My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Sweet tales of friendship have great messages for kids.

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 91 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 294 reviews

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age 11+

It's alright I guess....

This is a pretty good show. I find myself enjoying it from time to time, but there are a few issues I have noticed that I felt may be a bit of an issue with my children. Once, I saw this one episode where a blue sparkly haired pony (forgot her name) created some smokey demon that gave her nightmares every night as a way to punish herself for the wrongdoings she was responsible for in the past. Although she learned to forgive herself at the end of the episode, I found it very strange how such a dark subject, like self-abuse, was inserted into a show for little girls. My children, especially the younger ones, didn't quite understand the concept. There was this other episode where a pony by the name of Rainbow Dash joined this group known as the "Wonderbolts". In that episode, the "Wonderbolts" constantly bullied the Rainbow Pony by calling her a name that deeply offended her. This isn't the issue with the episode I have though. The problem I had with this episode was that, by the end, Rainbow was the one that had to learn to just "accept" the insulting nickname and the bullies were in the right because, apparently, name-calling was their little "tradition". Another one that had me scratching my head a lot was this one episode where this pony named Rarity was feeling guilty because she was away from her city for a long time and hadn't spent much time with her kid sister (forgot this one's name too). She then finally finds the time to do so, and makes her way to meet her little sister. However, Rarity seemingly wanted to do childish things with her sister, who was getting older and wasn't too interested in them as she was when she was younger. The little sister gets very annoyed to the point where she lashes out at her older sister and tells her to go away, because she is "too old" for the activities that were being organized. Not acknowledging the fact that her big sister took time away from her work just to make time for her. In the end, Rarity apparently was in the 'wrong', and there was no lesson for the little sister having to be grateful for the love and attention her older sister was giving her. Now, I don't know about you, but I think this isn't a good moral for children. Sure, I understand that children growing up should do activities for their age group, but at the same time, shouldn't they learn to be grateful that someone cares about them so much that they'd take time off their job just to be with them for a day? It shouldn't matter what you're doing, just that person being there for you should be enough. My daughters, however, love this show, and I won't confiscate it from their viewing, but at the same time, I am quite skeptical about some of the morals they teach here. I sure hope my kids only watch this for entertainment and not for educational purposes. And yes, I am aware of these 'bronies', but I'm not even going to discuss that... I'm not saying all the morals are bad though, some I watched were actually very good and impressive. This show did tackle subjects such as a child getting used to her mother's new boyfriend, and some other stuff that I did find very interesting. But at the same time, I can't ignore the not-so-great messages this show did put. But one thing's for sure, I would prefer this show over Caillou or Peppa Pig any day.
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age 10+

Ponies are rude

This seems more like a show geared toward tweens. Compare the way the ponies treat each other with, say, the Octonauts, or Oona and Baba on Puffin Rock, or really any other characters from shows for preschoolers. On those other shows, characters are always supportive and kind. In contrast, the ponies are sarcastic, annoyed with each other, dismissive, and just plain rude. They laugh at each other for making mistakes. They try to mess each other up (e.g. the rainbow one has almost beaten her own record at bouncing a ball on her nose, and the butterfly one roars to make her drop the ball. Then everyone laughs. WTF.) Skip this. Watch a show like Gaby's Dollhouse, Ridley Jones, True and the Rainbow Kingdom, anything else where the characters *actually* model friendship.
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