Since I am enjoying the benefits, I feel compelled to admit here that ever since I attached the rabbit ears to our television for the world series, my kids have been hooked on PBS kids.
I see now that while Netflix provided plenty of viewing for our older kids, we very rarely used our selections to choose programing for the youngest set. The older kids didn't want to "waste" their options on Barney or Mr. Rogers or Thomas the Tank Engine, but those programs and others have something to offer my little ones. What's more, there are no commercials and I benefit from a less crowded, less stressful work table with my older students. PBS kids really helps me to balance the juggling act that teaching multiple ages can become.
OK, so it is still a huge temptation to just let them stare at that screen and so monitoring them for time spent in front of the tube becomes necessary. Ah well, sometimes it's good to shift your pain.