The 1980's were a sort of rebirth for animation as it was. While there was certainly a large amount of over the top top programming at the time, shows like Muppet Babies proved that you could both educate and entertain at the same time.
MB combined excellent story-telling with material that both children and their parents could enjoy. To this day my mother can remember watching this show with me. While at times it can be a bit corny (it is a kids show), it holds up very well for a show that is now more than 20 years old.
The animation was excellent and the series drew from movies and events that just about anyone can relate to.
MB inspired everything from Tiny Toons to Rugrats and left children's cartoons forever changed. Along with Garfield, Pee Wee's Playhouse and Ninja Turtles, MB gave CBS perhaps one of the best Saturday Morning lineups around. The shows consistently beat the competition and the babies were easily the heavy hitters of that stacked lineup.
Ironically the show is the last of the CBS dynasty to see a DVD release. Could it be on the horizon after Disney Releases The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock? One can only hope.