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]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
111January 6, 1973 (1973-01-06)March 31, 1973 (1973-03-31)
29September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15)December 8, 1993 (1993-12-08)
312September 20, 1975 (1975-09-20)August 27, 2002 (2002-08-27)
49September 16, 1978 (1978-09-16)July 14, 1979 (1979-07-14)
541982 (1982)1984 (1984)
68May 7, 1994 (1994-05-07)[3]November 22, 1996 (1996-11-22)
711March 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 DoroughBob DoroughJanuary 6, 1973 (1973-01-06)
The pilot episode of the series, a magician shows how magic the multiplication of 3 really is, including a family of 3 and a football team whose uniforms are numbered in threes. This song was voted #7 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
2"My Hero, Zero"Bob DoroughBob DoroughJanuary 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 DoroughBob DoroughJanuary 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 w/kids chorusBob DoroughFebruary 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 DoroughBob DoroughFebruary 17, 1973 (1973-02-17)
It teaches about the multiplication of 5 through a game of hide and seek, in which the seeker (a country bumpkin) counts by fives. This song was voted #16 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
6"I Got Six"Grady TateBob DoroughFebruary 24, 1973 (1973-02-24)
This is the first to feature a black kid 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 DoroughBob DoroughFebruary 17, 1973 (1973-02-17)
Lucky Seven Sampson is a happy-go-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 DearieBob DoroughFebruary 24, 1973 (1973-02-24)
During school on a cold winter's day, 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 TateBob DoroughMarch 17, 1973 (1973-03-17)

It teaches about the multiplication of 9 during a cat-and-mouse version of billiards featuring a Minnesota Fats-like feline pool hustler who uses a white mouse as the cue ball. This song was voted #21 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.

This short came out two years after the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act had prohibited cigarette advertising; it did not, however, prohibit the depiction of smoking in fiction, even in children's programming, so long as it was not a sponsored tie-in. In the short, Number Nine puffs a cigar throughout. ABC Broadcast Standards and Practices, after initially rejecting the short for this reason, relented and allowed the short to air when it accepted that the cat was a villain and would not encourage children to smoke. It remained in rotation through the rest of the series run.
10"The Good Eleven"Bob DoroughBob DoroughMarch 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 DoroughBob DoroughMarch 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 AhrensLynn AhrensSeptember 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 SandersBob DoroughSeptember 22, 1973 (1973-09-22)
A young boy 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"Jack Sheldon,
Terry Morel,
Mary Sue Berry
Bob DoroughNovember 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 representing words, phrases and clauses with one of three conjunction boxcars: AND (a red boxcar), BUT (a yellow tank car), and OR (a green hopper car). This episode served as inspiration for a Norfolk Southern rail television ads that took place in the early to mid 2010s.
4"Interjections!"Essra MohawkLynn AhrensFebruary 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 song's chorus quotes the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. Producer Tom Yohe's daughter Lauren provides the closing line: "Darn! That's the end!" This song was voted #5 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
5"Unpack Your Adjectives"Blossom DearieGeorge NewallMarch 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 arguably best known for the scene where a tall girl stomps on a small boy as he is laughing at how tall she is growing, not realizing that he is shrinking. This song was voted #14 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
6"Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here"Bob DoroughBob DoroughApril 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 SheldonBob 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 DoroughOctober 23, 1993 (1993-10-23)
A horde of working ants called "The Busy P's" teach about prepositions while on the job.
9"The Tale Of Mr. Morton"Jack SheldonLynn AhrensDecember 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)
A single man named Mr. Morton is the subject of a series of sentences describing his life and courtship with a neighbor. The episode illustrates the grammatical constructs of subject and predicate.

America Rock[edit]

Ep No Title Sung by: Written by: Original air date
1"No More Kings"Lynn Ahrens and Bob DoroughLynn AhrensSeptember 20, 1975 (1975-09-20)
An abridged history of the Thirteen Colonies is presented, beginning with the arrival of the Pilgrims and spanning through to just before the American Revolutionary War. This song was voted #13 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
2"The Shot Heard Round The World"Bob DoroughBob DoroughOctober 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 AhrensLynn AhrensNovember 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 MohawkBob Dorough,
Tom Yohe
February 21, 1976 (1976-02-21)
In this song, a star-spangled dressed woman teaches and sings about the steps women took to get their right to vote.
5"I'm Just a Bill"Jack Sheldon,
John Sheldon
Dave FrishbergMarch 27, 1976 (1976-03-27)
A proposed transportation bill, depressed about the long and arduous legislative process and eager to be signed into law, sits on the steps to Capitol Hill and laments his plight to a young boy standing nearby, explaining the legislative process along the way. To his delight, 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 LiebermanLynn AhrensMay 1, 1976 (1976-05-01)
This song teaches about Immigration in America, using the extant analogy of a melting pot to describe how multiple cultures assimilated into each other over the course of American history. This song was voted #19 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
7"Elbow Room"Sue ManchesterLynn AhrensMay 22, 1976 (1976-05-22)
This song teaches about the 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 TateLynn AhrensJuly 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 DoroughJuly 10, 1976 (1976-07-10)
In a play on the adage "Necessity is the mother of invention," great inventors are reimagined as children conceiving ideas in response to needs their mothers had (such as Elias Howe's invention of the sewing machine to help his mother sew, Thomas Edison's perfection of the light bulb to help his mother see in the dark, or in a more humorous example, the Wright Brothers assembling the first airplane out of odds and ends to get away from their nagging mother wanting them to keep quiet). This song was voted #20 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
10"Three Ring Government"Lynn AhrensBob DoroughMarch 13, 1979 (1979-03-13)
Debuted during season 4. In this song, a boy introduces 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; it was featured in the 30th anniversary special video as a bonus.
12"Presidential Minute (The Campaign Trail)"Jack SheldonGeorge 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 TokensLynn AhrensSeptember 16, 1978 (1978-09-16)
In the late 1950s, a greaser experiences misfortune due to things constantly falling as he courts poodle skirt-wearing cheerleader girlfriend, Mary Jean. The song superficially describes gravity and its contributions to keeping things attached to earth and in orbit in outer space, also noting Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei's contributions to modern understanding of the concept.
2"Interplanet Janet"Lynn AhrensLynn AhrensNovember 18, 1978 (1978-11-18)

An extraterrestrial character with a rocket tail skirt, wings, bubblegum pink hair, and a humanoid head explores the solar system, getting an autograph from the sun (because it is, literally, a star) and visiting each planet. In bypassing Earth, she is mistaken for a UFO by the "weird" Earthlings.

Interplanet Janet has since become outdated, due to Pluto being included as the farthest planet from the sun; its placement in the song could allow for it to be easily be edited out without any inconsistencies. (It always aired intact.) Pluto was closer to the sun than Neptune between 1979 and 1999, and similarly-sized Eris was discovered well beyond Pluto's orbit in 2006 and was classified, along with Pluto, as a dwarf planet long after the series left television. This song was voted #8 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25.
3"The Body Machine"Bob Dorough,
Jack Sheldon
Lynn AhrensJanuary 6, 1979 (1979-01-06)
This song teaches about our bodies' digestive process and nutritional needs.
4"Do The Circulation"Joshie Armstead,
Mary Sue Berry,
Maeretha Stewart
Lynn AhrensMarch 10, 1979 (1979-03-10)
This song teaches about our bodies' circulatory system, in the style of an exercise video.
5"The Energy Blues"Jack SheldonGeorge NewallMarch 27, 1979 (1979-03-27)
Planet Earth, portrayed with a human face, tells the history of energy production and consumption in the world and raises concerns about the environment and future energy crises.
6"Them Not So Dry Bones"Jack SheldonGeorge NewallMay 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 SandersBob DoroughMay 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 AhrensJune 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 KalibanLynn AhrensJuly 14, 1979 (1979-07-14)

This song teaches about weather.

Some time after 1987, "The Greatest Show on Earth" was pulled from broadcast after Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus objected to the name, as the circus owned a trademark on the phrase. It did not air on television during the 1990s revival, nor was it included on most VHS releases after that date. On the DVD release of the series, it is included as a separate lost episode, using the name "The Weather Show."

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 having lost the master tape. Darrell Stern, the voice of Scooter Computer, preserved a copy on VHS and posted it to YouTube.[4])
2"Hardware"Darrell Stern,
Bob Kaliban
Lynn Ahrens1982 (1982)
This song teaches about your computer's software and hardware.
3"Software"Darrell Stern,
Bob Kaliban
Dave Frishberg1983 (1983)
Scooter Computer explains the basics of binary code and programming languages, and how those languages (mentioning the then-ubiquitous BASIC as an example) serve as an intermediary between the binary machine language the computer uses and the human English language.
4"Number Cruncher"Darrell Stern,
Bob Kaliban
Dave Frishberg1984 (1984)
Mr. Chips has been assigned statistician duties for his baseball team, and Scooter Computer explains how computers make the job of calculating statistics easier and quicker.

Money Rock[edit]

Ep No Title Sung by: Written by: Original air date
1"Dollars And Sense"Bob Dorough,
Val Hawk
Dave FrishbergMay 7, 1994 (1994-05-07)[5]
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. The punchline is that when she does buy the equipment, her farm lacks the electricity to operate it, with the singer advising the listener to use "a little bit of common sense." This song was voted #18 on the 30th Anniversary DVD's Top 25, the only episode not from the 1970s to make the top 25.
2"Tax Man Max"Patrick QuinnLynn 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 SheldonRich MendozaJuly 13, 1995 (1995-07-13)
A father explains to his son the numerous expenses a family incurs.
4"$7.50 Once A Week"Dave FrishbergDave FrishbergOctober 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 YoheJanuary 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 DoroughGeorge NewallMay 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 FrishbergDave FrishbergSeptember 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 DoroughNovember 22, 1996 (1996-11-22)
This song teaches about the process a check goes through.

Earth Rock[edit]

NOTE: None of the Earth Rock episodes aired on television. This season was released direct-to-video.
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
March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
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 AhrensMarch 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
This song teaches about energy conservation.
3"The Trash Can Band"Lynn Ahrens,
Luther Rix,
Bob Dorough,
Eric Weissberg
Lynn AhrensMarch 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
This song teaches about recycling.
4"You Oughta Be Savin' Water"Barry Carl,
Sean Altman,
Elliott Kerman
Sean Altman,
Barry Carl,
George R. Newall
March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
This song is about water conservation.
5"The Rainforest"Tituss BurgessLynn AhrensMarch 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
This song is about rainforests.
6"Save the Ocean"Sean Altman,
Inna Dukach,
Jon Spurney,
Patti Rothberg,
Barry Carl,
Eric Booker
Sean AltmanMarch 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
This song is about oceans.
7"Fat Cat Blue: The Clean Rivers Song"Jack Sheldon,
Bob Kaliban,
Val Hawk,
Vicki Doney,
Nancy Reed
Andy BrickMarch 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
This song is about marine debris.
8"A Tiny Urban Zoo"Barrett Foa,
Shoshana Bean,
George Stiles
Anthony Drewe,
George Stiles
March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
This song is about gardens.
9"Solar Power to the People"Lynn Ahrens,
Val Hawk,
Vicki Doney,
Nancy Reed
Lynn AhrensMarch 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
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
March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
This song is about wind power.
11"Don't Be a Carbon Sasquatch"Bob DoroughBob DoroughMarch 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
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.
  3. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/tv/1994/05/01/schoolhouse-rock/176bb2c4-f877-4348-8d50-487de4c94cd5/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.820f2a58ba61
  4. ^ "Scooter Computer and Mr. Chips: Introduction". Schoolhouse Rock. Retrieved 29 Sep 2017.
  5. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/tv/1994/05/01/schoolhouse-rock/176bb2c4-f877-4348-8d50-487de4c94cd5/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.820f2a58ba61