The Magic School Bus

PBS (ended 1997)



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Episode Guide

    • The Family Holiday Special
      The Family Holiday Special
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      It's the last day of school before the winter holidays and Wanda plans to see the Nutcracker ballet. But during a trip to a recycling plant that belongs to Murph (Dolly Parton), the toy soldier she needs to get into the theatre accidentally gets recycled! Devastated, Wanda wishes for a world without recycling. Ms. Frizzle activates the bus's un-recycler, taking the class and Murph on a song-filled field trip. The importance of recycling hits home when the bus's magic unrecycles everything in Walkerville — including the bus itself, as it too was made from recycled objects! Will the kids find a way to reconstruct the bus in time for Wanda to get back to see the Nutcracker? (Dolly Parton sings an original song plus four special carols written by Peter Lurye, composer of the rollicking MAGIC SCHOOL BUS theme song.)moreless
    • Goes Cell-Ular
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      It's the night of the rock lovers' annual Granite Awards, and Arnold is about to become the first kid ever to win the coveted Rocky Award. He's so excited, all he's been able to eat for weeks are "Seaweedies" — and lots of them! When he arrives for the big event, he's totally nervous and! Once the class determines that the orange isn't on Arnold's skin, they shrink down to explore what's underneath. They discover that his whole body is made of living cells — and they're all orange! But where is the orange coming from... and how can they make it go away?moreless
    • Going Batty
      Going Batty
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      The class is studying nocturnal animals and Ms. Frizzle takes the parents on a nighttime field trip to learn more about bats. As the night progresses, Ralphie becomes convinced that The Friz is a vampire! The class follows Ms. Frizzle and their parents to a scary old castle where, by becoming bats themselves, the kids find out the wonderful truth about these creatures of the night, and Ms. Frizzle!moreless
    • In The Haunted House
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      The class is thrilled about its upcoming concert at the sound museum... until they discover that the spooky mansion is more of a thrill than they bargained for. As they crept through the museum's creepy passageways, Ms. Frizzle's class experience sound firsthand.
    • Wet All Over
      Wet All Over
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Arnold and Wanda are due to give a report on the town waterworks. But Ms. Frizzle thinks it's field DRIP time! She turns the bus and class into water drops and the kids evaporate, condense, become rain and rush by river into the ocean. After several trips through the water cycle, they're ready to turn back into regular kids. But the magic key that will get them out of the cycle is locked in the school bathroom! Trying to work their watery way into the bathroom, the kids go through the town waterworks and see how water is purified. Can they get to school through bathroom pipes? Or are they stuck in the water cycle forever?moreless
    • Works Out
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      At this year's Teacherathalon, Ms. Frizzle squares off with Mr. Sinew (Dan Marino), a muscle-bound gym teacher. Sinew easily wins the first of the three events. Thinking there's a problem, the kids go inside Ms. Frizzle to check her out. The bus takes them through her lungs to the bloodstream, where they get pumped through her heart to her calf muscle. But when Frizzle's leg muscle collapses from the strain of winning the second event, the kids discover that her red blood cells can't get oxygen to her muscles fast enough! Can the kids help Frizzle recover in time to win the final race?moreless
    • Blows Its Top
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      Ms. Frizzle presents the kids with the missing piece to their gigantic earth puzzle, an island that hasn't been discovered yet! Both Dorothy Ann and Carlos want to be first to discover the island so they can name it, but when they reach the spot where it's supposed to be, all they see is the sea. It takes a run-in with an explosive underwater volcano to help them understand how the earth makes new landforms.moreless
    • Meets Molly Cule
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      When Wanda's favourite singer, Molly Cule (Wynonna Judd), comes to town, she chooses Ms. Frizzle's class to wash her famous car. The kids clean it from top to bottom, but when Molly insists they missed a spot, they shrink down to see the molecules that make up the car. Only then can they discover how to clean it down to the very last bit. But time is running out — they'll need a molecular miracle to get the car clean before Molly's concert begins!moreless
    • Flexes Its Muscles
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Ms Frizzle takes the bus (and class) to R.U. Humerus' extraordinary Body Shop for repairs -- but Ralphie seizes the opportunity to build a robot to do his chores. The class joins in and they discover how bones, joints and muscles work together to help us move. But they do the job a little too well, and the Ralphiebot starts to take over. Can Ralphie stop the robot before it's too late?moreless
    • For Lunch
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Arnold's dream has come true. He doesn't have to go on a field trip! Ms. Frizzle lets him stay behind with Liz. But when Arnold accidentally swallows his miniaturized classmates, he becomes the field trip! Better than an action park, Arnold's digestive system is full of twists, turns, and surprises.
    • Kicks Up A Storm
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      It's a hot and muggy day, and the heat's gone to Ralphie's head. The Friz asks "What makes the weather?" transforms the bus into a Weathermobile, and — in a wild ride through the skies — gives Ralphie the opportunity to become the meteorological superhero of his dreams.
    • Plays Ball
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Dorothy Ann loves her physics book. Ralphie loves baseball. Ms. Frizzle ingeniously combines the two in a page-hopping adventure through Dorothy Ann's book to a "Frictionless Baseball Game." The whole class learns about pushes and pulls in a remarkable day at a thoroughly unique ball game.
    • Gets Lost In Space
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Janet is visiting Ms. Frizzle's class to find out if they go on unusual field trips. She's not convinced when they get on the bus and head for the Planetarium. Although when the place is closed, she's surprised to see the bus sprout rockets and head off into space. The class visits the Sun along with the inner planets. While in the Asteroid Belt the bus gets hit by an asteroid and their map gets turned off. In the process of fixing the map Ms. Frizzle and Liz get lost in space. It's up to the class and Janet's knowledge to find Ms. Frizzle and Liz. Will the class be able to?moreless
    • Out Of This World
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Dorothy Ann, an amateur astronomer, discovers that an asteroid she's been tracking is on a collision path with Walkerville Elementary School! Before you can say, "Get messy!", the kids find themselves in outer space, trying to track the path of the asteroid and send it on another course before it destroys the school. The class discovers the difference between comets and asteroids and try to find a way to direct its rotation around the sun to make sure it misses Earth completely.moreless
    • Butterfly And The Bog Beast
      Butterfly And The Bog Beast
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      The class needs a new mascot for their soccer team. Everyone laughs at Phoebe when she suggests using a butterfly, and Arnold's know-it-all cousin, Janet, suggests the mysterious Bog Beast instead. Ms. Frizzle takes them on a field trip to Butterfly Bog where they discover camouflage and other butterfly tricks of deception — learning just how clear and unwhimpy butterflies can be — while unmasking the mysterious Bog Beast!moreless
    • In The Rain Forest
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      The kids rent a rain-forest cocoa tree as an Earth Day present for Ms. Frizzle. But when the harvest arrives, there's only one shriveled cocoa bean and a note from Inspector 47 (Matt Frewer) reporting that, for reasons unknown, the tree isn't producing beans! DA and Tim become detectives as Ms. Frizzle takes the class to the rain forest to meet the impeccable inspector, who keeps a tidy, mud-free cocoa grove. What has Inspector 47 done to the rain forest's intricate web of life that is keeping the tree from making pods?moreless
    • Gains Weight
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      Guess who's selected to give an exhibition of a slam-dunk during half time of the big basketball game? Phoebe! The problem is Phoebe can't jump high enough. "If only gravity didn't pull on me!" she moans. Never one to be tied down, Ms. Frizzle sends the class into space and turns the Bus into a planet — with adjustable gravity! Basketball's a snap with low gravity and a riot with no gravity at all, but when there's way too much gravity, things get really heavy!moreless
    • Gets Ready, Set, Dough
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      It's Ms. Frizzle's birthday, and a field trip to the bakery seems perfect... until the bus' shrinker-scope goes on the fritz, and the class experiences chemistry first hand as they get baked in a cake!
    • In The Arctic
      In The Arctic
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      "Where did the hot go?" wonders Arnold when he finds that his hot cocoa has cooled. In response, Ms. Frizzle whisks the class to the Arctic! What's the freezing Arctic got to do with heat? While the kids try to find out, the bus's engine freezes and the bus floats away on an ice floe with Ralphie and Phoebe inside! As the bus moves away, so does the heat from everyone's body. How can Ms. Frizzle's kids insulate their body to keep the heat in? Can they rescue Ralphie and Phoebe before they all become the Ice Cube Kids?moreless
    • In The City
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      Ms. Frizzle's class is visiting the zoo, which is, according to Tim, the only place in the city where wild animals can survive. To test this idea, Ms. Frizzle turns the class into possums, foxes, and falcons! The Bus, with Liz inside, becomes a bear and wanders off, looking for food. The kids explore the city as animals and see how wildlife can live in the city, but they also need to find the Bus-bear. They must survive in the city as well. Will the kid-animals be able to find the Bus-bear before the zookeeper finds it? And is Tim right? Can animals (like themselves) survive in the city?moreless
    • Goes To Mussel Beach
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      The class is enjoying a normal summer day at the beach until Ms. Frizzle discovers a letter from "Uncle Shelby," who wants the class to look after his beachfront property. The kids soon discover that this "luxurious" accommodation is only a tiny spot on the shoreline. Why would anyone want to live in a spot where they're battered by waves at high tide and baked by the sun at low tide? To find out, Ms. Frizzle turns the kids into... mussels!?moreless
    • Revving Up
      Revving Up
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      The Magic School Bus fails to pass inspection by Mr. Junkett, the vehicle maintenance inspector, and the kids are determined to get it running before the tow truck arrives to take it to the junk yard. With Ms. Frizzle's help, the class ends up inside bus's engine for an explosive adventure where they learn how gas plus air plus a spark make the engine run.moreless
    • Meets The Rot Squad
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      It's "Accidental Science Project" day, and the class has brought in marvelously rotten entries from the backs of their refrigerators. Later, when the Friz shrinks the bus down to "take a closer look" at rotting options in an abandoned lot, the class discovers that there's more to rot than first meets the nose.moreless
    • Goes To Seed
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      The class' garden is going to be featured on the cover of PLANT IT! magazine. But Phoebe's garden plot is glaringly empty. Always eager to help, Ms. Frizzle shrinks the bus to the size of a ladybug, and the class is off and flying to Phoebe's old school to find a plant.moreless
    • Gets A Bright Idea
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      After the illuminating light show at Walkerville's old theatre, Arnold's bossy cousin Janet claims she could put on a much better show. Nobody believes her until Janet and Arnold mysteriously disappear. Ms. Frizzle leads her class into the darkened theatre to look for them. To shed some light on the problem, the kids become beams of light. Then, to their great shock, they see Arnold's ghostly image floating high above the empty stage! Is the theatre haunted? Is this just one of Janet's tricks? Or have they all been "Frizzled"?moreless
    • Gets Swamped
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      The debate is intense: Should Walkerville get rid of the swamp by the river and replace it with a fantastic new shopping mall or should they build the mall somewhere else? Carlos, representing his class, is given the thankless task of persuading the town council to keep the smelly old swamp. If he loses the debate, he'll lose to Arnold's pesky cousin Janet! The kids learn that the swamp is an important habitat and natural water filter, but the council's not convinced until a flood occurs. The kids use the bus's capabilities to use the swamp's water absorption along with mini-dams to stop the flow of the water. The city council sees the important of the swamplands to nature and weather.moreless
    • Getting Energized
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      The class plugs their Double-Trouble Wheel of Wonder, the hottest ride at the school carnival, when their electricity fails. No electricity, no ride! Carlos' younger brother Mikey helps them discover that there are other sources of energy besides electricity. Using wind, water, the heat of the sun, falling rocks, and their own muscle power, the class gets the Ferris wheel running.moreless
    • All Dried Up
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Always the caring soul, Phoebe goes on a crusade to save the animals and plants of the desert. After experiencing the unique ways in which desert plants and animals conserve water, find food and deflect the heat, Phoebe realizes that they don't need help after all.
    • Takes A Dive
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      When Wanda discovers that one of Ms. Frizzle's ancestors was Redbeard the Pirate, she naturally wants to follow the treasure map he left. The map leads the class to a coral reef, where they learn first hand that life there is risky. To survive, they find, many plants and animals form surprising partnerships. But Wanda's not interested in partnerships — she just wants to find that treasure! When Ms. Frizzle turns the class into different sea creatures, Wanda as "Wanda-Anemone," "Wanda-Shrimp," and "Wanda-Remora," begins to understand that partnerships are more valuable then she thought.moreless
    • Gets Ants In The Pants
      Gets Ants In The Pants
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      The Magic School Bus goes into show business when Keesha directs a movie about social animals for the school science fair. The class visits the inside of an anthill to observe their "characters" at close range and discovers that each ant performs a vital job for the survival of the colony.moreless
    • Makes A Stink
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      Flora Whiff (Bebe Neuwirth), the famous expert on smell — whose "nose knows" — comes to school to judge the First Annual Smell Search. Ms. Frizzle's class creates a unique smell which is bound to take first prize, but Arnold's cousin, Janet, determined to win by herself, changes their smell to an odor only a skunk could love. The kids discover the secret to what makes things smell... now they have to make sure their creation doesn't make a big stink!moreless
    • Inside Ralphie
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Ralphie is crushed when a fever and sore throat keep him home from school the day he's scheduled to host a FNN (Frizzle News Network) television broadcast on health. Not one to let his body get the best of him, Ralphie hosts the show from his bed while his classmates journey through his bloodstream to reveal the news-breaking story of just what's making him sick.moreless
    • Makes A Rainbow
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      There's something dazzling in Ms. Frizzle's closet: a magical, light-powered pinball machine! To win at this game, the kids have to light up all six colors of the rainbow. Now the race is on, as the class shrinks down and zooms into the pinball machine. Catch an eye-full of fun as they try to crack the secret code of what makes color so....colorful! The class attempts to play the game, and they accidently make six different versions of themselves, all seven basic colors. They will have to learn how to reflect all of the light to combine it into one beam to make their escape.moreless
    • The Busasaurus
      The Busasaurus
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Ms. Frizzle takes the class to a dinosaur dig, courtesy of her old school chum, paleontologist Dr. Carmina Skeledon. To complete the field trip, they travel back in time — 67 million years — to see what dinosaurs were really like! Arnold's fossilized egg, put in his care by Dr. Skeledon, is snatched by a dinosaur and he ends up squaring off with a T-Rex. To their relief, the class finds out that even the fiercest dino's prefer flight to fight.moreless
    • Under Construction
      Under Construction
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Two inches tall, and trapped in a bathroom at Wanda's house, the kids have to get out before Wanda's mother (Rosalind Chao) discovers them. Gathering building materials such as spiky hair curlers, sticky Band-Aids, dental floss, and Q-tips, the kids use what they've learned about structures to construct a series of towers and bridges across the bathroom to an open window! They get across the toilet OK — but will they get past the alligator in the bathtub?moreless
    • Hops Home
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      When Wanda's pet frog, Bella, jumps out of an open window, Ms. Frizzle shrinks the bus into a mechanical frog and takes her now tiny class on a hop-along adventure in search of Bella and her true home.
    • In A Beehive
      In A Beehive
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      When Tim delivers the last of the season's honey to his grandfather's customers, the jars get broken. Tim's solution is simple: get more honey from some bees. But Ms. Frizzle sweetens the idea by turning her class into bees and showing them a beehive up close and personal. When a bear steals the bees' hard-earned supply of honey, the bee-kids discover one last field of nectar-filled flowers. How will the bee-kids communicate this information to the bees in time for them to harvest enough honey before the flowers are killed by the impending frost? Season Three premiere episode!moreless
    • Gets Charged
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      It's Valentine's Day and the class is selling lightbulbs. When they stop at Ms. Frizzle's house to sell her one, they find that her battery-operated doorbell doesn't work. While looking for Ms. Frizzle to tell her the doorbell's broken, Wanda overhears her teacher talking on the telephone. "Ms. Frizzle has a boyfriend," says Wanda, "and he's on his way over to see her! We've got to fix the doorbell or she'll never know he's here!" But first they have to figure out how the doorbell works...moreless
    • Gets Eaten
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Arnold and Keesha are in trouble when they forget an assignment to bring in "two things that go together." A soggy shoe and a tunafish sandwich, all they've got, lead to an ocean field trip in search of the connection between these two unlikely objects.
    • Ups And Downs
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      A monster is sighted in Walkerville Lake! Wanda wants to be first to go under water to find it, but the bus refuses to sink! Meanwhile, Gerri Poveri, a journalist, who needs this monster to boost her sinking ratings, doesn't want Wanda anywhere near the lake. The kids discover there's more than one way to make a bus sink, and in the process discover the real monster of Walkerville Lake.moreless
    • Sees Stars
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      When the kids see Horace Scope (Dabney Coleman) on the Star Shopping Network, they decide to buy Dorothy Ann a real twinkling star for her birthday. Before buying it, the kids blast off in the Bus to inspect the merchandise. They visit a young star, and then a middle-aged star, and then an old star, and decide that it's the star they want to buy. But when they give Horace their money, KABLOOM, the star explodes! Have they lost D.A.'s star forever?moreless
    • Cold Feet
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      The kids discover that Liz is missing — gone off to some mysterious place called Herp Haven. Why has she left them? Thinking Liz is in trouble, the kids go to Herp Haven, where they are transformed into reptiles in order to get inside and past Mr. Herps, the proprietor. Once the kids become reptiles, they find out what it means to be "cold-blooded" like Liz.moreless
    • In A Pickle
      In A Pickle
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Keesha returns from vacation to find that her prize cucumber has been stolen and was replaced with a smelly old pickle. When the evidence seems to point to Ms. Frizzle as the culprit, the class puts her on trial, with Keesha as prosecutor and Arnold as defense attorney. The Friz says a tiny group of troublemakers called the Mike Robe (microbe) Gang is responsible and takes the class for a visit into the teeny tiny world of microbes. There, they discover that even tiny living things can have a big effect.moreless
    • Cracks A Yolk
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      When the principal, Mr. Ruhle (Paul Winfield), has to go away for a few days, he leaves his beloved chicken, Giblets, in Dorothy Ann's care. Unfortunately, the minute Mr. Ruhle is out the door, Giblets flies away. How will DA ever find another prized Rhode Island Red to replace Giblets? Where do you get chickens anyway? And which comes first, the chicken or the egg? The next thing DA knows, Ms. Frizzle and the class are on a field trip to see how eggs are made — from the inside out! But will this egg have everything it needs to become "Giblets the Second"?moreless
    • Shows And Tells
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      It's the International Show-and-Tell Competition and Arnold and DA are representing Ms. Frizzle's class. Arnold brings a webbed hoop, left behind by his great-aunt Arizona Joan, the famous archaeologist, but he has no idea what it is! Using clues from the hoop and Joan's journal, the kids make educated guesses about its uses. To test their hypotheses, Ms. Frizzle turns the bus into a "Supposatron," a magical device designed to evaluate guesses. Can the kids solve the puzzle before Arnold and DA take the stage? With Alex Trebek as the "Sportscaster."moreless
    • Spins A Web
      Spins A Web
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      What do you do when a 50-foot praying mantis menaces your town? Run like the wind... unless you're in Ms. Frizzle's class and she's taken you on a field trip inside a 1950s sci-fi film. The movie's main character, the power-mad General Araneus (Ed Asner) is determined to destroy the mantis, but Phoebe wants to trap it and save it! Shrinking to the size of real spiders, the kids discover how spiders construct a variety of silky snares, making them world-champion trappers. Can the kids save the mantis — and stop Araneus before it's too late?moreless
    • Taking Flight
      Taking Flight
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      The remote control of Tim's model airplane is accidentally broken. Wanda and the class find themselves inside the plane learning what it's really like to fly it. In a series of high adventures up in the air, they discover how wings and moving air affect lift and flight, and make it back in time to compete in the Walkerville Model Airplane Rally.moreless
    • Rocks And Rolls
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      To celebrate the founding of Walkerville, Ms. Frizzle's class sculpts a stone likeness of its founding father, Captain Walker. But as they add the finishing touches, the statue tumbles down the mountain. Ms. Frizzle turns the bus into a giant boulder and the kids into rock kids. They bump down the mountain in a desperate attempt to save the statue. By the time they reach the celebration at the base of the mountain, they've been pushed, tossed, sanded, polished, and eroded by water — as has the statue, now the size of a soccer ball. The kids are sure they've let everyone down — until they look back at the mountain for the surprise of their lives! With Jessica Walter as "Ashley Walker-Club-Dupree."moreless
    • Goes On Air
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      "We got assigned air, and it's not fair!" The only contribution the kids in Ms. Frizzle's class have made to the Walkerville Space Capsule is an empty jar. "It's not empty," argues Keesha. "It's filled with air!" "But air doesn't do anything!" wails Ralphie. They discover that's not so when the bus shrinks and gets stuck inside the jar — and the class finds that their only hope for escape is... air!moreless
    • Gets Planted
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      When Phoebe tries to grow a big vine for her school's production of Jack and the Beanstalk, all she ends up with is a stunted little sprout. To help out, Ms. Frizzle turns her into a real vine. But to grow tall, Phoebe needs to figure out how plants eat - fast! To unearth the amazing ways plants make their own food, the Friz and the kids shrink down and dig deep in a quest to root out the facts!moreless
    • Goes Upstream
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Ralphie wants to catch salmon to serve at the annual school picnic, but he can't find any at his favorite fishing spot. Where could all the salmon have gone? The kids are soon "Frizzled" inside a salmon bus that has an uncontrollable urge to head upriver. "Wait!" Ralphie cries. "We'll be late for the picnic!" But the salmon bus won't stop. Using its sense of taste and smell, it swims the long journey to a shallow freshwater stream miles away. Why has the bus, which thinks it's a salmon, gone to all this trouble?moreless
    • Gets Programmed
      Gets Programmed
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      Ms. Frizzle's class arrives early to open the school for Mr. Ruhle (Paul Winfield). But there's so much to do! "There must be a way to do all of these chores without actually doing them," says Carlos. The school handyman, Mr. McClean (Malcolm McDowell) is in total agreement. Enter Mr. Ruhle's new computer and Mikey, Carlos' whiz kid brother, who programs it to do all the chores! But when Ms. Frizzle shrinks Mikey and the class and sends them inside the computer for a guided tour, everything goes haywire. The only person who can fix the problem is Mikey - and he's just landed somewhere between the CPU and the hard drive!moreless
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