A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Spike has a crush on one of the ponies and often gets starry-eyed when she’s around.
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Rarely, insults like "slacker" or "creep."
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Products & Purchases
The series is a new addition to an established line of toys, books, apparel, games, and numerous TV specials.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.