The Magic School Bus Rides Again

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Great reboot encourages curiosity about science and nature.

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 4+

Inspires wonder in the natural world with surprising depth

Our daughter started watching this show at 4, and still loves it at 5. Both her parents are scientists, and we're thrilled by how the show really communicates a sense of wonder in the natural world. Yes, the bus is school, but it's SCIENCE that's REALLY cool! Sometimes the plots are a little convoluted, but they keep our daughter's attention and she's learning a lot. And as for the naysayers, yes, yes, it's hard to adapt to a reboot if you were a 90s kid who grew up with the original, but this new series can totally stand on its own. Really good stuff here. Just wish there was a Season 3 because they recent specials have been too complicated for their own good!
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age 5+

Almost as good as the original

I disagree with the negative reviews on here. I think this is a valuable show. I also think the new Mrs. Frizzle is just as entertaining as the original, in her own way (and the old Mrs. Frizzle shows up during the after-show segments as "Professor Frizzle," which is fun!). Lots of cute quips, just like in the original show. The characters do all look like one another and for the most part, behave like one another. They lack personality. That's the part of the show that most annoys me. But I'm giving this a high rating, because the show definitely has educational value, and the previous Magic School Bus is now so dated that it doesn't always contain accurate information (Mrs. Frizzle says that dinosaurs are lizards -- not true, they're related to birds). So I'm happy that we have an up-to-date Magic School Bus for our kids, and my son enjoys reading the books and watching the shows. Any encouragement of STEM is good in my book. :)
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