In my opinion, the best TV series that I would recommend is the Planet Earth. This series was produced in year 2006 that was produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. It was the most costly nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_Earth_%28TV_series%29.
The Good Wife is a well written series. Because story lines overlap new viewers may become lost very quickly. The Mentalist is also a good series. Shark Tank, Toddlers and Tiaras and American Pickers are some good semi-reality shows.