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 132
    Down 96

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

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  4. 44
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    Down 276

    Kristen Schaal, Jemaine Clement, Eugene Mirman

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  5. 38
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    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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  6. 9
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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds

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  7. 20
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    Down 403

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

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  8. 29
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 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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    Linda Hunt, Adrienne Barbeau, Nick Stahl

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  12. 22
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    Down 547

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

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  13. 3
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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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  14. 60
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    added by nicolas.verret Matt LeBlanc, Mircea Monroe, Richard Griffiths

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  15. 25
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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  16. 5
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    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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    Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard, Viola Davis

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  19. 16
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    Down 523

    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Piven, Phil Mickelson

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  20. 31
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    Down 389

    Penn & Teller

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  21. 28
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    Down 360

    Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Haaz Sleiman

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  22. 26
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    Down 398

    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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    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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    Zooey Deschanel, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon

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  27. 43
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    Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

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  28. 18
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    Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, John Hawkes

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  29. 39
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    Down 333

    Kevin Bacon, Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis

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  30. 56
    Up 52
    Down 135

    Sarah Shahi, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

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  31. 49
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    added by LanaYoshii Lili Simmons, Ulrich Thomsen, Antony Starr

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  32. 32
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    Jeremy Hotz, Peter Keleghan, Karen Hines

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  33. 12
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    Dustin Hoffman, Larry David, John Legend

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  34. 50
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    added by shannonm Lena Dunham, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Williams

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  35. 45
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    Down 322

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

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  36. 58
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    added by LanaYoshii Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle, Nia Long

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  37. 24
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    ranked low on reranks Natalie Dormer, Joss Stone, Henry Cavill

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  38. 52
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    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Henry Thomas

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  39. 23
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    ranked low on reranks Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Colm Feore

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  40. 48
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    Down 197

    James McAvoy, David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff

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  41. 30
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    ranked low on reranks Emmy Rossum, Amy Smart, William H. Macy

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  42. 19
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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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  43. 51
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    Down 199

    Chris Potter, Hal Sparks, Gale Harold

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  44. 54
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    Down 178

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

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  45. 34
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    Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen

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  46. 7
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    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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