‘Patriot Act’ becomes Television Academy Honoree

Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is part of the list of winners of the 13th annual Television Academy Honors.

The list also includes Netflix’s Unbelievable, HBO’s Watchmen and At The Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, Showtime’s 16 Shots and OWN’s Queen Sugar.

As per the academy, the prizes were given to television programmes that have impacted the society exceptionally with their “powerful storytelling”.

The award ceremony was meant to be held this month, however, it was postponed for the time being due to the COVID-19 crisis. The show’s host Hasan Minhaj took to Instagram to thank and congratulate his staff and make the announcement:

Source: Hasan Minhaj’s Instagram

Frank Scherma, TV Academy’s CEO and Chairman stated:

“We are so pleased to recognise these extraordinary programs and producers whose work is heightening public awareness and profoundly influencing social change.”

Patriot Act has also previously won a Peabody Award in 2019 and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Motion Design.

The new season of the show got an extra order of 7 new episodes by Netflix and was all set to premiere on March 29, 2020.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Netflix halted productions including that of Patriot Act. Volume 6 of the web series was also postponed for premiering till their productions resume.

The web series has gained immense popularity as Minhaj has continually addressed important issues and controversies such as Indian elections, fast fashion, student loan debts, cricket corruption and censorship in China.

If you have never watched it, here’s an episode to catch you up with what it is all about:

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