Best Schoolhouse Rock! Videos (Original Run)
Best Schoolhouse Rock! Videos
Schoolhouse Rock! was an animated mini program that was aired as filler between feature length television shows and movies.
Schoolhouse Rock! premiered in 1973, and it ran until 1985.
The show is significant to members of Generation X because it was shown during their childhood as a part of the ABC television network’s Saturday morning line-up.
The mini episodes were highly educational, and they focused on topics such as history, economics, math, grammar, science, and civics.
New episodes were produced as late as 2009, but nothing compares to the best Schoolhouse Rock! videos from the show’s original run.
If you are a member of Generation X, I am sure you will recognize some of these fun and imaginative mini vignettes.
Mathematics - Multiplication Rock
Multiplication Rock was the first season of Schoolhouse Rock! These children’s educational videos aimed to teach elementary concepts of multiplication.
In each episode, a specific number was chosen, and its multiples were displayed in an animated fashion that made it easier to remember than the old method of memorizing the multiplication table.
Figure Eight is the standout video of the Schoolhouse Rock! Multiplication Rock season because its melodic tune is one of the more memorable of the TV series.
The background music to Figure Eight was a slow piano tune that was slow and seemed rather sad in nature.
However, the lyrics to the song did not tell of a sad tale, rather it showed a sequence about the multiples of the number 8.
The story featured a little blonde girl who opens the video short by daydreaming in a little schoolhouse on a cold, snowy day.
She first dreams of a little girl making figure eight’s whilst ice skating on a frozen pond. The story goes on to incorporate eventually all of the multiples of the number 8.
It ended with a cool lyric that explained how placing the number 8 on its side shows a symbol meaning infinity. The legendary jazz artist, Blossom Dearie, who was known for her girlish voice, sang the song.
Three is a Magic Number was another standout episode of the Multiplication Rock season.
The episode not only reveals the multiples of the number 3, but it also tells why 3 is such an integral number in and of itself.
One of the most prolific singers in the Schoolhouse Rock series is jazz legend, Bob Dorough.
Dorough sang the lead on Three is a Magic Number, and in fact, his voice is the voice of most of the episodes from the first season of the popular children’s educational program.
There were eleven episodes of the Multiplication Rock season. The following chart lists the episodes in the order they aired.
Multiplication Rock Episodes
My Hero, Zero (Multiples of both numbers O and 1)
Elementary, My Dear
Three Is a Magic Number
The Four-Legged Zoo
Ready or Not, Here I Come (Multiples of 5)
I Got Six
Lucky Seven Sampson
Naughty Number Nine
The Good Eleven (Multiples of both numbers 11 and 10)
English - Grammar Rock
Grammar Rock was the second season of Schoolhouse Rock! This season made it much easier to learn some of the most elementary rules of the structure of words, phrases, clauses and sentences.
The standout episodes of the Grammar Rock season are Interjections! Conjunction Junction, Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here, and A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing.
Jazz singer and trumpeter, Jack Sheldon, performed the song to Conjunction Junction, Singer/Songwriter Essara Mohawk sang the theme to Interjections!Writer and lyricist, Lynn Ahrens sang the theme to A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing, and Bob Dorough returns for Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here.
There were nine episodes of the Grammar Rock season. The following chart lists the episodes in the order they aired.
Grammar Rock Episodes
Unpack Your Adjectives
Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here
Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla (Pronouns)
Verbs: That’s What’s Happenin’
A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing
The Tale of Mr. Morton (Subject and Predicate)
Science - Science Rock
Science Rock featured the educational videos pertaining to the life sciences. The standout episodes of this season are Interplanet Janet, and Them Not So Dry Bones.
One of the episodes titled, The Greatest Show on Earth, was about weather/meteorology.
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus balked about the fact that Schoolhouse Rock used their trademark tagline in the episode, so they filed a lawsuit barring its use.
Ringling Brothers won their lawsuit, however it was included in a 1987 VHS release, and a 2002 30th Anniversary DVD bonus disk.
By far, the standout episode of the Science Rock season is Interplanet Janet. Lynn Ahrens wrote the lyrics and sang the theme song for Interplanet Janet.
There were nine episodes of the Science Rock season. The following chart lists the episodes in the order they aired.
Science Rock Episodes
The Body Machine (Digestive System/Nutrition)
Do the Circulation (Circulatory System)
The Energy Blues (Energy Conservation)
Interplanet Janet (Solar System)
Telegraph Line (Nervous System)
Them Not So Dry Bones (Skeletal System)
A Victim of Gravity
The Greatest Show on Earth (Weather)