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This Day in Television History – August 13th, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “28 Pranks Later” Airs

Rainbow Dash goes on a pranking spree, but soon finds herself in the middle of a scary situation.

“28 Pranks Later” is the 15th episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by F.M. De Marco (with story by Meghan McCarthy), it first aired on Discovery Family on August 13th, 2016.

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It’s a prank-a-palooza for Rainbow Dash, as she pulls pranks on her friends and others around Ponyville. So, they go to Pinkie Pie to help convince Rainbow to stop…just as Rainbow finds that Pinkie is sick and Ponyville has gotten really quiet…

The title of the episode is a take on the hit horror film, 28 Days Later.

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 TV History – July 28th, 1997 – Johnny Bravo’s “Date With An Antelope” Airs

Internet dating leads to an unexpected pairing in a short episode of Johnny Bravo that aired on this day in television history.

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“Date with an Antelope” is a normal-length short from the first season of the Johnny Bravo animated series. Written by Seth MacFarlane, it first aired on July 28th, 1997.

In the episode, Johnny Bravo, always eager for a date turns to the internet. He finds a match, a match that happens to be an antelope!

Seth MacFarlane is best known for creating series such as Family Guy and movies such as TED.

This Day in TV History – July 24th, 2007 – Spongebob Squarepants’ “Squid Wood” Airs

Spongebob makes his own Squidward in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

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“Squid Wood” is a normal length Spongebob Squarepants short from the show’s fourth season. It first aired on July 24th, 2007 and was written by Casey Alexander, Chris Mitchell and Dani Michaeli.

In the episode, Squidward refuses to spend time with Spongebob no matter what, so Spongebob makes his own wooden Squidward puppet–one that becomes more loved than the real Squidward!

This Day in Television History – July 9th, 2005 – Justice League Unlimited’s “Panic in the Sky” Airs

Without its leaders, the remainder of the Justice League must battle an army of mindless clones led by a brutal clone of one of their own, in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

“Panic in the Sky” is the 11th episode of the 2nd season of Justice League Unlimited. Written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Dan Riba, it first aired on Cartoon Network on July 9th, 2005.

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In the episode, which is part of the “Cadmus” story arc from throughout this season, the original Justice League turn themselves in (minus Batman) due to the events of the previous episode. At the same time, the crippled Watchtower comes under attack by a massive army of brainless clones of superpowered beings led by another clone, this one of Supergirl. Can the remaining members of the league survive the assault?

The events of this episode, including the conclusion which reveals Lex Luthor has been merged with Brainiac, immediately continue into the next episode, “Divided We Fall.”

Today in TV History – July 5th, 2003 – Justice League’s “Twilight” Airs

The second season of the Justice League animated series made its debut on this day in television history.

“Twilight” is the first and second episode of Justice League, the animated series that is part of the DC Animated Universe. Written by Rich Fogel and Bruce Timm, it first aired on July 5th, 2003.

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In the episode, the League gets an unlikely call from help–from one of their deadliest foes, Darkseid. He’s threatened by another longtime nemesis, Brainiac. Can he be trusted, and is there something more to this intergalactic situation than it seems?

The episode strongly connects to multiple episodes of the animated Superman series, also part of the DCAU, and features other characters aside from those previously mentioned such as Kalibak and Orion.

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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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.