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This Day in TV History – February 4th, 2012 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Read It and Weep” Airs

An episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic with a message about reading aired on this day in television history.

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“Read it and Weep” is the 16th episode of the 2nd season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The episode was written by Cindy Morrow and first aired on The Hub network on February 4th, 2012.

In the episode, Rainbow Dash finds herself injured and in the hospital, unable to fly. She becomes bored, until she comes across a book about Daring Do, an adventurer she finds she is relating to. But, Dash is afraid that if she is found reading, other ponies will think she’s an egghead!

The character of Daring Do, somewhat based on other adventure heroes like Indiana Jones, debuts in this episode through the aforementioned book.

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This Day in TV History – February 4th, 2011 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Suited for Success” Airs

An episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic involving the “Art of The Dress” first aired on this day in television history.

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“Suited for Success” first aired on The Hub network on February 4th, 2011. The episode, the 14th of the first season, was written by Charlotte Fullerton.

In the episode, with the anticipated “Grand Galloping Gala” fast approaching, dress shop owner Rarity offers to help improve the dresses of her friends. But, she soon finds their increasingly-specific demands have left her questioning her decision, and those of her friends.

The episode continues the plotline of the “Grand Galloping Gala” first established in “The Ticket Master” and would continue in the first season’s finale.

“Art of the Dress” is an original song that is featured in this episode, along with a reprise. The song was composed by Daniel Ingram, with Rarity’s singing voice provided by Kazumi Evans.

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.

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 two years 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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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 three 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.