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This year’s (while the awards were just announced, they reward work from all of 2013 only) Peabody Award winners were announced today. The awards, given for excellence in television and radio programming and reporting, are often seen as the most prestigious of the television accolades, as they are voted upon by a highly regarded and distinguished board of 16 and in order to make the cut, a program must receive an affirmative vote from each member of the panel.
The television series winners on the list encompass a wide range of genres, celebrating both shows with high ratings as well as critical darlings that are still looking to attract a wide audience. And, in a tip of the hat to Entertainment Fuse, nearly all the shows have been represented on our site, either in episode reviews or in our Best Of 2013 lists. This year’s winners include Broadchurch, The Bridge, House of Cards, Key & Peele, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, Scandal, The Returned, and Breaking Bad (which won for the second consecutive year- an almost unheard of feat).
Of particular note in this year’s award recipients is that most of the television winners came from niche channels rather than the typical heavy hitters. Only Bad, Scandal, and The Bridge aired on network or basic cable. Both Netflix and BBC America have two shows on the list, while Sundance Channel has one. This diversity in networks is something that is almost never seen at mainstream award shows such as The Emmys or Golden Globes. Even more interesting is that HBO does not have a single series on the list.