“The Magic School Bus Rides Again”

Since some of you may be leery of allowing your children to return to school in the fall, I would highlight some educational shows on various streaming services. You’re welcome, parents.

Now in a most recent post, I denounced Hollywood and their remakes because Hollywood is becoming lazy and thinking we won’t notice. “The Magic School Bus Rides Again” is what I mean when I say make a new version of stuff. Just don’t keep rebooting things. I want some effort.

In watching the first episode, you will notice, as a parent who used to watch “The Magic School Bus” as a child, that there are some things that have changed. First, the kids look different. They’re drawn different, they’re older. There are new classmates and Phoebe went back to her old school. Personally, I was tired of her always talking about her old school. I’m glad she decided to go on back.

What I love about this series is the fact that one, Kate McKinnon voices the new Ms. Frizzle and two, how they decided to introduce her. I like how it was more of a pass the torch rather than “Her is this new character with the same name and no explanation.”

Some of the same topics are discussed like clouds, the ecosystem and fossils but there are some new topics for this new generation like computer coding, satellites, allergies and basic engineering. Now, I have see some unfavorable comments about this new “Magic School Bus” but in watching it myself, there were a lot of things I learned and was able to see in a new light.

There are two full seasons on Netflix and I’ve heard that there will be a season three. Sit down with your kids and see if you really are smarter than a fifth grader!

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