The second season of animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, developed by Lauren Faust, originally aired on Hub Network 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. Season 2 of the series premiered on September 17, 2011, on Hub Network, 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 marketing of the toy line.
Discord escapes from his stone prison and Twilight and her friends act quickly to find the Elements of Harmony to stop him.
Twilight's friends have been corrupted by Discord, and all of Equestria is about to fall into total chaos. Twilight remembers about the riddle of finding the stolen Elements of Harmony. However, even after obtaining them, can she and her friends defeat their most powerful foe yet with almost all hope lost?
Hyper-organized Twilight panics when she can’t find a lesson about friendship for her weekly letter to Princess Celestia.
It's Nightmare Night and the macabre celebrations are in full swing when Luna herself shows up in Ponyville, determined to change her frightening public image.
Sweetie Belle comes up with an idea to celebrate sisterly unity in an impromptu party with not much planning, and when Rarity decides not to be part of the celebration, Sweetie Belle becomes angry and disowns her as a friend.
Applebloom finally gets her Cutie Mark! But joy turns to panic as she gets a second, then a third, then a dozen cutie marks.
Rainbow Dash hosts a flying race to see who will be her pet.
There is a new hero in Ponyville who is masked and stealing Rainbow Dash's thunder.
Rarity must choose between her friends and important social connections in Canterlot.
After Spike's birthday gifts activate his greedy dragon instincts, he undergoes an outrageous growth spirt that threatens to destroy all of Ponyville, so he must find a way to stop growing and save the inhabitants of the city.
The six friends are in a play about the founding of Equestria for the Hearth's Warming Eve's holiday pageant.
Apple Bloom doesn't want Granny Smith to embarrass her by speaking in her class.
Pinkie Pie tries babysitting Cake's twin toddlers but finds it harder than she thought.
After reading a note from Applejack stating that she will not return to Ponyville after competing in the Equestria Rodeo, the friends go on a journey to find her.
The Flim Flam brothers challenge the Apples to a Cider Making Contest and the winner of the showdown gets to take Sweet Apple Acres, so with the farm in peril, the Apple ponies must come together and muster all their cider making skills.
When Rainbow Dash is stuck in the hospital, she discovers the joys of reading, but tries to hide her new hobby from her friends for fear of being an "egghead" herself.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders create a strong love potion in the hopes of making Miss Cheerilee and Big Macintosh fall in love, but when they discover the serious side effects of their concoction, they quickly regret their actions.
When Pinkie Pie meets Cranky Doodle Donkey, she becomes flummoxed about what to do when the donkey refuses her usual offer of lifelong friendship, so she must decide what to do next about the first creature ever to do such a thing.
With help from Iron Will, Fluttershy learns how she can be more assertive.
Twilight gets overly worried when she receives a warning from her future self.
Spike joins the Great Dragon Migration to discover his true identity, but it might not be what he really needs.
Fluttershy's self-consciousness becomes problematic when Rainbow Dash and the other pegasi require her help with the rainy season.
A gossip column is started by the Cutie Mark Crusaders under the name Gabby Gums. However, they regret their work when it starts to harm other ponies.
A cake Pinkie Pie is guarding for a contest is ruined on the way to Canterlot and an investigation begins.
Twilight Sparkle is confused by her conflicting feelings when she finds out her brother, Shining Armor, is marrying Princess Celestia's niece, Cadance.
Shining Armor and Princess Cadance are set to be married, but Twilight Sparkle has just discovered a dark secret about the bride-to-be.