Game of Thrones just joined Battlestar Galactica in a rare honor

In the past 30 years, only a handful of genre shows have been given Peabody Awards, which recognize excellence in television and this year, HBO's epic adaptation of George R.R. Martin's sweeping novels has scored. Drinks are on Game of Thrones!

Game of Thrones joins such hallowed company as Battlestar Galactica, Lost, The Simpsons, The X-Files, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Animaniacs, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Twin Peaks on the list of sci-fi and fantasy shows that, in the words of the Peabody website, qualify as excellent:

Because submissions are accepted from a wide variety of sources and styles, deliberations seek "Excellence On Its Own Terms." Each entry is evaluated on the achievement of standards it establishes within its own contexts. Entries are self-selected by those making submissions and as a result the quality of competing works is extraordinarily high. The Peabody Awards are then presented only to "the best of the best."

Patrick Stewart is emceeing this year's award ceremony—and here are the other winners—itself a reason for applause. And, in this case, applause will be defined as the sound of Tyrion's hand slapping Joffrey's face, over and over again. Because it's the best thing ever.

(via Pop Candy)