The seven entertainment winners of this year’s Peabody Awards were announced today, and the list is dominated by comedy series. Donald Glover’s FX series Atlanta was named a winner alongside HBO’s Veep and two Louis C.K. projects (Horace and Pete and Pamela Adlon’s Better Things). Here’s the full rundown:
Atlanta FX Productions (FX Networks) Donald Glover’s enchanting series on the struggles of two young black men trying to make it in Atlanta’s rap scene blends vibrant character study and rich socio-political commentary in delivering a detailed and textured exploration of a Southern city. Better Things FX Productions (FX Networks) Co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., 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. Horace and Pete Pig Newton, Inc. (louisck.net) A true original that melds contemporary politics and serialized storytelling with a throwback approach, Horace and Pete is a truly independent and groundbreaking demonstration of how quality television is expertly produced for the new media environment, all the while building upon decades of artistry and craft. VEEP HBO Entertainment (HBO) A rare show blessed with a perfectly cast ensemble, including the comedic genius of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VEEP is a workplace comedy that not only captures the zeitgeist of the current bizarre political moment but transcends its own form to deliver a sobering message, with sharp dialogue, street savvy—and lots of laughs.
The Peabody Awards are set to air on PBS and Fusion Friday, June 2nd at 9:00pm with host Rashida Jones.