My Little Pony (TV series)

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My Little Pony, My Little Pony, what will today's adventure be?

My Little Pony is a 1986-1987 American television series produced by Sunbow Entertainment and Marvel Productions, with animation by Toei Animation. Sold into syndication, it was the first television show based off the My Little Pony toyline and branched out from the animated special, "Rescue at Midnight Castle".

The series lasted for two seasons, though two later episodes were re-edited versions of films, the aforementioned "Rescue at Midnight Castle" and "Escape From Katrina". Ostensibly, the show followed the adventures of the Ponies of Paradise Valley and the Williams family, though the show was also somewhat of an anthology, following a large ensemble cast in unconnected adventures.

Sometimes the later show My Little Pony Tales is listed as the shows' "season 3" on websites such as IMDb, this is not the case and the two series' have little in common aside from being apart of the same franchise.



Although the show did not follow any sort of overarching storyline, continuity was still considered and rigidly followed. Each episode was 11 minutes in length, though were often serialized to form stories longer than found in other cartoons of the time. Every episode featured a song, usually performed by the regular cast of the show and sometimes by the story's villain. Likewise, nearly every episode featured an unique villain for the ponies to face off against, but some episodes featured no such thing, letting a dire circumstance serve as the antagonistic force instead.

Many storylines featured the ponies or Williams' venturing off to strange new lands and countries, only rarely were these populated by other ponies and were instead inhabited by a number of strange fantastical creatures, such as mouse people, bird peoples, monkey people, etc.

A number of episodes often dealt with themes and motifs of romance, tyranny, magic and love/friendship. Often times, the story's villain would be defeated with one of the these concepts. For example, King Charlatan decided to not freeze the world when he realized he loved his son too much to see him suffer and Tirac was just straight up murdered with the magic of rainbow magic.

Episodes would sometimes touch on darker and more 'complex' themes. "Bright Lights" and "The Prince and the Ponies" for example both touched on child psychology, the former being about how easy it is to manipulate children who don't know better and the latter being about the development of morality and compassion.

My Little Pony 'n Friends


My Little Pony in its earliest incarnation began production as early as 1983 with the animated production, My Little Pony: Rescue at Midnight Castle serving as the shows de facto pilot. The earliest known work for the television series proper was the first draft of "The Ghost of Paradise Estate", which was completed on March 11, 1986. The shows' production was supervised by one Ray Leo and was initially marketed by GBI Public Relations, who promoted the series as "kid/family friendly action adventure". The show was not tied to any broadcaster, and was instead distributed into production by Claster Television.

Being among the only of the 'Sunbow Universe' shows to feature celebrity actors, Tony Randall and Sandy Duncan were promoted heavily in the shows earliest advertising.[1] Implied by the My Little Pony 'n Friends presskit, Danny Williams appeared to played a much bigger part in early drafts and shared the role as male lead alongside Spike, whom he was good friends with.

Like many shows of the era, My Little Pony was intended to be educational, and thus the consultants Robert L. Selman and Anne P. Selman were hired to make sure the shows messages were of high quality.


My Little Pony Main Title, the shows official theme song, was composed by Ford Kinder and Anne Byrant and lyrics by Barry Harman, with Michael Joens credited as its "creator". In 2023, several remixes of the theme song were created by Mona Rue on the album My Little Pony Theme Song - The Remixes. Many of the shows' compositions were composed by Robert J. Walsh, Ford Klinder, Bunny Andrews and William Ashford, while many of the episode-specific songs were created by the team Tommy Goodman, Roy Eaton and Rich Meitin.

Music distribution and licensing were handled by the companies Wildstar Music and Starwild Music, the latter being acquired by BMI who thus holds rights for many of the songs featured on My Little Pony.


Season 1 (1986)

Story Total Episode Writer Release
1 1-10 "The End of Flutter Valley" George Arthur Bloom September 15-26 (note)
2 11-14 "The Ghost of Paradise Estate" George Arthur Bloom September 29-October 2
3 15 "The Great Rainbow Caper" Diane Duane October 3
4 16-19 "The Glass Princess" Tracy Mann Hill & Michael Charles Hill October 6-9
5 20 "Pony Puppy" Carla Joseph Conway & Gerry Conway October 10
6 21-24 "Bright Lights" Barbara Petty October 13-16
7 25 "Sweet Stuff and the Treasure Hunt" Cherie Dee Wilkerson October 17
8 26-29 "The Return of Tambelon Michael Reaves October 20-23
9 30 "Little Piece of Magic" Beth Bornstein October 24
10 31-34 "The Magic Coins" Michael Reaves October 27-30
11 35 "Mish Mash Melee" Bruce Faulk October 31 (Halloween)
12 36-37 "Woe Is Me" Gordon Kent November 3-4
13 38-39 "Fugitive Flowers" Martin Pasko & Rebecca Parr November 5-6
14 40 "Would Be Dragonslayer" Carla Joseph Conway & Gerry Conway November 7
15 41-42 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Gordon Kent November 10-11
16 43-44 "Crunch the Rockdog" Linda Woolverton November 12-13
17 45-46 "The Revolt of Paradise Estate" David Wise November 14 and 17
18 47-48 "Through the Door" David Wise November 18-19
19 49-50 "Rescue at Midnight Castle" George Arthur Bloom November 20-21

Season 2 (1987)

Story Total Episode Writer Release
20 51-54 "The Quest of the Princess Ponies" Michael Reeves September 7-10
21 55 "Spike's Search" Michael Charles Hill September 11
22 56-57 "The Golden Horseshoes" Carla Joseph Conway & Gerry Conway September 14-15
23 58-59 "Flight to Cloud Castle" Michael Reeves September 16-17
24 60 "The Ice Cream Wars" David Wise September 18
25 61-62 "Somnambula" David Wise September 21-22
26 63 "The Prince and the Ponies" David Wise September 23
27 64-65 My Little Pony: Escape from Katrina George Arthur Bloom September 24-25

Characters and plots

My Little Pony employed a large rotating cast of characters, though the most recurring of these was probably Megan Williams and Spike. Different episodes featured different groups of characters, and each episode featured unique one-off characters as well, whether they be friends or foes. Sometimes, episodes did not feature adversaries for the ponies to best, but instead had them perform daring deeds or overcoming natural disasters. This made My Little Pony somewhat unique among other cartoons of the era which prided themselves on iconic 'rouges galleries' of bad guys.

Several characters featured in the show would serve as the basis for future characters. Twilight would inspired Twilight Sparkle, Firefly to Rainbow Dash and both Applejack and Spike would go on to become franchise staples.


Additional voices by Michael Bell, Joey Camen, Melanie Gaffin, Tress MacNeille, and Frank Welker

Broadcast history

My Little Pony was sold as syndication, and so it wasn't locked to a single network. Season 1 ran from September to November 1986 in almost continuous broadcast, seemingly only not airing on weekends.[citation needed] Season 2 only ran in September of the following year and reused material from the My Little Pony film series. Known networks it aired on was the Disney Channel and CBS, the former was used as the sources of DVD and VHS releases of the show.[citation needed]

In the 2020s, the show has moved to various streaming platforms, including VUDU, Amazon Instant Video, Tubi and Roku.[2]

International airings and dubs

Network Region Timespan Dub Studio Ref
MTV Europe United Kingdom 1987 English N/A [3]
London Weekend Television United Kingdom 1988-1990 English N/A [4]
Sky Movies United Kingdom December 25, 1990 English N/A [4]
The Movie Channel United Kingdom November 4, 1992 English N/A [4]
The Children's Channel United Kingdom December 25, 1994 English N/A [4]
Sky One United Kingdom September 1997 English N/A [4]
Nova TV & TV 7 Bulgaria ? Bulgarian ?
HRT 2 Croatia ? Croatian ?


As 80s television shows were often promoting pre-existing merchandise, surprisingly little products were developed for the show itself. Throughout mid-to-late 1980s, Western Publishing would produce a number of My Little Pony VHS tapes under their Little Golden Video line. By the 2000s, home media rights were attained by Rhino Entertainment, who produced a number of VHS releases.

Reception and legacy

The show received mostly negative reviews during its first broadcast run.[citation needed]

In more modern times, the show has received somewhat more positive. Joyce Slaton at Common Sense Media praised the show for its values of teamwork and empathy, but criticized the show for its product placement, poor educational value and bland characters.

Many of the shows 'darker' villains such as Tirac, Grogar and Somnambula have received cult-followings.[citation needed]

Many of the shows' characters would be repurposed for later generations, most notable Applejack becoming one of the main characters in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. A number of its other characters would also serve as inspirations, such as Firefly for Rainow Dash and Twilight for Twilight Sparkle. A girl who resembled Megan appeared in the later half of Equestria Girls media in background shots, and the entire Williams' family was once mentioned to be staff members at Canterlot High School.[5]

The web series My Little Pony: The Retro Show had a segment known as "Behind the Magic" that 'retconned' the entire show as being an in-universe production, with the characters being played by 'real' actors. In one such segment, it was apparently revealed that the actress that 'played' Megan (not to be confused with Bettina Bush, her actual actress) was apparently a rude, controlling and mean-spirited jerk who had an affair with Spike and was later killed on set after her head was eaten by a crocodile. This series was not well received.

The series' continuity was briefly revived for the comic book My Little Pony: Generations, which served as a crossover between Generation 1 and 4.


  • Although many sources claim AKOM animated the show, this is not mentioned in the shows' credits, nor on AKOM's website in any known archived version. AKOM did animate the film and My Little Pony Tales.

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