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Synopsis

"Get your muzzle out of those books and make some friends!" That's what Princess Celestia tells Twilight Sparkle. She may be the smartest unicorn in Equestria, but Twilight Sparkle gets an "incomplete" in friendship. There's more to life than learning magic, after all -- so she goes to Ponyville on a mission to make friends. There she meets five special ponies who take her on exciting adventures and teach her the most powerful magic of all ... the magic of friendship!

Overview

In each episode, the Mane Six ponies (or in other cases, other characters) go on adventures in Equestria and learn lessons in friendship. Each season starts off with a two-part story (comprising of two episodes), with most focusing on Twilight Sparkle. Originally in Season 1, Twilight writes all the letters to Princess Celestia about friendship. In Seasons 2-3, her pony friends (and Spike) write the letters to her. From the Season 3 finale onwards, Twilight graduates from being a student of Princess Celestia and becomes an Alicorn princess, then by the end of the show's first era (2010-2014) in the Season 4 finale, acquires her own castle, the Castle of Friendship.

The second generation of this show, which starts off with Season 5, introduces Starlight Glimmer, who learns lessons in friendship of her own throughout Season 6, then begins having adventures with her new friends in Season 7. To educate various ponies and creatures in Equestria, the School of Friendship is introduced for Season 8. Finally, Twilight and her friends defeat evil for good in Season 9.

Cast

Character's name Voice actor Singing voice actor Sonic/Kirby counterpart
Twilight Sparkle Tara Strong Rebecca Shoichet Amy Rose
Pinkie Pie Andrea Libman Shannon Chan-Kent Sonic
Rainbow Dash Ashleigh Ball Ashleigh Ball Sally Acorn
Applejack Ashleigh Ball Ashleigh Ball Bunnie
Fluttershy Andrea Libman Andrea Libman Tails
Rarity Tabitha Germain Kazumi Evans Rouge
Spike Cathy Weseluck Cream
Apple Bloom Michelle Creber Charmy
Sweetie Belle Claire Corloett Marine
Scootaloo Madeleine Peters Sticks
Big McIntosh Peter New Knuckles
Cheese Sandwich Weird "Al" Yankovic
Maud Pie Ingrid Nilson
Zephyr Breeze Ryan Beil
Starlight Glimmer Kelly Sheridan Blaze
Trixie Kathleen Barr Shadow
Discord John de Lancie King Dedede
Princess Celestia Nicole Oliver Vanilla
Princess Luna Tabitha Germai Lady Like
Princess Cadance Britt McKillip Commander Vee
Shining Armor Andrew Francis Meta Knight

Production timeline

Before the show
  • Before any scripts were "locked polish", a My Little Pony Adventures show bible existed.
  • May 19, 2009: The Mane Six was originally going to be the Mane Nine -- Twilight Twinkle, Applejack, Cherilee, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle.
  • June 22–July 10, 2009: An unreleased short film titled "My Little Pony Adventures" (codenamed "MLPTST") was made. It featured Twilight, Pinkie and Rainbow Dash. Twilight's final design was first used in this film.
Season 1
  • November 12, 2009–May 13, 2010: Scripts for all 26 episodes were "locked polish".
  • March 29, 2010: The title "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" was first mentioned in an article at the Broadcasting & Cable website.
  • September 1, 2010: The first screenshots of the show were leaked online.
  • September 15, 2010: The show was set to air its first episode on October 10, 2010.
  • September 28, 2010: A somewhat early version of the very first opening animation of the show was unveiled online at Hasbro.com. The following day, videos of the characters were also unveiled.
Season 2
  • August 20, 2010–May 10, 2011: The first 24 episodes of Season 2 were "locked polish", during Season 1's run of new episodes on the Hub Network.
  • May 8, 2011: Lauren Faust, creator of the show, was downgraded from executive producer to consulting producer, beginning with in Season 2.
  • June 14, 2011: The last two Season 2 episodes' scripts were "locked polish".
  • June 15, 2011: Animation of Season 2 began on this date.
  • August 22, 2011: Season 2's release date of September 17 was confirmed.
Season 3
  • August 29, 2011–January 27, 2012: Scripts for all 13 episodes were "locked polish", during Season 2's run of new episodes on the Hub Network.
  • July 18, 2012: Season 3 was delayed to a later date.
  • October 18, 2012: Season 3's release date of November 10 was confirmed.
Season 4
  • July 10, 2012: The first drafts of the scripts for Season 4's first two episodes were written, four months before Season 3 premiered.
  • February 5, 2013: Season 4 was confirmed for 26 episodes.
  • June 10, 2013: All Season 4 scripts were "locked polish".
  • July 25, 2013: Season 4's release date of November 23 was confirmed.
Season 5
  • December 6, 2013: The first drafts of the scripts for Season 5's first episodes were written, while Season 4 was currently airing new episodes on the Hub Network.
  • May 7, 2014: Season 5 was confirmed for a 2015 release, with another 26 episodes.
  • October 9, 2014: All Season 5 scripts were "locked polish".
  • November 3, 2014: The final song for Season 5 (possibly "Friends Are Always There for You") was currently in production.
Season 6
  • December 2, 2014: The first drafts of the scripts for Season 6's first episodes were written, before Season 5 even premiered on the new Discovery Family channel.
  • September 19, 2015: Season 6 was confirmed for 26 episodes.
  • October 6, 2015: All Season 6 scripts were "locked polish".
  • January 28, 2016: Season 6's release date was confirmed for the Spring of 2016.
Season 7
  • January 19, 2016: The first drafts of the scripts for Season 7's first episodes were written, before Season 6 even premiered on Discovery Family.
  • October 5, 2016: All Season 7 scripts were "locked polish".
  • December 30, 2016: 26 episodes were confirmed for Season 7.
  • March 7, 2017: Season 7's release date was confirmed for April 15.
Season 8
  • September 22, 2016: The first drafts of the scripts for Season 8's first episodes were written, before Season 6's last episodes premiered on Discovery Family.
  • May 25, 2017: Season 8 was confirmed for a 2018 release, with another 26 episodes.
  • July 5, 2017: All Season 8 scripts were "locked polish", during Season 7's run of new episodes on Discovery Family.
  • August 22–November 10, 2017: The scripts for eight animated shorts and the "Best Gift Ever" special were written.
Season 9
  • November 3, 2017: The first drafts of the scripts for Season 9's first episodes were written, before Season 8 even premiered on Discovery Family.
  • May 23, 2018: Season 9 was publicly announced.
  • August 27, 2018: All Season 9 scripts were "locked polish".
  • February 16, 2019: Season 9 was confirmed to be the final season, resulting in a total of 221 episodes for the entire series (222 if you count "Best Gift Ever").
  • June 21, 2019: Production of the entire series offically concluded.
  • August 25, 2019: The last episodes were released (actually leaked) in the Netherlands, 1½ months before the official releases.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Spanish My Little Pony: La Magia de la Amistad
Portuguese My Little Pony: A Amizade é Mágica
Japanese マイリトルポニー:トモダチは魔法
Chinese 彩虹小馬:友情就是魔法
Korean 마이 리틀 포니: 우정은 마법
Thai มายลิตเติ้ลโพนี่ มิตรภาพอันแสนวิเศษ

List of episodes

Main article: List of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episodes

Broadcast history

  • All My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic installments were originally broadcast on the Hub Network since its launch on October 10, 2010. Episodes were also released simultaneously on iTunes since February 15, 2011. It was also available on Netflix since April 1, 2012.
  • The Hub Network was replaced by Discovery Family on October 13, 2014, shortly after The CW discontinued its Saturday morning cartoon block, Vortexx. Since then, most shows including My Little Pony were moved from the Hub Network to Discovery Family, and the show's second era that began with Season 5 has always originally aired on this network.
  • The final marathon of episodes aired on Discovery Family from October 6–12, 2019, leading to the series finale.

Home video timeline

Main article: List of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic DVDs

Websites

My Little Pony Official Website

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Official Website

Other sites

Gallery

The Show

Characters

Main characters
01 - Twilight Sparkle
Twilight Sparkle
02 - Pinkie Pie
Pinkie Pie
03 - Fluttershy
Fluttershy
04 - Rainbow Dash
Rainbow Dash
05 - Rarity
Rarity
06 - Applejack
Applejack
07 - Spike
Spike
Season 1 characters
09 - Cutie Mark Crusaders
Cutie Mark Crusaders
(Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo)
11 - Princess Celestia
Princess Celestia
12 - Princess Luna
Princess Luna
17 - Granny Smith
Granny Smith
18 - Big McIntosh
Big McIntosh
19 - Trixie
Trixie
20 - Cheerilee
Cheerilee
22 - Spitfire and Soarin
Spitfire and Soarin
Season 2 characters
10 - Discord
Discord
13 - Princess Cadance
Princess Cadance
14 - Shining Armor
Shining Armor
21 - Daring Do
Daring Do
Season 4 characters
15 - Cheese Sandwich
Cheese Sandwich
16 - Maud Pie
Maud Pie
23 - Flash Sentry
Flash Sentry
Season 5 characters
08 - Starlight Glimmer
Starlight Glimmer
Season 6 characters
24 - Flurry Heart
Flurry Heart
Zephyr Breeze (profile)
Zephyr Breeze
Background characters

See also

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