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List Rules 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.

This list of original programs on premium cable feature the best dramas and comedies according to ratings, awards, and fan bases. Even though Showtime's crime drama series Dexter ended with a poorly received season, the overall response was mostly positive, making it high on this list. Even shows that were canceled like Penny Dreadful and Dead Like Me are found on list of the best premium cable TV series of all time.       

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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 3,772 2,009
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dexter Showtime

3
+ - 3,399 1,238
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

4
+ - 2,741 1,186
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Wire HBO

5
+ - 1,902 1,138
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Deadwood HBO

6
+ - 1,850 1,047
Rome is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Rome HBO

7
+ - 2,308 1,045
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

8
+ - 2,228 854
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

9
+ - 2,033 1,591
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

10
+ - 2,653 951
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Homeland Showtime

11
+ - 2,223 719
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

12
+ - 1,499 359
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Vikings History

13
+ - 1,626 1,207
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Weeds Showtime

14
+ - 1,858 878
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

15
+ - 1,211 456
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Outlander Starz

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16
+ - 1,254 1,135
Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

17
+ - 1,236 815
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

18
+ - 1,168 885
Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Oz HBO

19
+ - 1,419 1,114
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Entourage HBO

20
+ - 1,571 448
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Ray Donovan Showtime

21
+ - 2,030 750
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Shameless Showtime

22
+ - 1,303 1,046
Californication is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Californication Showtime

23
+ - 1,093 653
The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Tudors British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

24
+ - 847 536
The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Borgias Showtime

25
+ - 954 258
Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Black Sails Starz

26
+ - 793 1,274
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 1,057 913
Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 950 767
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

29
+ - 734 593
The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 750 311
Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Penny Dreadful Showtime

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+ - 606 764
Big Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Big Love HBO

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+ - 558 480
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

33
+ - 669 342
Banshee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Banshee Cinemax

34
+ - 560 755
Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dead Like Me Showtime

35
+ - 331 784
The Larry Sanders Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Larry Sanders Show British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

36
+ - 730 739
Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Nurse Jackie Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central

37
+ - 659 1,002
Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

38
+ - 328 174
Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

39
+ - 306 56
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

40
+ - 451 186
Power is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Power Starz

41
+ - 302 183
The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

42
+ - 442 771
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

43
+ - 623 649
Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 435 494
Veep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Veep HBO

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+ - 454 811
Hung is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Hung HBO

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+ - 304 594
Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 323 237
Da Vinci's Demons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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+ - 283 176
The Affair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Affair Showtime

49
+ - 185 707
Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

50
+ - 262 152
Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series