VanDerWerff, T. (2011, April 29). My Little Pony Friendship is Magic [Review of the television series My Little Pony Friendship is Magic]. Retrieved from http://www.avclub.com/articles/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic,55168/
This review of MLPFiM covers the appearance of the show from Faust’s original intention: a show for kids, but a show the parents won’t mind watching either. VanDerWerff covers two major reasons for this working: the show is “relentlessly cute, relentlessly happy, and relentlessly entertaining”, and the characters are well-defined.
This is, frankly, the review I show people whom I’m trying to convince to watch MLPFiM; VanDerWerff does a very good job of describing the experience of watching the show without involving the fanbase at all. I’m not certain whether he’s attempting to target parents or non-parents with this review—he focuses more on the “this is awesome!” aspect than the “this is good for your children” aspect—but I believe that identifying the show as actually having depth while still being bright and colorful is useful for both groups.