ATHENS, GA. - The Donald Glover-FX series Atlanta was awarded a Peabody Award by the Board of Jurors as one of the best-scripted entertainment series on television.
The Peabody Award Board of Jurors named six other programs among this year's Peabody 30 on Thursday. Honorees for this year include Beyonce's visual album and other major programs from the US and the UK.
Atlanta is a comedy-drama that chronicles the struggles of two young black men trying to make it in the competitive Atlanta rap music scene and includes a blend of vibrant character study and a rich measure of socio-political commentary as it delivers a layered and detailed exploration of the city.
Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K.'s 'Better Things' also airs on FX. The result of this searingly funny and beautiful show is an at-times raw examination of the vicissitudes of working motherhood, crackling with feminist verve and energy, that consistently cuts new ground.
'Happy Valley' (BBC One) - A fresh take on the British crime drama that deals boldly and unflinchingly with the darkest human behavior while keeping its heart and even a tart sense of humor. Series creator Sally Wainwright has given us perhaps the greatest female lead on television today in Catherine Cawood, played by Sarah Lancashire in a stunning performance.
'Horace and Pete' is a 10-episode digital-only web series written and directed by Louis C.K., focusing on themes of nostalgia, politics and grief. Critics called the series groundbreaking and unique, as it blends politics and serialized storytelling in an innovative format. The series was released for purchase over ten weeks this spring for a total of $31 for the entire season.
'Lemonade' is the landmark visual album from Beyonce, released for video audiences last year on HBO and hailed as an innovative masterwork of American music.
'National Treasure' (Channel 4 - UK) - A dark and timely examination of sexual abuse at the hands of a privileged celebrity, 'National Treasure' is an engrossing series that explores the loyalty of family and friends during crisis, the impact of sexual abuse on victims and the legal system itself. As in real life, there's no neat ending in this dramatic rendering of one man's choices and the collateral damage he creates.
'Veep' stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the former vice-president (and now former president) of the United States in a comedy that captures the near absurdity of our present historic context while examining the context of the politics of Washington from an external viewpoint. Season 6 premiered last week on HBO.
The George Foster Peabody Awards are named annually by the Board of Jurors at the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication recognizing distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web.
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