The 2012 Peabody Award Winners were announced today, and, in addition to shows like “Parks and Recreation,” “Homeland,” “Portlandia,” “Treme,” and “The Colbert Report,” I am pleased to report that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has been selected as a recipient. It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of the show around here (as are lots of other people, apparently), so I’m happy to see it get recognized by such a prestigious organization. Mo Ryan of The Huffington Post, herself a member of the Peabody board, had this to say about the show:
A dense, compelling saga of intrigue and survival in an unsettled kingdom, “Game of Thrones” examines themes of loyalty, family and ambition against an epic backdrop. Just as a previous Peabody winner, “Battlestar Galactica” transcended the “science fiction” label, “Game of Thrones” is more than just a “fantasy” drama; it’s a deeply relatable story about flawed, complex people trying to figure out the right course of action in a world that is crumbling around them. [HuffPo]
I guess I’d just add one note in conclusion: Between “Justified” winning in 2011 and “Game of Thrones” winning this year, the Peabody board has given awards in consecutive years to shows that depicted criminals getting tased in the ding dong and graphic horse decapitation, respectively. I like your style, Peabodys.