Common Sense Media Announces the Common Sense Seal for TV, Honoring Only 25 Series and Specials Among Hundreds Available Across Networks and Platforms

Netflix and Disney-owned channels offer the most quality programming for kids as Seal helps families find TV worth watching in a complex, crowded media landscape
Common Sense Media
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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 the Common Sense Seal for TV, an honor recognizing standout new TV series and specials that offer unique or exceptional media experiences for families with kids age 2 to 17.

The 25 inaugural 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. They include three TV movies, one miniseries, two specials, and 18 episodic series chosen from more than 300 titles targeted at children, tweens, teens, and families. They debuted between January 1, 2015, and October 1, 2015, and currently are available on network, cable, and streaming/online platforms.

"The proliferation of platforms and cable networks has made it a very complex media landscape for families to navigate," said Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense. "There's a lot of content being created, but the quality isn't always there. For families with young teens especially, the options, this year, are few and far between."

The majority of 2015 Seal-winning shows (11) are aimed at preschoolers (age 2–4). Titles for kids age 5–7 received five Seals; those for kids age 8–9 received four; and those for kids age 10–12 received three. Notably, of all the TV series/specials reviewed by Common Sense Media so far this year, most were rated as appropriate for teens (13–17 years), yet only two of these titles received the Seal. 

Significantly, streaming platforms debuted eight Seal-worthy shows in 2015, led by Netflix, which earned six Seals. Netflix has more new, quality series for kids in their 2015 lineup than any other platform, broadcast channel, or cable network across all age groups, from preschoolers (age 2–4) to young teens (age 13+).

"We're honored to be in such great company and have six of our original TV series receive the Common Sense Media Seal for TV," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. "We're proud of the diverse slate we've created for families, from Puffin Rock and Dinotrux for younger kids to Project MC2 and Dragons: Race to the Edge for older kids, and even Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which both teens and their parents are loving."

By platform, the most Seal-honored shows (14 in all) air on cable, led by Disney-owned channels, which have five shows recommended for 3-to 8-year-olds. Disney-owned ABC also airs two Seal-honored shows.

"The Disney brand is built on the foundation of trust that we have established with parents and families around the world," said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide. "This recognition by Common Sense Media further underscores the fact that we continue to deliver on that trust."

The inaugural Common Sense Seal for TV awardees are:

TV SHOW

NETWORK

AGE

RELEASE DATE

Puffin Rock

Netflix

3

9/1/2015

H20: Mermaid Adventures

Netflix

7

7/10/2015

Dinotrux

Netflix

7

8/14/2015

Project Mc2

Netflix

7

8/7/2015

Dragons: Race to the Edge

Netflix

8

6/26/2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Netflix

14

3/6/2015

Bad Hair Day (TV movie)

Disney

6

2/6/2015

Descendants (TV movie)

Disney

6

7/31/2015

Teen Beach 2 (TV movie)

Disney

8

6/26/2015

Super Wings

Sprout

3

3/14/2015

Clangers

Sprout

3

6/20/2015

Nina's World

Sprout

3

9/26/2015

Fresh Off the Boat

ABC

10

2/5/2015

Marvel's Agent Carter

ABC

12

1/6/2015

Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins (TV special)

PBS

3

5/11/2015

Wallykazam!: The Big Goblin Problem (TV special)

Nickelodeon

3

2/6/2015

Fresh Beat Band of Spies

Nick Jr.

4

6/15/2015

Miles from Tomorrowland

Disney Jr.

4

2/6/2015

Goldie and Bear

Disney Jr.

3

9/12/2015

Wishenpoof!

Amazon Prime

4

8/14/2015

Wonder Quest

Makers Studio

4

4/25/2015

Good Witch

Hallmark Channel

8

2/28/2015

We Bare Bears

Cartoon Network

8

7/27/2015

I Am Jazz

TLC

12

7/17/2015

Book of Negroes (TV miniseries)

BET

15

2/16/2015

 

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 the proven rubric for independent, age-based ratings deployed across more than 24,000 reviews of movies, TV shows, and other media since Common Sense Media was founded in 2003. The TV Seal will be given to a select number of titles each spring and fall. 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 39 films to date. More information is available at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/seal.

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
Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology. We rate, educate, and advocate on behalf of kids, families, and schools.
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