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DQ's letter grades for various FIM media

One of my biggest peeves in reviewing is giving something a calculated score, because it's very difficult if not impossible to reduce the quality to such a mark. Plus, whenever many people see a score, they tend to not read the review at all and rely on the score/grade itself as proof for purchase.

Nonetheless, if I were to grade the following based on the following items below, they would be the followings below the first rule. The grades are respective and separated to the following categories:

  1. Season 1
  2. Season 2
  3. Season 3
  4. Season 4
  5. Season 5
  6. Season 6
  7. Season 7
  8. Season 8
  9. Season 9
  10. MLP: The Movie & Specials
  11. Equestria Girls series, RR animated shorts, specials, and IDW comic/annual
  12. Main Comic Series*
  13. Micro-Series
  14. Friends Forever

If you want to see my order of every FIM episode from best to worst (with grades), click here.

Be warned: There are no reasons given for any of the grades, and they're all subject to change. Let's begin! :D


Season 1:

  1. Friendship Is Magic: C
  2. The Ticket Master: C-
  3. Applebuck Season: B-
  4. Griffon the Brush Off: D+
  5. Boast Busters: F
  6. Dragonshy: B-
  7. Look Before You Sleep: B
  8. Bridle Gossip: F-
  9. Swarm of the Century: B-
  10. Winter Wrap Up: A-
  11. Call of the Cutie: B+
  12. Fall Weather Friends: B
  13. Suited for Success: A
  14. Feeling Pinkie Keen: D-
  15. Sonic Rainboom: B
  16. Stare Master: C-
  17. The Show Stoppers: F
  18. A Dog and Pony Show: C
  19. Green Isn't Your Color: B
  20. Over a Barrel: D+
  21. A Bird in the Hoof: D
  22. The Cutie Mark Chronicles: A-
  23. Owl's Well that Ends Well: F
  24. Party of One: A+
  25. The Best Night Ever: A+

———

Season 2:

  1. The Return of Harmony: A-
  2. Lesson Zero: A
  3. Luna Eclipsed: B+
  4. Sisterhooves Social: A+
  5. The Cutie Pox: C
  6. May the Best Pet Win!: F
  7. The Mysterious Mare Do Well: F
  8. Sweet and Elite: B-
  9. Secret of My Excess: B
  10. Hearth's Warming Eve: B
  11. Family Appreciation Day: B
  12. Baby Cakes: C+
  13. The Last Roundup: B
    The Last Roundup (edited): F
  14. The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000: C-
  15. Read It and Weep: B-
  16. Hearts and Hooves Day: D
  17. A Friend in Deed: B
  18. Putting Your Hoof Down: F
  19. It's About Time: B-
  20. Dragon Quest: F-
  21. Hurricane Fluttershy: A
  22. Ponyville Confidential: D-
  23. MMMystery on the Friendship Express: D-
  24. A Canterlot Wedding: C-

———

Season 3:

  1. The Crystal Empire: F+
  2. Too Many Pinkie Pies: C+
  3. One Bad Apple: F-
  4. Magic Duel: B+
  5. Sleepless in Ponyville: A
  6. Wonderbolts Academy: A-
  7. Apple Family Reunion: B
  8. Spike at Your Service: D-
  9. Keep Calm and Flutter On: D+
  10. Just for Sidekicks: D
  11. Games Ponies Play: F+
  12. Magical Mystery Cure: C-

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Season 4:

  1. Princess Twilight Sparkle: C-
  2. Castle Mane-ia: B-
  3. Daring Don't: D
  4. Flight to the Finish: A
  5. Power Ponies: C
  6. Bats!: F+
  7. Rarity Takes Manehattan: B+
  8. Pinkie Apple Pie: B+
  9. Rainbow Falls: F-
  10. Three's a Crowd: C+
  11. Pinkie Pride: A
  12. Simple Ways: C-
  13. Filli Vanilli: D
  14. Twilight Time: B
  15. It Ain't Easy Being Breezies: D-
  16. Somepony to Watch Over Me: F
  17. Maud Pie: C+
  18. For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils: A-
  19. Leap of Faith: C
  20. Testing Testing 1, 2, 3: A
  21. Trade Ya!: F
  22. Inspiration Manifestation: B
  23. Equestria Games: D+
  24. Twilight's Kingdom: B-

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Season 5:

  1. The Cutie Map: A+
  2. Castle Sweet Castle: A-
  3. Bloom & Gloom: A-
  4. Tanks for the Memories: D+
  5. Appleoosa's Most Wanted: F
  6. Make Friends but Keep Discord: C+
  7. The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone: C
  8. Slice of Life: A
  9. Princess Spike: F
  10. Party Pooped: C-
  11. Amending Fences: A+
  12. Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?: D+
  13. Canterlot Boutique: B-
  14. Rarity Investigates!: B
  15. Made in Manehattan: C+
  16. Brotherhooves Social: D+
  17. Crusaders of the Lost Mark: A+
  18. The One Where Pinkie Knows: C
  19. Hearthbreakers: B-
  20. Scare Master: B+
  21. What About Discord: F
  22. The Hooffields and McColts: D+
  23. The Mane Attraction: A-
  24. The Cutie Re-Mark: A

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Season 6:

  1. The Crystalling: B
  2. The Gift of Maud Pie: C+
  3. On Your Marks: B+
  4. Gauntlet of Fire: A-
  5. No Second Prances: F
  6. Newbie Dash: F-
  7. A Hearth's Warming Tail: A
  8. The Saddle Row Review: A
  9. Applejack's "Day" Off: C
  10. Flutter Brutter: F+
  11. Spice Up Your Life: C-
  12. Stranger Than Fan Fiction: B-
  13. The Cart Before the Ponies: F
  14. 28 Pranks Later: F-
  15. The Times They Are a Changeling: A
  16. Dungeons & Discords: B
  17. Buckball Season: C-
  18. The Fault in Our Cutie Marks: A-
  19. Viva Las Pegasus: B+
  20. Every Little Thing She Does: D
  21. P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View): F
  22. Where the Apple Lies: B-
  23. Top Bolt: B
  24. To Where and Back Again: F

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Season 7:

  1. Celestial Advice: B-
  2. All Bottled Up: A-
  3. A Flurry of Emotions: B+
  4. Rock Solid Friendship: C+
  5. Fluttershy Leans In: C
  6. Forever Filly: C+
  7. Parental Glideance: A+
  8. Hard to Say Anything: F
  9. Honest Apple: F
  10. A Royal Problem: C-
  11. Not Asking for Trouble: B-
  12. Discordant Harmony: A-
  13. The Perfect Pear: A+
  14. Fame and Misfortune: F-
  15. Triple Threat: B-
  16. Campfire Tales: C+
  17. To Change a Changeling: B+
  18. Daring Done: C+
  19. It Isn't the Mane Thing About You: A-
  20. A Health of Information: B
  21. Marks and Recreation: A
  22. Once Upon a Zeppelin: A-
  23. Secrets and Pies: D
  24. Uncommon Bond: A-
  25. Shadow Play: A+

———

Season 8:

  1. School Daze: B-
  2. The Maud Couple: B
  3. Fake It 'Til You Make It: F
  4. Grannies Gone Wild: A
  5. Surf and/or Turf: A
  6. Horse Play: A-
  7. The Parent Map: B+
  8. Non-Compete Clause: D-
  9. The Break Up Break Down: A+
  10. Molt Down: A-
  11. Marks for Effort: B+
  12. The Mean 6: A
  13. A Matter of Principals: C-
  14. The Hearth's Warming Club: A
  15. Friendship University: B+
  16. The End in Friend: B
  17. Yakity-Sax: D
  18. On the Road to Friendship: A
  19. The Washouts: A
  20. A Rockhoof and a Hard Place: A+
  21. What Lies Beneath: A-
  22. Sounds of Silence: A-
  23. Father Knows Beast: B-
  24. School Raze: B

———

Season 9:

  1. The Beginning of the End: B+
  2. Uprooted: B+
  3. Sparkle's Seven: A+
  4. The Point of No Return: A-
  5. Common Ground: A
  6. She's All Yak: A-
  7. Frenemies: A
  8. Sweet and Smoky: B
  9. Going to Seed: B-
  10. Student Counsel: B+
  11. The Last Crusade: A+
  12. Between Dark and Dawn: A
  13. The Last Laugh: A-
  14. 2, 4, 6, Greaaat: D
  15. A Trivial Pursuit: B-
  16. The Summer Sun Setback: A
  17. She Talks to Angel: B+
  18. Dragon Dropped: A
  19. A Horse Shoe-In: B+
  20. Daring Doubt: B
  21. Growing Up is Hard to Do: C-
  22. The Big Mac Question: A+
  23. The Ending of the End: C
  24. The Last Problem: A

———

Specials/Movies:

  1. My Little Pony: The Movie: C
  2. Best Gift Ever: C+
  3. Rainbow Roadtrip: B

 


Equestria Girls:

  1. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: F-
  2. The Fall of Sunset Shimmer: A-
  3. MLP Annual #1: C-
  4. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls — Rainbow Rocks: D
  5. Equestria Girls Holiday Special: F-
  6. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls — Friendship Games: F+
  7. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls — Legend of Everfree: C-

 

  1. Dance Magic: C
  2. Movie Magic: C-
  3. Mirror Magic: D-
  4. Forgotten Friendship: C

———

Rainbow Rocks Shorts:

  1. Music to My Ears: A
  2. Guitar Centered: C
  3. Hamstocalypse Now: C
  4. Pinkie on the One: D+
  5. Player Piano: C-
  6. A Case for the Bass: B-
  7. Shake Your Tail!: C-
  8. Perfect Day for Fun: D

 

  1. Life Is a Runway: A
  2. My Past Is Not Today: A
  3. Friendship Through the Ages: A

 


Main Comic Series:

(Individual issues and overall arc are graded separately.)

  1. The Return of Queen Chrysalis: B
    a. Part 1: B+
    b. Part 2: C-
    c. Part 3: B
    d. Part 4: B
  2. Nightmare Rarity: F
    a. Part 1: D-
    b. Part 2: D
    c. Part 3: D-
    d. Part 4: F
  3. Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair: B+
    a. Part 1: B+
    b. Part 2: A-
  4. Neigh Anything: B
    a. Part 1: B-
    b. Part 2: B
  5. My Little Pirate: Friendship Ahoy: D
    a. Part 1: C
    b. Part 2: D+
  6. The Bookworm: C-
    a. Part 1: D
    b. Part 2: C
  7. Reflections: F
    a. Part 1: D+
    b. Part 2: D-
    c. Part 3: F
    d. Part 4: F
  8. Manehattan Mysteries: A-
    a. Part 1: A-
    b. Part 2: A-
  9. The Good, the Bad, and the Ponies: F-
    a. Part 1: F-
    b. Part 2: F-
  10. Siege of The Crystal Empire: F-
    a. Part 1: D
    b. Part 2: F
    c. Part 3: F-
    d. Part 4: F-

*The main comics have been so bad, until they clean up, I refuse to read them again.

———

Micro-Series:

  1. Twilight Sparkle: F+
  2. Rainbow Dash: F-
  3. Rarity: B+
  4. Fluttershy: F-
  5. Pinkie Pie: A
  6. Applejack: D+
  7. Cutie Mark Crusaders: A-
  8. Princess Celestia: B-
  9. Spike: C-
  10. Princess Luna: C

———

Friends Forever:

  1. Pinkie Pie & Applejack: F
  2. Cutie Mark Crusaders & Discord: B
  3. Spike & Princess Celestia: C-
  4. Twilight Sparkle & Shining Armor: B
  5. Fluttershy & Zecora: A
  6. Rainbow Dash & Trixie: C+
  7. Pinkie Pie & Princess Luna: A-
  8. Rarity & Applejack: D+
  9. Rarity & Babs Seed: B
  10. Rainbow Dash & Soarin': A

I wound up growing uninterested in reading Friends Forever, hence the short list.

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Why such high vote on the comics of EQG?

To me they even add more questions.

The Fall of Sunset Shimmer is actually pretty well done; despite its short length, it tells a much better story than the movie, and the art style and characterization fill in background holes.

 

As for the annual, I could've given it a worse grade, but it would've been unfair. It tells a decent story of how the Humane Five met and became friends. But there are three key problems that I'm aware of: they meet up by bumping each other too often; the art style lacks refinement; Babs was out of character, and her manipulation (along with Sunflower's) of Applejack influenced the plot.

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The Fall of Sunset Shimmer is actually pretty well done; despite its short length, it tells a much better story than the movie, and the art style and characterization fill in background holes.

 

 

Really? Cause from what i've seen it contradicts what Sunset said about her don't knowing anything about friendship despite Celestia telling her that armony is important. And the explanation via book was very weak and it dosen't explain how the element change in the human world, nor how they find out such thing.

The annual was nothing more than an excuse to show up even more humanized ponies and the way the mane 5 become friend it contradicts the movie itself when they showed them being friend since when they were little.

I am starting to think that the one wrote the comics didn't really followed the movie.

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Hmm, the A+ grade for The Best Night Ever intrigues me. It is one of the best paced and balanced episodes in the series...

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I see you gave NMR an F.

 

Dunno if it deserves such high praise, to be honest :please:

:lol: I wish I could downgrade it, but F is the lowest grade possible.

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Look like season 5 has 6 A-tier episodes, more than season 4... Wait, why season 2 receive so many D and F? Season 2 is supposed to be master race... 

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4 hours ago, Ninetales said:

Season 7 isn't this bad.

It isn't. I graded episodes this season a lot higher than last, and the quantity of low-quality episodes (D+ or lower) I can count with only one set of fingers. The second half, in particular, is really strong.

If you ask me, it's the second-best season of the show, behind S5 and ahead of S2.

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9 hours ago, Dark Qiviut said:

It isn't. I graded episodes this season a lot higher than last, and the quantity of low-quality episodes (D+ or lower) I can count with only one set of fingers. The second half, in particular, is really strong.

If you ask me, it's the second-best season of the show, behind S5 and ahead of S2.

"second best season"

dark, don't lie to me, I'm seeing more f's then my best friends report card.

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28 minutes ago, Ninetales said:

"second best season"

dark, don't lie to me, I'm seeing more f's then my best friends report card.

 

…Dude, S7 has only three episodes with F's, the same number as S5. 

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1 hour ago, Dark Qiviut said:

…Dude, S7 has only three episodes with F's, the same number as S5. 

So do comics, characters, reflections, ext.

i mean, the other problem is that some of the episodes were reviewed too politically. 

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Any plans to review any more comics? While the main series is still up and down (I thought the recent Chaos Theory and Ponies of Dark Water arcs were good), the recent movie prequel comics, and Legends of Magic series have been pretty good, at least from my standpoint.

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2 hours ago, Ninetales said:

So do comics, characters, reflections, ext.

The comics are a completely different medium, and each chapter is published approximately every four weeks. I quit IDW's main series following Siege, because the quality was absolutely abominable.

54 minutes ago, PathfinderCS said:

Any plans to review any more comics? While the main series is still up and down (I thought the recent Chaos Theory and Ponies of Dark Water arcs were good), the recent movie prequel comics, and Legends of Magic series have been pretty good, at least from my standpoint.

No plans anytime soon.

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48 minutes ago, Dark Qiviut said:

The comics are a completely different medium, and each chapter is published approximately every four weeks. I quit IDW's main series following Siege, because the quality was absolutely abominable.

No plans anytime soon.

Your reviews and what you're saying here is giving me two different messages.

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My translations (and color coding) of your letter grades are as follows:

A - Excellent

B - Good

C - Fair

D - Poor (Bad)

F - Awful

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