‘Euphoria,’ ‘Ted Lasso’ and More Lead Peabody Awards Nominations

Nominees for The Peabody Awards have been announced, and over 60 titles have been chosen from over 1,300 entries to represent the best storytelling on broadcast and streaming platforms from 2020.

PBS leads the pack with 12 total nominations for its documentaries and news coverage, and Netflix follows with nine nods for shows like Unorthodox and Gentefied. They’re followed by HBO with five, including one nomination for Euphoria and another for I May Destroy You, Amazon and Showtime with three each, and Apple TV+ and CBS with two each. Of the 60 nominations, there will be 30 winners named in a June awards ceremony. In contrast to other awards, like the Emmys, the Peabody mission is to “honor excellence in storytelling that reflects the social issues and the emerging voices of our day.”

The Entertainment category shines a light on the best television shows of the year, and the nominees in that category include a wide array of some of our favorite shows of the year. The Entertainment nominees are as follows:

Euphoria Special: Part 1: Rue ‘Trouble Don’t Last Always’ (HBO)
Gentefied (Netflix)
I May Destroy You (HBO)
La Llorona (Shudder)
Small Axe (Amazon Studios)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Unorthodox (Netflix)

While some series are overtly political or social justice-oriented, others are more subtle, and the Peabody site breaks down the defining traits that factor in to the nominations. Ted Lasso, for instance, is honored for its “Anti-Male-Toxicity,” and “Radical Optimism.” (Fortunately for Ted, that radical optimism means he has a positive outlook on losing in case his show doesn’t actually win.)

The Peabodys also honor excellence in Children’s & Youth programming, Documentaries, News, Podcast/Radio, and Arts. A complete list of all the nominees can be found at PeabodyAwards.com.