My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
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Who said boys can't watch girls' shows?
Genre: Fantasy
Musical
Adventure
Comedy
Slice of Life
Magical Girl
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: Canada
United States
Release Date: October 10, 2010-October 12, 2019
Network(s): Discovery Family (formerly called The Hub) (United States)
TV Tokyo (Japan)
Cartoon Network (Asia/Arabia/Nordic)
Treehouse TV (Canada)
Discovery Kids (Latin America)
rtv (Indonesia)
GMA-7 (Philippines)
Spacetoon TV(Arabic World)
Created by: Lauren Faust
Distributed by: Hasbro Studios
DHX Distribution
Starring: Tara Strong
Ashleigh Ball
Andrea Libman
Tabitha St. Germain
Cathy Weseluck
Kelly Sheridan
Nicole Oliver
John de Lancie
Britt McKillip
Andrew Francis
Kathleen Barr
Michelle Creber
Madeleine Peters
Claire Corlett
Gavin Langelo
Devyn Dalton
Vincent Tong
Lauren Jackson
Shannon Chan-Kent
Katrina Salisbury
Seasons: 9
Episodes: 222


My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a Canadian-American magical girl TV series that on Discovery Family (originally The Hub) from 2010 to 2019. It had 9 seasons, 222 episodes, a spinoff series focusing on the Mane Six's human counterparts and an exclusive character named Sunset Shimmer called Equestria Girls which launched in 2013, and a 2017 movieGMW. In 2020, it was succeeded by My Little Pony: Pony Life, which will feature the same voice actors and the same writers. In the same year, a clip show series called Friendship is Forever was released, taking place after the events of the Season 9 finale "The Ending of the End".

Summary

The series follows the adventures and exploits of a studious purple alicorn (previously unicorn) named Twilight Sparkle as she and her small purple and green dragon assistant and friend Spike, along with 6 (previously 5) other mares, travel throughout the fictional land of Equestria to fix and spread friendship. Later, the seven mares build a school named the "School of Friendship" to teach friendship to not only ponies, but to other creatures, lead by a pony named Sandbar, named Gallus the Griffin, Yona the Yak, Ocellus of the reformed Changelings, Silverstream the Hippogriff, and Smolder the Dragon.

Why It Rocks

  1. Despite using Adobe Flash animation (which is usually not a good choice for animated shows), the animation and backgrounds are clean, detailed, and great looking.
  2. It has great morals but also deals with morally complicated situations and themes, such as xenophobia, colonialism, bullying, standing up for yourself, and forgiveness regardless of how much wrong someone does to you.
  3. Its characters are relatable and likable, such as the four princesses including Celestia, Luna, Cadence, Flurry Heart and the Mane 6 including Twilight Sparkle herself.
  4. The role-models for the main eight characters are pretty good:
    • Twilight Sparkle is the likable, natural-born and intelligent alicorn (previously unicorn) type of pony and the leader of the Mane 6, who can be OCD at times.
    • Fluttershy is the calm, kind-hearted, but shy pegasus type of pony who takes care of many kinds of animals, but can be easily frightened sometimes and uses "The Stare" to get bad animals under her control.
    • Applejack is the down-to-earth type of pony who helps on her farm called Sweet Apple Acres, kicking down many trees to get the apples, and is well adjusted but can sometimes be stubborn.
    • Rainbow Dash is the well-meaning, loyal, but speedy, tomboyish, and sometimes irresponsible pegasus type of pony, who can go fast and has a dream of joining the Wonderbolts (Equestria's version of the Blue Angels), which she officially gets to do so.
    • Pinkie Pie is the hyper, wacky, but joyful and happy comic relief earth type of pony who always throws parties and is the one who breaks the fourth wall a lot.
    • Rarity is the artful, creative and generous unicorn type of pony who enjoys making fashion, despite her vain and melodramatic tendencies sometimes.
    • Spike, who is a dragon, is a loyal, loveable and faithful assistant to Twilight Sparkle. He even gets the ability to fly later like Twilight in Season 8.
    • Starlight Glimmer, a skilled unicorn type of pony, started as a villain in season 5 (due to losing her friend Sunburst as a filly), but reforms in the season finale after realizing her actions change the future, reunites with Sunburst in the Season 6 premiere and becomes a protagonist and a friend/ally to the Mane Six.
  5. It has phenomenal voice acting. For example, Tara Strong as Twilight Sparkle. It not only has Weird Al as the voice of Cheese Sandwich and Star Trek actors William Shatner as Grand Pear and John de Lancie as Q-inspired character Discord, but also Maurice LaMarche, the voice of Egon from The Real Ghostbusters, various characters such as Kif Kroker from Futurama, and Brain from Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain.
    • The Japanese opening & the dub itself is great, as it goes for a more magical girl anime-like feel and stays 99% faithful to the original.
  6. There are a lot of interesting episodes. Some also make nods to the fanbase, such as Slice of Life (the fan-favorite characters in the show), Fame and Misfortune (tackling flawlessness), and Honest Apple (dealing with fan criticism).
  7. The villains are excellent and threatening. Tirek, King Sombra, The Pony of Shadows, and Chrysalis, in particular, are great examples.
  8. It can be pretty hilarious at times, especially from the comic relief Pinkle Pie, who can do many cartoonish feats such as hanging upside down on the ceiling or appear in random places.
  9. They finally brought back Applejack for the first time since the first generation of the franchise (not counting the third generation, in which Applejack was only in toy form). Other characters in the Mane Six are also inspired by G1 characters, such as Rainbow Dash using traits from Firefly.
    • Also, Minty returned on the final short in 2019.
  10. The musical score and musical numbers are both awesome to listen to, such as "BBBFFs" and even fan favorites such as the "Smile" song.
  11. It has some emotional stories such as in the episode The Perfect Pear, which deals with Applejack's deceased parents.
  12. It has decent character development. Discord, for example, started as a chaos-making villain, but then got reformed in season 3, and later became an ally (though reluctantly) among the Mane 6 and a friend of Fluttershy, despite occasionally making humorous trouble along the way.
  13. It spawned a movie, which was pretty good (despite the mixed reception).
  14. The action and fight scenes are awe-inspiring and great.
  15. While there are pop culture references, they aren't forced down your throat, unlike most other popular shows in later seasons. They're also fun pretty fun to point out, such as Neighsay being similar to the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange, or many of Discord's costumes being similar to movies such as Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas or Harry Potter, or references to other Hasbro properties such as Transformers or Jem.
  16. Speaking of which, the season 9 two-parter known as "The Ending of the End" is pretty good, as it has a fight scene that almost references the final battle from Avengers: Endgame.
  17. The last episode "The Last Problem" is an excellent, but very sad, and the emotional montage of the Mane 6's adventures and is easily a good send off to the series.
  18. While most of the character designs use the same body proportions, they look great and cute and can sometimes have some creativity nonetheless.

Bad Qualities

  1. There are some dark, disturbing, and mean-spirited moments, such as Pinkie going crazy after no one shows up to her party in "Party of One" or Twilight going even more insane in "Lesson Zero" (especially with the crazy faces she makes).
    • There are even some adult jokes. Examples include Applejack's "Are you saying my mouth is making promises my legs can't keep?" line, Big Macintosh getting whipped between the legs by the vines in "Princess Twilight Sparkle", or Maud Pie swooning over the petrified Mudbriar in "Student Counsel," which inadvertently shows off agalmatophilia.
    • There can also be some unneeded gross-out humor sometimes, such as Fluttershy picking her nose (while being controlled by Rarity) in "Green Isn't Your Color", Pinkie Pie wearing Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake's diapers in "Baby Cakes" or Discord wearing peanut butter jars on his feet in "What About Discord?"
  2. While a handful of the villains were given proper and convincing redemptions and showed how they were going through them (such as Luna, Discord, Starlight Glimmer, Sunset Shimmer, Trixie, Diamond Tiara, the Changelings, etc), the other villains’ redemptions were mostly just forced in order to impress conservative parents and moral guardians who want to insist on mercy.
  3. Since it's using Flash animation, there are some problems with the animation:
    • The animation's framerate switches between 30 FPS and 60 FPS, so in many shots, objects and distant characters move smoothly while in frame characters will move either smooth or slow and choppy, and it can be distracting at times. This can even cause some framerate issues.
    • The CGI doesn't mesh well with the 2D characters and backgrounds, and it can look pretty fake, particularly with the timberwolves.
    • Animation errors and clipping errors are common everywhere in the show, such as disappearing or extra limbs, animation cells being seen, character models being copy-pasted, and characters standing still like statues in the background. However, one animation error gave birth to the popular character Derpy Hooves (a.k.a. Muffins and Ditzy Doo), who has since appeared in many episodes as a cameo.
  4. There can be some plot holes and continuity errors, particularly in "The Summer Sun Setback", where Discord doesn't detect Tirek sneakily stealing magic from the earth ponies in the Summer Sun Festival, even though he had sensed his magic disturbance back in "Twilight's Kingdom".
  5. Some characters, such as Spoiled Rich, can be unlikable.
    • Though funny, Pinkie Pie can be foolish, annoying or rarely hypocritical sometimes, and has moments of making situations worse due to being innocently insensitive.
  6. There have been some bad episodes that tend to have overly heavy and/or poorly-executed messages, like "The Mysterious Mare Do Well," "Ponyville Confidential", "Putting Your Hoof Down", "Princess Spike," "Somepony to Watch Over Me," "Rainbow Falls," or the infamous "A Matter of Principals" (depending on your view).
  7. Some of the foreign dubs are very bad, such as the Hungarian and Croatian HRT dubs.

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Stephenfisher2001

15 months ago
Score 22

This is one of my biggest favorite little girly shows of all time!

So... ...FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC!!! :D
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Mr. Dready

11 months ago
Score 3
Uh i get it, you're into My Little Pony WageTheGoblin (Sorry if i'm pronouncing it wrong, or he changed his username again.) is into UglyDolls and i'm into Dragon Ball, i think i get the difference.
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Mr. Dready

4 months ago
Score 0
And my Favourite girly show is Sailor Moon.
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TimmyPolkaDots2005

4 months ago
Score 0
IRYO (Hate)
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Chasemc215

11 months ago
Score 3
To be honest with ya.... I hate My Little Pony.
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Jego5542Gonzalez

8 months ago
Score 1
Then iCan Handle Your opinion
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Necropolis

5 months ago
Score -1
Same here.
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Hookuai

5 months ago
Score 0
oh no its konstantin odinokov
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

5 months ago
Score 0
Just ignore him.
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TimmyPolkaDots2005

4 months ago
Score 0
I used to like it as a 5-year-old, but now HATE it!
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Coolskeleton95

3 months ago
Score 0
We respect opinions in our fandom :D
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ZeroG

one month ago
Score 1
Agreed, it's my most hated show of all time!
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EijiZeBoi

10 months ago
Score 20

I FOUND A BRONY IN REAL LIFE (1000% REAL) (NOT CLICKBAIT)

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Hookuai

8 months ago
Score 2

Girl: Ponies!

I love ponies!

I love ponies,

and I'm not afraid to admit I love unicorns!

I love ponies and unicorns!

UNICORNS!

Unicorns!
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Katholica

3 months ago
Score 0
Oh, that's why grown men watch My Little Pony.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

8 months ago
Score 1
Who said boys can't watch girls' shows?
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Jego5542Gonzalez

8 months ago
Score 2
I don’t know. It’s their opinion not to watch them.
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Declan Kearns

8 months ago
Score 2
I used to enjoy and I would always defend it no matter what. But not anymore.
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Trevor807

8 months ago
Score 10
There were episodes focusing on, say, Spike, Big Mac, or Discord.
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Portrock1566

7 months ago
Score 3
No need to state the obvious, David. It just wastes time.
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Sebastian TheVideoMaker2005

7 months ago
Score -6

What Really Calls Me Out About That Show Is That It Has Made So Many References To The Following: The Ticket Master/A Bird In The Hoof (The Benny Hill Show) Dragonshy (The Hobbit) Swarm Of The Century (The Trouble With Tribbles) Suited For Sucess (Putting It Together By Stephen Sondheim) The Show Stoppers (Bohemian Rhaspody) The Return Of Harmony (Q From Star Trek And The Star Wars Episode 4 Ending) Lesson Zero (Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers) Princess Luna: The Animated Series (YouTube Video) (Batman: The Animated Series) Sisterhooves Social (Leatherheads) May The Best Pet Win (127 Hours) The Mysterious Mare Do Well (Darkwing Duck) Secret Of My Excess (King Kong) The Last Roundup (I Love Lucy) The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 (Ya Got Trouble From The Music Man) Read It And Weep (Raiders Of The Lost Ark) Hearts And Hooves Day (Keen On Keane (The Powerpuff Girls)) Putting Your Hoof Down (Wabbit Season/Duck Season) It's About Time (The I Am The Doctor Theme From Doctor Who And Solid Snake From Metal Gear 4) Ponyville Confidential (Truth Or Ed (Ed, Edd N Eddy) And The Krabby Kronicle (Spongebob Squarepants)) MMMystery On The Friendship Express (Sherlock Holmes And James Bond) A Canterlot Wedding (Team Rocket Is Blasting Off Again) The Crystal Empire (Planet Hoth (Star Wars), Sauron, And Spiderman) One Bad Apple (The A Team Theme) Magic Duel (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) Wonderbolts Academy (Top Gun) Games Ponies Play (Monsters Inc. Outtakes) Button's Nintendo Adventures (YouTube Video) (Various Nintendo Games) Issue 13 of Friendship is Magic Comic (One Piece) Princess Twilight Sparkle (Teen Gohan Defeats Perfect Cell) Castle Mane-ia (Scooby Doo) Fallout Equestria: Double Rainboom (YouTube Video) (Fallout 3) Daring Don't (Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Again)) Cutie Mark Crusaders Rocky Training Montage (Rocky (1976)) Power Ponies (Power Rangers) Flutterbat Begins (YouTube Video) (Batman Begins) Rarity Takes Manehattan (Designing Woman (Family Ties) And Plane It On Rio (Littlest Pet Shop (2012)) Pinkie Apple Jack (Slender) Three's A Crowd (Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Aladdin, Ricola, The Saltine Challenge, And The Star Wars (1977) Poster) Pinkie Pride (Weird Al Yankovic) Maud Pie (Episode) (Weird Cousin (Hey Arnold)) My Little Pony: Friends Forever: Issue 4 (Mario) Twilight's Kingdom (Mary Poppins And Dragon Ball Z) My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks (Daft Punk) The Cutie Map (The Apple "1984" Commercial) Tanks For The Memories (Who's On First (Abbott And Costello) And Game Of Thrones) Make New Friends But Keep Discord (Metal Gear, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfield, Rodney Dangerfield, Gallagher, And The Shining) The Lost Treasure Of Griffonstone (Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade) Slice Of Life (The Big Lebowski And The Tenth Doctor From Doctor Who) Party Pooped (The Beatles) Do Princesses Dream Of Magic Sheep? (Inception, Sailor Moon, And Iceman) Rarity Investigates (Old Detective Shows, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, And Jim Moriarty) Made In Manehattan (Peanuts) Scare Master (Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon), Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion) Utena Tenjou (Revolutionary Girl Utena), Bulma (Dragon Ball), And Ramma Saotome (Ranma 1/2)) What About Discord? (Bob Ross And Back To The Future) The Hooffields And McColts (Hatfields And McCoys) The Mane Attraction (Lady Gaga) The Crystalling (Fairly Odd Baby (The Fairly Oddparents)) On Your Marks (Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, And Andy Warhol) A Hearth's Warming Tail (Ebenezer Scrooge, Severus Snape (Harry Potter), And Perry The Platypus (Phineas And Ferb)) Flutter Brutter (Link) Spice Up Your Life (Clarissa Dickson Wright, Rachael Ray, Cat Cora, Julia Child, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Chris Cosentino And Art Ginsburg) Viva Las Pegasus (Criss Angel, Britney Spears, Cirque Du Soleil, Slegfried And Roy, Penn And Teller, And Scooter From The Muppets) Where The Apple Lies (The Grady Twins) Celestial Advice (Fullmetal Alchemist) Secrets And Pies (Piglet's Thousand And One Watermelons) Shadow Play (Indiana Jones (Character)) Grannies Gone Wild (Rick And Morty And Walter White (Breaking Bad)) Best Gift Ever (A Charlie Brown Christmas, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, And Buddy From Elf (2003) Honorable Mentions: The Cutie Mark Crusaders (The Powerpuff Girls) Pipsqueak And Granny Smith (Mac And Madame Foster (Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends)) Parasprites (Tribbles) Chancellor Neighsay (Doctor Strange)

Cozy Glow (Shirley Temple)
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Hookuai

7 months ago
Score 1
Stop Typing Like This
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David777777

6 months ago
Score 1
@Sebastian TheVideoMaker2005 - Stop Typing Like This
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Heraz

6 months ago
Score -4
@David777777 Hookuai But Your Typing Like This! #HYPOCRITECOMFIRMED!
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Hookuai

5 months ago
Score 1
Heraz, we're not being hypocrites at all. In the obvious state, we were doing this because it's a warning of people typing "Like This" and "Not that"
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Areyoutyler

4 months ago
Score 0
These are called homages, not ripoffs.
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Trashanimal

one month ago
Score 0
That's a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong eyesore-worthy comment that proves you're nitpicking.
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Piplupfan125

7 months ago
Score 0
Should we protect this page from the crazy Haredim If they plan to attack this page?
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Piplupfan125

7 months ago
Score 1
Hatedom (why is autocorrect stupid)
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Jego5542Gonzalez

6 months ago
Score 0
I’m a Brony now.
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Hookuai

5 months ago
Score 0
"Congratulations, do you need an achievement for that?" - Rath460
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Jego5542Gonzalez

5 months ago
Score 0
I really don’t.
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Necropolis

5 months ago
Score 0
Ok
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Jego5542Gonzalez

5 months ago
Score -2
This is way better than Pony Life because Pony Life is so lame because the episodes are 11 minutes unlike Friendship Is Magic.
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Trevor807

5 months ago
Score 0
How does a simple 11-minute runtime make it "lame"?
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Necropolis

5 months ago
Score 1
Bruh, give some real reasonings why it's better than Pony Life
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Jclem05

4 months ago
Score 1
It's very boring.
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Apvbulg

5 months ago
Score 3
I would never say that boys can't watch girly shows :)
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 0
My Little Pony smells like bologna. She went to the park to play. She stepped on wire and caught on fire. And all the other ponies shouted "Yay!"
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Jclem05

4 months ago
Score -1
This is a joke, right?
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 2
Yes it is, Karen Smith.
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ItMeansNothing

4 months ago
Score 0
Why can't anyone on the mainline reception wikis take a joke?
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Zeroa

2 months ago
Score 0
I Like Jokes
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Jclem05

one month ago
Score 0
I CAN take jokes, I was just asking.
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Xavior 0.10

3 months ago
Score 1
You guys ever heard of the IDW comics (and yes they are the guys who made comics based on movie, televison and video game properties such as Terminator, Transformers, 24, Doctor Who, Star Trek, etc.)
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Necropolis

3 months ago
Score 0
Nope, I never heard of it
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ChocolateHamburger

12 days ago
Score 0
I have actually
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KalloFox34

one month ago
Score 2
This was a good show.
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No bias

one month ago
Score 0
I was remember watching this show even though i'm a boy and my friend mocks me damn.
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Turlesfat

one month ago
Score 1
i like this show because of things also its turtles fat not turlesfat i made a mistake signing in
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GiPratt

29 days ago
Score 1
bronies detected here
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

21 days ago
Score 1
There are people who love this show and there are people who hate this show, I personally am in the middle, I think this show has a lot of good like most of the character developments are good like Discord (prior to Season 9) but the bad is in fact in my eyes can be really really bad like some shitty episodes like Daring Doubt and Ending of the End. Overall I enjoy this show but I think it's super flawed so overall rating 6/10.
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PizzaGal369

8 days ago
Score 0
I liked this show. I remember watching it when I was younger.
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TehGamerOne18

6 days ago
Score 0
This shows fandom and hatedom both suck
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TehGamerOne18

2 days ago
Score 0
When do you think this show started to lost a bit of its charm?

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