At first, I was reluctant to watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I mean, come on. It's a kid's show about hyperactive, technicolor ponies. But one night, the wife fired up the series on Netflix (sure -- I'll just blame her.) I hate to admit it, but it's become one of my favorite shows.
It's an adorable and fun show, but what hooked me were the allusions; the jokes that fly past the target audience like Rainbow Dash on her way to a Wonderbolts air show. Here are a few of my favorites:
The thing that really kills me is how needlessly subtle these allusions are. I think it's safe to say that none of the kids watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic have seen The Big Lebowski (and if they have, parenting win) yet the joke is thrown-away, little more than a wink to the adult viewers. The references sneak up on you, which makes it that much funnier.