The BEST Episodes of The Magic School Bus

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Network: PBS

A classroom taught by Ms. Valerie Frizzle is always fun and exciting. The colorful teacher owns a Magic School Bus which can transform into different things like a spaceship, a battery, or even an alligator! These things can help Ms. Frizzle with visual teaching methods as she reveals information about anything in science. The students include Carlos, Phoebe, Keesha, Dorothy Ann, Tim, Ralphie, Arnold, and Wanda. Originally, The Magic School Bus aired on PBS. But when production ceased after four years, The Magic School Bus's run on PBS ended with it.

Kicks up a Storm

#1 - Kicks up a Storm

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 4, 1994

The Friz transforms the bus into a Weathermobile and -- in a wild ride through the skies -- Ralphie becomes the meteorological superhero of his dreams.

star 9.16
57 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
Holiday Special

#2 - Holiday Special

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 25, 1996

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.)

star 9.05
21 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, John May
Goes to Seed

#3 - Goes to Seed

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 19, 1994

The class' garden is going to be featured on the cover of PLANT IT! magazine. But Phoebe's garden plot is glaringly empty. With Robby Benson as Mr. Seedplot.

star 8.69
26 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson, Ronnie Krauss
Goes to Mussel Beach

#4 - Goes to Mussel Beach

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1997

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!?

star 8.33
76 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
In the City

#5 - In the City

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 29, 1997

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 — ZAP! — Ms. Frizzle turns the class into possums, foxes, and falcons! The Bus, with Liz inside, becomes a bear and wanders off, looking for food. 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?

star 8.29
77 votes
Writers: George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson
Cracks a Yolk

#6 - Cracks a Yolk

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1997

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""?

star 8.16
79 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Ronnie Krauss
Gets Swamped

#7 - Gets Swamped

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 11, 1997

The debate is intense: Should Walkerville get rid of the swamp by the river and replace it with a fantastic new shopping mall or 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... FLOOD!!

star 8.15
95 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: George Arthur Bloom, Robert Schechter
Takes a Dive

#8 - Takes a Dive

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 6, 1997

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.

star 8.03
73 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Jocelyn Stevenson
For Lunch

#9 - For Lunch

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 1994

Arnold's so excited he doesn't have to go on a field trip! But when he accidentally swallows his miniaturised class, he becomes the field trip!

star 7.93
143 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Brian Meehl, Ellen Schecter, Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
Gets a Bright Idea

#10 - Gets a Bright Idea

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 12, 1996

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""?

star 7.68
75 votes
Writers: Ronnie Krauss
Gets Lost in Space

#11 - Gets Lost in Space

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 1994

Arnold's know-it-all cousin Janet drives the kids crazy when she joins Ms. Frizzle's class on a field trip and gets them lost in outer space!

star 7.68
182 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson
Goes Cellular

#12 - Goes Cellular

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 18, 1997

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 totally...orange! 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?

star 7.66
82 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Jocelyn Stevenson
Gets Ready, Set, Dough

#13 - Gets Ready, Set, Dough

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 5, 1994

It's Ms. Frizzle's birthday, and a field trip to the bakery seems perfect -- until the bus's shrinker-scope goes on the fritz and the class gets baked in a cake! With Dom DeLuise as the Baker.

star 7.65
72 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
Butterfly and the Bog Beast

#14 - Butterfly and the Bog Beast

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 7, 1995

The class needs a new mascot for its soccer team. Phoebe suggests butterflies, but everyone thinks they’re wimpy—until The Friz flutters in!

star 7.61
75 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom
Going Batty

#15 - Going Batty

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 30, 1995

When Ms. Frizzle invites the class’ parents in to see that their kids are learning about bats, Ralphie and the gang are convinced The Friz is a vampire! With Tyne Daly as Ralphie’s mom; Eartha Kitt as Keesha’s grandmother; Elliot Gould as Arnold’s dad; Dana Elcar as Phoebe’s dad; and Edward James Olmos as Carlos’s dad.

star 7.58
59 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom, Ronnie Krauss
The Busasaurus

#16 - The Busasaurus

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 23, 1995

Ms. Frizzle takes the class on a dinosaur dig, courtesy of her old school chum, paleontologist Dr. Carmina Skeledon, and travels 67 million years back in time!

star 7.53
60 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom, Ronnie Krauss
Makes a Stink

#17 - Makes a Stink

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 8, 1997

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 odour 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!

star 7.44
48 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: George Arthur Bloom
Revving Up

#18 - Revving Up

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 28, 1995

The school district’s Vehicle Maintenance Inspector, Junkett is about to condemn the Magic School Bus!

star 7.43
51 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom, Sean Kelly
In the Haunted House

#19 - In the Haunted House

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 29, 1994

The class is thrilled about its upcoming concert at the Sound Museum -- until they discover the spooky mansion is more of a thrill than they bargained for. With Carol Channing as Cornelia C. Contralto.

star 7.41
99 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Jocelyn Stevenson, John May, Kristin Laskas Martin
Flexes Its Muscles

#20 - Flexes Its Muscles

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 16, 1995

Ms. Frizzle takes the class on a field trip to R.U. Humerus's Body Shop. They learn how bones, muscles and joints all work together to help us move.

star 7.41
83 votes
Writers: George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
Inside Ralphie

#21 - Inside Ralphie

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 24, 1994

Ralphie is crushed when a fever keeps him home from school the day he's scheduled to host a FNN (Frizzle News Network) television broadcast on health. With Tyne Daly as Ralphie’s mom.

star 7.40
82 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
Wet All Over

#22 - Wet All Over

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 14, 1995

The class takes a wild ride with The Friz through the water cycle.

star 7.40
55 votes
Writers: George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson, Kristin Laskas Martin
Gets Eaten

#23 - Gets Eaten

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 1, 1994

Arnold and Keesha are in trouble when they forget to bring in their assignment on "two things that go together."

star 7.40
73 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
Gets Charged

#24 - Gets Charged

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 15, 1997

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...

star 7.38
52 votes
Writers: Ronnie Krauss
In a Beehive

#25 - In a Beehive

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 14, 1996

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!

star 7.38
84 votes
Writers: Doug Booth