was a comedy-variety show that aired from 1976 to 1981,
and the continued popularity of the Muppets, well into the
1980's, spawned a cartoon series and toy line based on that
series. The cartoon ran from 1984 to 1991, and essentially
featured the main Muppet gang as kids spending time together
with their human nanny.
The original idea for a show
about Muppet babies was spawned from the Muppets Take Manhattan
movie, when Miss Piggy had a dream about what it would have been
like to grow up with Kermit the Frog. The toy line
consisted of things like plush dolls and action figures, and
many of them ended up in Happy Meals at McDonalds. There
were also bigger plush dolls and play sets, like the Muppet
Babies Castle, in which to place action figures.