The BEST Episodes of The Magic School Bus

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2019

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.

Holiday Special

#1 - 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.)

star 9.00
20 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, John May
Goes to Seed

#2 - 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. With Robby Benson as Mr. Seedplot.

star 8.64
25 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson, Ronnie Krauss
Kicks up a Storm

#3 - Kicks up a Storm

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.40
30 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
Getting Energized

#4 - Getting Energized

Season 2 - Episode 10

The class is ready to plug in their “Double-Trouble Wheel of Wonder” at the town carnival, when they discover all the electrical outlets are taken.

star 8.39
18 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom
Gets Planted

#5 - 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!

star 8.28
18 votes
Writers: Ronnie Krauss
Gets Programmed

#6 - 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!

star 8.26
19 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: John May, Ronnie Krauss
Flexes Its Muscles

#7 - Flexes Its Muscles

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 8.17
29 votes
Writers: George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
Gets a Bright Idea

#8 - 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""?

star 8.14
21 votes
Writers: Ronnie Krauss
Takes a Dive

#9 - 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.

star 8.11
19 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Jocelyn Stevenson
In a Beehive

#10 - 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!

star 8.07
30 votes
Writers: Doug Booth
Going Batty

#11 - Going Batty

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 8.06
32 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom, Ronnie Krauss
Gets Ready, Set, Dough

#12 - 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's shrinker-scope goes on the fritz and the class gets baked in a cake! With Dom DeLuise as the Baker.

star 8.04
45 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
Spins a Web

#13 - 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?

star 8.04
26 votes
Writers: Robert Schechter
The Busasaurus

#14 - The Busasaurus

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 8.03
32 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom, Ronnie Krauss
Makes a Rainbow

#15 - 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 colours 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 colour so....colourful!

star 8.00
26 votes
Writers: George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson
Makes a Stink

#16 - 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 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 8.00
21 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: George Arthur Bloom
Blows Its Top

#17 - Blows Its Top

Season 2 - Episode 1

To help them understand how the Earth makes islands, Ms. Frizzle presents the kids with an island that hasn’t been discovered yet!

star 7.92
37 votes
Writers: George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson, Sean Kelly
Revving Up

#18 - Revving Up

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 7.92
24 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom, Sean Kelly
Meets the Rot Squad

#19 - 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 back of their refrigerators. With Ed Begley, Jr. as Larry Log-Away.

star 7.91
35 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
In the Haunted House

#20 - In the Haunted House

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 7.91
45 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Jocelyn Stevenson, John May, Kristin Laskas Martin
Goes to Mussel Beach

#21 - 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!?

star 7.91
22 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson, John May
Butterfly and the Bog Beast

#22 - Butterfly and the Bog Beast

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.90
21 votes
Writers: Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom
Goes Cellular

#23 - Goes Cellular

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 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 7.89
27 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Jocelyn Stevenson
Goes on Air

#24 - 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!

star 7.86
14 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson
All Dried Up

#25 - 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 -- and discovers how well they take care of themselves.

star 7.84
32 votes
Directors: Lawrence Jacobs
Writers: Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson