If you don’t know me, I’m an avid My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan. Like I collect the figures. Of all kinds. Folks, there’s ponies everywhere.
But I digress. The show turned out to be quite amazing. I was skeptical at first, however, once I actually watched it, I realized it was an empowering story featuring a multitude of characters where everyone had some representation. Creator Lauren Faust not only improved upon the preexisting material, but she created something new for everyone. What may even be the most important part is the show hit both the female and male demographic, proving that a show doesn’t have to be gender specific for a group of people to enjoy it.
If you haven’t seen My Little Pony, these are my favorite episodes and the ones I recommend you start with (the show is mainly episodic, but there is some continuation, so once you start, you may find it necessary to continue on).
Top 10 My Little Pony Episodes
10. The Cutie Mark Chronicles (Season 1, episode 23) *essential Cutie Mark Crusaders episode*
The Cutie Mark Crusaders embark on a journey throughout Ponyville, determined to learn how their mentors, Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, and Rarity, all got their cutie marks. The episode is an adorable tribute to fate and whether or not we believe that the friends we have were always supposed to be there. It’s also on of the first episodes to dive into the Mane 6’s past, making it a must-see considering it is continually referenced throughout the rest of My Little Pony.
9. Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 (season 2, episode 15) *essential Applejack episode*
The Flim Flam brothers head to Ponyville with this monstrous cider making machine in order to take all the cider business from the Apple family. These two end up making the whole Apple clan dig in and work together to keep their farm and business. The brothers were so popular that they brought them back for another episode of their wacky scams in season 4.
8. Suited for Success (season 1, episode 14) *essential Rarity episode*
Rarity goes all out for her friends, preparing ball gowns for everyone in honor of the upcoming Grand Galloping Gala. Her friends, however, feel the gowns could be just 20% more awesome. Rarity works herself to the bone making these gowns every bit of what her friends want, sacrificing her originality and some sanity too. This episode shows the end to which Rarity would go to for her friends, making it one of her best episodes.
7. Keep Calm and Flutter On (Season 3, episode 10) *Essential Fluttershy episode*
Fluttershy is a gentle soul which is why Princess Celestia taps her when she wants to reform Discord. When the other ponies want to use the Elements of Harmony against Discord to turn him back into stone, Fluttershy maintains his redemption is possible. She holds her ground against her best friends and convinces Discord he has a friend in her.
6. It’s about Time (Season 2, episode 20) *Essential Twilight Sparkle episode*
Twilight Sparkle appears to herself 3 days in the past in a crazed effort to warn her. But she can’t get it out because past Twilight is obsessed with why she’s disheveled, how she can time travel, just what is going on. This episode is classic Twilight; she’s intelligent, but also so headstrong that she creates the inevitable instead of avoiding it. It’s also one of the best examples of time travel I’ve ever seen on screen.
5. May the Best Pet Win (season 2, episode 10) *Essential Rainbow Dash episode*
Rainbow is feeling just a little left out that she’s the only one without a pet in her group. So what does she do? The only logical Rainbow Dash thing to do! She holds a multi-event competition, testing all possible pets from an eagle to a flamingo. Her hardcore personality won’t accept anything less than the best but she’s caught unaware when the least obvious competitor wins out.
4. Pinkie Pride (Season 4, episode 12) *Essential Pinkie Pie episode*
While Pinkie has some great episodes throughout the series, this one wins out for being the one where she meets her match: Cheese Sandwich (played by the glorious Weird Al Yankovic). He’s a traveling party pony that can lift pony spirits better than anyone else, much to Pinkie’s chagrine. It takes a lesson in jealousy and acceptance for Pinkie to finally befriend what was at first her adversary.
3. Three’s a Crowd (season 4, episode 11) *Essential Discord episode*
This episode makes me laugh so much. Why? Because it’s hilarious watching Twilight get thrown off her game. And Discord lives for that. While Twilight just wants a girls day with her sister in law, Princess Cadence, Discord is busy spreading the exasperation in Ponyville with his “blue flu.” His constant tormenting of the Mane 6 eventually ends up ruining Twilight’s day but she does get the better end of the stick in the end, so it’s not all bad for Twilight.
2. Slice of Life (season 5, episode 9 or episode 100) *Essential Equestria episode*
One of the most eventful and enjoyable episodes to date, this one focuses on all of Ponyville readying themselves for a wedding, with the Mane 6 off fighting a Bugbear in the background. We see favorite B, C, and D characters get up in front for a change, truly proving that there’s a story for everyone. This is your chance to hear certain ponies speak for the first time (Timeturner or Dr. Hooves), catch returns of characters that have been forgotten (Steven Magnet), and reconnect with the world around the Mane 6.
1. Power Ponies (Season 4, episode 6) *Essential Spike episode*
When you think of Spike centric episodes, this one doesn’t usually come to mind, because it really does feature the Mane 6 as well. However, when Spike’s comic book takes the seven of them inside its world, he’s forced to take the position of sidekick (one he previously hated) and realize its just as important as any other hero role. The appeal of this episode out ranks any other for several reasons. The ponies represent some of the best comic book superheroes out there. The Mane-iac is a well developed, creative villain that they should definitely bring back. The story itself is tightly written and one of the most entertaining in the series.
There you have it. The essential My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Go watch these on Netflix now. It’ll take 5ish hours of your time. You won’t be bored. There will be at least a few of these that you like. You won’t regret it.
Have you seen My Little Pony? Comment with the episodes in your Top List!