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Episodes are rated based on the story, writing, moral, execution of the moral, enjoyment, music, and a few wildcard factors. Episodes are rated on a 20 point scale, with 20 being amazing, 10 being average, and 0 being unbelievably bad.

There's also an "Enjoyment Rating." If I hated an episode, I give it a "Trash" Rating. If I enjoyed it to the max, I give it a "Rainbow" Rating. The other ratings are Bronze for Subpar, Silver for Middling, and Gold for Good.

Season 1 Raw Data and Notes
Episode Title Score Notes:

Friendship is Magic P1

12/20

GOLD

Great for the first episode, but feels rushed and unfinished sometimes.
Friendship is Magic P2

9/20

SILVER

Can't say anything that hasn't already been said. NM is bad villain, this episode sorta sucks, etc.
The Ticket Master

8/20

SILVER

Boring, everyone is a douche for no reason, and it has a bad moral (or at least badly worded).
Applebuck Season

11/20

SILVER

Mediocre
Griffon the Brush Off

11/20

SILVER

Has a couple shining moments, but overall forgettable. Glad Gilda got better characterization later on.
Boast Busters

5/20

TRASH

Painful to watch. Mane Six are angry at Trixie for putting on a show at her own show, then act like douches. Trixie's introduction is still on my least fave episodes lists. It's pretty bad.
Dragonshy

11/20

SILVER

Overrated and forgettable. I can only remember Fluttershy yelling at a dragon and Twilight using a map incorrectly because aparently animating a real map in Flash is too advanced for the animators.
Look Before You Sleep

7/20

BRONZE

Not good. Better than Boast Busters, though. Twilight is demoted to village idiot for a day in a role clearly meant for Spike.
Bridle Gossip

11/20

GOLD

Better than some people give it credit for. It has bad moments, sure, and it isn't done as well as it could be, but over all it's actually pretty decent.
Swarm of the Century

11/20

SILVER

Decent. I don't have much to say.
Winter Wrap Up

9/20

BRONZE

Boring, boring, boring. Song is this ep's saving grace.

Call of the Cutie

12/20

SILVER

Applebloom is mildly annoying, I hate Peppermint Twist's voice to death, and I was bored for half of the episode.
Fall Weather Friends

16/20

RAINBOW

To me, this is the moment when Season 1 started to get genuinely GOOD. If you showed me the first twelve episodes and said that was the entire show, I'd regret watching it. But if you showed me the first 13, then I'd be glad it ended on such a high note.
SEASON 1A TOTAL:

132/260

SILVER

Overall, pretty middling. Almost every episode in the first half of this season is either mediocre or bad, with the exception of the 13th episode.
Suited For Success

14/20

GOLD

This is a very good episode, though personally it ticks me off that the Remane Five didn't stop the show and shoulder the blame the moment they realized their blunder. However, it does lead to a wonderful Rarity melodramatic depression scene, so... that's good. Top marks for (mostly) realistically portraying the stresses of being an artist who takes commissions.
Feeling Pinkie Keen

6/20

SILVER

The moral is absolute garbage and Twilight is bizzarrely out of character here, yet I still like the episode. It just sort of... is a fun episode to watch for me, I suppose.
Sonic Rainboom

16/20

GOLD

A really good episode. I have very, very few gripes with this.
Stare Master

11/20

SILVER

Meh.
Show Stoppers

7/20

BRONZE

The major issue with the episode is that it uses an industrial-strength chainsaw to hammer it into our heads that the kids are being idiots by not following their true passions. And it's very annoying. Speaking of annoying, the kids are annoying often enough in this episode, too. Eugh.
A Dog and Pony Show

17/20

RAINBOW

Possibly the funniest episode of the season, if not the entire show. There were few moments where I wasn't laughing out loud.
Green Isn't Your Color

13/20

GOLD

Twilight and Pinkie really, really didn't need to be in this episode. They could be removed from the equation and nothing would change.
Over a Barrel

12/20

SILVER

The prejudice moral done (mostly) right! However, it's a bit of an anticlimax with the pies, and Pinkie's song is sort of the most awful thing ever.
A Bird in the Hoof

2/20

TRASH

Possibly my most hated episode of the series. Very, very little here is redeemable. In fact, let me list off what could be redeemable in this episode: good supportive Angel Bunny, and the moral (if it were done correctly). That's it.
The Cutie Mark Chronicles

18/20

RAINBOW

This episode is amazing, but has flaws. Rarity got the short end of the stick when it comes to good stories (her horn just randomly acts up for no reason, and making amazing dresses apparently isn't enough without it being encrusted hem-to-hem with diamonds). Also, I never realized this: Maud never appears in this episode??? Wow.
Owl's Well That Ends Well

13/20

GOLD

Spike's situation is very relatable and believeable. However, the episode has several flaws, including the Mane Six treating an owl they just met the same as Spike, a dragon being in the Everfree Forest for some reason, Twilight conveniently forgetting magic so that Owlowiscious could be useful, and so on. But nitpicks aside, this is actually not that bad.
Party of One

18/20

RAINBOW

Brilliant. And to anyone who asks "Pinkie can't remember her own birthday???", I say to you that her special talent is making OTHERS happy, so forgetting her OWN birthday isn't too far-fetched.
The Best Night Ever

14/20

SILVER

This is an okay episode. Personally I'd prefer it if Season 1 ended with Cutie Mark Chronicles. That would've been a MUCH better finale.
SEASON 1B TOTAL:

161/260

SILVER

Better than the first half by a wide margin. Clearly the staff got more used to the world and characters after the first several stories, and gave their best work starting around halfway through. Although, there are still a couple duds, so maybe not.
SEASON 1 TOTAL SCORE:

293/520

SILVER

This is the lowest rated season, which is to be expected since it's Season 1 and almost every show has a wonky Season 1. And unless FiM falls victim to Seasonal Rot before ending, I think Season 1 will REMAIN the lowest rated.

EDIT: For reference, I'm currently 5 episodes into Season 2, and will be making a video for Season 1 sometime this month (though I might make my Season 7 premiere video