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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.

List Criteria: Premium cable refers to subscription-based channels including HBO, Showtime, Epix, Cinemax, Encore, Starz and PPV

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  1. 14
    Up 402
    Down 203

    ranked low on reranks
    Spartacus: Blood and Sand

    Starz! More
    68
  2. 5
    Up 530
    Down 165

    ranked low on reranks
    Band of Brothers

    British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    81
  3. 27
    Up 153
    Down 98

    ranked low on reranks
    The Pacific

    HBO More
    54
  4. 13
    Up 325
    Down 250
    Showtime More
    68
  5. 61
    Up 33
    Down 62

    often listed &niche appeal
    From the Earth to the Moon

    HBO More
    37
  6. 63
    Up 14
    Down 6
    Showtime More
    35
  7. 35
    Up 83
    Down 137

    often listed
    Extras

    British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, HBO More
    50
  8. 48
    Up 64
    Down 127

    often listed &controversial
    United States of Tara

    Showtime More
    44
  9. 67
    Up 14
    Down 16
    NBC More
    34
  10. 32
    Up 139
    Down 158
    HBO More
    51
  11. 68
    Up 1
    Down 1
    British Broadcasting Corporation More
    34
  12. 44
    Up 19
    Down 42
    British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, BBC HD More
    46
    added by: nicolas.verret
  13. 33
    Up 106
    Down 160

    often listed
    Da Ali G Show

    Channel 4, HBO More
    50
  14. 46
    Up 7
    Down 23

    about to drop off
    Veep

    HBO More
    45
    added by: mark123
  15. 59
    Up 19
    Down 24
    Starz More
    41
  16. 49
    Up 13
    Down 13

    ranked high on reranks
    Strike Back

    Sky1 More
    44
    added by: davenathan
  17. 56
    Up 112
    Down 45

    ranked low on reranks
    American Horror Story

    FX More
    42
  18. 57
    Up 43
    Down 61

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Girls

    HBO More
    41
    added by: shannonm
  19. 64
    Up 18
    Down 12
    NBC More
    35
  20. 10
    Up 424
    Down 170
    Rai 2, British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO More
    76
  21. 43
    Up 71
    Down 93
    HBO More
    48
  22. 29
    Up 162
    Down 142
    HBO More
    53
  23. 47
    Up 53
    Down 131

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Secret Diary of a Call Girl

    ITV2 More
    45
  24. 39
    Up 84
    Down 132

    often listed
    Bored to Death

    HBO More
    49
  25. 58
    Up 34
    Down 85

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Masters of Horror

    Showtime More
    41
  26. 21
    Up 187
    Down 152

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dead Like Me

    Showtime More
    59
  27. 50
    Up 55
    Down 55

    ranked low on reranks
    The Borgias

    Showtime More
    43
  28. 38
    Up 113
    Down 159

    often listed &controversial
    Hung

    HBO More
    49
  29. 54
    Up 20
    Down 30
    Fox Broadcasting Company More
    43
  30. 53
    Up 23
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Person of Interest

    CBS More
    43
  31. 22
    Up 196
    Down 116

    niche appeal
    The Newsroom

    CBC Television More
    55
  32. 1
    Up 1283
    Down 190

    most listed
    Game of Thrones

    HBO More
    100
  33. 7
    Up 659
    Down 194

    ranked low on reranks
    The Walking Dead

    AMC More
    77
  34. 6
    Up 432
    Down 226

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Deadwood

    HBO More
    81
  35. 9
    Up 508
    Down 176

    ranked low on reranks
    Boardwalk Empire

    HBO More
    76
  36. 24
    Up 236
    Down 103

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Shameless

    Showtime More
    55
  37. 30
    Up 143
    Down 69

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    The Tudors

    British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, Canadian Broadcasting ... More
    52
  38. 18
    Up 256
    Down 174

    often listed
    Eastbound & Down

    HBO More
    63
  39. 69
    Up 0
    Down 2
    Channel 4 More
    33
  40. 36
    Up 107
    Down 132

    often listed &controversial
    Big Love

    HBO More
    50
  41. 15
    Up 290
    Down 190
    HBO More
    66
  42. 34
    Up 112
    Down 119

    ranked low on reranks
    Nurse Jackie

    Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central More
    50
  43. 4
    Up 588
    Down 228

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Wire

    BBC Four, HBO More
    83
  44. 20
    Up 240
    Down 125
    HBO More
    62
  45. 8
    Up 485
    Down 346

    often listed &controversial
    True Blood

    HBO More
    77
  46. 65
    Up 19
    Down 16
    British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC HD More
    35
  47. 51
    Up 28
    Down 29

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Generation Kill

    43
    added by: sebbzor
  48. 37
    Up 48
    Down 31

    niche appeal
    John Adams

    HBO More
    49
    added by: sebbzor
  49. 12
    Up 298
    Down 266

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    HBO More
    70
  50. 41
    Up 92
    Down 124
    Audience Network, NBC More
    49
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