The surreal Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, the ambitious Cosmos event from Fox and National Geographic Channel and a Netflix documentary on park rangers in Africa’s Congo trying to protect mountain gorillas from war and poaching are among the efforts that have been awarded Peabody Awards in documentary, public service and children’s programming categories.

This is the latest round of awards made. The organisation, housed at University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, recognise excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, podcasters, producing organisations and individuals. The 18-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts.

The group has already made awards in its news and entertainment categories.

Doc McStuffins

Doc McStuffins

Some of the winners are as follows:

Children’s Programming

Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) – An animated amalgam of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and fairytale, Adventure Time chronicles the escapades of an odd-looking human boy named Finn and his best friend, a shape-shifting dog named Jake, in the surreal Land of Ooo.

Purely and wonderfully imaginative in manner of classic theatrical cartoons past, it entertains even as it subtly teaches lessons about growing up, accepting responsibility, and becoming who you’re meant to be.

Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior) – Charming, sweet and gently humorous, this animated series, featuring an African-American physician’s daughter who attends to damaged stuffed animals and other broken toys, calms children’s fears about doctor visits even as it promotes medicine as a profession. — Reuters

Check out the rest of the winners on the Peabody Awards website.