5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories

Entries are now closed. Finalists will be announced in mid-October!

From the 11th Annual Shorty Awards Best TV Show

These nominees help put to bed any debate that the Golden Age of television is over. Social media has helped TV shows reach a more global audience, through viral tweets, grams and stunts that bring these programs to life.

If you’re a TV network, agency, or brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in a marketing campaign enter the Best Use of Social Media for Television Shorty Award.


Creator, producer, writer and star Donald Glover said it best, “I’m not making a TV show, I am making an experience.” Anyone who has seen the show, or stumbled onto their social media channels understand why, as few programs use social media to break the fourth wall like FX’s Atlanta. Since season one, Atlanta has used Twitter and other social med…
Dear White People
A marvelous example of where art can take on activism, Dear White People is a hit show based on the movie of the same name on Netflix that follows the experiences of several Black college students at Ivy League schools and focuses on race relations in America. This critically-acclaimed show touches on the isolation that many students of color feel…
Grown-ish is beloved by fans for the show’s ability to portray the journey from youth into adulthood in a way that is both unique and relatable. A Spin-off from the hit show Black-ish, this sitcom follows Yara Shahidi’s character, Zoey, balancing common college topics like drugs and pressure from schoolwork with newer, more unique problems that pl…
Shameless has been the most popular comedies on Showtime for 9 seasons running, following a father and his six kids who practically raise themselves. Though they are the longest running original scripted show in the history of Showtime, their ability to entertain extends off the screen, going so far as to create a Messenger bot on Facebook where f…
The Sinner
Starring and executive produced by Jessica Biel, The Sinner is an anthology crime drama on USA. After a first season that created buzz among armchair detectives on social media, this year the minds behind the Sinner launched an immersive neighborhood watch platform for fans online, where fans were able to interact with the residents of Keller, whe…


Barry put the hit in hitman this year. The dark comedy snagged two Primetime Emmy awards out of five total nominations and marked a step in a different direction for Bill Hader, who co-created and starred in the series that enjoys a 99% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The SNL alum stars as a hitman who travels to LA for a job, but ends up falling in lov…
Jersey Shore
Yeah, buddy! One of the world’s favorite reality TV shows was brought back in 2018 under the name Jersey Shore: Family Vacation and none of the drama of the original has been dialed back. With the season 1 premiere being the highest rated unscripted cable series launch in over six years, MTV immediately blessed the world by announcing that there would be no…
A timely satire of modern media moguls and their families, Succession launched this year on HBO and immediately ruffled feathers. One of the most anticipated shows of the year, it’s premiere did not disappoint, debuting to positive reviews from critics who praised its combination of “weird, wicked, and tragic fun.” Ever-fascinated with American society, Exe…
The Bold Type
A comedy-drama in the tradition of Sex and the City, The Bold Type follows 20-something women working at a global magazine as they navigate the complex media world and explore love, sexuality, and fashion in New York City. Social media is a key element in this journey, and the show has sparked conversations among real social media directors about how accura…
The Chi
The Chi is a Showtime drama series that explores the complexities of living and growing up on the South Side of Chicago from the brilliant mind of Lena Waithe. Co-executively produced by rapper Common, a Chicago native himself, the show was highly anticipated and met with widespread acclaim, becoming Showtime’s biggest series premiere since 2016. It has bee…
The Last O.G.
Created by Jordan Peele and starring Tracy Morgan in his return to the small screen, The Last O.G. is one of the funniest new comedies on TV today. The series follows Tracy, playing an ex-con who returns to his Brooklyn neighborhood after years of incarceration to find his old neighborhood drastically transformed by gentrification. Almost 7M people tuned in…

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

finalists for the 5th annual shorty social good awards will be announced in mid-october!