime

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Wire HBO

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Deadwood HBO

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Rome HBO

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Homeland Showtime

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Vikings History

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Weeds Showtime

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Outlander Starz

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Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Oz HBO

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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Entourage HBO

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Ray Donovan Showtime

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Shameless Showtime

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Californication is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Californication Showtime

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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

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

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

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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

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

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

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Big Love is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Big Love HBO

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Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dead Like Me Showtime

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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Nurse Jackie Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central

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Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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The Larry Sanders Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Larry Sanders Show British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Banshee Cinemax

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

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

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Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Power is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Power Starz

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Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Veep HBO

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Hung is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Hung HBO

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Da Vinci's Demons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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

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

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Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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Extras is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Extras British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, HBO

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