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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    Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

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    Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

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    Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

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    Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen

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    Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham

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    Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

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    Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Sullivan

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    Banshee

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    Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze

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    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

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    Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny

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    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

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    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

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    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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    Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

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    Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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    Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

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    Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

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    Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

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    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

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    Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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    Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

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    Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

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    Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

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    Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

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    Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

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    Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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    Eric McIntire, Daniel Spink, Matthew Felker

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    Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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    Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

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    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

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    Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    the people's #1
    Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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