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Father Knows Beast is the 24th Season 8 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

This episode last aired on Discovery Family on October 9, 2021.


When a strange dragon crash lands in Ponyville claiming to be Spike's father, Spike is ready to do anything his "dad" says in order to learn how to be a "real" dragon.

Production timeline

November 21, 2016 An episode titled "Spike's Dad" was first planned, listed as #823 in the episode order.
January 6, 2017 Episode pushed back to #824.
March 7, 2017 Premise written by Josh Haber.
March 20, 2017 Outline written.
April 12, 2017 First draft of the script written.
April 28–May 1, 2017 Second draft of the script written.
May 12–15, 2017 Final draft written.
May 30, 2017 Script locked polish.
June 28, 2017 Lyrics for "Just Can't Be a Dragon Here" written.
July 6, 2017 Full demo for "Just Can't Be a Dragon Here" composed and performed.
July 12–26, 2017 Voice recording in session.
July 20, 2017 Final unmixed version of "Just Can't Be a Dragon Here" composed and performed.
October 25, 2017 Animatic submitted for review.
March 20, 2018 Client cut of animated episode submitted for review.
April 6, 2018 The "lock cut" was done.
April 26, 2018 Musical score added. Final mix of "Just Can't Be a Dragon Here" composed and performed the next day.
May 14, 2018 Final revisions made to the episode.


Main characters
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01 - Twilight Sparkle.png
Twilight Sparkle
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Pinkie Pie
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Rainbow Dash
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Home media

This episode is only available on Netflix and other digital platforms due to Shout! Factory's 10-year licensing rights having been expired as of 2019.