List of Schoolhouse Rock! episodes

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The following is a list of the 64 episodes of the Schoolhouse Rock! series.[1][2]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 11 January 6, 1973 (1973-01-06) March 31, 1973 (1973-03-31)
2 9 September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15) December 8, 1993 (1993-12-08)
3 12 September 20, 1975 (1975-09-20) January 1, 2002 (2002-01-01)
4 9 September 16, 1978 (1978-09-16) July 14, 1979 (1979-07-14)
5 4 January 1, 1982 (1982-01-01) January 1, 1984 (1984-01-01)
6 8 January 1, 1994 (1994-01-01) January 1, 1996 (1996-01-01)
7 11 March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31) March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)

Songs[edit]

Multiplication Rock[edit]

Ep No Title Sung by: Written by: Original air date
1 "Three Is a Magic Number" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough January 6, 1973 (1973-01-06)
The pilot episode of the series, a magician shows how magic the multiplication of 3 really is. This song was voted #7 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
2 "My Hero, Zero" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough January 13, 1973 (1973-01-13)
A young boy portrayed as a superhero (later redesigned as "Schoolhouse Rocky," the franchise mascot), shows his skeptical older sister the importance of the digit 0 as well as multiplication by powers of 10. This song was voted #11 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
3 "Elementary, My Dear" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough January 27, 1973 (1973-01-27)
The multiplication of 2 is taught in the context of the story of Noah's Ark. This song was voted #17 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
4 "The Four-Legged Zoo" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough February 10, 1973 (1973-02-10)
A teacher (Miss Simpson) takes her class to the zoo where they use the animals (alpacas, ibexes, kudus, etc.) to learn the multiplication of 4.
5 "Ready or Not, Here I Come" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough February 17, 1973 (1973-02-17)
It teaches about the multiplication of 5 through a game of hide and seek, in which the seeker counts by fives. This song was voted #16 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
6 "I Got Six" Grady Tate Bob Dorough February 24, 1973 (1973-02-24)
This is the first to feature a black person as the main character of the series. It teaches about the multiplication of 6 with visits to the neighborhood candy store, a restaurant, and an African prince.
7 "Lucky Seven Sampson" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough February 17, 1973 (1973-02-17)
Lucky Seven Sampson is a lucky but mischievous rabbit with the number 7 stamped on the bottom of his right foot and a black circle around his left eye. He teaches kids from Public School #7 about the multiplication of 7.
8 "Figure Eight" Blossom Dearie Bob Dorough February 24, 1973 (1973-02-24)
A young girl's thoughts about the multiplication of 8 revolve around winter games, particularly ice skating. This song was voted #12 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
9 "Naughty Number Nine" Grady Tate Bob Dorough March 17, 1973 (1973-03-17)
It teaches about the multiplication of 9 during a cat-and-mouse version of billiards featuring a large anthropomorphic feline pool hustler (possibly inspired by Minnesota Fats). Despite the blatant tobacco-smoking reference in which "Number Nine" puffs a cigar, the song never received any censorship or removal from rerun rotation and continued to air, with no known complaints, well after the depiction of smoking in children's television was banned (though ABC did complain about the depiction of smoking back in the 1970s, until they realized that Naughty Number Nine was the villain and allowed it). This song was voted #21 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
10 "The Good Eleven" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough March 24, 1973 (1973-03-24)
Winged angels take us through the multiplication of 11 while continuously bumping into the number 10.
11 "Little Twelvetoes" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough March 31, 1973 (1973-03-31)
A friendly alien (Little Twelvetoes) visits a country boy and teaches him about the multiplication of 12 and briefly discusses the still-uncommon duodecimal system.

Grammar Rock[edit]

Ep No Title Sung by: Written by: Original air date
1 "A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing" Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15)
This was the first song that Lynn Ahrens did for the series. It teaches about nouns through the adventures of a young short-skirted girl. This song was voted #9 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
2 "Verb: That's What's Happening" Zachary Sanders Bob Dorough September 22, 1973 (1973-09-22)
A song of the same topic was proposed by Dave Frishberg, but denied. The song, a parody of Shaft and other blaxploitation films and songs, features a young boy who learns about verbs from a movie starring his favorite superhero, Verb. This song was voted #24 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
3 "Conjunction Junction" Terry Morel,
Jack Sheldon
Bob Dorough November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)
This song marked Jack Sheldon's debut in the series and was voted the #1 best song from the Top 25 on the 30th Anniversary DVD. In a railyard, a train conductor shows us how conjunctions work by hooking up boxcars with one of three conjunction boxcars: AND, BUT and OR.
4 "Interjections!" Essra Mohawk Lynn Ahrens February 23, 1974 (1974-02-23)
This song teaches about interjections through three stories: an ill child reacting to a shot of medication, a woman rejecting a suitor's advances, and a group of irate fans shouting non-obscene words in response to an interception at a football game. The songs chorus is sung in a style reminiscent of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. This song was voted #5 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
5 "Unpack Your Adjectives" Blossom Dearie George Newall March 2, 1974 (1974-03-02)
A young girl and her turtle friend go camping in the forest, using adjectives to describe people, places and things they encounter. This episode is best known for the scene where a tall girl stomps on a small boy because he won't stop laughing at how tall she grew. This song was voted #14 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
6 "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough April 13, 1974 (1974-04-13)
The use of adverbs is presented by the Lolly family, owners of a store that sells adverbs. Bob Dorough provides the voices of all three generations of Lollys at various speeds. This song was voted #3 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
7 "Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla" Jack Sheldon Bob Dorough,
Kathy Mandry
April 27, 1976 (1976-04-27)
Pronouns are stressed by a trio with long names: Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla, his sister Rafaela Gabriela Sarsaparilla and their friend (and narrator) Albert Andreas Armadillo, along with their pets consisting of a kangaroo, an aardvark and a rhinoceros. This song was voted #15 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
8 "Busy Prepositions" Bob Dorough,
Jack Sheldon
Bob Dorough September 11, 1993 (1993-09-11)
A horde of working ants called "The Busy P's" teach about prepositions while on the job.
9 "The Tale Of Mr. Morton" Jack Sheldon Lynn Ahrens September 11, 1993 (1993-09-11)
This song teaches about subjects and predicates, discussing the various activities of the titular character, who is courting his neighbor.

America Rock[edit]

Ep No Title Sung by: Written by: Original air date
1 "No More Kings" Lynn Ahrens and Bob Dorough Lynn Ahrens September 20, 1975 (1975-09-20)
This song teaches about the pilgrims settling in America up to the Boston Tea Party (excluding the Boston Massacre). This song was voted #13 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
2 "The Shot Heard Round The World" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough October 18, 1975 (1975-10-18)
This song teaches about the American Revolution. This song was voted #10 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
3 "The Preamble" Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens November 1, 1975 (1975-11-01)
This song teaches about the opening to the United States Constitution, with its preamble set to music. When writing this song, they had to remove a small section of the preamble to make the song rhyme. This song was voted #6 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
4 "Sufferin' Till Suffrage" Essra Mohawk Bob Dorough,
Tom Yohe
February 21, 1976 (1976-02-21)
This song teaches about the steps women took to get their right to vote.
5 "I'm Just a Bill" Jack Sheldon,
John Sheldon
Dave Frishberg March 27, 1976 (1976-03-27)
This song teaches about the steps a bill takes to get made into a law, sung from the perspective of the bill itself, who sings a melancholy tune about being stuck in committee; the bill is signed into law at the end of the song. This song was voted #2 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
6 "The Great American Melting Pot" Lori Lieberman Lynn Ahrens May 1, 1976 (1976-05-01)
This song teaches about Immigration in America. This song was voted #19 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
7 "Elbow Room" Sue Manchester Lynn Ahrens May 22, 1976 (1976-05-22)
This song teaches about Westward Expansion, or moving south and west from the 13 original colonies. This song was voted #25 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
8 "Fireworks" Grady Tate Lynn Ahrens July 3, 1976 (1976-07-03)
This song teaches about The Declaration of Independence.
9 "Mother Necessity" Bob Dorough,
Blossom Dearie,
Essra Mohawk,
Jack Sheldon
Bob Dorough July 10, 1976 (1976-07-10)
This song teaches about the great American inventions, all depicted as being created as a result of a need for the inventors' mothers. This song was voted #20 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
10 "Three Ring Government" Lynn Ahrens Bob Dorough March 13, 1979 (1979-03-13)
Debuted during season 4. This song teaches about the branches of the United States Government, using a three-ring circus as a model.
11 "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote To College" Jack Sheldon,
Bob Dorough
Bob Dorough,
George Newall
August 27, 2002 (2002-08-27)
This song teaches about the electoral college. Created in response to the controversial 2000 Election.
12 "Presidential Minute (The Campaign Trail)" Jack Sheldon George R. Newall,
Tom Yohe Jr.
August 27, 2002 (2002-08-27)
This song teaches about voting for president. (The song was originally recorded in 1996 as "The Campaign Trail". The animated episode was released to DVD in 2002 as "Presidential Minute".)

Science Rock[edit]

Ep No Title Sung by: Written by: Original air date
1 "A Victim Of Gravity" The Tokens Lynn Ahrens September 16, 1978 (1978-09-16)
This song teaches about the universal law of gravity and is performed by the Tokens in the style of 1950s doo-wop (an era made popular at the time by films such as Grease and TV series such as Happy Days).
2 "Interplanet Janet" Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens November 18, 1978 (1978-11-18)
This song teaches about our solar system, as explored by the fabulous titular character, an extraterrestrial character with a rocket tail skirt, wings, bubblegum pink hair, and a humanoid head who explores the solar system, meant to represent a comet. (Though she bears resemblance to a human, due to her dress and rocket booster skirt, she is a cyborg, and considers humans to be "weird.") Similar to the later Computer Rock series, Interplanet Janet has since become outdated, due to Pluto being included as the farthest planet from the sun, though its placement in the song could allow for it to be easily be edited out without any inconsistencies. (Pluto was closer to the sun than Neptune between 1979 and 1999; it was subsequently reclassified as a dwarf planet upon the discovery of similarly-sized Eris in 2006, long after the series left television; it should be noted that Pluto's reclassification was not universally accepted by the public.) This song was voted #8 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
3 "The Body Machine" Bob Dorough,
Jack Sheldon
Lynn Ahrens January 6, 1979 (1979-01-06)
This song teaches about our bodies' digestive process and nutritional needs.
4 "Do The Circulation" Oshie Armstead,
Mary Sue Barry,
Maeretha Stewart
Lynn Ahrens March 10, 1979 (1979-03-10)
This song teaches about our bodies' circulatory system.
5 "The Energy Blues" Jack Sheldon George Newall March 27, 1979 (1979-03-27)
This song teaches about the history of energy production and consumption in the world, and raises concerns about the environment and future energy crises. It is sung from the perspective of an anthropomorphic Planet Earth itself.
6 "Them Not So Dry Bones" Jack Sheldon George Newall May 5, 1979 (1979-05-05)
This song teaches about the human skeleton; the song is based on the traditional song "Dem Bones." This song was #23 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
7 "Electricity, Electricity" Zachary Sanders Bob Dorough May 19, 1979 (1979-05-19)
This song teaches about the use of electricity and the concepts (such as voltage and current) behind it. This song was voted #4 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
8 "Telegraph Line" Jaime Aff,
Christine Langner
Lynn Ahrens June 30, 1979 (1979-06-30)
This song teaches about the human nervous system, portrayed as a deliverer of telegrams to people who either hurt themselves or, in one case, get stage fright. This song was #22 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
9 "The Greatest Show on Earth (The Weather Show)" Bob Kaliban Lynn Ahrens July 14, 1979 (1979-07-14)
This song teaches about weather. This song ran into controversy with its original name The Greatest Show on Earth because that name was trademarked by the circus Ringling Bros – Barnum and Bailey, and as such, the show was pulled from rotation, not airing during the 1990s revival (although appearing on several VHS "Science Rock" editions) and being declared a "lost episode" on the DVD release.

Computer Rock[edit]

Ep No Title Sung by: Written by: Original air date
1 "Introduction" Darrell Stern,
Bob Kaliban
Bob Dorough,
Lynn Ahrens,
Tom Yohe
1982 (1982)
This song teaches about the computer, introducing the recurring characters Scooter Computer and Mr. Chips. (This episode was left off the DVD release, reportedly due to ABC losing the master tape. Darrell Stern preserved a copy on VHS and posted it to YouTube.)
2 "Hardware" Darrell Stern,
Bob Kaliban
Lynn Ahrens 1982 (1982)
This song teaches about your computer's software and hardware.
3 "Software" Darrell Stern,
Bob Kaliban
Dave Frishberg 1983 (1983)
This song teaches about thinking about computers.
4 "Number Cruncher" Darrell Stern,
Bob Kaliban
Dave Frishberg 1984 (1984)
This song teaches about how a computer does math.

Money Rock[edit]

Ep No Title Sung by: Written by: Original air date
1 "Dollars And Sense" Bob Dorough,
Val Hawk
Dave Frishberg September 10, 1994 (1994-09-10)
An aspiring country musician consults a banker on how to raise enough money to buy the equipment she needs to become a star; the banker introduces her to the banking system, suggesting a savings account that will earn interest, or a loan with a 10 percent flat interest rate. This song was voted #18 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25, the only episode from the 1980s or later to make the top 25.
2 "Tax Man Max" Patrick Quinn Lynn Ahrens,
Stephen Flaherty
June 26, 1995 (1995-06-26)
A small, cute, sweet, and portly clown-like Vaudeville tap dancer named Max and his 5 girlfriends, Tracy (dark skin), Annie (blonde hair), Kathy (tan skin), Joy (orange hair), and Natalie (red hair) explain how taxes are collected and how the revenue from those taxes is used. It is performed at Broadway.
3 "Where The Money Goes" Jack Sheldon Rich Mendoza July 13, 1995 (1995-07-13)
A father explains to his son the numerous expenses a family incurs.
4 "$7.50 Once A Week" Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg October 23, 1995 (1995-10-23)
A kid with a $7.50 weekly allowance has spent all of it far quicker than he wanted to; the song explores the concept of budgeting, showing the various ways the kid could have spent less money over the course of his week.
5 "Tyrannosaurus Debt" Bob Dorough,
Bob Kaliban
Tom Yohe January 21, 1996 (1996-01-21)
The song is a discussion of the continuous increases in the United States national debt, which is portrayed as an ever-growing Tyrannosaurus rex.
6 "This For That" Bob Dorough George Newall May 6, 1996 (1996-05-06)
This song teaches about the history of barter and trading as well as the evolution of the money supply throughout history.
7 "Walkin' On Wall Street" Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg September 12, 1996 (1996-09-12)
A pigeon, who lives on Wall Street, also happens to be a savvy investor in the stock market, introducing to the audience the basics of investing in stock.
8 "The Check's In The Mail" Luther Rix,
Bob Dorough
Bob Dorough November 22, 1996 (1996-11-22)
This song teaches about the process a check goes through.

Earth Rock[edit]

Ep No Title Sung by: Written by: Original air date
1 "Report from the North Pole" Bob Dorough,
Jack Sheldon,
Bob Kaliban,
Barry Carl
Bob Dorough,
George R. Newall
2009 (2009)
This song teaches about global warming.
2 "The Little Things We Do" Lynn Ahrens,
Jack Sheldon,
Bob Dorough,
Bob Kaliban,
Val Hawk,
Vicki Doney,
Nancy Reed
Lynn Ahrens 2009 (2009)
This song teaches about energy conservation.
3 "The Trash Can Band" Lynn Ahrens,
Luther Rix,
Bob Dorough,
Eric Weissberg
Lynn Ahrens 2009 (2009)
This song teaches about recycling.
4 "You Oughta Be Savin' Water" Barry Carl,
Sean Altman,
Elliott Kerman
Sean Altman,
Barry Carl,
George R. Newall
2009 (2009)
This song is about water conservation.
5 "The Rainforest" Tituss Burgess Lynn Ahrens 2009 (2009)
This song is about rainforests.
6 "Save the Ocean" Sean Altman,
Inna Dukach,
Jon Spurney,
Patti Rothberg,
Barry Carl,
Eric Booker
Sean Altman 2009 (2009)
This song is about oceans.
7 "Fat Cat Blue: The Clean Rivers Song" Jack Sheldon,
Bob Kaliban,
Val Hawk,
Vicki Doney,
Nancy Reed
Andy Brick 2009 (2009)
This song is about marine debris.
8 "A Tiny Urban Zoo" Barrett Foa,
Shoshana Bean,
George Stiles
Anthony Drewe,
George Stiles
2009 (2009)
This song is about gardens.
9 "Solar Power to the People" Lynn Ahrens,
Val Hawk,
Vicki Doney,
Nancy Reed
Lynn Ahrens 2009 (2009)
This song is about solar energy.
10 "Windy and the Windmills" Bob Dorough,
Jack Sheldon,
Val Hawk,
Vicki Doney,
Nancy Reed
Bob Dorough,
George R. Newall
2009 (2009)
This song is about wind power.
11 "Don't Be a Carbon Sasquatch" Bob Dorough Bob Dorough 2009 (2009)
This song is about the carbon footprint.

2002 30th Anniversary Countdown[edit]

To coincide with the 30th anniversary, Walt Disney released a VHS featuring the top 25 songs of the series. The countdown-which was succeeded by I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College-ran as follows, in reverse order:

  1. Conjunction Junction
  2. I'm Just A Bill
  3. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here
  4. Electricity, Electricity!
  5. Interjections!
  6. The Preamble
  7. Three Is A Magic Number
  8. Interplanet Janet
  9. A Noun Is A Person, Place, Or Thing
  10. The Shot Heard 'Round The World
  11. My Hero, Zero
  12. Figure Eight
  13. No More Kings
  14. Unpack Your Adjectives
  15. Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla
  16. Ready Or Not, Here I Come
  17. Elementary, My Dear
  18. Dollars and Sense
  19. The Great American Melting Pot
  20. Mother Necessity
  21. Naughty Number Nine
  22. Telegraph Line
  23. Them Not-So-Dry Bones
  24. Verb: That's What's Happening
  25. Elbow Room

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Schoolhouse Rock". School House Rock. 2008. Archived from the original on June 28, 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Mackey, Dave (August 29, 2002). "Dave Mackey's Guide To Schoolhouse Rock". Dave Mackey Dot Com. Retrieved 12 February 2011.