The Peabody Award winners for entertainment have been named, and the list includes a certain Netflix mockumentary about a serial penis-drawing vandal.
American Vandal won a 2017 Peabody Award for entertainment, Peabody announced on Thursday, which puts it right alongside such series as The Handmaid’s Tale, Better Call Saul, and Last Week Tonight.
American Vandal is the story of a school caught in the middle of a controversy, all documented by one of its own students. That scandal: A bunch of cars in the parking lot had drawings of penises spray painted on them. Suspect No. 1 is a kid named Dylan, known primarily for drawing penises on all sorts of things at school and generally being a dick.
If you haven’t seen it yet, it doesn’t exactly sound like a likely contender for a Peabody Award, but it’s just so brilliantly made and hilarious. It points a lens at modern society’s obsession with true crime stories and their need to know who done it, but also looks into how a scandal gaining popularity with the public affects the lives of the people who are living it.
There’s no excuse anymore for not checking it out. It won a Peabody. A mockumentary about penis drawings won a Peabody.
Some of the other Peabody Award honorees include A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, Insecure, Saturday Night Live, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.