2020 Peabody Award nominations: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Fleabag,’ ‘Leaving Neverland’


Credit: HBO's "Watchmen" was shot in metro Atlanta.

Credit: HBO's "Watchmen" was shot in metro Atlanta.

Others include ‘Succession,’ ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ ‘Chernobyl’

“Stranger Things,” “Fleabag,” “Succession” and “Watchmen” are among the nominees this year for the prestigious Peabody Award, handed out each year by the  the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

The 60 nominees cover a range of scripted shows, documentaries, podcasts and news reports addressing topics such as the criminal justice system, repercussions of the #MeToo movement, and immigrant rights, according to the Peabody Awards board.

The Peabody Awards, which began in 1940, usually receive around 1,000 entries a year. Of the 60 nominees, 30 will make the final cut later this spring.

Scripted shows shot in Atlanta “Stranger Things”on Netflix and “Watchmen” on HBO were nominated.

The picks generally spread the wealth among different networks and services.

Notable nominated shows include OWN’s “David Makes Man,” HBO’s “Succession,” Amazon Prime’s “Fleabag,” Apple TV+’s “Dickinson,” Hulu’s “Ramy,” Disney+’s “Float,” HBO’s “Cherynobyl” and Netflix’s “When They See Us.”

Among documentaries are Showtime’s “16 Shots” about a black teen shot by police, CNN’s “Apollo 11” on Hulu about the 1969 moon landing, Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly,” HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” about Michael Jackson, Amazon Prime’s “One Child Nation” about China’s one-child policy and Showtime’s “Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men.”

The podcasts nominated included “Dolly Parton’s America,” “Finding Fred” about Mr. Rogers and “The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow” about Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement.

Here is the entire list of nominees:


“Chernobyl” (HBO)

HBO Miniseries and SKY in association with Sister Pictures, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games

“David Makes Man” (OWN)

Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television

“Dickinson” (Apple TV Plus)

Apple / wiip / Anonymous Content / Tuning Fork Productions / Sugar 23 Productions

“Fleabag” (Amazon Prime Video)

All3Media International Limited and Amazon Studios

“Float” (Disney Plus)

Pixar Animation Studios

“Good Omens” (Amazon Prime Video)

BBC Worldwide Limited and Amazon Studios

“Our Boys” (HBO)

HBO in association with Keshet Media Group and MoviePlus Productions

“Ramy” (Hulu)

Hulu, A24 Television

“Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment

“Succession” (HBO)

HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries, and Gary Sanchez Productions

“Unbelievable” (Netflix)

Timberman-Beverly Productions, Sage Lane Productions, Escapist Fare, Katie Couric Media, and CBS Television Studios for Netflix

“Watchmen” (HBO)

HBO in association with White Rabbit, Paramount, Warner Bros. Television and DC

“When They See Us” (Netflix)

Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Harpo Films, Array Filmworks for Netflix


“16 Shots” (Showtime)

Showtime Documentary Films in association with Topic, Impact Partners, and Chicago Media Project

“American Factory” (Netflix)

Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media for Netflix

“Apollo 11” (CNN)

CNN Films

“For Sama” (PBS)

Frontline, Channel 4 News, ITN Productions, Channel 4

“Independent Lens: Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (PBS)

Idiom Film, LLC and Louverture Films, in association with Field of Vision

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)” (A&E)

Grain Media for A&E IndieFilms Network

“Leaving Neverland” (HBO)

Amos Pictures and HBO Documentary in association with Channel Four (HBO)

“One Child Nation” (Amazon Prime Video)

Next Generation in co-production with ITVS, WDR/ARTE, Motto Pictures and Pumpernickel Films in association with Chicago Media Project and Chicken & Egg Pictures

“POV: América” (PBS)

Lifelike Docs, American Documentary | POV

“POV: Inventing Tomorrow” (PBS)

Fishbowl Films, Motto Pictures, 19340 Productions, Shark Island Institute, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, IQ190 Productions, American Documentary | POV

“POV: Midnight Traveler” (PBS)

Old Chilly Pictures LLC, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service

“POV: Roll Red Roll” (PBS)

Sunset Park Pictures, Artemis Rising, Fork Films, Doc Society, Multitude Films, American Documentary | POV

“POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs” (PBS)

Final Cut for Real, Mouka Filmi, STORY, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE, American Documentary | POV

“POV: The Silence of Others” (PBS)

Semilla Verde Productions, Lucernam Films, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service, Latino Public Broadcasting, El Deseo

“Sea of Shadows” (National Geographic)

Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films

“Surviving R. Kelly” (Lifetime)

Bunim/Murray Productions and Kreativ Inc. for Lifetime

“The Edge of Democracy” (Netflix)

A Busca Vida Filmes Production in association with Violet Films for Netflix

“True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality” (HBO)

HBO Documentary Films and Kunhardt Films

“Warrior Women” (World Channel)

Co-production of Castle King, LLC and ITVS in association with Vision Maker Media

“Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men” (Showtime)

Showtime Documentary Films presents A Mass Appeal Production in association with Endeavor Content


“A Different Kind of Force: Policing Mental Illness” (NBC News)

“American Betrayal” (NBC/MSNBC)

NBC News, Engel Unit

“Capitol Hill Controversy” (WTVF-TV)

NewsChannel 5 Investigates

“Coal’s Deadly Dust” (PBS)

Frontline, NPR

“Flint’s Deadly Water” (PBS/WGBH)

Frontline with Five O’Clock Films

“Police. Arrest” (Now News)


“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Raced to Death–The Plight of the American Thoroughbred” (HBO)

“The Hidden Workforce: Undocumented in America” (CNN)

“The Invisibles” (NBC5/KXAS-TV)

“Unwarranted” (WBBM-TV)


“70 Million” (Lantigua Williams & Co.)

“Dolly Parton’s America” (WNYC)

Osm Audio and WNYC Studios

“Finding Fred” (iHeart Media)

iHeartMedia and Fatherly in partnership with Transmitter Media

“Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal” (C130 Originals)

C13Originals, a division of Cadence 13

“Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul” (WXPN)

“Have You Heard George’s Podcast?” (BBC Sounds)

BBC Sounds/George the Poet Ltd.

“Headlong: Running From ‘Cops'” (Stitcher)

Pineapple Street Studios, Topic Studios

“In The Dark: The Path Home” (APM Reports)

American Public Media

“Silencing Science” (Public radio, Reveal)

The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX

“Stonewall OutLoud” (NPR)

“The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow” (Pineapple Street Studios)

Pineapple Street Studios (a division of Radio.com), Glass Cannon Inc.

“The Refuge” (Montana Public Radio)

Auricle Productions, Montana Public Radio, Pulitzer Center


“Border Hustle”

The Texas Tribune and TIME


The Marshall Project in partnership with The Guardian

“Long Island Divided”



“Molly of Denali” (PBS Kids)

WGBH Educational Foundation, Atomic Cartoons

“Treasure Island 2020” (BYU Radio)

Gen-Z Media

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