My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Sweet tales of friendship have great messages for kids.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 76 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 231 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Kids see how friendship can grow from rocky first impressions as Twilight learns to accept her peers for who they are and comes to appreciate their individuality.

Positive Messages

Every episode includes a moral related to the value of friendship, compassion, and the importance of respecting people's unique talents. Sometimes conflicts like injured feelings or jealousy make one of the ponies act out against the others with intimidation, manipulation, and threatening language. Mean-spirited pranks and selfish behavior smacks of bullying, but these kinds of issues are always resolved by the story's end, and the negative behavior in the beginning makes the positive changes stand out in a good way. Rare episodes demonstrate female ponies flirting with male characters to get their way. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

All of the ponies are friendly and welcoming to newcomers, and the jobs they do showcase their individual skills and interests. Their relationships aren't without a few bumps, but their loyalty to each other supersedes the rough times. Occasional episodes involve pony characters acting poorly, but they always learn their lessons.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Spike has a crush on one of the ponies and often gets starry-eyed when she’s around. 

Language

Rarely, insults like "slacker" or "creep."

Consumerism

The series is a new addition to an established line of toys, books, apparel, games, and numerous TV specials.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic celebrates friendship’s development from first impressions to true connections, and it benefits kids to see how the characters accept each other’s differences and work through the small troubles that arise. Content-wise there’s nothing of concern, but the show is part of an extensive product line of toys, games, and accessories, so young fans might be drawn to the brand name after taking an interest in the characters.

User Reviews

Parent Written bydebdemers September 4, 2011

OK message but delivery may give pause

My 5 y/o loves this show (only show she wants to watch!) but I am ready to "accidentally" phase it out. It is not so much the message as the attitude... Continue reading
Adult Written byDraegur April 29, 2011

Ideal for All Ages--ALL ages. That includes you, too, moms and dads!

... Now, y'see, I grew up in the mid 90's. My entire generation was exposed to some of the best cartoons that ever existed--and of those best cartoons... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byjackskellingtonlvr February 3, 2013

Good show, some disturbing episodes with happy endings

Good for kids, steer clear of "Lesson zero" and "Party of one" with the little ones. Those are episodes where key characters go insane. No j... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byIwaki July 3, 2011

Great for all ages.

All ages can watch this. I'm 14 yet I'm watching My Little Pony. And I'm a male.

What's the story?

In MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, a magical unicorn pony named Twilight Sparkle (voiced by Tara Strong) learns about friendship from her new Ponyville pals Applejack (Ashleigh Ball), Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain), Fluttershy (Andrea Libman), Rainbow Dash (Ball again), and Pinkie Pie (Libman again). Though she’s grown used to the quiet, studious life in the magical world of Equestria with her faithful friend Spike (Cathy Weseluck), a trip to the ponies’ home introduces Twilight to new relationships, which she’s surprised to discover are full of wonderful benefits she never expected.

Is it any good?

This sweet series brings to light some of the uncertainty preschoolers might feel in building their own social relationships. Twilight’s experiences with her new pals show kids the benefit of working through the rough patches to reap the rewards of friendship. The characters don’t let their diverse personalities keep them from forging relationships, and this theme has good messages about tolerance and respect for kids as well.

There’s little to nitpick in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic itself, but parents may be wary of the unavoidable influence the characters might have on their kids’ desires, since it’s rooted in a well-known product line of books, toys, and just about everything in between.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. How can you tell the ponies are friends? In what ways do they rely on their friends to help them out of jams? What qualities do you like most in your friends?

  • Kids: Do you like the characters in this show? Have you seen these same characters on toys, books, or clothing? Does watching a TV show like this one make you more tempted to want items like these?

  • What qualities set you apart from other people? What are your special talents or skills? How do you use those talents?

  • How do the characters in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic demonstrate compassion? Why is that an important character strength?

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