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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
6,808 1,194
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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2
3,838 2,080
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dexter Showtime

3
3,476 1,268
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

4
2,807 1,214
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Wire HBO

5
1,948 1,163
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Deadwood HBO

6
1,896 1,075
Rome is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Rome HBO

7
2,345 1,078
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

8
2,295 872
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

9
2,076 1,624
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

10
2,713 976
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Homeland Showtime

11
2,273 738
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Elise Hennigan added True Detective HBO

12
1,563 377
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
JennySobonski added Vikings History

13
1,653 1,235
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Weeds Showtime

14
1,275 472
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
lemonhead added Outlander Starz

15
1,899 894
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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16
1,281 1,151
Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

17
1,279 825
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

18
1,198 898
Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Oz HBO

19
1,437 1,136
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Entourage HBO

20
1,617 464
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Ray Donovan Showtime

21
2,097 768
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Shameless Showtime

22
1,328 1,065
Californication is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Californication Showtime

23
1,119 669
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
861 552
The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Borgias Showtime

25
996 269
Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
kattron added Black Sails Starz

26
816 1,295
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

27
1,078 932
Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

28
973 784
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

29
754 606
The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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30
774 329
Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
kattron added Penny Dreadful Showtime

31
620 775
Big Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Big Love HBO

32
571 494
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
sebbzor added John Adams HBO

33
692 355
Banshee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
LanaYoshii added Banshee Cinemax

34
572 767
Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dead Like Me Showtime

35
370 65
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Mike Berry added Westworld

36
747 746
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
335 798
The Larry Sanders Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Larry Sanders Show British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

38
668 1,022
Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

39
356 182
Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
theuniverse added Silicon Valley HBO

40
487 196
Power is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
RyanBarber added Power Starz

41
320 198
The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
kattron added The Leftovers HBO

42
446 786
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

43
642 660
Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

31 Times You've Seen The Walking Dead Actors Before The Sexiest Female Soccer Players

44
454 509
Veep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
mark123 added Veep HBO

45
463 824
Hung is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Hung HBO

46
311 604
Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

47
330 246
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
295 185
The Affair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
MichaelTrueblood added The Affair Showtime

49
311 83
Billions is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
LanaYoshii added Billions Showtime

50
188 718
Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series