One fierce Scandal fixer, Orphan Black‘s bevy of Tatiana Maslanys (Maslaneese?), many Returned undead folk and cut-ups Key & Peele are among the winners of this year’s Peabody Awards, which as the “Pulitzer Prize” for electronic media recognize excellence in radio, TV and the blogosphere.
We’ve singled out the scripted TV winners below, excerpting the Peabody panel’s words of praise.
For the complete list of winners — including documentaries, films and news coverage such as 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, Best Kept Secret, The Central Park Five and Frontline: League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis — visit PeabodyAwards.com.
BORGEN | This “realistic, richly nuanced dramatic series” from Denmark offers a “rumination on power, ambition, integrity, love and deal-making, with one of the most intriguing female protagonists in all the TV world.”
BREAKING BAD | Exploring “the darkest chambers of a human heart in a way never before seen on TV,” series creator “Vince Gilligan made good on his promise to utterly transform Walter White from Mr. Chips into Scarface.”
THE BRIDGE | This “rare, non-stereotypical depiction of two cultures rubbing against and informing each other is as fascinating as the mystery.”
BROADCHURCH | An “intricately crafted, emotionally rich, endlessly surprising mystery series” from ITV.
HOUSE OF CARDS | “By releasing an entire season of episodes at once, Netflix took binge viewing to a new level and obliterated the idea that a hit TV show needs a slot in primetime.”
KEY & PEELE | Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele aka “Abbott and Costello Meet Richard Pryor” deliver “racially aware sketches both broad and incisive.”
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK | “A complex, riveting character study rich in insights about femininity, race, power, and the politics, inside and outside prison walls, of mass incarceration.”
ORPHAN BLACK | “A super-charged, stylized sci-fi action serial that ponders identity, humanity, bioethics and genetic research when it occasionally stops for breath. Tatiana Maslany is a marvel in the title role.”
THE RETURNED | This French series, which enjoyed a U.S. showcase on Sundance, is “elegant, it’s zombie-free and it’s still unnerving.”
SCANDAL | “[T]urbocharged by Kerry Washington’s star turn, Scandal is part West Wing and part Dynasty, an exaggerated, outrageous, fun-house reflection of the real-life political shenanigans we’ve come to loathe and jeer.”
Do you agree with this year’s Peabody picks?