TV show rips - still manual, but not too bad:
Rip to ISO with AnyDVD (you could rip to DVD folder - vob etc, but I prefer the compact ISO).
Open in Handbrake > you can select the titles. Then do a 10-20 second preview of it before you encode. You can also choose what to name your file here too. This should save you some wasted time previewing those unnecessary encodes.
I prefer to encode to m4v with 2 audio streams (aac core audio for Apple TV2 and other extenders in the house and ac3 passthru - usually 5.1 channels for the Home theater). Plus mp4/mkv's have been treating my W7MC like poo these days.
I was big into just ripping everything to ISO and using MediaBrowser for playback, but my mobile/tablet world needs m4v's.
I still save all the ISO rips on my Drobo since they are like carbon copies of the DVD/BluRays.
I used to use AnyDVD and DVDShrink to rip individual episodes to IOS, but I dont have all the time in the world to do that. I'm not trying to hard sell anyone on AnyDVD, but man it has paid for itself many times now. I might've spent $150 or $200 on it 3 years ago, but it still gets updates.
HandBrake is just pure awesome. I hated the idea of re-encoding my precious DVD's but seriously a setting of the RF constant quality of 19 or 20 is great and unnoticeable to me (I do not think this is the actual % of quality). Here's some good info about it
I'm now toying with MC-TVConverter2 to convert all my Media Center Recorded TV into m4v's with the commercials cut out (ComSkip).
Anyways, hope this helps save you some time.