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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.

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

  • May 17, 2010: The title "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" was first mentioned online on this date.
  • September 28, 2010: A somewhat early version of the very first opening animation of the show was unveiled online at Hasbro.com. At that same time, the show was set to air its first episode on October 10. The following day, videos of the characters were also unveiled.
  • May 8, 2011: Lauren Faust, creator of the show, was downgraded from executive producer to consulting producer, beginning with in Season 2.
  • June 15, 2011: Animation of Season 2 began on this date.
  • August 22, 2011: Season 2's release date of September 17 was confirmed.
  • July 18, 2012: Season 3 was delayed to a later date.
  • October 18, 2012: Season 3's release date of November 10 was confirmed.
  • February 5, 2013: Season 4 was confirmed for 26 episodes.
  • July 25, 2013: Season 4's release date of November 23 was confirmed.
  • May 7, 2014: Season 5 was confirmed for a 2015 release, with another 26 episodes.
  • November 3, 2014: The final song for Season 5 (possibly "Friends Are Always There for You") was currently in production.
  • September 19, 2015: Season 6 was confirmed for 26 episodes.
  • January 28, 2016: Season 6's release date was confirmed for the Spring of 2016.
  • October 5, 2016: Season 7 was confirmed.
  • December 30, 2016: 26 episodes were confirmed for Season 7.
  • March 7, 2017: Season 7's release date was confirmed for April 15.
  • May 25, 2017: Season 8 was confirmed for a 2018 release, with another 26 episodes.
  • May 23, 2018: The series is confirmed to end with nine seasons, for a total of 221 episodes.

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 from April 1, 2012 to August 30, 2018.
  • 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.

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
08 - Starlight Glimmer
Starlight Glimmer
(since Season 6)
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 6 characters
24 - Flurry Heart
Flurry Heart
Zephyr Breeze (profile)
Zephyr Breeze
Background characters

See also