Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library


"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!


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, and many years later, Twilight becomes the new ruler of Equestria.


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

Production Phases for Episodes/Films
Phase 1 Premise The fundamental concept that drives the plot of the episode.
Phase 2 Outline An extended telling of the episode.
If the premise is approved, the episode moves on to this stage.
Phase 3 1st Draft The first full script for the episode.
Phase 4 2nd Draft The first revisions made to the script.
Phase 5 Polish A much more improved version of the script.
Phase 6 Locked Polish Last minute changes before the script is finalized.
Phase 7 Voice Recording All the voices to be used in the episode are recorded.
Phase 8 Animatic A full storyboard for the whole episode.
Phase 9 Post-Production Rough cuts of the final animation are delivered.
Phase 10 Final Cut Production officially concludes.
Production Phases for Songs
Phase 1 First Lyrics New lyrics are written for a song.
Phase 2 First Demo The first composition of a song.
Phase 3 Unmixed Demo The final vocals are first composed, but the song itself is not yet finalized.
Phase 4 Final Mix The song is officially finalized.
Date Event
December 17, 2008 Lauren Faust wrote the first full script for an early version of "The Ticket Master".
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.
May 27, 2009 Lauren Faust, the first of only two available writers for the show back then, wrote the script for unreleased Animation Test titled "My Little Pony Adventures" (codenamed "MLPTST"). This Animation Test was to feature Twilight Twinkle, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie.
June 9, 2009 The full animatic for the Animation Test was completed. Tara Strong performed all the voice talents for all three characters.
July 9, 2009 The rough cut for the Animation Test was completed. Twilight's final design was first used here.
July 10, 2009 The Animation Test finished production. However, it wasn't unveiled online until the show ended 10 years later.
August 5, 2009 Lauren Faust wrote a second draft for The Ticket Master.
September 10, 2009 A "My Little Pony Adventures" show bible existed. This bible included premises for what were initially to be the first nine episodes of the show: The Ticket Master, Griffon the Brush Off, The Cutie Mark Chronicles, Applebonk Season, Bring on the Thunder, Dragonshy, A Dawg and Pony Show, Fancy Meeting You Deer, and Nothing More to Sea.
October 21, 2009 Season 1 officially began pre-production with the first outline for one of the nine episodes listed above, along with the script for a new pilot episode.
February 18, 2010 The My Little Pony theme song was first composed and performed, not long before the very first full animatic.
July 9, 2010 Season 2 started development, in which what were supposed to be the last two Season 1 episodes ("Seeds of Chaos") moved to this season.
March 29, 2011 Season 1 officially wrapped up production.
April 25, 2011 Season 3 started development.
March 23, 2012 Season 2 officially wrapped up production.
April 10, 2012 Season 4 started development.
January 10, 2013 Season 3 officially wrapped up production.
October 8, 2013 Season 5 started development.
April 4, 2014 Season 4 officially wrapped up production.
October 10, 2014 Season 6 started development, as so did a motion picture film.
November 9, 2015 Season 5 officially wrapped up production.
December 2, 2015 Season 7 started development, in which initially, it was going to be a reboot, but that concept was rejected.
May 13, 2016 A recolored version of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic logo was first revealed. This logo went into permanent effect starting with Season 7.
August 8, 2016 Season 8 started development.
August 22, 2016 Season 6 officially wrapped up production.
August 8, 2017 Season 9, the final season, started development.
August 29, 2017 Season 7 officially wrapped up production.
March 21, 2018 The last new writer for the show, Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim, wrote the premise for "A Horse Shoe-in".
April 12, 2018 The final episode order was finalized, with the announcement of The Last Problem.
May 31, 2018 Season 8 officially wrapped up production.
September 2018 The last voice recordings were done.
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 The show officially wrapped up production, with the final episodes of Season 9.

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, on different air times:
October 15 – November 5, 2010 Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
October 16, 2010 – February 6, 2011 Weekends at 8:00 a.m.
November 8, 2010 – May 27, 2011 Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
November 12, 2010 – May 23, 2011 Fridays at 1:30 p.m.
February 12 – May 29, 2011 Weekends at 9:30 a.m.
May 31 – October 14, 2011 Tuesdays–Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and weeknights at 6:30 p.m.

(changed to 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on September 6)

June 4 – September 11, 2011 Saturdays at 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
June 27 – September 5, 2011 Mondays at 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.
September 17, 2011 – Saturdays at 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. and Sundays at 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.
October 17, 2011 – June 1, 2012 Weekdays at 8:00 and 8:30 a.m., and again at 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
June 4, 2012 – Mondays–Thursdays at 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
December 2014 – 2016 Weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
April 12, 2021 – present Weekdays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
April 17, 2021 – present Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
April 18, 2021 – present Sundays at 12:00 and 12:30 p.m.
  • Episodes were 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 December 23–30, 2019. The last episode to air was "The Last Problem" at 4:30 p.m. on December 30.
  • At least three months after the show ended, Seasons 1, 6 and 7 were withdrawn from Discovery Family's rerun schedule, and Season 5 was only seen occasionally within summer 2020, before returning on a regular basis.
  • Season 1 was also brought back on April 16, 2021, while Seasons 2, 8 and 9 stopped airing on weekdays as of April 2021.

For an expanded timeline of the channel's broadcast history, see also:

Main article: Television broadcast timeline for My Little Pony

Home video timeline

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


My Little Pony G4 Official Website (Version 1)

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Official Website (Version 2)

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Official Website (Version 3)

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Official Website (Version 4)

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Official Website (Version 5)

Other sites



The Show


Main characters
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Twilight Sparkle
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Pinkie Pie
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Rainbow Dash
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Season 1 characters
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Cutie Mark Crusaders
(Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo)
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Princess Celestia
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Princess Luna
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Granny Smith
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Big McIntosh
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Spitfire and Soarin
Season 2 characters
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Princess Cadance
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Shining Armor
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Daring Do
Season 4 characters
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Cheese Sandwich
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Maud Pie
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Flash Sentry
Season 5 characters
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Starlight Glimmer
Season 6 characters
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Flurry Heart
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Zephyr Breeze
Background characters



My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

The first commercial from 2010.


Celebrate the New Year with the Mane 6!

One of the last commercials, seen on Discovery Family since January 2020. It was recently spotted on an April 5, 2021 rerun of a Season 2 episode.

See also