Hey, it's either let them watch some educational TV or lock yourself in the bathroom with the laptop in hand. I say the cup of coffee and the TV program is a much safer option!
My middle child once came to me at age 2 (Yes, 2) and said, "Mommy! Did you know that "Twinkle, Twinkle", "Baa Baa, Black Sheep" and the "ABC Song" were all the same song? (I confess my night owl brain had to gulp some more coffee and sing the first lines of all 3 before I realized she was right.) She wouldn't have known that fact if she hadn't watched some TV. And that young lady went on to be a choreographer/officer for a drill team in high school, performed recitals in the same location as the beginning site for the Van Cliburn piano competition and played one mean saxophone. That, coupled with good academics, allowed her to get a full ride for her master's at TCU.
You never know where that education they're getting from TV programs is going to take them!