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.
  • Body Horror: dear God, the mussels episode.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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..."
    • In Israel, the show was just called ‘The Magic Bus’ (because school buses are not as ubiquitous there). Unfortunately, ‘magic’ (or, more accurately, ‘acts of magic’) sounds a lot like ‘drugs’ in Hebrew (קסמים ksamím vs. סמים samím, respectively). Cue many jabs from kids who’ve outgrown the series about the bus adventures being a case of Mushroom Samba.
    • "Girl that's a booty hole."
  • Nightmare Fuel: While on Pluto, Arnold takes his helmet off and his head freezes. As well as the extremely creepy sound episode. Or any of the "Fantastic Voyage" Plot episodes.
    • The episode in the sound museum is also pretty creepy, with the class staying overnight in a vast and seemingly-abandoned building with some very surreal features and chasing after the sound of mysterious music that sounds rather creepy in its own right.
  • Paranoia Fuel: If you're sick, a science class might enter your body in a shrunken bus to find out why.
  • 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. Older fans have been known to revisit the show because of how much they forgot that they had learned in elementary.
  • That One Level: The platforming minigames in the Explores the Solar System computer game all can be fairly difficult, but the Saturn level with Tim is generally agreed by people who have played the game to be the most frustrating one. The level takes place on tiny slick platforms in Saturn's rings that you will almost constantly be sliding off of into a level-wide Bottomless Pit (causing you to start over) until you get a jetpack a few screens into the level. While the jetpack can keep you from falling into the bottomless pit, it also uses up air. Running out of air will also start you over, without the jetpack, meaning you have to navigate Saturn's icy platforms to get it all over again.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Janet. To be fair though, this was probably intentional.
    • Tim is this to a small extent, mostly for being The Generic Guy—he's not hated, per se, but he doesn't have as big of a fanbase compared to the other characters (but he does have some fans).
  • Squick: Some of the Fantastic Voyage moments:
    • For example, 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 shit.
    • Or when the class got laid by a chicken.
  • Values Resonance: This show may have the single best depiction of diversity in any children's series, in that it only depicts it, but rarely if ever addresses it: apart from the multi-ethnic class, we have two canonically handicapped characters with Carlos's paraplegic brother Mikey and Phoebe's blind father, but never uses them for Positive Discrimination, treating everyone's differences as 100% normal.
  • 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".

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