Common Sense Media Announces Common Sense Seal TV Honorees for Fall/Winter 2018

Strong Female Role Models and Junior Versions of Popular Competition Shows Dominate New Honorees
Common Sense Media
Monday, December 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, December 10, 2018—Every year, more than 80 million parents and caregivers turn to Common Sense Media to discover the best movies, television shows, books, games, apps, and websites for kids to watch, read, and play. Today the nonprofit organization announced its newest honorees to receive the Common Sense Seal for TV. The editorial team screened 235 series and specials that premiered between May 4, 2018, and November 10, 2018, to recognize exceptional media content for families to enjoy together. This list is particularly timely during the holiday season while kids are on school break.

The 42 shows added to the list come from an array of networks, including HBO, Disney, and Animal Planet. Netflix, however, tops the list, with 14 of the 42 new honorees premiering on its platform.

In the era of #MeToo, strong female role models on TV are an ongoing topic of discussion, and this batch of honorees includes shows that feature a variety of admirable girls and women. Some of these female protagonists have roots in other media, including comic books and fiction, like Hala from Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors (Disney) and Anne from Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew (PBS). Meanwhile, other female TV characters are true originals, hailing from shows like Dragon Pilot (Netflix), Becca's Bunch (Nick Jr.), and Butterbean's Café (Nickelodeon). All of these characters stay true to themselves, displaying character strengths such as curiosity and empathy to model for kids.

"We've reached a golden age for quality content in TV for children of all ages," said Polly Conway, senior TV editor at Common Sense. "Today's programming brings strong role models and timely topics that are great as jumping-off points for important, timely discussions among families."

The Common Sense Seal for TV recognizes shows that are fantastic family viewing, as well as age-appropriate, educational, and inspirational. Competition shows, including two junior versions of adult favorites, American Ninja Warrior Junior (Universal Kids) and Dancing with the Stars Junior (ABC), are new additions to the list, as is Making It (NBC). Networks are investing in the concept of reality shows that appeal to the whole family.

The Common Sense Seal for TV was introduced in the fall of 2015. The seventh installment adds 42 titles that not only meet Common Sense Media's highest editorial standards for entertainment value and engagement but also deliver important themes, messages, and role models.

The 2018 Common Sense Seal for TV honorees are:

TITLE

NETWORK

AGE

PREMIERE DATE

Dancing with the Stars Junior

ABC

8

10/7/2018

The Kids Are Alright

ABC

11

10/16/2018

Pete the Cat

Amazon Prime Video

4

9/21/2018

Crikey! It's the Irwins

Animal Planet

8

10/28/2018

Summer Camp Island

Cartoon Network

9

7/7/2018

God Friended Me

CBS

11

9/30/2018

Girl Got Game

The CW

14

7/18/2018

Big City Greens

Disney

7

6/18/2018

Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp

Disney

6

7/16/2018

Freaky Friday

Disney

6

8/10/2018

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors

Disney

7

9/30/2018

Marvel Rising: Initiation

Disney XD

7

8/13/2018

DIY

Cartoon Network

5

6/7/2018

Esme & Roy

HBO

3

8/18/2018

When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Movie

HBO

3

11/10/2018

Find Me In Paris

Hulu

10

8/10/2018

Making It

NBC

10

7/31/2018

Best Worst Weekend Ever

Netflix

12

10/19/2018

Brainchild

Netflix

7

11/2/2018

Cupcake and Dino: General Services

Netflix

7

7/27/2018

Dragon Pilot

Netflix

12

10/10/2018

The Dragon Prince

Netflix

10

9/14/2018

The Good Cop

Netflix

12

9/21/2018

Hilda

Netflix

6

9/21/2018

The Hollow

Netflix

10

6/8/2018

A Little Help

Netflix

6

5/4/2018

Lost Song

Netflix

12

10/5/2018

Treehouse Detectives

Netflix

4

6/8/2018

True: Magical Friends

Netflix

4

6/15/2018

True: Wonderful Wishes

Netflix

4

6/15/2018

The Who Was? Show

Netflix

7

5/10/2018

Butterbean's Cafe

Nick Jr.

4

11/7/2018

Rainbow Rangers

Nick Jr.

4

11/5/2018

Becca's Bunch

Nick Jr.

4

9/24/2018

Canticos

Nick Jr.

3

5/10/2018

Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew

PBS

8

9/23/2018

Kid Stew

PBS

8

5/6/2018

Little Women

PBS

9

5/13/2018

The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won't You Be My Neighbor

PBS Kids

3

9/17/2018

Warriors of Liberty City

Starz

14

9/16/2018

American Ninja Warrior Junior

Universal Kids

7

10/13/2018

The Big Fun Crafty Show

Universal Kids

5

5/14/2018

About the Common Sense Seal
Seal selections are determined by Common Sense Media's in-house team of seasoned reviewers, editors, and child-development experts based on our proven rubric for independent, age-based ratings. Common Sense has applied these ratings to more than 32,000 reviews of movies, TV shows, and other media since the organization was founded in 2003. The Common Sense Seal for TV, which is released each spring and fall, is an expansion of the Common Sense Seal initiative, which launched in October 2014 with a Seal for movies and has honored 187 films and specials to date. More information is available at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/seal.

About Common Sense
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