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This Day in TV History – August 6th, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “The Cart Before the Ponies” Airs

It’s off the derpy–I mean–derby races in an episode that aired one year ago today.

“The Cart Before the Ponies” is the 14th episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Ed Valentine (with story by Valentine and Mike Vogel), it first aired on Discovery Family on August 6th, 2016.

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It’s time for the annual Applewood Derby, where students in Ms. Cheerilee’s class get to design, build, and race soapboax carts around Ponyville. The Cutie Mark Crusaders are excited about the chance to show their creativity and skills, and enlist their older sisters (or in Scootaloo’s case, the pony she looks up to, Rainbow Dash) to help. But, the older ponies end up taking over the project–much to the dissatisfaction of the younger fillies!

The episode includes a song, “Derby Racers,” performed by Ashleigh Ball, Kazumi Evans, Michelle Creber, Claire Corlett, and Maddy Peters. The lyrics are by Ed Valentine and Daniel Ingram, with music by Ingram.

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This Day in Television History – June 11th, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Spice Up Your Life”

Two of the ponies try to help a struggling restaurant in an episode that aired one year ago today.

“Spice Up Your Life” is the 12th episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Michael Vogel, it first aired on June 11th, 2016.

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Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, Rarity and Pinkie Pie are sent to Canterlot by the Cutie Map. They arrive at a restaurant owned by a father and daughter. Rarity and Pinkie both have different ideas to try to improve things for the restaurant–Rarity wants to make it more like the critically-acclaimed ones around the city, while Pinkie spreads the uniquely-flavored foods and their taste!

The episode includes a Bollywood-inspired musical number, “Spice Up Your Life,” featuring vocals performed by Kazumi Evan and Shannon Chan-Kent. Daniel Ingram composed the song, with lyrics by episode writer Michael Vogel.

 

Today in Television History – May 21st, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “The Saddle Row Review” Airs

The story of how Rarity opened up her store in Manehattan is front-page news in an episode that aired one year ago today.

“The Saddle Row Review” is the 9th episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Nick Confalone, it first aired on Discovery Family on May 21st, 2016.

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♪ Sweep, Sweep, Sweep…. ♫ Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, the ponies discover an article has been written about the misadventures in the opening of Rarity’s new business in the bustling metropolis of Manehattan. They each tell their part of the story to the reporter who penned the piece.

The episode is told in a unique format for Friendship is Magic, with each character seen talking to the reporter, mixed with flashbacks. That reporter character could definitely be said to have some similarities to the iconic J. Johah Jameson of the Spider-Man series.

A small song from the episode, “Sweep, Sweep, Sweep” went viral after “The Saddle Row Review” aired, becoming a meme in the FiM community with GIFs, remixes, and more.

This Day in Television History – May 16th, 2015 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Make New Friends But Keep Discord” Airs

Discord is peeved that Fluttershy isn’t taking him to the gala in an episode that aired two years ago today.

“Make New Friends But Keep Discord” is the 7th episode of the 5th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Natasha Levinger, it first aired on Discovery Family on May 16th, 2015.

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Discord meets Tree Hugger. Uh oh. Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, it’s time once again for the Grand Galloping Gala, but Discord is disappointed that Fluttershy isn’t taking him along to the event, but her new friend Tree Hugger instead. So, he takes a unusual creature known as the Smooze along, but pays more attention to Fluttershy and her new friend instead.

The Smooze is a modern take on the Smooze from the 1986 My Little Pony theatrical feature. It’s much different here, being green instead of purple and much less antagonistic. Tree Hugger, who makes her first appearance here, is voiced by Nicole Oliver–known for portraying Celestia and Cheerilee.

This Day in Television History – May 14th, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “A Hearth’s Warming Tail” Airs

It’s a holiday musical in an episode that aired one year ago today.

“A Hearth’s Warming Tail” is the 8th episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Michael Vogel, it first aired on May 14th, 2016 on Discovery Family.

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♫ Oh, Derpy Tree…oh, Derpy Tree! ♫ Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, it’s holiday season in Ponyville, but the reformed Starlight Glimmer isn’t sure where she fits in to the celebrations. So, Twilight Sparkle reads her a holiday story that channels the spirit of A Christmas Carol.

The episode is a musical with multiple songs, including the first song featuring Princess Luna, performed by Aloma Steele.

This Day in TV History – May 10th, 2014 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Twilight Kingdom” Airs

A mysterious threat is draining the magic of ponies across Equestria in an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that aired on this day in television history.

“Twilight’s Kingdom” is a two-part episode that concluded the 4th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Meghan McCarthy, both parts aired back-to-back on May 10th, 2014.

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Things get serious when Twilight’s library home in Ponyville is destroyed. Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, the villainous Tirek has escaped from Tartarus and is draining magic from ponies across the land and gaining strength as he does so. As this happens, Princess Twilight Sparkle comes closer to opening a mysterious box she discovered earlier–a box that could hold the key to saving Equestria.

Tirek is based on a villain from the original 1980s My Little Pony TV special, Rescue at Midnight Castle.

This Day in Television History – May 7th, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Newbie Dash” Airs

Rainbow Dash’s latest adventure with the Wonderbolts leads to her getting a nickname she can’t stand!

“Newbie Dash” is the 7th episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Dave Rapp (with story by Dave Polsky and Rapp), it first aired on Discovery Family on May 7th, 2016.

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It’s not a good day for poor Rainbow Dash. Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, Rainbow Dash joins the Wonderbolts, achieving a lifelong dream! But, during a flight practice, she crashes and her fellow Wonderbolts give her the nickname “Rainbow Crash.” She tries to shake off this impression by imitating her good friends, but that doesn’t work, so she tries to pull off a big show to shake the nickname!