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Netflix helps parents trick kids into going to bed before midnight this New Year's Eve


Netflix wants you (or at least your kids) to get a good night’s sleep this New Year’s Eve. The streaming service released a set of fake countdowns featuring characters from Inspector Gadget, All Hail King Julien, Puffin Rock, Care Bears & Cousins, Project Mc2, and Sherman and Mr. Peabody.

The six clips are now available on all Netflix streaming platforms and, as the promo’s description reads, can help parents trick their kids into falling asleep early. “Midnight, shmidnight. This year you can celebrate as a family and still have time for a parents-only party with a whole new set of New Year’s Eve countdowns on Netflix designed for preschoolers, tweens and everyone in between.”

The streaming service conducted a survey via SurveyMonkey from Dec. 4 to 15 which found that 97 percent of 9,000 parents would be spending the holiday with their families; nearly half of the parents from the U.S., U.K., and Canada said they would have a fake celebration around 9 p.m.

Last year, Netflix offered one fake countdown video, featuring King Julien from Madagascar. Though it doesn’t provide ratings for its programs, Netflix’s director of consumer public relations Jenny McCabe told MarketWatch that the number of people who watched the special was “enough that we expanded it this year and went with six of our originals.”