Season 9 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is the final season of the show and its second era. It premiered on Discovery Family on April 6, 2019.
Prior to the premiere of this season was the final "Pony Palooza" marathon, which began on March 30, 2019 at 6:00 a.m., starting with all the Equestria Girls specials up to the premiere of the upcoming Equestria Girls special, Spring Breakdown, followed by most episodes of Season 3 and all of Seasons 4-8 of the TV series starting on March 31 at 6:00 a.m..
Discovery Family's "final" marathon of My Little Pony episodes lasted from October 6–12, 2019. This marathon included a featurette called "A Decade of Pony", episodes from all nine seasons including the premiere of the series finale, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree, the episode-length special Mirror Magic, and hour-length specials Spring Breakdown and Sunset's Backstage Pass.
The final marathron aired from December 23–30, 2019, and comprised of episodes from Seasons 2–9, including the final three as standalone episodes.
|1||The Beginning of the End, part 1||When Celestia and Luna decide to retire and hand off the ruling of Equestria to Twilight and her friends, it sends Twilight into a tailspin of self-doubt. Meanwhile, the ancient villain Grogar bands together a legion of nefarious characters to conquer all of Equestria, but a restored King Sombra has conquering ideas of his own.|
|2||The Beginning of the End, part 2||As Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six struggle to come to terms with the destruction of the Tree and Elements of Harmony, King Sombra sets his sights on conquering all of Equestria.|
|3||Uprooted||The Young Six respond to a magical summons from the Tree of Harmony, only to learn it has been destroyed, and it is up to them to figure out how best to memorialize it.|
|4||Twilight's Seven||Twilight and Shining Armor Pit their wits against each other to settle a long-standing sibling rivalry, but they soon discover they are not the only competitors.|
|5||The Point of No Return||Twilight realizes she never returned a book to the Canterlot Library and may have caused her favorite librarian to lose her job.|
|6||Common Ground||Rainbow Dash's old pal Quibble Pants needs help to bond with the daughter of his new special friend because, like Dash, she's a real sports pony.|
|7||She's All Yak||When Sandbar asks Yona to a pony dance, she goes to Rarity and her friends for a makeover in appearance and personality.|
Grogar sends his legion of doom on a mission to become allies, but his plan works too well and they almost become friends.
The following episodes -- The Point of No Return, Common Ground, and Going to Seed -- all take place at the same time during the events of this episode.
|9||Sweet and Smoky||Smolder returns to the Dragonlands with Spike and Fluttershy to help cheer up her sensitive brother, but when they arrive they discover the dragon eggs aren't hatching.|
|10||Going to Seed||Applejack's plans for an orderly harvest go awry when Apple Bloom becomes obsessed with catching a magical creature she thinks can help them.|
|11||Student Counsel||Starlight Glimmer relishes her role as school counselor and encourages the students to come to her anytime about anything, but she becomes overwhelmed and learns a lesson.|
|12||The Last Crusade||Unexpected visitors to Ponyville threaten to break up the Cutie Mark Crusaders forever.|
|13||Between Dark and Dawn||Luna and Celestia take a sister vacation while the Mane Six struggle to cover the princesses' many royal duties.|
|14||The Last Laugh||When Pinkie Pie seeks help from her old friend, the super-silly Cheese Sandwich, in finding her life's purpose, she discovers the unimaginable has happened.|
|15||2,4,6, Greaaat||The School of Friendship is starting a buckball team and Rainbow Dash has to come to terms with the fact that she won't be coaching the team.|
|16||A Trivial Pursuit||Twilight's hopes of keeping her Trivia Trot winning streak alive are waylaid when she's unexpectedly paired up with Pinkie Pie who has never been to a trivia night before!|
|17||The Summer Sun Setback||Twilight is determined to make Celestia and Luna's last Summer Sun Celebration memorable. But when things start going horribly wrong.|
|18||She Talks to Angel||When Fluttershy's and Angel Bunny's relationship hits the skids, Zecora gives them a potion to help them understand each other.|
|19||Dragon Dropped||Rarity worries she's done something to upset Spike when he stops making time for her.|
|20||A Horse Shoe-in||Starlight decides to hire a Vice Headmare in preparation to take over the School of Friendship from Twilight. But she soon realizes that hiring the right pony for the job is going to be a lot harder than she thought.|
|21||Daring Doubt||When another author releases his own version of the events in A.K. Yearling's Daring Do books, Rainbow Dash is furious, while Fluttershy is curious to know the truth.|
|22||Growing Up is Hard to Do||When the Cutie Mark Crusaders are magically transformed into grownups, they discover that growing up the right way means gaining experience and wisdom that simply can't be rushed.|
|23||The Big Mac Question||When Big Mac and Sugar Belle decide to propose to each other, everything their friends do to help ends up making a mess of the whole thing!|
|24||The Ending of the End, part 1||A villainous alliance unleashes their unified might on Equestria and it's up to the Mane Six to save the kingdom.|
|25||The Ending of the End, part 2||A villainous alliance unleashes their unified might on Equestria and it's up to the Mane Six to save the kingdom.|
|26||The Last Problem||Years from now, Princess Twilight is visited by a student with a friendship problem. As she attempts to solve it, she looks back on the times she and the Mane Six spent together.|
- First drafts of scripts for a series of pre-Season 9 animated shorts were written on August 22 and 25, 2017.
- Recording of the shorts occurred on September 28 and October 16, 2017 (Sundae, Sundae, Sundae was recorded on November 27).
- Animatics for all eight shorts were completed on January 18, 2018, and production concluded on October 11, 2018.
- The last title to be revised was "Daring Doubt", in which the former title was "He Neighed, She Neighed", on May 18, 2018.
|The Beginning of the End, part 1||9/12/2017||11/3/2017||1/24/2018||5/10/2018||10/11/2018|
|The Beginning of the End, part 2||5/16/2018||10/15/2018|
|The Point of No Return||9/26/2017||11/3/2017||2/21/2018||6/6/2018||11/6/2018|
|She's All Yak||11/16/2017||1/3/2018||3/7/2018||6/20/2018||11/19/2018|
|Sweet and Smoky||11/20/2017||1/16/2018||3/21/2018||7/5/2018||12/4/2018|
|Going to Seed||11/17/2017||1/16/2018||3/28/2018||7/11/2018||12/10/2018|
|The Last Crusade||12/4/2017||2/28/2018||4/11/2018||7/25/2018||1/8/2019|
|Between Dark and Dawn||12/4/2017||2/16/2018||4/18/2018||8/1/2018||1/15/2019|
|The Last Laugh||11/10/2017||3/2/2018||5/9/2018||8/23/2018||2/4/2019|
|2, 4, 6, Greaaat||1/23/2018||2/28/2018||5/16/2018||8/29/2018||2/12/2019|
|A Trivial Pursuit||1/31/2018||3/7/2018||5/23/2018||9/5/2018||2/20/2019|
|The Summer Sun Setback||1/30/2018||3/8/2018||5/30/2018||9/13/2018||2/26/2019|
|She Talks to Angel||2/6/2018||3/23/2018||6/6/2018||9/19/2018||3/5/2019|
|A Horse Shoe-in||3/21/2018||4/27/2018||6/20/2018||10/3/2018||3/19/2019|
|Growing Up is Hard to Do||3/28/2018||5/8/2018||7/4/2018||10/18/2018||4/2/2019|
|The Big Mac Question||3/28/2018||5/7/2018||7/11/2018||10/25/2018||4/9/2019|
|The Ending of the End, part 1||4/4/2018||5/25/2018||7/18/2018||10/31/2018||4/16/2019|
|The Ending of the End, part 2||7/25/2018||11/7/2018||4/23/2019|
|The Last Problem||4/12/2018||6/4/2018||8/17/2018||11/15/2018||4/30/2019|
|Episode title||First broadcast|
|The Beginning of the End, part 1||April 6, 2019|
|The Beginning of the End, part 2|
|Uprooted||April 13, 2019|
|Twilight's Seven||April 20, 2019|
|The Point of No Return||April 27, 2019|
|Common Ground||May 4, 2019|
|She's All Yak||May 11, 2019|
|Frenemies||May 18, 2019|
|Sweet and Smoky||May 25, 2019|
|Going to Seed||June 1, 2019|
|Student Counsel||June 8, 2019|
|The Last Crusade||June 15, 2019|
|Between Dark and Dawn||June 22, 2019|
|Rainbow Roadtrip||June 29, 2019|
|The Last Laugh||August 3, 2019|
|2,4,6, Greaaat||August 10, 2019|
|A Trivial Pursuit||August 17, 2019|
|The Summer Sun Setback||August 24, 2019|
|She Talks to Angel||August 31, 2019|
|Dragon Dropped||September 7, 2019|
|A Horse Shoe-in||September 14, 2019|
|Daring Doubt||September 21, 2019|
|Growing Up is Hard to Do||September 28, 2019|
|The Big Mac Question||October 5, 2019|
|The Ending of the End, part 1||October 12, 2019|
|The Ending of the End, part 2|
|The Last Problem|
|Episodes they each appeared in|
|Episodes they each appeared in but didn't speak|
|Episodes they each did not appear in|
|Appearances in the same episode||Absences in the same episode|
Prior to the Season 9 premiere, five animated shorts were released on Hasbro's YouTube channel:
- Rarity's Biggest Fan (January 29, 2019)
- Ail-icorn (February 5, 2019)
- Teacher of the Month (February 12, 2019)
- Starlight the Hypnotist (February 19, 2019)
- Sundae Sundae Sundae (February 26, 2019)
A behind-the-scenes look at the 200th episode (Twilight's Seven) was uploaded on April 19, 2019.
A 5-minute recap video was uploaded on October 10, 2019, the exact 9th anniversary of the show.
A documentary titled "A Decade of Pony" premiered on October 11, 2019 on Discovery Family.
In December 2019, four more songs got music videos on YouTube: Celestia's Ballad, Generosity, Find the Music in You, and Friends are Always There for You.