When I first watched ponies, I remember my friend's disclaimer: "Just WATCH a couple episodes okay? Trust me you will like it!"
The second the intro started playing I realized: "I am going to come out of this liking this show.... OH GOD!"
I really liked what I saw in season 1; the good old-fashioned cartoon humor and awesome animation. It managed to keep my attention and drag me along episode to episode, but I wasn't quite addicted yet.
When season 2 came out, I hadn't watched ponies in a while and when I finally watched a few of the episodes, I rolled my eyes. They are going way too far with this pony thing, I hope their popularity doesn't get to their heads.
They upped the ante a considerable amount in season 2 and made some incredibly bold decisions, which I thought would take a turn for the worse.
Eventually I watched all of season 2 and was SOLD!