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  • Tony Goldwyn (from left), Scott Foley and Kerry Washington star in the now Peabody Award-winning "Scandal."
Tony Goldwyn (from left), Scott Foley and Kerry Washington star in the now… (Ron Tom / ABC )
April 02, 2014|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

Several hot TV series scored prestigious Peabody Awards on Wednesday.

Among the 46 recipients of the University of Georgia's 73rd annual awards are AMC's "Breaking Bad," ABC's "Scandal," Netflix's "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black," BBC America's "Orphan Black" and "Broadchurch," FX's "The Bridge" and Comedy Central's "Key and Peele." SundanceTV's French import "The Returned" and the Danish import "Borden" also were honored.

Locally, WBEZ Chicago's "This American Life" won a Peabody for its "Harper High School" report.

The winners, chosen by the Peabody board from almost 1,100 entries, are considered "the best in electronic media" for the year 2013. Ira Glass will host the May 19 ceremony in New York City.

Complete List of Recipients

Harper High School (WBEZ Chicago 91.5)
WBEZ Chicago's This American Life
A trio of This American Life reporters embedded themselves for five month at Harper, a Chicago high school where gun violence was epidemic, and produced a pair of hour-long documentaries that were vivid, unblinking, poignant, and sometimes gut-wrenching.

Borgen (DR1, Denmark)
DR Fiktion
Borgen is a Danish term for "government," and this realistic, richly nuanced dramatic series is peerless in its depiction of how the machinery works. It's also rumination on power, ambition, integrity, love and deal-making, with one of the most intriguing female protagonists in all the TV world.

Breaking Bad (AMC)
Sony Pictures Television
Through a stunning brand of visual storytelling and meticulous character development, we were able to explore the darkest chambers of a human heart in a way never before seen on TV. Over five seasons, Vince Gilligan made good on his promise to utterly transform Walter White from Mr. Chips into Scarface.

The Bridge (FX)
Shine America and FX Productions
A crime drama set in motion by a murder victim left literally on the border of West Texas and Northern Mexico, its rare, non-stereotypical depiction of two cultures rubbing against and informing each other is as fascinating as the mystery.

Broadchurch (BBC America)
A Kudos and Imaginary Friends Co-Production
A peaceful, picturesque seaside town in England is rattled to its core by the murder of a young boy in this intricately crafted, emotionally rich, endlessly surprising mystery series.

House of Cards (Netflix)
Donen/Fincher/Roth, Trigger Street Productions, Inc., Media Rights Capital, Netflix
By releasing an entire season of episodes at once, Netflix took binge viewing to a new level and obliterated the idea that a hit TV show needs a slot in prime time. We are able to follow Frank Underwood’s political schemes at our own pace and immerse ourselves in the show's version of Washington, D.C., where desperation for power is the capital city's lifeblood.

Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
Central Productions
It’s like Abbott and Costello Meet Richard Pryor when the duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele fearlessly apply their mischievous minds and satirical savvy to racially aware sketches both broad and incisive.

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Lionsgate Television, Netflix
Orange Is the New Black turns a notorious drive-in genre – women behind bars – into a complex, riveting character study rich in insights about femininity, race, power, and the politics, inside and outside prison walls, of mass incarceration.

Orphan Black (BBC America)
Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and SPACE
It’s all about cloning, but Orphan Black is one of a kind – a super-charged, stylized sci-fi action serial that ponders identity, humanity, bioethics and genetic research when it occasionally stops for breath. Tatiana Maslany is a marvel in the title role.

The Returned (Les Revenants) (Sundance Channel)
Haut et Court TV, Canal +, Jimmy, Cine +, Backup Films
Thoughtfully conceptualized, exquisitely photographed and sensitively acted, this supernatural drama explores loss, grief, memory, guilt and our notions of afterlife as deceased residents of a picturesque mountain town in France seemingly return. It’s elegant, it’s zombie-free and it’s still unnerving.

Scandal (ABC)
ABC Studios
Loosely based on the exploits of a real Washington, D.C. "fixer," turbocharged by Kerry Washington’s star turn, Scandal is part West Wing and part Dynasty, an exaggerated, outrageous, fun-house reflection of the real-life political shenanigans we’ve come to loathe and jeer.

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.

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