(PBS, September 10, 1994-December 6, 1997)
Lily Tomlin – Miss Frizzle
Amos Crawley– Arnold Perlstein (season 1), Harry Arm
Danny Tamberelli – Arnold Perlstein (season 2-4), Howard (special)
Daniel DeSanto – Carlos Ramón
Tara Meyer – Dorothy Ann Hudson
Erica Luttrell – Keesha Franklin
Maia Filar – Phoebe Terese
Stuart Stone – Ralphie Tennelli
Max Beckford (season 1) & Andre Ottley-Lorant (season 2-4) – Tim Wright
Lisa Yamanaka – Wanda Li
|Miss Frizzle, Liz and the Bus with their class: Keesha, Dorothy Ann, Arnold, Wanda, Tim, Ralphie, Carlos and Phoebe.|
From 1996-99, Scholastic published a series of books adapted from episodes of the show. Additionally, they also made four “Fun Kits”, which were activity books accompanied by cassettes featuring episode audio tracks and narration by Tony Sperry. As mentioned earlier, Microsoft published a number of games based on a combination of the books and show through their Microsoft Home brand from 1994-99; developed initially by Music Pen and later KnowWonder. While Tina Marie Goff voiced Miss Frizzle in the games, the cast from the show was retained for the students through 1997’s Explores the Rainforest. Between 1995-2002, numerous episodes were released onto VHS by KidVision and later Warner Home Video. Warner would then release DVD collections containing 3 episodes each from 2002-05, with Scholastic releasing two of their own in 2006. New Video Group began re-releasing all of those DVDs with bonus episodes in 2012, with some getting a bonus book included, as well as new collections and the complete series. In 2017, a new collection called Greatest Original Episodes was released containing 7 episodes.
In 2017, a sequel series debuted called The Magic School Bus Rides Again. It was produced by 9 Story Media Group and aired on Netflix, with Lin-Manuel Miranda singing the theme. The series saw Miss Frizzle (full name revealed to be Valerie Felicity Frizzle), again voiced by Tomlin, get her Ph.D and retire from teaching. In doing so, she handed over her class, comprised of mostly the same kids with new actors (Phoebe was said to have gone back to her old school and she was replaced with a new character), and the Bus’s keys to her younger sister, Miss Fiona Felicity Frizzle (Kate McKinnon). The younger Frizzle continued her sister’s eccentric means of teaching the class via fanciful field trips courtesy of the Bus. Stuart Stone returned to the series as a producer and provided additional voices, as did Yamanaka and Crawley. Like the original series, it was a dual United States/Canadian production and original voice director Blu also returned to handle the Los Angeles-based talent while Alyson Court handled the ones in Toronto. The series ran for two seasons and three specials. As of 2020, a live-action film adaptation has been announced with Elizabeth Banks set to star and produce.