Common Sense Media Announces New Common Sense Seal for TV Honorees

New options for teens are lacking, as prime-time choices are sparse; Seal helps families find TV worth watching in a complex, crowded media landscape.
Common Sense Media
Thursday, March 24, 2016

San Francisco, CA – Common Sense Media, the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, is announcing the second round of Common Sense Seal for TV honorees, building on the inaugural titles announced in October 2015. This honor aims to recognize standout new TV series and specials that offer quality media experiences families can enjoy together.

The 28 Seal awardees have met Common Sense Media's highest editorial standards for overall quality based on entertainment value, engagement, and impact, along with worthwhile themes, messages, and role models. This season's honorees include one Web series, seven TV movies, and 20 episodic series. They debuted between October 2, 2015, and March 15, 2016, and currently are available on network, cable, and streaming/online platforms.

In November 2015, the Common Sense Census found that teens and tweens are spending between six and nine hours daily with entertainment media. Common Sense aims to help parents navigate the complex media landscape and find the most compelling, high-quality content offered.

"In today's digital world, it's harder and harder for parents to eliminate screen time," said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media. "With information on the quality of programming, parents can, and should, harness the power of  media and technology to promote positive, healthy development."

Through innovative research and collaborations with educators, experts in child development, and parents, Common Sense has identified developmentally appropriate media that can be a powerful tool in teaching positive character strengths. As the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) is increasingly recognized, Common Sense has developed a new tool to further curate quality media: tagging TV shows and movies that demonstrate character strengths. All Common Sense TV Seal honorees promote one or more of the 11 character strengths we've highlighted which include integrity, compassion, gratitude, self-control, empathy, humility, teamwork, courage, curiosity, communication, and perseverance.

The majority of the newest Seal awardees (14) are aimed at kids age 5 to 7. Titles for preschoolers (age 2 to 4) received six Seals; and those for kids age 8 and up received eight. Notably, of the 90 newly airing shows aimed at kids age 13 and older, only one received the Seal (Degrassi Next Class). 

Of the major TV networks, only NBC and CBS earned Seals during this period, with three and one shows awarded, respectively. Significantly, only one scripted prime-time offering on a major network received the seal (Supergirl). Streaming platforms accounted for five Seals, two each for Netflix and Amazon, and one for a Disney/YouTube Web series. By network, Disney accounts for the most Seals, with seven across all its platforms, comprising fully one-fourth of the newest Seal honorees.

The Common Sense Seal for TV awardees are:

TV SHOW

NETWORK

AGE

RELEASE DATE

Born This Way

A&E

12

12/8/2015

Just Add Magic

Amazon

6

1/15/2016

The Kicks

Amazon

6

Fall 2016 (pilot available 2015)

Supergirl

CBS

11

10/26/2015

Invisible Sister (TV movie)

Disney

8

10/9/2015

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (TV movie)

Disney

6

11/22/2015

Stuck in the Middle

Disney

7

3/14/2016

The Lion Guard (TV Show)

Disney Jr.

5

1/16/2016

PJ Masks

Disney Jr.

4

10/5/2015

Lab Rats: Elite Force

Disney XD

7

3/2/2016

Star Darlings (Web series)

Disney/YouTube

7

10/6/2015

How to Dance in Ohio (TV movie)

HBO

12

10/26/2015

Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (TV movie)

Lifetime

8

11/21/2015

Project Runway Junior

Lifetime

11

11/12/2015

Breakthrough

Nat Geo

12

11/1/2015

Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (TV movie)

NBC

7

12/10/2015

Little Big Shots

NBC

6

3/8/2016

The Wiz Live (TV movie)

NBC

6

12/3/2015

Care Bears and Cousins

Netflix

3

12/18/2015

Degrassi Next Class

Netflix

14

1/15/2016

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

Nick Jr.

3

10/5/2015

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race to the Top

Nick Jr.

4

11/23/2015

The Halo Effect

Nickelodeon

6

1/15/2016

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir

Nickelodeon

7

12/16/2015

Nature Cat

PBS

5

11/21/2015

Ready Jet Go

PBS

3

2/15/2016

Floogals

Sprout

5

1/15/2016

Little People

Sprout

3

3/7/2016

 

About Common Sense Media's Ratings
Common Sense Media rates and reviews media based on a combination of two factors: age-appropriateness and quality. We rely on developmental guidelines culled from some of the nation's leading authorities to determine which content is appropriate for which ages. Common Sense Media reviews feature a content grid that evaluates specific elements of each title, including messages, role models, violence/scariness, sex, language, consumerism, and substance use. We know every family and every child is different, but all families need information to make great media choices. Common Sense Media reviews also include suggested discussion points for families, providing an opportunity for parents to talk about themes and issues that arise and to convey their own views and values. Common Sense Media ratings and reviews are available on our website, through our mobile app, and through our distribution partners. Our unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and are not influenced by the content creators or by our funders.

About Common Sense
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