The Best of Premium Cable TV Series TV Programs

The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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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, many of these top cable series are must-see.

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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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, John Lithgow

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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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    Kevin McKidd, Ciarán Hinds, Ray Stevenson

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    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson

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    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy

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    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

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    Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll

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    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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    Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Alexander Ludwig

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    often listed
    Zooey Deschanel, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon

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    Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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    Rachel McAdams, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell

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    Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish

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    Dustin Hoffman, John Legend, Larry David

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    Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Elliott Gould

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    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Piven

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    Christopher Meloni, J.K. Simmons, Edie Falco

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    Kevin Spacey, Kate Mara, Robin Wright

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    Emmy Rossum, Amy Smart, William H. Macy

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    Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, David Duchovny

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    Grace Park, Lucy Lawless, Tricia Helfer

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    Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Holliday Grainger

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    Natalie Dormer, Henry Cavill, Joss Stone

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    Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, John Hawkes

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    Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Bridget Moynahan

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    Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

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    Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson

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    Olivia Munn, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

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    Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Taylor Schilling

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    James Badge Dale, William Sadler, Jon Seda

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    Common, Anson Mount, Dominique McElligott

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    Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Billie Piper

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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    Amanda Seyfried, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson

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    Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Merritt Wever

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    Olivia Wilde, Bill Maher, Paul F. Tompkins

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    Rebecca Gayheart, Mandy Patinkin, Jasmine Guy

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    Banshee

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    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich

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    Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, Jeremy Piven

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    Louis C.K.

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    Penn & Teller

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    Linda Hunt, Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown

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