“Conjunction junction! What’s your function?” Disney and ABC take a look back at one of the most iconic educational television shows in American history with the “Schoolhouse Rock! 50th Anniversary Singalong.” Ryan Seacrest hosts this special and introduces viewers to some of the celebrities who have been impacted by “Schoolhouse Rock!” Plus the celebrities and other musicians singalong to some of the classic songs that helped teach American kids about math, English and American government.

“Schoolhouse Rock!” premiered in January 1973 and became very poignant in the realm of educational television in the United States. This singalong features several prolific celebrities including the Black Eyed Peas, Derek Hough, Hayley Erbert, Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen, Julianne Hough, the Muppets, NE-YO, Raven Symoné, Kal Penn, Retta, Shaquille O’Neal and performers from Broadway.

I’m not old enough to remember the original run of “Schoolhouse Rock!” but I have seen some of the more iconic videos from the show like “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill.” These songs hit the nail on the head when it comes to educational television for kids. They are both informative and entertaining. They are the perfect predecessor to some of the many television shows that have been shown on PBS in the United States over the years including “Reading Rainbow” and “The Magic School Bus.”

It’s fairly obvious there’s a cultural war going on right now in the United States, and education is at the center of it. It’s not my place to tell you who is right and who is wrong, but I believe we would all be better off if we could unite around shows like “Schoolhouse Rock!” as a way to remind ourselves of our childhoods and the importance of education.

This was a fun special. I got to see some of the “Schoolhouse Rock!” videos that I had never seen before. I got to appreciate how this show helped shape the lives of so many people in the United States today. And I would like to see it come back in some form.

Rating: 4 stars

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Jeremy Brown

Jeremy has been a big Disney fan since he was a kid growing up during the Disney Renaissance. One day he hopes to go to every Disney Park in the world.

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