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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    most listed Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    the people's #1 Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson

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    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, David Schwimmer

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    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

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    Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll

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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds

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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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    Dustin Hoffman, Larry David, John Legend

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    Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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    Christopher Meloni, Edie Falco, J.K. Simmons

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    Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, David Duchovny

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    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Piven, Phil Mickelson

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    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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    Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, John Hawkes

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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by elise Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn

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

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    ranked low on reranks Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Colm Feore

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    ranked low on reranks Natalie Dormer, Joss Stone, Henry Cavill

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

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    Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, Jeremy Piven

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    Amanda Seyfried, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Haaz Sleiman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Stephen Amell, Anne Heche, Thomas Jane

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

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    Penn & Teller

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    James Badge Dale, William Sadler, Rami Malek

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    Jeremy Hotz, Peter Keleghan, Karen Hines

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    Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen

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    Olivia Wilde, Bill Maher, Paul F. Tompkins

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    Linda Hunt, Adrienne Barbeau, Nick Stahl

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    Sacha Baron Cohen

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    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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    Kevin Bacon, Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis

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    Darren Woodson, Zach Thomas, Eddie Kennison

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    added by sebbzor Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson

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    Dan Marino, Wanda Sykes, Chuck Bednarik

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    Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

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    Kristen Schaal, Jemaine Clement, Eugene Mirman

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

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    Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard, Viola Davis

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    James McAvoy, David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff

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    added by LanaYoshii Lili Simmons, Ulrich Thomsen, Antony Starr

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    added by shannonm Lena Dunham, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Williams

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