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. 17
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    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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  2. 8
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    Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll

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  3. 53
    Up 137
    Down 96

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

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  4. 44
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    Down 277

    Kristen Schaal, Jemaine Clement, Eugene Mirman

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  5. 38
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    Down 333

    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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  6. 9
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    Down 411

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds

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  7. 20
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    Down 406

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

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  8. 29
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    Down 403

    Stephen Amell, Anne Heche, Thomas Jane

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  9. 1
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    most listed Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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  10. 62
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    added by Dave_7672 Meryl Streep, Courteney Cox, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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  11. 36
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    Down 346

    Linda Hunt, Adrienne Barbeau, Nick Stahl

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  12. 22
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    Down 550

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

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  13. 3
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    Down 523

    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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  14. 60
    Up 44
    Down 199

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

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  15. 25
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    Down 388

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

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  16. 5
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    Down 491

    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson

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  17. 4
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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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  18. 46
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    Down 328

    Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard, Viola Davis

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  19. 16
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    Down 526

    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Piven, Phil Mickelson

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  20. 31
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    Down 393

    Penn & Teller

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  21. 28
    Up 215
    Down 364

    Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Haaz Sleiman

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  22. 26
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    Down 401

    Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, Jeremy Piven

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  23. 6
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    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, David Schwimmer

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  24. 11
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    Down 372

    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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  25. 2
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    the people's #1 Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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  26. 10
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    Down 528

    Zooey Deschanel, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon

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  27. 43
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    Down 310

    Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

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  28. 18
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    Down 444

    Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, John Hawkes

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  29. 39
    Up 124
    Down 334

    Kevin Bacon, Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis

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  30. 56
    Up 52
    Down 136

    Sarah Shahi, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

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  31. 49
    Up 87
    Down 158

    added by LanaYoshii Lili Simmons, Ulrich Thomsen, Antony Starr

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  32. 32
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    Down 345

    Jeremy Hotz, Peter Keleghan, Karen Hines

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  33. 12
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    Down 538

    Dustin Hoffman, Larry David, John Legend

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  34. 50
    Up 80
    Down 238

    added by shannonm Lena Dunham, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Williams

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  35. 45
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    Down 323

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

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  36. 57
    Up 27
    Down 47

    added by LanaYoshii Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle, Nia Long

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  37. 24
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    Down 264

    ranked low on reranks Natalie Dormer, Joss Stone, Henry Cavill

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  38. 52
    Up 51
    Down 215

    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Henry Thomas

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  39. 23
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    Down 131

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

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  40. 47
    Up 142
    Down 198

    James McAvoy, David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff

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  41. 30
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    Down 331

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

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  42. 19
    Up 364
    Down 392

    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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  43. 51
    Up 88
    Down 200

    Chris Potter, Hal Sparks, Gale Harold

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  44. 54
    Up 62
    Down 179

    added by mark123 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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  45. 33
    Up 114
    Down 360

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

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  46. 7
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    Down 421

    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

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  47. 14
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    Christopher Meloni, Edie Falco, J.K. Simmons

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  48. 15
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    Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, David Duchovny

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  49. 27
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    Amanda Seyfried, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin

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  50. 61
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    Bryan Cranston, Mark Harmon, Chris Isaak

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