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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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1
6,713 1,180
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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2
3,801 2,043
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dexter Showtime

3
3,435 1,254
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

4
2,777 1,199
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Wire HBO

5
1,924 1,149
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Deadwood HBO

6
1,871 1,063
Rome is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Rome HBO

7
2,324 1,064
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

8
2,258 865
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

9
2,056 1,606
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

10
2,682 963
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Homeland Showtime

11
2,248 728
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Elise Hennigan added True Detective HBO

12
1,530 368
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
JennySobonski added Vikings History

13
1,640 1,219
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Weeds Showtime

14
1,234 462
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
lemonhead added Outlander Starz

15
1,876 886
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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16
1,269 1,139
Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

17
1,256 818
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

18
1,185 887
Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Oz HBO

19
1,430 1,122
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Entourage HBO

20
1,601 455
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Ray Donovan Showtime

21
2,064 759
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Shameless Showtime

22
1,315 1,054
Californication is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Californication Showtime

23
1,107 659
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
853 542
The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Borgias Showtime

25
971 264
Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
kattron added Black Sails Starz

26
804 1,286
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

27
1,070 920
Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

28
962 774
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

29
747 598
The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

21 Famous Schizophrenics 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

30
760 319
Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
kattron added Penny Dreadful Showtime

31
615 770
Big Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Big Love HBO

32
562 486
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
sebbzor added John Adams HBO

33
681 350
Banshee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
LanaYoshii added Banshee Cinemax

34
561 762
Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dead Like Me Showtime

35
739 742
Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Nurse Jackie Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central

36
333 791
The Larry Sanders Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Larry Sanders Show British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

37
336 62
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Mike Berry added Westworld

38
664 1,011
Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

39
343 178
Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
theuniverse added Silicon Valley HBO

40
473 190
Power is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
RyanBarber added Power Starz

41
314 191
The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
kattron added The Leftovers HBO

42
443 778
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

43
630 654
Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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44
448 501
Veep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
mark123 added Veep HBO

45
458 818
Hung is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Hung HBO

46
310 598
Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

47
326 241
Da Vinci's Demons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
kattron added Da Vinci's Demons Starz

48
289 181
The Affair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
MichaelTrueblood added The Affair Showtime

49
186 712
Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

50
293 79
Billions is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
LanaYoshii added Billions Showtime