2017 Sentinel Awards

The 2017 Sentinel Awards honored eleven shows, chosen from a record number of entries, showcasing topics that include maternal health, opioid abuse, autism, sexual assault and mental health. The awards recognize exemplary storylines about health, safety and security in broadcast and cable programs, original streaming network shows and TV movies.


Read the PRESS RELEASE. Read the NPR shout-out to the Sentinels.


“TV writers and producers not only entertain audiences, but they affect them as well,” said Marty Kaplan, director of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center. “We know this both from our research, and from stories that viewers tell. These awards recognize the responsible and creative use of that power by television writers and producers.”

The 2017 Sentinel Awards honorees:


  • Grey’s AnatomyMaggie’s Mom storyline (ABC)
    Topic: Inflammatory breast cancer
  • This Is UsJack Pearson’s Son (NBC)
    Topic: Mental health


  • black-ishSprinkles (ABC)
    Topic: Preeclampsia
  • You’re the Worst—Twenty-Two (FX)
    Topic: PTSD

Children’s Programming

  • Sesame StreetMeet Julia (HBO)
    Topic: Autism


  • Audrie & Daisy (Netflix)
    Topic: Sexual assault
  • Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric (National Geographic)
    Topic: Gender identity

Short Documentary

  • Open Your Eyes (HBO)
    Topic: Eye health
  • Extremis (Netflix)
    Topic: End-of-life care

Talk Show

  • Last Week Tonight with John OliverEpisode 86 (HBO)
    Topic: Opioid abuse

Unscripted Series

  • Born This WayDream Come True (A&E)
    Topic: Down syndrome

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | Taglyan Complex