The 73rd annual Peabody Award winners are a typically eclectic list ranging from hits such as ABC's "Scandal" and AMC's "Breaking Bad" to Netflix's groundbreaking drama "House of Cards" to BBC America's buzzworthy "Orphan Black."
Among the scripted series selections were FX's "The Bridge" was recognized for its focus on border and immigration issues in the context of a murder-mystery drama; Netflix's "Orange is the New Black"; the French zombie drama "The Returned" (which aired on SundanceTV with subtitles); the BBC America mini "Broadchurch" (now being remade for Fox); and Comedy Central's sketch series "Key & Peele."
PBS' sweeping ethnicity studies, "Latino Americans" and "The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.," were also selected.
As always, the Peabody kudos recognized a range of breaking news coverage and long-form journalism. Boston radio and TV stations WBZ won for coverage of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack. "CBS This Morning" made the cut for anchor Charlie Rose's one-on-one with Syrian President Bashar al-Asaad.
Al Jazeera America's "Fault Lines" series garnered two mentions, one for coverage of the cholera outbreak in Haiti and one for its investigation of a garment factory fire in Bangladesh. PBS' "Frontline" was recognized for its probe of the NFL's handling of the concussion crisis among players.
Veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw will receive a personal award recognizing his long career in journalism.
"This American Life" host Ira Glass will emcee the Peabody presentation ceremony on May 19 in New York City. Cabler Pivot will air highlights of the ceremony later in the year.
Complete List of Recipients of the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards
180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School (PBS)
National Black Programming Consortium, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS
Chronicling a year at Washington Metropolitan, aka DC Met, it's an intimate, unvarnished portrait of a high-poverty high school and the challenges facing students, teachers and administrators.
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS)
Thirteen, Inkwell Films, Kunhardt McGee Productions in association with Ark Media
A long time coming, not to mention five years in the making, Gates' history of African Americans, their trials, their triumphs and their ongoing influence on this nation, reaches back five centuries to find stories that inspire, unsettle, surprise and illuminate.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
CNN, Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.
Whether Bourdain's tireless search for new taste experiences takes him to Myanmar or Detroit, he never fails to find great stories to go with the food.
Best Kept Secret (PBS)