I can't believe I'm just seeing this thread. Can't wait to go through all the responses and add shows to my queue!
Competitive Cooking Shows
Great British Baking Show - British competitors are so polite compared to Americans, but I am living for Mary Berry's discerning looks. She can't help it if she's disappointed in you for using pre-made filling.
Food Network Star - I've watched this show so much that I have a recurring nightmare that I am on this show. I make some terrible chicken and I decide to make coffee ice cream at the last minute and of course I'm scrambling at the last second to plate my food (WHY?? everyone always messes up ice cream and risotto). Giada won't touch my food. Bobby is mad, and Alton is just disappointed in me.
Top Chef - This is probably the only show that I purchased by the season when I didn't have cable.
Chef's Table - Stunning show. Pretty convinced that I'm going to become a monk and live in a monastery growing organic vegetables, creating beautiful meals, and living in harmony with the elements.
Ugly Delicious - Just started this! After Chef's Table, this focuses on creating on flavors that are nostalgic and delicious.
Anthony Bourdain's shows - No Reservations, Layover, Parts Unknown, etc. Dude has the best job in the world and keeps creating new shows that I keep watching because food + culture.
Mind of a Chef - I know this is a Bourdain show but really loved the first season with David Chang.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi- you already know why this one is worthwhile :)
Movies & Shows about cooking/food
Ratatouille- because obviously
Midnight Diner - a Japanese TV series on Netflix, really loved the combination of food and story telling.