For all the talk of strong female characters, I'm not terribly impressed.
The best character on the show is a boy. And the second best (and creator Lauren Faust's favorite), is a tom boy at the very least. And it's not just idle trolling that many of the show's biggest fans talk about her being a bull dyke. Sure, it can be argued that these traits shouldn't be considered masculine in the first place, and there's nothing wrong with tom boyish girl characters, agreed. But I wonder if that's what the creators were intending by strong female characters in the first place.
Second of all, there's the problem the show's main protagonist, Twilight Sparkle. It's the anti-intellectualism. And in a show aimed at young girls. This character's main character flaw is that she reads too many books. In the opening episode, characters remark about how her big problem is reading too many books. The mother figure on the show agrees. The running plot through the series is how she should be playing with her friends instead of studying.
That's almost as bad as "Math is Hard Barbie."
Sure, there are some situations where problems are solved by reading books. But they're few and far between. Where are the other characters reading books? Why can't Pinkie Pie save the day by doing something smart? IMO, if you're going to even have book reading in a show, it should be portrayed as an absolute good.
Especially in shows aimed for children.