Season 8 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was the fourth season of the show's second era, which takes place after Season 7 and The Movie.

The entire season was released on Netflix on November 12, 2018, and was the last season to do so.


MLP Friendship is Magic - 'Beyond Equestria' Season 8 EXCLUSIVE Official Trailer 🦄

MLP Friendship is Magic - 'Beyond Equestria' Season 8 EXCLUSIVE Official Trailer 🦄

MLP Friendship is Magic - 'Saved by My Friends' ⏰ Season 8 Official Sneak Peek

MLP Friendship is Magic - 'Saved by My Friends' ⏰ Season 8 Official Sneak Peek

The first trailer was uploaded on February 17, 2018, and the second on March 23, 2018.


Title Synopsis
1 School Daze, part 1 When the Friendship Map grows bigger to reflect the world beyond Equestria, the Mane Six realize they'll need a way to spread the message of friendship far and wide. Luckily Twilight knows just what to do -- open a School of Friendship!
2 School Daze, part 2 With her School of Friendship closed by the EEA, Twilight Sparkle must reunite her students, inspire her friends, and buck the rules to stand up for what she knows is right –- everycreature, pony or not, deserves to learn friendship together.
3 The Maud Couple Pinkie Pie's super-best-friend-sister bond is challenged when Maud gets a boyfriend that Pinkie can't stand.
4 Fake It 'Til You Make It Fluttershy is the only pony available to look after the Manehattan boutique while Rarity is away and takes on a series of characters to cope with the intimidating clientele. But as her characters get more and more exaggerated, Fluttershy learns that she was already the best pony for the job just by being herself.
5 Grannies Gone Wild Granny Smith and her friends head to Las Pegasus. Rainbow Dash tags along as a chaperone so she can ride the best rollercoaster ever before it closes.
6 Surf and/or Turf

The Cutie Mark Crusaders try to help a young Hippogriff figure out where he belongs. With family members on Mt. Aris as well as Sea Pony relatives in Seaquestria, he can't decide where to live. Unfortunately, the CMCs are so taken with both places, they can't decide either!

This episode takes place during the events of Grannies Gone Wild (the previous episode).

7 Horse Play Twilight Sparkle casts Princess Celestia in her play, only to discover Celestia's talents lie elsewhere.
8 The Parent Map Neither Starlight nor Sunburst have visited their parents in a long time, but when both are called by the map to their hometown, they discover their parents are at the center of the friendship problem they need to solve.
9 Non-Compete Clause Applejack and Rainbow Dash take the friendship students on a teamwork learning field trip, and accidentally show the students how NOT to work together.
10 The Break Up Break Down It's Hearts and Hooves Day and Big Mac has big romantic plans for Sugar Belle, but the day takes a turn when he overhears his special somepony tell Mrs. Cake that she's planning on breaking up with him!
11 Molt Down Spike struggles with a series of bizarre symptoms that Smolder explains is something all dragons go through in adolescence -- "the molt." To Spike's horror, Smolder also reveals an unfortunate "molt side-effect," that compels a molter's family to kick them out of the house!
12 Marks for Effort The CMCs try to convince Twilight to let them into her School of Friendship, even though it's clear they've already mastered the curriculum.
13 The Mean 6

Queen Chrysalis returns, ready to exact her revenge on Starlight Glimmer and the Mane 6!

This episode takes place during the events of The Break Up Break Down.

14 A Matter of Principals When Twilight Sparkle leaves Starlight in charge of the School of Friendship, Discord is frustrated he wasn't picked for the job, and he does his best to make Starlight's new role impossible.
15 The Hearth's Warming Club A prank-gone wrong ruins Hearth's Warming Eve preparations, and while Twilight tries to figure out which of her students is behind it, the students bond over shared memories of home.
16 Friendship University When Twilight discovers there's another school of friendship, she and Rarity go to investigate and are shocked to discover that Twilight's idol and Pillar of Old Equestria, Starswirl the Bearded, is enrolled at Friendship U!
17 The End in Friend Rarity and Rainbow Dash begin to question why they are friends when they can't find anything they both like to do together.
18 Yakity-Sax Pinkie Pie has a new hobby that she absolutely loves -- playing the Zenithrash. But when her friends discourage her from playing due to her lack of skill, it causes a series of events leading to Pinkie Pie possibly leaving Ponyville forever!
19 Road to Friendship When Trixie is invited to bring her magic show to the far-off land of Saddle Arabia, she can think of nopony better to bring along than her great and powerful assistant, Starlight -- but, not all friends are meant to travel together.
20 The Washouts When Scootaloo becomes enamored with The Washouts, a touring group of stunt ponies, Rainbow Dash is concerned for her safety and worries that Scoot’s days as her number one fan are over.
21 A Rockhoof and a Hard Place When Rockhoof, heroic Pillar of the past, is having trouble fitting into the modern world, Twilight Sparkle and her friends strive to help him find a new purpose.
22 What Lies Beneath The students at Twilight's School of Friendship are cramming for a "History of Magic in Equestria" exam in the school library when they discover a part of the school that no pony else knows about. When they decide to do some exploring, they end up learning much more than they bargained for.
23 Sounds of Silence Fluttershy and Applejack journey to the edge of the map on a Friendship Quest to help a group of ponies named Kirin -- who are so afraid of hurting each other’s feelings, they've taken a potion of silence.
24 Father Knows Beast 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.
25 School Raze, part 1 When the magic of Equestria mysteriously begins to fail, Twilight leads her friends on a quest for answers, leaving the School of Friendship open to attack from a dangerous mastermind.
26 School Raze, part 2 While Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six try to escape Tartarus, Cozy Glow furthers her plot to take over the School of Friendship with only Twilight's students and the CMCs to stop her!
27 Best Gift Ever It's the holiday season and the pony friends are galloping through Equestria to find the BEST GIFT EVER for each other! Throughout their adventures, they come to find that friendship is every pony's favorite gift after all.

Production timeline

Premises for Season 8 were first submitted on August 12, 2016.

Title Outline First draft Recorded Animatic Completed
School Daze, part 1 8/29/2016 9/22/2016 1/18/2017 4/27/2017 1/10/2018
School Daze, part 2 1/25/2017 5/4/2017
The Maud Couple 9/6/2016 9/28/2016 2/1/2017 5/15/2017 11/16/2017
Fake It 'Til You Make It 9/6/2016 10/3/2016 2/9/2017 5/19/2017 11/16/2017
Grannies Gone Wild 9/12/2016 10/6/2016 2/15/2017 5/25/2017 11/24/2017
Surf and/or Turf 9/12/2016 10/4/2016 2/22/2017 6/1/2017 1/4/2018
Horse Play 10/26/2016 11/18/2016 3/1/2017 6/8/2017 1/10/2018
The Parent Map 10/25/2016 11/18/2016 3/8/2017 6/14/2017 2/8/2018
Non-Compete Clause 11/1/2016 11/29/2016 3/15/2017 6/22/2017 1/17/2018
The Break Up Break Down 11/1/2016 11/28/2016 3/22/2017 6/29/2017 1/24/2018
Molt Down 11/10/2016 12/8/2016 3/29/2017 7/6/2017 2/8/2018
Marks for Effort 11/16/2016 12/5/2016 4/5/2017 7/13/2017 1/24/2018
The Mean 6 11/18/2016 12/12/2016 4/12/2017 7/20/2017 2/8/2018
A Matter of Principals 1/10/2017 2/3/2017 5/10/2017 8/17/2017 3/14/2018
The Hearth's Warming Club 1/9/2017 2/1/2017 5/17/2017 8/23/2017 3/16/2018
Friendship University 1/17/2017 2/10/2017 5/24/2017 8/30/2017 3/23/2018
The End in Friend 1/17/2017 2/10/2017 5/31/2017 9/7/2017 4/7/2018
Yakity-Sax 1/23/2017 2/15/2017 6/7/2017 9/14/2017 4/12/2018
Road to Friendship 1/23/2017 2/16/2017 6/14/2017 9/21/2017 4/11/2018
The Washouts 3/8/2017 3/30/2017 7/5/2017 9/28/2017 5/16/2018
A Rockhoof and a Hard Place 3/7/2017 4/3/2017 7/12/2017 10/5/2017 5/17/2018
What Lies Beneath 3/13/2017 4/6/2017 7/12/2017 10/12/2017 5/25/2018
Sounds of Silence 3/15/2017 4/10/2017 7/22/2017 10/19/2017 6/9/2018
Father Knows Beast 3/20/2017 4/12/2017 7/26/2017 10/25/2017 5/30/2018
School Raze, part 1 3/29/2017 4/26/2017 8/2/2017 10/31/2017 7/5/2018
School Raze, part 2 8/9/2017 11/9/2017 6/15/2018
Best Gift Ever 8/28/2017 10/2/2017 12/12/2017 4/2/2018 9/10/2018

Release Dates

Episode title English
School Daze, part 1 March 24, 2018
School Daze, part 2
The Maud Couple March 31, 2018
Fake It 'Til You Make It April 7, 2018
Grannies Gone Wild April 14, 2018
Surf and/or Turf April 21, 2018
Horse Play April 28, 2018
The Parent Map May 5, 2018
Non-Compete Clause May 12, 2018
The Break Up Break Down May 19, 2018
Molt Down May 26, 2018
Marks for Effort June 2, 2018
The Mean 6 June 9, 2018
A Matter of Principals August 4, 2018
The Hearth's Warming Club
Friendship University August 11, 2018
The End in Friend August 18, 2018
Yakity-Sax July 20, 2018
(reran August 25, 2018)
Road to Friendship September 1, 2018
The Washouts September 8, 2018
A Rockhoof and a Hard Place September 15, 2018
What Lies Beneath September 22, 2018
Sounds of Silence September 29, 2018
Father Knows Beast October 6, 2018
School Raze, part 1 October 13, 2018
School Raze, part 2
The Best Gift Ever October 27, 2018

Character appearances

Including Best Gift Ever:


01 - Twilight Sparkle 02 - Pinkie Pie 03 - Fluttershy 04 - Rainbow Dash 05 - Rarity 06 - Applejack
Episodes they each appeared in 25 17 16 20 18 19
Episodes they each appeared in but didn't speak 0.png 1 3 0.png 4 1
Episodes they each did not appear in 2 9 8 7 5 7


Appearances in the same episode Absences in the same episode
01 - Twilight Sparkle 02 - Pinkie Pie 17 1
01 - Twilight Sparkle 03 - Fluttershy 18 1
01 - Twilight Sparkle 04 - Rainbow Dash 19 1
01 - Twilight Sparkle 05 - Rarity 21 1
01 - Twilight Sparkle 06 - Applejack 19 1
02 - Pinkie Pie 03 - Fluttershy 17 7
02 - Pinkie Pie 04 - Rainbow Dash 17 6
02 - Pinkie Pie 05 - Rarity 18 5
02 - Pinkie Pie 06 - Applejack 17 6
03 - Fluttershy 04 - Rainbow Dash 18 6
03 - Fluttershy 05 - Rarity 18 4
03 - Fluttershy 06 - Applejack 19 7
04 - Rainbow Dash 05 - Rarity 20 5
04 - Rainbow Dash 06 - Applejack 19 6
05 - Rarity 06 - Applejack 19 4


The Best Gift Ever was only released in the UK.

As of January 2019, Shout! Factory's agreement with Hasbro on releasing their properties on DVD has ended. As a result, Hearts and Hooves is the last DVD release from the company.

Video Clips

Fundamentals of Magic

A short video series made by Princess Celestia. There are five episodes:

  1. Types of Magic (February 22, 2018)
  2. Magical Creatures (March 1, 2018)
  3. Spells (March 8, 2018)
  4. Magical Objects (March 15, 2018)
  5. When Magic Goes Wrong (March 22, 2018)

In each episode, Princess Celestia teaches her students in her class at the School for Gifted Unicorns the basics of magic.

Music Videos

Title Performed by Release date Length
1 MLP Friendship Always Wins
Friendship Always Wins
Mane Six, Starlight Glimmer, Spike, School of Friendship students January 29, 2018 2:07
2 MLP Your Heart Is In Two Places
Your Heart is in Two Places
Cutie Mark Crusaders May 2, 2018 2:11
3 MLP A Kirin Tale
A Kirin Tale
Autumn Blaze October 12, 2018 3:08

MLP's 35th Anniversary

Four animated shorts were made for the My Little Pony franchise's 35th anniversary:

  • Twilight Sparkle Attempts a Rubik's Cube (July 23, 2018)
  • Pinkercise w/ Pinkie Pie! (July 24, 2018)
  • Save Equestria from Lord Tirek with Rainbow Dash (July 26, 2018)
  • "Foal House" Parody Music Video (July 28, 2018)

Best Gift Ever Special

My Little Pony - Best Gift Ever Holiday Special 🎁 All New Trailer!!

My Little Pony - Best Gift Ever Holiday Special 🎁 All New Trailer!!

A trailer for the 27th and really final episode of Season 8 was uploaded on September 25, 2018.

Best Gift Ever Shorts

Three were made -- Triple Pony Dare Ya, The Great Escape Room, and Mystery Voice. All were uploaded on December 11, 2018.

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