The Best of Premium Cable TV Series TV Programs

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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    Linda Hunt, Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown

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    Penn & Teller

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    Banshee

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    Louis C.K.

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    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich

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    Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, Jeremy Piven

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    Olivia Wilde, Bill Maher, Paul F. Tompkins

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    Rebecca Gayheart, Mandy Patinkin, Jasmine Guy

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    Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Merritt Wever

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    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson

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    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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    Amanda Seyfried, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Billie Piper

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    Common, Anson Mount, Dominique McElligott

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    James Badge Dale, William Sadler, Jon Seda

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    Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Taylor Schilling

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    Olivia Munn, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

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    Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson

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    Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Bridget Moynahan

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    Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

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    Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, John Hawkes

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    Natalie Dormer, Henry Cavill, Joss Stone

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    Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Holliday Grainger

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    Grace Park, Lucy Lawless, Tricia Helfer

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    Emmy Rossum, Amy Smart, William H. Macy

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    Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, David Duchovny

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    Kevin Spacey, Kate Mara, Robin Wright

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    Christopher Meloni, J.K. Simmons, Edie Falco

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    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Piven

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    Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Elliott Gould

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    Dustin Hoffman, John Legend, Larry David

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    Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish

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    Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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    Rachel McAdams, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell

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    Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Alexander Ludwig

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    Zooey Deschanel, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon

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    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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    Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll

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    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

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    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy

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    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson

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    Kevin McKidd, Ciarán Hinds, Ray Stevenson

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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, John Lithgow

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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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