Common Sense Media Announces Newest Common Sense Seal for TV Honorees

Netflix leads the way with quality programming for kids 8 and under.
Common Sense Media
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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 its newest honorees receiving the Common Sense Seal for TV. This distinction recognizes TV shows that premiered between October 5, 2017, and April 30, 2018, and offer exceptional media experiences for families to watch, talk about, and learn from together.

Of the 35 new Seal honorees, about a third (11) are from Netflix, by far the most from any network. The streaming service's offerings on this list lean strongly toward shows for preschoolers (age 3 to 4) and young grade-schoolers (age 6 to 7), as do the majority of this season's Seal honorees overall (24). Of the seven honorees for tweens (age 8 to 12), two are from Netflix (The Big Family Cooking Showdown and Alexa & Katie).

Among the other networks honored, YouTube Red, YouTube's streaming subscription service, earns kudos for two shows: one that's appropriate for tweens and up (Roman Atwood's Day Dreams) and one for teens (Step Up: High Water). The CW makes its debut on our Seal list with Black Lightning, an edgy superhero show for teens that addresses race and class.

Diversity on TV is an ongoing topic of discussion, and this year's crop of honorees features a handful of shows starring racially diverse characters. Two are geared for younger kids (Craig of the Creek and Alexa & Katie) and two are for teens (Black Lightning and On My Block) -- and all of them provide positive messages and emphasize character strengths. Neurodiversity also continues to be a subject of interest, and a new show based on the experiences of children with autism (Pablo) marks the first time since Sesame Street introduced a character with autism that a show geared toward preschoolers has highlighted the disorder.

Storylines featuring music and theater also made a strong showing among our honorees. Five shows bring performing arts and imaginative creativity to the forefront: two for preschoolers (Beat Bugs: All Together Now and Muppet Babies), one that's great for tweens and up (the musical special Jesus Christ Superstar), and two for teens (Rise and Step Up: High Water).

"We are so pleased that Netflix has stepped up to provide great shows for preschoolers and young kids, and we'd love to see more quality programming from all the networks for tweens and teens," said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense. "This is a golden age for children's TV, and we're excited to be able to showcase the best of the best for families."

Since it introduced the Seal for TV in the fall of 2015, Common Sense Media has given the honor to nearly 200 outstanding shows and movies/specials. This sixth installment adds 35 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 Common Sense Seal for TV honorees are:

TITLE

NETWORK

AGE

DEBUT DATE

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Amazon Prime

3

11/7/2017

Click Clack Moo: Christmas at the Farm

Amazon Prime

4

11/28/2017

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

Amazon Prime

6

10/11/2017

Planet Earth: Blue Planet II

BBC America

6

1/20/2018

Craig of the Creek

Cartoon Network

6

3/30/2018

Black Lightning

CW

14

1/16/2018

Muppet Babies

Disney Junior

4

3/23/2018

The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special

HBO

4

11/11/2017

The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

Lifetime

9

2/3/2018

One Strange Rock

Nat Geo

8

3/26/2018

Genius Junior

NBC

7

3/18/2018

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

NBC

12

4/1/2018

Rise

NBC

14

3/13/2018

A Storybots Christmas

Netflix

3

12/1/2017

Super Monsters

Netflix

4

10/10/2017

Beat Bugs: All Together Now

Netflix

4

11/13/2017

Llama Llama

Netflix

4

1/26/2018

Trolls Holiday

Netflix

6

12/6/2017

The Boss Baby: Back in Business

Netflix

6

4/5/2018

DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays

Netflix

7

12/1/2017

Trolls: The Beat Goes On!

Netflix

7

1/19/2018

The Big Family Cooking Showdown

Netflix

8

11/3/2018

Alexa & Katie

Netflix

10

3/23/2018

On My Block

Netflix

14

3/16/2018

Top Wing

Nick Jr.

4

11/6/2017

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie

Nickelodeon

7

11/23/2017

Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars

PBS

7

11/23/2017

Ready Jet Go!: Holidays in Boxwood Terrace

PBS Kids

4

12/11/2017

Pinkalicious and Peterrific

PBS Kids

4

2/19/2018

Arthur and the Haunted Tree House

PBS Kids

5

10/23/2017

Odd Squad: World Turned Odd

PBS Kids

5

1/15/2018

Pablo

Universal Kids

5

4/2/2018

Top Chef Junior

Universal Kids

9

10/13/2017

Roman Atwood's Day Dreams

YouTube RED

9

11/22/2018

Step Up: High Water

YouTube RED

14

1/31/2018

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 31,000 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 161 films and specials to date. More information is available at /seal.

About Common Sense
Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. Learn more at commonsense.org.

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