Friday, March 31, 1995

"Tales of the City" Peabody Award

The "Tales of the City" miniseries won a Peabody award in 1995. The Award "...recognize(s) distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by TV and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web." (

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March 31, 1995

The PBS mini-series "Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City' " won a Peabody Award today for its "courageous depiction" of gay life in San Francisco before AIDS.

NBC's "E.R.," "Frasier" and "Mad About You" were also among the 31 winners. NBC was the only network recognized for a prime-time entertainment series.

ABC won for a "Prime Time Live" report about errors at laboratories that test for cervical cancer and for a "20-20" story on a woman's fight to save victims of anorexia.

The six-hour "Tales of the City" depicts the freewheeling sex and drugs of San Francisco in 1976.

The Peabodys, administered by the University of Georgia, honor television excellence.

These are the other winners of the 1994 George Foster Peabody Awards:

"Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse," CBS, New York, and Arnold Shapiro Productions, Santa Monica, Calif.

"CBS Reports: D-Day," CBS News, New York.

"Tobacco Stories," National Public Radio, Washington.

"Wade in the Water: African-American Sacred-Music Traditions," National Public Radio and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington.

"The Battle of the Bulge," WGBH-TV, Boston, and Lennon Documentary Group for "The American Experience."

"F. D. R," WGBH-TV, Boston, and David Grubin Productions for "The American Experience."

"Malcolm X: Make It Plain," WGBH-TV, Boston, Blackside and Roja for "The American Experience."

"Barbra Streisand: The Concert," J.E.G. Productions, presented on Home Box Office.

"MTV Unplugged," MTV Networks, New York.

"Nick News," Nickelodeon and Lucky Duck Productions, New York, a news magazine for children.

"Schizophrenia: Voices of an Illness," Lichtenstein Creative Media, New York.

"The Rise and Fall of Vee-Jay," WRKS-FM, New York, about one of America's most influential black-owned record companies.

"Fascinatin' Rhythm," WXXI-FM, Rochester, a depiction of American culture through popular music.

"Buddy Check 12," WTLV-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., a public-service program.

"Moon Shot," Turner Original Productions-Varied Directions for Turner Entertainment Networks, Atlanta.

"Normandy: The Great Crusade," Discovery Communications, Bethesda, Md.

"Sewer Solvent Scandal," KGAN-TV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, an investigation of city government fraud.

"D-Day and 50 Years," WVXU-FM, Cincinnati, Ohio.

"China: Beyond the Clouds," WETA, Washington, and Channel 4, London, a River Films Production for National Geographic Television.

"Reflections on Elephants," National Geographic Television, Washington, for the Public Broadcasting Service.

"Just Because: Tales of Violence, Dreams of Peace," KSBW-TV, Salinas, Calif., a program on youth violence.

"Rwanda," KGO-TV, San Francisco, a report on the Rwandan civil war.

"The Atomic Bombshell," KSEE-TV, Fresno, Calif., an investigative report implicating the Air Forces in a nuclear-weapons accident 40 years ago.

"Fat Chance," National Film Board of Canada, presented on TV-Ontario, a program depicting the problems of being overweight.

"Fourways Farm," a Case TV Production for Channel 4, London, a children's program dealing with complex issues of life and death.

"Maupin's 'Tales' Wins a Peabody Award - New York Times." The New York Times. 1995. HighBeam Research. 13 Dec. 2008