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Peabody Guide: Great Stories To Watch


Margaret Blanchard - 3/31/2020
Peabody Guide: Great Stories To Watch

Peabody Awards has pulled together a guide to some of the best stories from the past few years to discover or re-binge that are available online now. From dark comedy to compelling dramas to uplifting documentaries, here’s a selection of Peabody-winning or nominated programming that exemplifies excellence in storytelling.

  • ENTERTAINMENT / CHILDREN’S
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events - Netflix

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    The darkly gothic and drolly hilarious tale of the Baudelaire orphans visually realizes the melancholy-yet-beautiful essence of the beloved children’s book series on which it is based.

    Available Online: A Series of Unfortunate Events

  • FX Productions (FX Networks)

    Atlanta

    Donald Glover’s enchanting series innovatively balances the mundane with fantastical elements around the struggles of three young black men trying to make it in Atlanta’s rap scene.

    Available Online: Atlanta

  • Barry

    Barry

    This dark comedy from Bill Hader and Alex Berg about a nerdy hitman who wants to be an actor is violent but surprisingly deep and funny.

    Available Online: Barry

  • Better Call Saul - Sony Pictures Television, Gran Via Productions

    Better Call Saul

    The spinoff prequel to “Breaking Bad” follows the transformation of Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman with a unique blend of legal drama, crime thriller, and bleak humor.

    Available Online: Better Call SaulBetter Call Saul

  • Catastrophe

    Catastrophe

    A heartwarming comedy set in London about an Irish woman and American man flung into a relationship after an accidental pregnancy is candid without being saccharine.

    Available Online: Catastrophe

  • Halt and Catch Fire

    Halt and Catch Fire

    Set during the rise of the tech industry in the 1980s and early 1990s, this surprising relationship drama focuses on people, not machines, and the creative process.

    Available Online: Halt and Catch Fire

  • BBC One (BBC One, Netflix)

    Happy Valley

    A fresh take on the British crime drama follows Catherine Cawood, a strong but compassionate police sergeant, as she faces challenges to both family and community.

    Available Online: Happy Valley

  • Homecoming

    Homecoming

    Based on Gimlet Media’s fictional podcast of the same name, this intense psychological thriller transcends genre to explore the challenges faced by veterans re-entering civilian life.

    Available Online: Homecoming

  • Insecure - HBO Entertainment in association with Issa Rae Productions, A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment and 3 Arts Entertainment

    Insecure

    Creator/star Issa Rae helped fuel a TV revolution by capturing the everyday struggles of young black women as they pursue love and personal fulfillment in L.A.

    Available Online: Insecure

  • Killing Eve

    Killing Eve

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s masterful recalibration of the spy thriller creates room not only for two female leads but for women’s issues in almost every inch of its plot.

    Available Online: Killing Eve

  • MR. ROBOT (USA Network)

    MR. ROBOT

    Follow Elliot, a hyper-idealistic, socially inept cybersecurity whiz whose world-saving inclinations get him enmeshed in a conspiracy with myriad twists, turns, and socially relevant themes.

    Available Online: MR. ROBOT (USA Network)

  • Orphan Black

    Orphan Black

    Starring Tatiana Maslany in multiple roles, this sci-fi/mystery/cliffhanger serial about cloning ponders identity, humanity, nature-versus-nurture, bioethics, and genetic research—when it occasionally pauses for breath.

    Available Online: Orphan Black

  • Pose

    Pose

    Set in the burgeoning LGBTQ community of 1980s New York, “Pose” does as much important representational work and storytelling in its quieter moments as on the ballroom floor.

    Available Online: Pose

  • The Americans

    The Americans

    Counted among the best television shows in history, the 1980s-set thriller centers on two Soviet spies deeply undercover as middle-class American parents in a Virginia suburb.

    Available Online: The Americans

  • The Handmaid's Tale - Hulu, MGM, White Oak Pictures, The Littlefield Company, Daniel Wilson Productions

    The Handmaid’s Tale

    Paced with deliberate yet eerie precision, the beautiful adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian vision of a fascist, misogynist future crackles with political relevance and vibrancy.

    Available Online: The Handmaid's Tale

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon Studios

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Miriam “Midge” Maisel finds her true calling after her husband leaves her in this charming period drama and feminist comedy full of witty banter and lush visuals.

    Available Online: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • HBO Entertainment (HBO)

    VEEP

    The political workplace comedy that not only captures the zeitgeist of the moment also delivers a sobering message with sharp dialogue, street savvy, and lots of laughs.

    Available Online: VEEP

  • DOCUMENTARY / EDUCATIONAL
  • Chasing Coral - An Exposure Labs Production in partnership with The Ocean Agency + View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures

    Chasing Coral

    Although the dramatic illumination of the ongoing disaster of the decimation of coral reefs is distressing, this documentary remains hopeful, calling for engagement and urging action.

    Available Online: Chasing Coral (Netflix)

  • Banger Films (Netflix, HBO Canada)

    Hip-Hop Evolution

    A chronicle of the music phenomenon that originated in poor, urban America gives new vitality and visibility to long-ignored voices of people of color.

    Available Online: Hip-Hop Evolution

  • I Am Not Your Negro - Amazon Studios

    I Am Not Your Negro

    The film treatment of James Baldwin’s unfinished project about Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. offers a timely examination of race in America.

    Available Online: I Am Not Your Negro

  • Film First and HBO Documentary Films (HBO)

    MAVIS!

    The legendary career of Mavis Staples is a lesson in American history—covering the evolution of gospel, R&B, the civil rights movement, rock ‘n’ roll, and more.

    Available Online: MAVIS!

  • ESPN Films and Laylow Films (ESPN)

    O.J.: Made in America

    Ezra Edelman’s epic film explores Simpson’s personality and his desire and ability to transcend his blackness to become a glamorous celebrity with all the privileges the position provides.

    Available Online: O.J.: Made in America

  • The Jazz Ambassadors

    The Jazz Ambassadors

    A tribute to jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Dave Brubeck also highlights the power of African American culture on international affairs.

    Available Online: The Jazz Ambassadors

  • What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix)

    What Happened, Miss Simone?

    A haunting, bittersweet biography that will enrich longtime admirers’ appreciation and entice new fans of the brilliant, influential jazz-pop chanteuse and black power icon.

    Available Online: What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix)

  • Virunga (Netflix)

    Virunga

    A powerful documentary about environmental politics focuses on the survival of the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas in the lush forests of Congo’s Virunga National Park.

    Available Online: Virunga (Netflix)

  • PODCAST
  • Buried Truths

    Buried Truths

    The investigation into the killing of a black man for exercising his right to vote in 1948 forces listeners to confront what previous generations sought to repress.

    Available Online: Buried Truths

  • APM Reports

    In The Dark

    With immaculate storytelling and journalistic precision, the examination of the cold case of Jacob Wetterling’s kidnapping asks what went wrong and why it took so long to solve.

    Available Online: In The Dark

  • S-Town - Serial and This American Life

    S-Town

    The brilliant tale of eccentric John B. McLemore and his restive co-existence with ragged small-town culture broke new ground as the first true audio novel.

    Available Online: S-Town

  • The Pope's Long Con - Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Louisville Public Media

    The Pope’s Long Con

    The incredible story of a colorful politician and con man in Kentucky demonstrates the importance of checks and balances, proper vetting, and tenacious local journalism.

    Available Online: The Pope's Long Con

  • (Panoply)

    The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

    Vivid characters and fast-paced storytelling recapture the best of golden age radio while also representing fresh and diverse young voices in this mystery for all ages.

    Available Online: The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel