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

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote 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. 

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Arnold Has Absentee Parents And No One Cares


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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. 

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The Students Are Constantly In Mortal Danger


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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. 

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Ralphie, An Idiot Child, Is Allowed To Drive The Bus


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Why would Ms. Frizzle let Ralphie, arguably her worst student, drive a school bus? Not only does he lack the basic comprehension that allows everyone else to understand weather, but he's not tall enough to drive a bus! This is a gross misuse of power. 

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


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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. 

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