Hey everybody! You know me. I like my lists, and now that Season 6 has aired every episode in one way or another, I think it'd be fun to see how it compared to the rest of the show for everybody. For me, I'm going to rank the seasons from my favorite to least favorite.
S4 > S2 > S5 > S1 > S3 > S6
Season 4 - I know that Season 2 and even Season 1 has a special place in a lot of people's hearts, but Season 4 to me was the most consistently entertaining season thus far. It has my favorite episode, Pinkie Pride, and probably the best season finale with Twilight's Kingdom. There are very few below average episodes during that stretch, and while not all of them hit home runs, only one episode was a major dud for me, that being Somepony to Watch Over Me.
Season 2 is pretty fantastic in its own right, only beaten by a few factors. For one, it has my least favorite episode, The Mysterious Mare Do Well. Second, as enjoyable as A Canterlot Wedding can be with your brain turned off, I still don't find it as satisfying as other two-parters. Still, it has my second favorite episode, Hurricane Fluttershy, and one of the best stretches of consistent quality at the start from episodes 1 through 5.
Season 5 surprised me with how well it was able to keep momentum going for the most part. Amending Fences and Crusaders of the Lost Mark have some of the biggest emotional highs in the series, which for me is STILL eclipsed by the ending of Tanks for the Memories, where the last five minutes are so sublime that it'd be my favorite episode had the quality been like that for the first fifteen minutes. The season even has what I consider to be the best season premier. Why is it only #3, then? I just find myself suffering a string of apathy from episodes 20 onward, culminating in a season finale that I really, really don't like. Even so, the season was quite solid all around.
Oh Season 1. What fond memories I have of you. I became a fan of the show when just 20 episodes had aired, and I never looked back. It was a simpler time with simpler plots, and though some of the emotional impact would be eclipsed with time as better episodes were written, I will always have a fondness for the first batch of 26 episodes. Except for that owl. And that phoenix. And the Diamond Dogs. Screw those episodes.
Poor Season 3. Since it only had half of the episodes the others did, there were not many chances to shine