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21 Things About the Magic School Bus You Never Realized Are Super Messed Up

Updated October 18, 2019 11.3k votes 1.8k voters 129.8k views21 items

List RulesVote up the most messed up things that you can't believe were actually on the show.

Ms. Frizzle, the science witch who operated the Magic School Bus in the '90s, is one of the most frightening characters in children’s entertainment that the world has ever seen. Not only does she kidnap her class on a routine basis and restructure their molecules, but she drives a flying bus that seemingly runs on good vibes – and she hasn’t shared how that technology works with anyone. What’s your problem Frizzle? But that’s not the only Magic School Bus messed up fact. There are so many creepy and weird things in this show that it makes you wonder if the show was pulled off the air because of the disturbing images it was presenting on television.

Because it was broadcast on PBS, the adult jokes in Magic School Bus feel even dirtier than the adult references put into regular cartoons. No one wants their kids to start parroting quotes about “white stuff” when they’re supposed to be learning about how plants grow. The Magic School Bus adult jokes and straight up nightmare scenarios on this list are enough to make you reconsider ever letting your children watch educational programming again. After all, if they’re going to watch something as messed up as Magic School Bus then you might as well just let them watch Reservoir Dogs and call it a day. Vote on the most messed up things that you can’t believe were actually on the show. 

  • 1

    Arnold Has Absentee Parents And No One Cares

    Do you remember how when you were a kid your parents wouldn't let you eat whatever you wanted because they were hoping that you could actually get some nutrition and live past your pre-teen years? Well Arnold's parents don't do that, and in the episode "Goes Cellular" Arnold reveals that he's eaten nothing but "Seaweedies" for a month and that he's turning orange.

    Either Arnold's parents are dead and he's afraid to tell anyone, or his parents are alive and hoping that he'll die from malnutrition. 

    Is this messed up?
  • 2

    The Students Are Constantly In Mortal Danger

    It doesn't matter where Mrs. Frizzle takes her students, be it inside one of her students or under Walker Lake, the kids are almost always dying. It's sheer luck that Ms. Frizzle has never had to relay terrible news to the parents of one of her students. 

    Is this messed up?
  • 3

    Wanda Is A Monster

    It wouldn't be a big deal if Wanda were an old fashioned know it all, but the fact that she gets so mad about Arnold accidentally recycling a toy soldier than she was going to donate (long story) that she wishes that recycling never existed makes her a terrible person. That's not even the worst of it.

    When Ms. Frizzle shows the students what life would be like without recycling (garbage everywhere, no swings, general pollution) Wanda is totally fine with the new development as long as it means that she'll receive credit for her lame toy donation. 

    Is this messed up?
  • 4

    Ms. Frizzle Deceives The Parents Of Her Students On A Regular Basis

    In the opening episode of The Magic School Bus, Ms. Frizzle takes her students to the planetarium, which is fine, but she didn't say anything about taking the students into outer space. Your parents would have freaked the f*ck out if one of your teachers lied about where they were taking you on a field trip. 

    Is this messed up?