YMMV: The Magic School Bus

  • Adaptation Displacement: The TV show is better known to some than the original books; in fact, a new series of paperbacks went into print based on the TV episodes.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Ms. Frizzle something like a Willy Wonka who is teaching the class to find a successor to the Magic School Bus?
    • Is Ms Frizzle a normal human or not? She's implied to be older than her roughly 30-to-mid-40s look, and she is into magic.
    • Is the school bus really magic or is it science? Or perhaps both? It's an oddity that a science teacher would be involved with magic. Clarke's Third Law comes into effect.
  • Crack Ship: Some of the fandom likes involving Ms. Frizzle in crossover lesbian relationships with Mary Poppins (both are Time Lords, apparently) or Carmen Sandiego.
    • According to tumblr, Carlos apparently grows up to be the perfect, wonderful scientist who moves into Night Vale and falls in love with the host, Cecil.
  • Crazy Awesome: Ms. Frizzle of course. It's probably her defining character trait.
  • Dark Fic: A more depressing than dark example as a Flash Animation, following Ms. Frizzles class the following school year. No longer being in Ms. Frizzles' class, Arnold is an abusive and foul-mouthed jerkass, Tim and Ralphie are both potheads, Carlos continues to tell horrible jokes only to be beat up (by Arnold) for it, and none of them seem to carry any sort of social skills or even rudimentary math or general education (outside of science, of course).
    • There's also a fanmade trailer for a hypothetical movie that opens with the kids (now young adults) at Ms. Frizzle's funeral (which Arnold skips, citing that he needed to stay home that day), Wanda delivering her "What are we going to do?" catchphrase in tears, Ms. Frizzle having gone to hell for a reason no one can figure out and Arnold calling Ms. Frizzle "the woman who ruined my life!", prompting Ralphie to pin him to the wall while snarling "Take it back!"
    • As per any show like this, there is an endless supply of trollfics. This one, though, probably takes the cake in sheer absurdity.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song (performed by Little Richard), and the leitmotif of the start of each field trip that derives from it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Carlos.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One episode dealing with the parallel between baking and chemistry has a baker sing a silly cooking song to the tune of the Torriador March from Carmen. Twenty years later, Five Nights at Freddy's turns this song into Nightmare Fuel.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Arnold. He's been shipped with everyone - everyone in his class, Ms. Frizzle, Molly Cule, that guy from the hot cocoa episode (Harry Arm), that girl from the water cycle episode (Tiffany), Janet, Azula...
  • Love to Hate: Janet, Janet, a thousand times over, Janet.
  • Memetic Mutation: "CARLOS!" as a response to his terrible puns.
    • Also, footage from the show seems to be popular for YouTube Poop (although, given the Nostalgia Filter protection the show has garnered in North America, it's probably affectionate more than anything).
    • "I knew I should have stayed home today!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: While on Pluto, Arnold takes his helmet off and his head freezes.
  • Periphery Demographic: The series has gained a large amount of older fans, many of whom grew up with it.
    • It helps that both the facts (for the most part) are still relevant and the characters are interesting.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Janet. To be fair though, this was probably intentional.
    • Tim, for being The Generic Guy. While he's not hated, he pretty much has zero fans.
  • Squick: Some of the Fantastic Voyage moments.
    • Most notably the episode where the kids go inside Janet's nose.
    • Or when the class was inside Arnold's large intestine, getting up close and personal with piles of poop.
    • Or when the class got laid by a chicken.
  • The Woobie:
    • Everyone has their moments, but Arnold probably has the most.
    • Keesha gets special mention, during her 10-Minute Retirement in "Gets Ants in its Pants".