The first season of animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, developed by Lauren Faust, originally aired on The Hub in the United States. The series is considered to be the fourth generation of the My Little Pony franchise, following earlier lines and television show tie-ins in the 1980s and 1990s. The series premiered on October 10, 2010, on The Hub, an American pay television channel partly owned by Hasbro.
The show follows a studious unicorn pony named Twilight Sparkle as her mentor Princess Celestia guides her to learn about friendship in the town of Ponyville. Twilight becomes close friends with five other ponies: Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie. Each represents a different face of friendship, and Twilight discovers herself to be a key part of the magical artifacts, the "Elements of Harmony". The ponies share adventures and help out other residents of Ponyville, while working out the troublesome moments in their own friendships.
Hasbro selected animator Lauren Faust as the creative director and executive producer for the show. Faust sought to challenge the established "girly" nature of the existing My Little Pony line, creating more in-depth characters and adventurous settings, incorporating Hasbro's suggestions for E/I content and marketing of the toy line.
Twilight Sparkle, a reclusive student of Equestria's ruler, Princess Celestia, is tasked with supervising a special event in Ponyville and to make some friends in the process. There, she meets fellow ponies Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, and Fluttershy. However, she is too focused on trying to prevent an ancient prophecy involving an evil pony who was banished to the moon 1000 years ago, and would return during the "longest day of the thousandth year". Subtitle: Mare in the Moon
The evil Nightmare Moon is free from her imprisonment, vowing to shroud the world in eternal night, and Princess Celestia has gone missing. Twilight and the other ponies must find six magic stones called the Elements of Harmony, hidden in the mysterious Everfree Forest. Through every obstacle they face leading to the artifacts, Twilight discovers a secret that can unlock the Elements' power and relight the world. Subtitle: The Elements of Harmony My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #1: "Giggle at the Ghostie" A. K. A. "The Laughter Song"
Twilight receives two tickets from Princess Celestia to the Grand Galloping Gala, which leads to an argument among her friends who all want to go, each with their own personal reasons. As if things could not get any more complicated for Twilight to make a choice, she notices them doing her favors to get on her good graces. To make matters even worse, the population of Ponyville learn of the spare ticket as well. My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #2: "Pinkie's Gala Fantasy Song" My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #3: "The Ticket Song"
With her big brother hurt, Applejack volunteers to harvest the apple crop in her family's orchard all by herself. However, she is too prideful and stubborn to accept any help from the other ponies. She gradually works herself to the point of exhaustion, causing problems when she promises to help the others around town.
Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash bond by playing pranks on the other ponies, but when Rainbow's old friend, Gilda the Griffon, shows up for a visit, Pinkie Pie becomes a third wheel. However, she soon notices Gilda displaying a mean streak towards other ponies. A Pinkie Pie-styled party may reveal who exactly is Rainbow Dash's true friend.
A new unicorn called "The Great and Powerful" Trixie arrives in Ponyville, claiming to be the greatest magical pony in Equestria. Spike believes Twilight may be the one unicorn to put the arrogant braggart in her place, but she worries that she will lose the respect of her friends if she shows her true potential. Is Trixie really as "great and powerful" as she constantly claims to be? A monster attack may prove the answer.
A sleeping dragon's smoke is disrupting the skies of Equestria and Twilight Sparkle is tasked with getting it to leave. All of her friends are set to head to the dragon's lair, with the exception of the fearful Fluttershy, who is not used to the rocky terrain, much less a giant dragon. The timid Pegasus must find the resolve necessary when her friends are in danger. My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #4: "Hop, Skip and Jump Song"
During a thunderstorm, Twilight invites Applejack and Rarity to her house for a slumber party. However, the latter two have a hard time getting along after a recent argument, until an accident forces them to reconcile their differences so they can clean up the mess.
Twilight encounters the mysterious zebra Zecora, who occasionally visits Ponyville and is rumored to be a witch. When she and her friends display a range of bizarre symptoms the next day, they begin to wonder whether Zecora put a curse on them. Applejack's little sister, Apple Bloom, ventures into the Everfree Forest to find the truth. My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #5: "Evil Enchantress Song"
Princess Celestia is coming to visit, and everyone in Ponyville is making sure everything is perfect for her arrival, especially Twilight. Unfortunately, trouble arises when a swarm of parasprites, adorable insects with ravenous appetites, invades the town. And they are multiplying by the second! Pinkie Pie claims to have a solution to this problem, but no one really knows why she is gathering various musical instruments to do it.
Winter comes to an end, and Ponyville prepares for an annual cleanup to make way for spring. Twilight wants to take part as well, and is willing to do so without the use of her magic in the name of tradition. Everything she tries ends in disaster, but an argument among the disorganized teams inspires her to find her own way to help. My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #5: "Winter Wrap Up"
A pony earns a cutie mark upon discovering his/her hidden talent or purpose in life. Apple Bloom's concern about her missing cutie mark sparks her to find a way to earn it before an upcoming party. She soon discovers, however, that she may not be the only "Blank Flank" in Ponyville after meeting two other young ponies. My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #5: "The Cupcake Song"
Applejack and Rainbow Dash put their skills and sportsmanship to the test as they face off in an Iron Pony competition to see who is the better athlete. Who will be crowned the winner, and more importantly, how will the loser handle defeat? Later, they take part in a marathon event known as the Running of the Leaves, in which Dash must compete without the use of her wings. Can they both ensure a clean race without the competition getting the better of them?
Rarity wants to make dresses for her friends for the upcoming Grand Galloping Gala, then gets an idea of setting up a fashion show in Ponyville to display her work. The project becomes a stressing problem when she tries to make each dress specific to its wearer's taste. To add to the pressure, a representative of the fashion world has learned of the show and is coming to visit. Will she meet all of their expectations, or will it end in 'total fashion disaster'? My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #6: "Art of the Dress" My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #7: "Art of the Dress" - Reprise Version
Twilight learns that Pinkie Pie has an unusual ability to sense happenings in the immediate future, known around Ponyville as "Pinkie Sense." Not willing to accept that all of the events her friend had predicted are anything but a mere coincidence, Twilight sets out to find the truth behind Pinkie's power and figure out the "doozy" she says is about to happen.
Rainbow Dash is preparing herself for an upcoming contest, with a day with the famous Wonderbolts as the grand prize, and is sure that an old move she claimed to have pulled off long ago will guarantee her a win. However, she becomes increasingly nervous that she won't succeed. Rarity, who has gained beautiful wings by Twilight's magic to join in cheering her on, is recommended to enter the same event. Can Dash gather the confidence to win, or will she be overshadowed by her friend's elegance?
Fluttershy has great experience with all kinds of animals, but it is an entirely different story when she offers to take care of Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle for the night. Will she be able to keep them out of trouble, and what exactly is "The Stare"? My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #8: "Hush Now, Quiet Now Lullaby
After entering a talent competition, the Cutie Mark Crusaders believe the event will help them discover what they are meant to do in life. They hope that winning the contest will help them get their cutie marks, if they can keep from ruining each other's work. My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #9: The Cutie Mark Crusaders - Theme Song
To create jewel-encrusted clothing at the request of a famous pony, Rarity decides to find a new lode of gems with Spike's assistance. But when a group of creatures called the Diamond Dogs abduct Rarity and force her to find gems for them, Spike and the other ponies head underground to rescue her. In the end, who will be the one that truly needs saving?
When Rarity gets to meet a famous fashion photographer, she realizes that this is her chance to promote the dresses that she's been designing, but her idea backfires when the pony is more interested in Fluttershy, whom Rarity chose to model her dresses. Can the elegant unicorn maintain her composure without becoming too jealous? Can the meek Pegasus handle the spotlight and the eyes of the adoring public? Meanwhile, Twilight is faced with a dilemma of keeping secrets told to her by Rarity, Fluttershy, and Spike, with the help of Pinkie Pie.
The ponies separate and are caught in a dispute between a western town's settler-ponies and the native buffalo herd. Both sides have claimed the land as their own, and neither side is standing down. Can they find a way to prevent the inevitable clash? My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #10: You've got to Share, You've got to Care.
During a visit from Princess Celestia, Fluttershy sees the Equestrian royal's seemingly sick bird named Philomena. Without the princess noticing, the pegasus takes the poor creature home and tries to take care of it, only to find that this job is much more difficult than with her other animals. The situation takes a turn for the worse when Twilight gets involved and Celestia and her guards notice the pet missing.
Every pony with a cutie mark has a different story to tell about how he or she earned it. Taking a break from pursuing their hidden talents, the Cutie Mark Crusaders decide to ask Rainbow Dash and the others about their marks. They soon discover that one particular story has a surprising connection to the other five. My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #11: "So Many Wonders"
Spike meets an owl Twilight befriends to help her with their work. He soon begins to feel threatened over the possibility that it will take his spot as the unicorn's trusted assistant. Driven by jealousy, how far will the baby dragon go to make sure it doesn't happen? His friendship with Twilight is at further risk when he hides the fact that he recently destroyed one of her books by accident.
After a successful party celebrating the first birthday of Gummy, her pet alligator, Pinkie Pie invites her friends for an "After Birthday" party the next day. However, they claim to have other errands to run, declining the invitations. She finds out these so-called "errands" are just an excuse to avoid the party. Have they grown tired of the pink pony's frequent celebrations, or is there something bigger involved?
After much anticipation, Canterlot's Grand Galloping Gala has finally begun. As Twilight and her friends take part in the festivities, only one question remains: Is it everything the ponies imagined it to be? My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #12: "At the Gala." My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #: "I'm at The Grand Galloping Gala." My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic - Season 1, Song #: "The Pony Pokey"