The Magic School Bus

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  • TV-Y
  • 1994
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.8  (11,026)

The Magic School Bus is a beloved animated children's show that originally aired from 1994 to 1997. The series follows the adventures of Ms. Frizzle and her class of curious students as they embark on wild field trips in a magical school bus that can transform and travel through space and time.

Ms. Frizzle, voiced by the incomparable Lily Tomlin, is a wacky and brilliant science teacher who encourages her students to explore, ask questions, and get their hands dirty. With her trusty pet lizard Liz by her side, Ms. Frizzle takes her class on incredible journeys to the bottom of the ocean, the center of the earth, outer space, and beyond.

The students in Ms. Frizzle's class are a diverse group of kids with different backgrounds and interests. There's Arnold, the nervous and skeptical student who is always worried about getting into trouble; Phoebe, the timid and curious student who loves animals; Keesha, the confident and intelligent student who is interested in technology; and Ralphie, the playful and adventurous student who loves sports and games.

Throughout each episode, Ms. Frizzle and her class encounter all sorts of fascinating creatures and learn about scientific concepts in a fun and engaging way. From exploring the inner workings of the human body to learning about the water cycle, The Magic School Bus covers a wide range of topics that are sure to pique the interests of young viewers.

One of the unique aspects of the show is its use of animation to bring scientific concepts to life. As the class journeys through the human digestive system or travels through the solar system, viewers are treated to colorful and imaginative depictions of what's happening inside and outside of our bodies and planet. The show also incorporates live-action segments featuring real students and experts discussing and demonstrating different scientific concepts.

In addition to its educational content, The Magic School Bus also incorporates humor and heartwarming moments into each episode. Ms. Frizzle's quirky personality and imaginative teaching style create a light-hearted and playful atmosphere that makes learning fun. The relationships between the different members of the class are also explored, with episodes touching on themes such as teamwork, empathy, and friendship.

Overall, The Magic School Bus is a timeless and beloved children's show that has left a lasting impact on generations of viewers. Its unique blend of education, entertainment, and imagination makes it a classic that will continue to inspire young minds for years to come.

The Magic School Bus is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (52 episodes). The series first aired on September 10, 1994.

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Takes A Dive
13. Takes A Dive
December 6, 1997
When it is revealed that one of Ms. Frizzle's ancestors was a famous pirate, Wanda decides to convince Ms. Frizzle to try to find the treasure that her ancestor left behind. Ms. Frizzle agrees and the children head off on a treasure hunt, though in order to get down to the ocean floor, Ms. Frizzle transforms the students into various aquatic animals. However, they soon realize that they'll have to rely on one another and many of the existing plants and animals in the ocean's depths if they wish to survive long enough to even come close to the old pirate ship.
In The City
12. In The City
November 29, 1997
Ms. Frizzle's class is visiting a zoo when Tim expresses that the zoo is the only place where wild animals can live in the city. Ms. Frizzle wishes to test his hypothesis so she turns the entire class into a wide array of animals, though will they be able to survive in the midst of the city, or will Tim�s comments turn out to be true?
Gets Programmed
11. Gets Programmed
November 22, 1997
Ms. Frizzle"s class has agreed to open up the school for the principal, who is still away on a business trip. However, when they discover that there's too much work to do, Mikey decides to program the school's computer to automatically do the chores for them. In hopes of showing the children how computers work, Ms. Frizzle takes the children on a surprise fieldtrip inside of the computer, though when things start to malfunction, they must fine Mikey in an attempt to get things restored to their proper condition.
Gets Charged
10. Gets Charged
November 15, 1997
While trying to sell some light bulbs on Valentine's Day, the children stop at Ms. Frizzle's house in an attempt to sell some to her. Though when they overhear Ms. Frizzle inviting someone over to her house, they attempt to fix her broken doorbell as they're afraid that Ms. Frizzle won't even realize the individual is outside. However, they're unfamiliar with how to fix doorbells and they require some help from the magic school bus in order to gain the ability to get up-close and personal with the problem.
Makes A Stink
9. Makes A Stink
November 8, 1997
An expert on smells has some to the school in order to judge a competition where the students were requested to make a favorable smell, though Janet decides to sabotage the odor that Ms. Frizzle’s class has cooked up. They must now try to figure out what causes the unpleasant smell, as well as to find a way to remove it, as the judge is coming close to their booth and they don’t have long to get their stench back to the pleasant odor it once was.
Gains Weight
8. Gains Weight
November 1, 1997
When Phoebe is selected for a slam-dunk competition, she starts to express that she feels things would be better without gravity. Ms. Frizzle decides to show her what things would be like with different levels of gravity and she takes the students into outer space, where the magic school bus transforms into an entire planet where the level of gravity can be adjusted. However, things take a turn for the worse when the knob is actually turned all the way to super-gravity, which not only causes things to way a ton, it also severely hinders the students ability to move.
Sees Stars
7. Sees Stars
October 25, 1997
The children decide to purchase a star from an official network that permits people to buy and name new stars, though the children wish to head off into outer space in order to determine which star to buy. They eventually make their choice and they purchase the star, though when the star explodes moments after they buy it, Ms. Frizzle must attempt to find a way to show them that their investment wasn’t actually a bad one.
Goes Cell-Ular
6. Goes Cell-Ular
October 18, 1997
Arnold is about to become the first child to ever win a prestigious award at the Granite Awards Ceremony. However, when he suddenly turns orange a few hours before the event, Ms. Frizzle decides to get the children onboard the magic school bus and they head inside of Arnold in hopes of trying to get him back to normal before its his turn to accept his award.
Gets Swamped
5. Gets Swamped
October 11, 1997
The city council is contemplating destroying an old swamp in order to build a new shopping mall, though Ms. Frizzle sends Carlos to the council in order to try to debate the reason that the swamp should be left alone. However, it takes a natural disaster for the council to make up their mind, though even in such, Ms. Frizzle must try to do what she can in order to prevent raging waters from destroying the city.
Goes On Air
4. Goes On Air
October 4, 1997
The rest of the students at Walkerville Elementary School are upset that the students of Ms. Frizzle’s class have only contributed an empty jar to the Walkerville Space Capsule. When Ralphie confronts Ms. Frizzle in an attempt to convince her to change her mind, Ms. Frizzle decides to take the children on a fieldtrip in order to show the class just how important air is in the world.
Goes To Mussel Beach
3. Goes To Mussel Beach
September 27, 1997
While spending some time at the beach, Ms. Frizzle receives a letter from her uncle and she is asked to look over some of his beachfront property for a few hours. However, when the children arrive at the property, they discover that it's just a small slab of dirt and that nothing could find the land useful, though Ms. Frizzle decides to transform the class into something that could really use the land her uncle owns.
Cracks A Yolk
2. Cracks A Yolk
September 20, 1997
When Mr. Ruhle goes away on a business trip, he leaves his beloved pet chicken in Dorothy Ann's care. However, when she neglects her duty and the chicken flies away, she must try to find another chicken in order to take the old chicken's place. However, she doesn't know where chickens come from, so Ms. Frizzle decides to take the children on a fieldtrip in order to see how chickens are hatched from their eggs.
Meets Molly Cule
1. Meets Molly Cule
September 13, 1997
Wanda's favorite singer has come to town and she insists that Ms. Frizzle's class be the one to wash her car. The children start to do the best they can, though when they learn that they've missed a spot, Ms. Frizzle shrinks the class down to the size of molecules in order to see what exactly they need to do in order to ensure the car is as clean as possible.
Where to Watch The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus is available for streaming on the Syndicated website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Magic School Bus on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 10, 1994
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (11,026)