Common Sense Media Announces Winter 2019–2020 Common Sense Selection Honorees

New streaming services capture recognition.
Common Sense Media
Thursday, February 6, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, February 6, 2020—As parents and educators continue to seek out quality media for kids amid a dizzying flurry of choices, Common Sense Media has designated 29 new TV series and specials as Common Sense Selections, with the new streaming services of Disney+ and Apple TV+ capturing recognition. 

Five shows on Disney+ and seven on Apple TV+ were given the special designation. Series and specials that debuted between October 2019 and January 2020 were eligible.

The Common Sense seal program was originally developed to recognize outstanding movies, TV series, and TV specials with an official seal. Whenever you see the new and improved Common Sense Selection seal, you can trust that the content is not only age-appropriate but has the potential to spark family conversations, entertain families of all kinds, and have a positive, lasting impact on society. 

Prominent themes among the 29 new series and specials that have received the designation include empathy, perseverance, curiosity, compassion, and teamwork. Highlights include: 

  • Four series on the newly launched Apple TV+: Ghostwriter, Helpsters, Little America, and Snoopy in Space. Ghostwriter is a reboot of the classic '90s series that brings book characters to life, promoting literacy and a love of books in a fresh, fun way. Helpsters introduces preschoolers to friendly monster puppets who help kids learn to solve problems with critical-thinking skills. Snoopy in Space gives kids lots of facts about NASA and space exploration from familiar Peanuts characters.

  • Series that are great for families of teens include Little America (12+) on Apple TV+, Party of Five (13+) on Freeform, Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access (13+), and Cheer on Netflix (14+). Party of Five and Little America give families with teens lots to talk about, including the American immigrant experience, courage and compassion, and why it's important to hear and see diverse voices on TV. In the same vein, Star Trek: Picard explores similar issues in a sci-fi future where humans and aliens are still working to create a peaceful galaxy. The community college athletes of Cheer show perseverance and teamwork at its best.

  • Five Disney+ series are receiving the designation, including Encore!, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Forky Asks a Question, and Marvel's Hero Project, which received 5 stars and top marks for positive messages as well as positive role models and representations by showcasing young, real-life "superheroes" who go above and beyond to make the world a better place. Encore! and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series introduce a new generation to the exciting world of the performing arts, where teamwork and respect are valuable strengths. 

The full list of the winter 2019-2020 Common Sense Selections for TV is below:





PREMIERE DATE

TITLE

TYPE

AGE

NETWORK/PLATFORM

10/1/2019

Kid President: Are We There Yet

series

8

Soul Pancake

10/4/2019

Raising Dion

series

11

Netflix

10/5/2019

Super Monsters: Vida's First Halloween

TV special

4

Netflix

10/14/2019

The Casagrandes

series

7

Nickelodeon

10/25/2020

If You Give a Mouse a Pumpkin

TV special

3

Amazon Prime Video

11/1/2019

Ghostwriter

series

8

Apple TV+

11/1/2019

Helpsters

series

4

Apple TV+

11/1/2019

Snoopy in Space

series

4

Apple TV+

11/1/2019

True: Grabbleapple Harvest

TV special

4

Netflix

11/8/2019

The Rocketeer

series

4

Disney Junior

11/11/2019

Blue's Clues & You

series

3

Nickelodeon

11/12/2019

Encore!

series

10

Disney+

11/12/2019

Forky Asks a Question

series

4

Disney+

11/12/2019

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

series

10

Disney+

11/12/2019

Marvel's Hero Project

series

10

Disney+

11/22/2019

Costume Quest: Heroes on Holiday

series

8

Amazon Prime Video

11/26/2019

True Winter Wishes

series

4

Netflix

12/3/2019

How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming

TV special

7

NBC

12/6/2019

Clifford the Big Red Dog

series

3

PBS Kids

12/6/2019

Pick of the Litter

series

7

Disney+

12/7/2019

Steven Universe: Future

series

10

Cartoon Network

12/18/2019

The Age of AI

series

11

YouTube Premium

1/4/2020

Go! Go! Cory Carson

series

4

Netflix

1/8/2020

Cheer

series

14

Netflix

1/8/2020

Party of Five

series

13

Freeform

1/10/2020

The Owl House

series

8

Disney Channel

1/14/2020

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

series

7

Netflix

1/17/2020

Little America

series

12

Apple TV+

1/23/2020

Star Trek: Picard

series

13

CBS All Access

 

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About the Common Sense Selection seal
Common Sense 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 Media has applied these ratings to more than 33,000 reviews of movies, TV shows, and other media since the organization was founded in 2003 and has honored 233 films and 321 series/specials to date. More information is available at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/seal.

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