Thursday, November 2, 2017


As kids increasingly turn to mobile devices, so does quality entertainment.

Common Sense Media

San FranciscoCommon 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 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/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
mgagnon@commonsense.org