Peabody Awards: 'Atlanta,' 'Lemonade,' 'Stranger Things' Among Finalists

11:27 AM 4/5/2017

by Hilary Lewis

The 60 finalists will be narrowed down to 30 winners, which will be revealed by category.

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The Peabody Awards board of jurors has selected the 60 finalists for the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media over 2016.

Those finalists will be narrowed down to 30 winners, to be revealed by category starting April 12. The Peabody Award winners and finalists will be celebrated at a gala event on May 20 in New York. That ceremony, hosted by Rashida Jones, will be taped for a TV special to air on PBS and Fusion on Friday, June 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Jurors, including The Hollywood Reporter's editor-at-large Kim Masters, selected the finalists out of 1,200 entries across TV, radio and the web.

Noteworthy finalists include best documentary Oscar winner O.J.: Made in America and Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, as well as TV series American Crime, Atlanta, Better Things, Horace and Pete, Luke Cage, Stranger Things, This Is Us, The Night Of and Veep. Beyonce's Lemonade film was also named as a finalist in the entertainment category.

The 60 Peabody Awards finalists are as follows.

  • Children's Programming

    Ask the Storybots
    JibJab Bros. Studios (Netflix)  

    Tumble Leaf
    Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment (Amazon)

  • Documentary

    A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
    HBO Documentary Films and SOC Films (HBO)

    Audrie & Daisy
    AfterImage Public Media in association with Actual Films (Netflix)

    "Chasing Heroin"
    Frontline (PBS/WGBH)

    "Confronting ISIS"
    Frontline (PBS/WGBH)

    Frontline (PBS/WGBH)

    4.1 Miles
    The New York Times
    Op-Docs (

    Great Performances: Hamilton’s America
    A RadicalMedia Production in association with Thirteenth Productions LLC for WNET (PBS)

    Hip-Hop Evolution
    Banger Films (Netflix, HBO Canada)

    Independent Lens: The Armor of Light
    Purple Mickey Productions, in association with Fork Films (PBS)

    Independent Lens: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
    Firelight Films, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) (PBS)

    Independent Lens: Trapped
    Trilogy Films LLC Bigmouth Productions, Cedar Creek Productions and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) (PBS)

    Islamic State’s Most Wanted
    BBC World Service (BBC News Online)

    Last Chance U
    A Netflix production in association with Conde Nast Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment and One Potato Productions (Netflix)

    Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing
    HBO Documentary Films and Break Thru Films in association with The Boston Globe (HBO)

    Film First and HBO Documentary Films (HBO)

    O.J.: Made in America
    ESPN Films and Laylow Films (ESPN)

    “POV: Hooligan Sparrow"
    POV | American Documentary (PBS)

    “POV: The Look of Silence”
    POV | American Documentary (PBS)

    “POV: The Return”
    POV | American Documentary (PBS)

    “POV: What Tomorrow Brings”
    POV | American Documentary (PBS)

    Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
    Deborah S. Esquenazi Productions, LLC (Investigation Discovery)

    The Forger
    The New York Times (Video)

    The Secret Life of Muslims
    Seftel Productions (Vox, The USA Today Network, PRI’s The World, CBS Sunday Morning)

    Forward Movement LLC and Kandoo Films (Netflix)

    Zero Days
    Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media, in association with Showtime Documentary Films, Global Produce/Jigsaw Productions (Showtime)

  • Entertainment

    American Crime
    ABC Studios (ABC)

    FX Productions (FX Networks)

    Better Things
    FX Productions (FX Networks)

    Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures for ABC-TV Australia in co-production with SundanceTV and Red Arrow International, with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen NSW and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (SundanceTV)

    Happy Valley
    BBC One (BBC One, Netflix)

    Horace and Pete
    Pig Newton, Inc. (

    HBO Entertainment in association with Parkwood Entertainment (HBO)

    Marvel’s Luke Cage
    Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix (Netflix)

    National Treasure
    The Forge (Channel 4)

    Stranger Things
    21 Laps for Netflix (Netflix)

    This Is Us
    Rhode Island Ave. Productions, Zaftig Films, 20th Century Fox Television (NBC)

    The Night Of
    HBO Entertainment in association with BBC, Bad Wolf Productions and Film Rites (HBO)

    HBO Entertainment (HBO)

  • News

    “Arrested at School: Criminalizing Classroom Misbehavior”
    KNTV Bay Area (NBC)

    “Battle for Mosul”

    “Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Investigating DCS”
    KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth (NBC)

    CBS News 60 Minutes: The White Helmets”

    “Charity Caught on Camera”
    WTHR-TV Indianapolis (NBC)

    “Dangerous Exposure”
    WTHR-TV Indianapolis (NBC)

    “Heart of an Epidemic, West Virginia’s Opioid Addiction”
    The CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley (CBS)

    “ISIS in Iraq and Syria”

    “Student Debt”
    HBO, VICE, Bill Maher (HBO)

    “Undercover in Syria”

  • Public Service

    “#MoreThanMean-Women in Sports ‘Face’ Harassment”
    Just Not Sports & One Tree Forest Films (YouTube/Twitter/Facebook)

    “100 Women”
    BBC World Service (BBC World Network)

  • Radio/Podcast

    “A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice, and My Mother”

    Gimlet Media

    “How to Be a Girl”
    Marlo Mack, in partnership with KUOW Seattle

    “In the Dark”
    APM Reports  

    “The Heart: Silent Evidence Series”
    The Heart

    This American Life: Anatomy of Doubt”
    This American Life, PBC in collaboration with The Marshall Project and ProPublica (Multiple stations/platforms)

    “The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel”

    WWNO and AIR

    “Wells Fargo Hurts Whistleblowers”

  • Web

    "Hell and High Water"
    ProPublica and The Texas Tribune