Top Ten Best Magic School Bus Episodes

I deeply loved this show as a kid, as well as many others did, I'm sure, on this site. It ran from September, 1994 to December, 1997 and consists of 52 glorious episodes. And when you're reading each title, remember that "The Magic School Bus..." precedes each to make a complete statement.

The Top Ten

Gets Lost in Space

I think I was the only one who wasn't scared by this episode, Why, you might ask?
Because I knew that they wouldn't kill someone in a Kids Show, although I kinda feel like this was probably what Arnold would've wanted after a few episodes.

THAT IDIOT JANET THOUGH. It's a pretty good episode. I'm a teenager and I absolutely LOVE this show, how is it for babies?

Who'd be dumb enough their own helmet in outer space and have their head turned into an ice cube?

It's the original pilot episode of the show, and it's the reason why I still think of Pluto as a planet.

In the Haunted House

I wasn't as much afraid of this episode as I was entertained. There's so much awesome stuff to look at in this episode! Plus, Carol Channing has a cameo at the end. CAROL CHANNING! It almost makes me tear up.

This episode was scary to me in kindergarten but it was cool to watch the sound moving. Scary organ though

For Lunch

Lol Arnold got what he deserved! HA!

They should remake the episode but edit the ending and make them get pooped out of Arnold's butthole instead. It would be so much funnier XDDD

Arnold hates going on fieldtrips. Well, guess what Arnold, now YOU'RE the fieldtrip. Open wide, boy.

This should have been Inside Ralphie

Blows It's Top

The volcano episode. We're talking lava, explosions, and really creepily squished faces at the end (if you've seen it, you know what I mean). Overall, awesome!

This episode was pretty good!

Gets a Bright Idea

You know, that TERRIFYING episode where Arnold gets "turned into a ghost"? It's scary as hell, but equally as fun to watch.

The Busasaurus

The class goes to visit the dinosaurs. Need I say more?

One of the most iconic episodes of the series

My favorite Magic School Bus episode 🦕🦖

Makes a Rainbow

It's fun watching everyone and their rainbow projects

Under Construction

Really makes you want to build your own gumdrop bridge

Gets Ready, Set, Dough

The famously hilarious cake episode. You know, with the really cheesy, mustached baker? You probably already knew which episode it was from the title, right? Yeah. Thought so.

Getting Energized

It's entertaining watching them make all those devices to harness energy

The Contenders

Spins a Web

A very cinematic episode dealing with spiders

Gets Eaten

Not to be confused with "For Lunch", this episode has to do with undersea plankton and fish. Of course, as you probably guessed, a fish eats them. You know you loved it.

In the Rain Forest

Earth Day + Cocoa Beans + Inspector 47's bad accent = a crazy, fun episode!

Does a good job teaching about the circle of life

Butterfly and the Bog Beast

It's great for learning about the evolutionary supremacy of butterflies

Taking Flight

Does a surprisingly good job teaching about aerospace engineering

The Magic School Bus Holiday Special

Every single object and building in town gets horrifically turned into cans and plastic bottles after the bus turns evil. What? That doesn't scream "holiday special" to you?

Sees Stars

So help me, the.


Dorothy Ann is sick and she wants her own star. WELL SHE'S GOING TO GET ONE, DAMN IT! Even if it means the rest of the class gets sucked into a giant red ball of burning gas and gets seriously burned for life in order to do it.

All Dried Up

Phoebe is such a kindhearted and brave animal rights activist

Love this one but Phoebe is a scaredy cat and I imagined if they had the kids as adults she was a member of the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Phoebe is worried about how animals in the desert survive. Well, Phoebe, they've sort of been doing it for millions of years. I think they're fine. Don't believe me? Ok, then.

Going Batty

First of all, I wanna know why the teacher would take off with every adult in the whole building, leave the kids there, and put a LIZARD in charge?

The whole class thinks Ms. Frizzle is a vampire. Which is ridiculous. SHE'S OBVIOUSLY A WITCH! I'll tell you, I was afraid to drink tomato juice for months after first watching this one. Not that I'd drink it anyways. I mean, come on. Tomato juice.

Wet All Over

The waterworks mechanics always fascinated me as a kid

The class acts as a physical representation of the water cycle. Since I've seen what happens to Senator Kelly in 'X-Men', I'd say, DON'T DO IT!

Gets Planted

A Phoebe centered episode about plantlife

Out of This World

The bus turns into an obviously "Star Trek-ish" space ship and goes in to space (again) to stop an asteroid from colliding with the Earth after Dorothy Ann has a prophetic dream about it. Dang it, D.A., what's with you and space danger?

Goes to Mussel Beach

The class all turns into mussels. Because that's not creepy.

It's a tropical day.
Hakuna Matata.

In a Pickle

I'm going to let you discover this little treasure for yourselves, if you don't know it. The title should be a good enough clue.

Goes Cellular

Arnold turns orange from eating too many "Seaweedies". Why he'd want to eat those at all remains a mystery to humanity.

Hops Home

An episode about animal habitats

Takes a Dive
In the City
Shows and Tells

I love this episode. This episode is not heard about too much and is seldom seen. Arnold's webbed hoop is awesome for teaching about archaeology

Inside Ralphie

Teaches about our immune system

Flexes Its Muscles
Meets Molly Cule
Cold Feet

The class goes to "rescue" Liz (the lizard, for the uninitiated viewer) from a pet resort spa and need to all become reptiles to get in. It's kind of a creepy episode but also very creative.

Cracks a Yoke

We watch a chicken lay an egg. Oh not too horrifying you say? Well, IT'S FROM THE INSIDE!

Meets the Rot Squad
Plays Ball
Goes to Seed
Gets Ants in Its Pants
Kicks Up a Storm
Revving Up
Ups and Downs
In a Beehive
In the Arctic
Goes Upstream
Works Out
Rocks and Rolls
Goes on Air
Gets Swamped
Gains Weight
Gets Charged
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