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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
6,794 1,191
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time The Best Shows Currently on the Air

2
3,829 2,074
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dexter Showtime

3
3,470 1,267
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

4
2,801 1,211
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Wire HBO

5
1,940 1,161
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Deadwood HBO

6
1,891 1,073
Rome is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Rome HBO

7
2,338 1,076
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

8
2,285 870
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

9
2,073 1,618
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

10
2,706 971
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Homeland Showtime

11
2,267 737
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Elise Hennigan added True Detective HBO

12
1,551 376
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
JennySobonski added Vikings History

13
1,648 1,232
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Weeds Showtime

14
1,268 469
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
lemonhead added Outlander Starz

15
1,892 893
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

The Best Series Finales The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

16
1,279 1,148
Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

17
1,274 825
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

18
1,194 895
Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Oz HBO

19
1,436 1,130
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Entourage HBO

20
1,610 460
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Ray Donovan Showtime

21
2,086 765
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Shameless Showtime

22
1,323 1,062
Californication is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Californication Showtime

23
1,119 665
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
861 548
The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
The Borgias Showtime

25
991 267
Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
kattron added Black Sails Starz

26
814 1,293
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

27
1,075 929
Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

28
970 782
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

29
751 605
The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

14 Celebrities Who Are Heirs The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

30
769 325
Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
kattron added Penny Dreadful Showtime

31
618 775
Big Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Big Love HBO

32
689 354
Banshee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
LanaYoshii added Banshee Cinemax

33
565 493
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
sebbzor added John Adams HBO

34
571 766
Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Dead Like Me Showtime

35
745 746
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
357 65
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Mike Berry added Westworld

37
334 797
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 1,020
Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

39
351 182
Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
theuniverse added Silicon Valley HBO

40
483 194
Power is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
RyanBarber added Power Starz

41
319 196
The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
kattron added The Leftovers HBO

42
446 785
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

43
640 660
Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters The Sexiest Female Soccer Players

44
452 508
Veep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
mark123 added Veep HBO

45
462 823
Hung is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
Hung HBO

46
311 603
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
293 184
The Affair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
MichaelTrueblood added The Affair Showtime

49
188 718
Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

50
306 83
Billions is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best of Premium Cable TV Series
LanaYoshii added Billions Showtime