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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  1. 1
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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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    Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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


    Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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


    The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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


    The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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


    Rome Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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


    Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

  7. 7
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    Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Band of Brothers Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

  8. 8
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    Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

  9. 9
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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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    True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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


    Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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

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    Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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

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    Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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

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    Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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    Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Spartacus: Blood and Sand Eric McIntire, Daniel Spink, Matthew Felker

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    True Detective is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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    True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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


    Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

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    Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

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    Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Six Feet Under Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

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


    Entourage Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

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


    Oz Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

  21. 21
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    House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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    House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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

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    Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

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    Californication is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Californication David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

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

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    Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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


    The Tudors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

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


    The Borgias Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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


    Eastbound & Down Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

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

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    Black Sails Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

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

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    Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

  30. 30
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    Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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    Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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


    The Newsroom Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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    Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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    Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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    The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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    The Pacific Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

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    Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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    Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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    Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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    Penny Dreadful Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

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

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    Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

  38. 38
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    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

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


    Big Love Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny

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    John Adams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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    John Adams Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

  41. 41
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    Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Nurse Jackie Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze

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    Banshee

  43. 43
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    Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Real Time with Bill Maher Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Sullivan

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

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    The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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    Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Dead Like Me Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

  46. 46
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    The Larry Sanders Show is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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    The Larry Sanders Show Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham

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

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    Louie Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

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    Banshee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

    added by LanaYoshii
    Banshee Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen

  49. 49
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    Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series


    Carnivàle Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

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    Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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    Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Penn Jillette, Teller, George W. Bush

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