"Schoolhouse Rock!" is an American interstitial programming series of animated musical educational short films that aired during the Saturday morning children's programming on the U.S. television network ABC. The topics covered included grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics. This television program was often rated TV-G in the United States. The series' original run lasted from 1973 to 1985; it was later revived with both old and new episodes airing from 1993 to 1999. Additional episodes were produced in 2009 for direct-to-video release.

Schoolhouse Rock! - Netflix

Type: Animation

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 3 minutes

Premier: 1973-01-06

Schoolhouse Rock! - I'm Just a Bill - Netflix

“I'm Just a Bill” is a 1976 Schoolhouse Rock! segment, featuring a song of the same title written by Bob Dorough. The segment debuted as part of “America Rock”, the third season of the Schoolhouse Rock series. The song featured in the segment is sung by Jack Sheldon (the voice of the Bill), with dialogue by Sheldon's son John as the boy learning the process. It is about how a bill becomes a law, how it must go through Congress, and how it can be vetoed, etc. The Bill is for the law that school buses must stop at railroad crossings. In the song, the Bill becomes a law; in reality, such a bill has never been approved by the United States Congress (traffic laws are typically handled at the state legislature level, and several states have such a law). The song was covered by The Folk Implosion as “Deluxx Folk Implosion” for Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks in 1996.

Schoolhouse Rock! - 2007 reference to the cartoon in the United States Senate - Netflix

Criticizing a comprehensive immigration reform bill, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) critiqued the proposed legislation for three hours on May 21, 2007 in front of “a giant picture of a famous scene from Schoolhouse Rock's 'I'm just a bill' skit.” The caption on the picture was “How a Senate Bill Becomes a Law”. Sessions pointed out how the reform bill had proceeded through the Senate in contrast with what educational material like the cartoon had laid out, saying “[Professor Hugh Hewitt has written that this is] Not what we were taught in grade school, I assure you, and I couldn’t agree more. This is not how the process is supposed to work. We should not be asked to trust our colleagues and vote to put a bill on the floor when we do not know that the bill text is even finalized, that the bill has not been drafted by legislative counsel, the bill has not been introduced or even given a bill number, the committee process was skipped and not followed, a Congressional Budget Office score may not have been requested.”

Schoolhouse Rock! - References - Netflix