Doc series tackles global hot spots; Michael Mann contributed with doc on war journalists.
Perennial favorite on the nominees list, this PBS stalwart serves up surprises in every episode.
Redneck millionaire business owners in the Deep South -- what's not to like?
Real estate porn and larger-than-life characters made last season especially delicious.
The Amy's Baking Co. episode blew up on social media and made Gordon Ramsay even more of a hero to his fans.
Despite soft ratings, the series, hosted by former NFL star Kurt Warner, is one of the more upbeat and aspirational examples of unscripted TV fare.
A group of beautiful women negotiate modern life -- sounds like a sitcom, except these edgy femmes are all paraplegic or quadriplegic. Engaging, gritty and real.
(Food Network) Eatery transformer Robert Irvine was challenged last year by first lady Michelle Obama, and also helped heal some relationships.
Could your invention survive the Sharks? Like an entrepreneur's American Idol, it has some real meat, while the judges' credibility is never in question.
A rural Georgia private-security business is stocked with characters -- one happens to be transgender, although that's not the most compelling aspect of the show.
Its appeal is that it's a fantasy come true: An employer gets eye level with his employees and transforms his (or her) approach to the business.
The Lost star is also a wildlife enthusiast, and his globe-trotting curiousity is chronicled in this glossy series.
Anthony Michael Hall just can't seem to escape high school. The former Brat Packer returned to the hallowed halls of acne and angst as a sadistic creative writing instructor in MTV's brilliantly sarcastic dramedy "Awkward." As the ironically named Mr. Hart, he berates students' essays, chases people out of class with squirt bottles and makes parents sign waivers allowing him to "psychologically torture" their children. No word yet on how he's doing in shop.
"The Big Bang Theory"
Just who is responsible for igniting Sheldon's Bunsen burner for science? The credit goes to Arthur Jeffries, a childhood hero of Jim Parson's physicist prodigy who hosted a sort of Mr. Wizard-style kids' show featuring basic science experiments. Newhart guest-starred as the beloved doc -- now a laughing stock of the science community who is relegated to children's birthday parties -- in a May episode of "Big Bang," expertly stammering through one-liners about Penny's looks, Leonard's luck and Sheldon's awkwardness.
One of the things that makes "Breaking Bad" work is that even as he spirals more into the dark side, you want to believe that Bryan Cranston's drug kingpin Walter White is still morally conflicted and carrying out these bloody tasks for survival. Not so much for Jesse Plemons' Todd. He may look like the dopey kid who won hearts on "Friday Night Lights," but he may prove to be more Machiavellian than Walt himself.
It's no fun being the other woman in a TV show -- the new love interest for one half of a lead couple that fans hope will patch things up. Shiri Appleby got the thankless job in this season of "Girls," offering Adam Driver's Adam a healthy (if not boring) alternative to the disaster that is his relationship with Lena Dunham's Hannah. Her character "really didn't like" the disturbing sex scene (some characterized it as rape), that ended their relationship, but the audience did.