Common Sense Media Recognizes Quality Family Media with Common Sense Seal for TV Honorees

Despite lack of network representation and quality teen content, kids' media shines in addressing important issues
Common Sense Media
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

San Francisco -- Common Sense, the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, is announcing the winter edition of the Common Sense Seal for TV honorees. This honor aims to recognize standout new TV series and specials that offer exceptional media experiences for families to learn from and enjoy together.

Common Sense Media reviewed 224 television series and specials that premiered between November 2016 and April 2017 and identified 35 that met the criteria for receiving the Common Sense Seal. These 35 honorees 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 35 Seal honorees, the majority (14) are aimed at kids age 5–7, with 10 each for the preschool (age 3–4) and tween (age 8–12) brackets. Only one honoree, The Trans List (HBO), is aimed at teen TV viewers.

"Common Sense advocates for a healthy, balanced approach to media in families' lives, and that should include watching fun, engaging television," said James P. Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense. "We're pleased to honor these TV series and specials with the Common Sense Seal and encourage the creative community to produce even more shows that families can bond over."

One notable theme, particularly on the shows for tweens and teens, is an increase in diverse characters and plotlines. Of the 11 honorees in this bracket, over half feature racially diverse, female, or LGBTQ leads, and all celebrate everyone's differences.

Network representation is at its lowest since the Common Sense Seal for TV program began in October 2015. Only one major network, NBC, earned a Seal in this period, while Netflix, Amazon, and PBS received the most, with eight, six, and six respectively.

The Common Sense Seal for TV honorees are:

TITLE

NETWORK

AGE

DEBUT DATE

Elena and the Secret of Avalor

Disney Channel

5

7/22/2016

Odd Tube

PBS Kids

5

11/10//2016

Kate in Oz

Disney Junior

3

11/14/2016

Mars

Nat Geo

12

11/14/2016

Lost in Oz

Amazon

6

11/16/2016

Splash and Bubbles

PBS Kids

3

11/23/2016

Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep

PBS Kids

7

11/23/2016

An American Girl Story: Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas

Amazon

8

11/24/2016

Anne of Green Gables

PBS

7

11/24/2016

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

Amazon

4

11/24/2016

Once Upon A Sesame Christmas

HBO

4

11/24/2016

The Snowy Day

Amazon

4

11/24/2016

Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors

NBC

7

11/30/2016

The Trans List

HBO

14

12/5/2016

Albert

Nick

5

12/9/2016

Cirque du Soleil: Luna Petunia

Netflix

3

12/9/2016

White Rabbit Project

Netflix

12

12/9/2016

We're Lalaloopsy

Netflix

5

12/10/2016

Trollhunters

Netflix

9

12/23/2016

One Day at a Time

Netflix

12

1/1/2017

One Big Ocean (Splash and Bubbles TV movie)

PBS Kids

3

1/16/2017

Adventure Time: Islands

Cartoon Network

9

1/20/2017

Ronja, the Robber's Daughter

Amazon

7

1/27/2017

Ride

Nick

8

1/30/2017

Gender Revolution

Nat Geo

12

2/6/2017

Nella the Princess Knight

Nick Jr.

3

2/6/2017

Planet Earth II

BBC America

6

2/18/2017

Dinosaur Train: What's at the Center of the Earth

PBS Kids

3

2/20/2017

Legend Quest

Netflix

7

2/24/2017

Veggietales in the City

Netflix

5

2/24/2017

Tangled: Before Ever After

Disney Channel

5

3/10/2017

Julie's Greenroom

Netflix

4

3/17/2017

An American Girl Story: Ivy & Julie: A Happy Balance

Amazon

8

3/24/2017

Tangled

Disney Channel

5

3/24/2017

Andi Mack

Disney Channel

10

4/7/2017

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 27,000 reviews of movies, TV shows, and other media since Common Sense 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 83 films to date. More information is available at
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/seal.

About Common Sense
Common Sense is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a powerful voice for kids and families in the 21st century. Millions of families, educators, and policymakers turn to Common Sense every day to access our independent rating systems, unbiased research, and trusted tools and advice that help them navigate a rapidly changing digital landscape at home and at school. Learn more at commonsense.org.

Press contact:
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