Common Sense Media Announces Newest Common Sense Seal for TV Honorees

As kids increasingly turn to mobile devices, so does quality entertainment.
Common Sense Media
Thursday, November 2, 2017

San Francisco -- Common Sense Media, the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, is announcing a new wave of Common Sense Seal for TV honorees. This distinction was created to recognize standout new shows that offer exceptional media experiences for families to watch, talk about, and learn from together.

Since it introduced the Seal for TV in the fall of 2015, Common Sense Media has given the honor to 125 outstanding shows and movies/specials each winter and fall. This fifth installment adds 33 more titles to the list, which not only meet Common Sense Media's highest editorial standards for entertainment value and engagement but also deliver important themes, messages, and role models.

Of the 33 Seal honorees, the majority (12) are aimed at kids age 5 to 7, another eight at younger kids (age 3 to 4), and nine at tweens (age 8 to 12). Of the four shows for a teen audience, all but one aired on digital streaming platforms.

Nearly half (16) of this season’s Seals went to streaming content, which continues a trend of quality kids’ shows airing on digital platforms. Netflix and Amazon dominate the category with seven and four Seals, respectively, but new Seal recipients this round include Facebook Watch’s Humans of New York: The Series and Chipotle’s Rad Lands, the first branded content to earn this distinction.

"We know kids are spending a big chunk of their screen time on mobile devices, and it's refreshing to see that there are good digital options," said James P. Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense. "Just because digital platforms stream shows directly to mobile devices, watching them doesn't have to be a solitary experience. Common Sense encourages families to watch these shows together."

In October 2017, Common Sense released new research documenting the media habits and activities of kids age 0 to 8, the third such release in six years. The findings showed that while kids are watching less TV daily than they did in 2011 (1:09 vs.:58), their time using mobile devices every day has increased nearly tenfold (:05 vs.:48). With 16 Seals awarded to shows on digital platforms, it's no surprise that content creators are meeting kids where they are.

Though these picks represent the best in kids' content, the transition toward mobile delivery presents challenges for parents who are trying to ensure that their kids are watching high-quality, appropriate content. Common Sense and the Seal for TV aim to help parents identify the best shows for their families while establishing a standard for content creators to aspire to.

The Common Sense Seal for TV awardees are:

TITLE

NETWORK

AGE

DEBUT DATE

The Mayor

ABC

12

10/3/2017

Tumble Leaf: Spring-a-ling Surprise

Amazon

3

4/5/2017

Dino Dana

Amazon

4

5/26/2017

Danger and Eggs

Amazon

6

6/30/2017

Niko and the Sword of Light

Amazon

6

7/21/2017

Adventure Time: Elements

Cartoon Network

9

4/24/2017

Steven Universe: Wanted

Cartoon Network

10

5/29/2017

Star Trek: Discovery

CBS All Access

14

9/24/2017

RAD Lands

Chipotle / iTunes

5

6/1/2017

Girl Starter

Discovery Family

11

5/4/2017

Hotel Transylvania: The Series

Disney Channel

7

6/25/2017

Descendants 2

Disney Channel

8

7/21/2017

Raven's Home

Disney Channel

8

7/21/2017

Vampirina

Disney Junior

4

10/1/2017

DuckTales

Disney XD

6

8/12/2017

Marvel's Spiderman

Disney XD

7

8/19/2017

Humans of New York: The Series

Facebook Watch

14

8/29/2017

The Gifted

Fox

13

10/2/2017

Hack Along With Goldieblox

Goldieblox YouTube Channel

7

6/22/2017

Big Shots: Forever Young

NBC

8

6/21/2017

Anne with An E

Netflix

10

5/12/2017

Spirit Riding Free

Netflix

5

5/26/2017

The Worst Witch

Netflix

6

/1/2017

Daughters of Destiny

Netflix

12

7/28/2017

True and the Rainbow Kingdom

Netflix

4

8/4/2017

Atypical

Netflix

13

8/11/2017

The Magic School Bus Rides Again

Netflix

5

9/29/2017

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood:Tiger Family Trip

PBS Kids

3

5/8/2017

Arthur: DW and the Beastly Birthday

PBS Kids

4

5/29/2017

Wild Kratts Alaska: Hero's Journey

PBS Kids

6

7/26/2017

The Ollie and Moon Show

Universal Kids

4

5/27/2017

Ranger Rob

Universal Kids

4

7/8/2017

Hyperlinked

You Tube Red/Disney

7

5/31/2017

About the Common Sense Seal
Seal selections, which are released each spring and fall, 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 deployed these ratings across 30,000 reviews of movies, TV shows, and other media since the organization was founded in 2003. The Common Sense Seal for TV is an expansion of the Common Sense Seal initiative, which launched in October 2014 with a Seal for movies and has honored 83 films to date. More information is available at /seal.

About Common Sense
Common Sense is committed to making kids the nation's top priority. We are a trusted guide for the families, educators, and advocates who help kids thrive. We provide resources to harness the power of media, technology, and public policy to improve the well-being of every child. Learn more at commonsense.org.

Press contact:
Michelle Gagnon
415-553-6797
[email protected]

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