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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of Steven Universe  

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There are so many good episodes of Steven Universe, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Mr. Greg / Too Short to Ride" the best, or is "Buddy's Book / Mindful Education" your favorite episode of Steven Universe? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Steven Universe are, let's rank every Steven Universe episode from best to worst.

Created by Rebecca Sugar, Steven Universe is a coming-of-age story Sugar based on her own younger brother, Steven. In it, Steven and the Crystal Gems (ageless alien warriors who protect Earth) live in Beach City. Steven Universe officially premiered on Cartoon Network on November 4, 2013 (pilot on May 21, 2013). The series, written for an audience of both kids and adults, covers the genres of action, science fiction, comedy-drama, and family. Steven Universe has been lauded by fans for its themes of sexual identity and body positivity.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Steven Universe, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Steven Universe episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Gem Heist / The Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 6 Episode 1: Gem Heist: The Gems try to pull of a heist. / The Zoo: Steven visits a special zoo.

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The Return / Jail Break is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 2 Episode 11: The Return: A new threat arrives in Beach City. / Jail Break: Steven teams up with a new ally.

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Mr. Greg / Too Short To Ride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 4 Episode 5: Mr. Greg: Steven, Greg and Pearl take a trip to Empire City to live the good life. / Too Short To Ride: Steven and Amethyst take a trip to Funland but run into trouble when their friend is too short to ride the rollercoasters.

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Keeping it Together / We Need ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 3 Episode 4: Keeping it Together: Steven and the Crystal Gems revisit the Kindergarten and find a dark secret. / We Need to Talk: Greg tells Steven and Connie the story of how he learned about Gem fusion.

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Mirror Gem / Ocean Gem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 1 Episode 13: Mirror Gem: Steven befriends a magical mirror that can mysteriously communicate with him. / Ocean Gem: The ocean disappears on the first day of summer.

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Buddy's Book / Mindful Edu... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 5 Episode 5: Buddy's Book: Steven and Connie take a trip to the library and discover a long forgotten book. / Mindful Education: Steven and Connie need to learn greater focus to take their training to the next level.

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I Am My Mom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 6 Episode 7: Steven struggles to fix his mistakes.

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Bismuth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 5 Episode 1: Steven discovers something the Gems thought was lost to the past inside of Lion's mane.

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Sworn to the Sword / Rising Ti... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 3 Episode 3: Sworn to the Sword: Connie trains with Pearl to be a swordfighter. / Rising Tides / Crashing Skies: Ronaldo does some investigative reporting on whether Steven and the Crystal Gems are safe for Beach City.

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That Will Be All / The New Cry... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 6 Episode 2: That Will Be All: Steven and the Gems make a daring escape! / The New Crystal Gems: Connie helps look after Beach City while Steven is busy.

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Steven's Dream / Adventure... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 5 Episode 10: Steven's Dream: A strange dream prompts Steven to search for answers. / Adventures in Light Distortion: Steven and the Gems take off on a search and recovery mission.

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Too Far / The Answer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 3 Episode 11: Too Far: Amethyst and Steven get in on some Gem gossip. / The Answer: Garnet finally tells Steven the story of how she came to be a Crystal Gem.

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Stuck Together / The Trial is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 6 Episode 8: Stuck Together: Steven and Lars spend some time together. / The Trial: Steven goes on trial.

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Monster Buddies / An Indirect ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 1 Episode 12: Monster Buddies: Steven accidentally releases a monster from a gem bubble and attempts to tame its wild, violent instincts. / An Indirect Kiss: When Amethyst cracks her gemstone, Steven and the Crystal Gems go on a mission to heal her.

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Monster Reunion / Alone at Sea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 4 Episode 8: Monster Reunion: Steven reunites with an old friend. / Alone at Sea: Steven and Greg take a boat trip out to sea and find themselves in dangerous water.

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12 3
When It Rains / Back to the Ba... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 3 Episode 10: When It Rains: Steven helps a friend who's afraid of thunderstorms. / Back to the Barn: Steven and the Gems head back to the family barn to build some robots.

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Friend Ship / Nightmare Hospit... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 3 Episode 8: Friend Ship: The Crystal Gems explore an ancient Gem spaceship. / Nightmare Hospital: Steven and Connie sneak into a hospital to recover Rose's Sword.

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Hit the Diamond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 4 Episode 3: Steven and the Gems play an old fashioned game of baseball.

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11 3
Maximum Capacity / Marble Madn... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 2 Episode 9: Maximum Capacity: A garage sale reunites Greg and Amethyst with their favorite cheesy sitcom. / Marble Madness: Steven and the Gems encounter another droid from space.

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12 4
Off Colors / Lars' Head is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 6 Episode 9: Off Colors: Steven finds some unusual new allies. / Lars' Head: Lars finally lets Steven in.

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13 5
Rose's Scabbard / The Mess... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 2 Episode 10: Rose's Scabbard: Steven joins Pearl on a special mission to a place that belonged to Rose-Quartz. / The Message: Steven and the Gems try to retrieve a message from the Wailing Stone.

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Message Received / Log Date 7 ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 3 Episode 13: Message Received: Steven has doubts about believing in everyone. / Log Date 7 15 2: Steven sneaks a listen to a friend's audio diary.

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9 2
Cry for Help / Keystone Motel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 3 Episode 6: Steven's favorite TV show gets interrupted by a magical disturbance. / Steven, Greg and Garnet go on a road trip.

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10 3
Same Old World / Barn Mates is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 4 Episode 2: Same Old World: Steven flies around the world. / Barn Mates: Steven helps two friends get along at the barn.

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12 5
The Kindergarten Kid / Know Yo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 5 Episode 4: The Kindergarten Kid: Steven and the Gems deal with a monster problem. / Know Your Fusion: Steven and the Gems delve deep into what makes a fusion so special.

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13 6
Steven's Birthday / It Cou... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 3 Episode 12: Steven's Birthday: Steven has a birthday party out at the barn, and decides he has some growing up to do. / It Could Have Been Great: The Gems take a trip to the moon.

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Future Vision / On the Run is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 2 Episode 7: Future Vision: Steven learns that Garnet can see into the future. / On the Run: Steven and Amethyst try out life on the road (Song: "On the Run").

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Back to the Moon / Bubbled is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 5 Episode 3: Back to the Moon: Steven and the Gems revisit the Moon Base. / Bubbled: Steven gets marooned in his bubble.

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Super Watermelon Island / Gem ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 4 Episode 1: Super Watermelon Island: Steven finds out what happened to all those sentient watermelons he created. / Gem Drill: Steven takes a journey deep underground.

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9 3
Storm in the Room / Rocknaldo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 6 Episode 3: Storm in the Room: Steven goes into his room in the temple to look for answers. / Rocknaldo: Ronaldo sets out to find all the rock people living in Beach City!

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10 4
Lion 3: Straight to Video / Wa... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 2 Episode 5: Lion 3: Straight to Video: Lion won't stop laying on Steven's face while he sleeps. / Warp Tour: Steven thinks he sees something creepy traversing the warp streams.

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8 3
Restaurant Wars / Kiki's P... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 4 Episode 7: Restaurant Wars: Steven must help the Frymans and the Pizzas settle a reignited rivalry between their restaurants. / Kiki's Pizza Service Delivery: Steven saves Kiki from some delicious nightmares.

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12 7
The Good Lars / Are You My Dad... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 6 Episode 6: The Good Lars: Steven, Lars and Sadie get invited to a party with the Cool Kids. / Are You My Dad?: People are disappearing from Beach City, and Steven tries to solve the mystery.

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Bubble Buddies / Serious Steve... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 1 Episode 4: Bubble Buddies: Steven looks like a hero when he forms a magic crystal bubble around himself to protect a girl from danger. / Serious Steven: Steven tries to prove himself to be a worthy Crystal Gem to Garnet.

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Reformed / Chille Tid is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 3 Episode 5: Reformed: Steven, Amethyst, and Garnet chase after a monster that's been loose in the Temple. / Chille Tid: Steven and the Crystal Gems try to relax with a slumber party.

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8 3
Future Boy Zoltron / Last One ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 5 Episode 6: Future Boy Zoltron: Steven fills in for a fortune teller at Funland. / Last One Out of Beach City: Pearl, Steven and Amethyst go to a rock show.

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11 6
Crack the Whip / Steven vs. Am... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 4 Episode 10: Crack the Whip: Amethyst is left in charge of Steven and Connie, and there will be no training while she's around! / Steven vs. Amethyst: Steven and Amethyst get competitive while training with Pearl.

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Sneak Peek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 5 Episode 101: Check out this sneak peek of Steven Universe, Vol. 5!

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Alone Together / The Test is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 2 Episode 6: Alone Together: The Gems try to teach Steven to use his fusion powers. / The Test: Steven finds out that his mission to the Lunar Sea Spire was a test.

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Coach Steven / Rose's Room is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 1 Episode 10: Coach Steven: After seeing Garnet and Amethyst fuse together into the powerful Sugilite, Steven becomes determined to get super strong. / Rose's Room: Steven's desire for some alone time unlocks a new room in the Temple.

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10 6
Sadie's Song / Catch and R... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 3 Episode 9: Sadie's Song: Steven helps Sadie put together an act for Beachapalooza. / Catch and Release: We finally see inside Steven's bathroom.

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8 4
Arcade Mania / Giant Woman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 1 Episode 6: Arcade Mania: Steven takes the Crystal Gems to Funland Arcade. / Giant Woman: Steven tries to convince Amethyst and Pearl to fuse together and become a giant woman.

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8 4
Greg the Babysitter / Gem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 4 Episode 9: Greg the Babysitter: Steven learns the tale of how Greg came to work at the car wash. / Gem Hunt: Steven and Connie track a Gem monster through the wilderness but its tracks lead them to mystery.

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Three Gems and A Baby is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 5 Episode 9: Greg tells Steven the story of his first winter with Steven.

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Beta / Earthlings is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 5 Episode 2: Beta: Steven and Amethyst visit some friends in the country but Amethyst isn't being herself. / Earthlings: Amethyst tries to exact revenge with a showdown in the Kindergarten.

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9 6
Full Disclosure / Political Po... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 2 Episode 12: Full Disclosure: Steven tries to avoid Connie, so he doesn't have to tell her about his most recent harrowing adventure. / Political Power: The Gems cause a power outage in Beach City.

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Open Book / Joy Ride is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 2 Episode 13: Open Book: Steven and Connie want a new ending to a beloved book series. / Joy Ride: The Cool Kids help Steven put some fun back in his life.

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Horror Club / Winter Forecast is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 2 Episode 8: Horror Club: Steven goes to the lighthouse to watch scary movies. / Winter Forecast: Steven has to get Connie home before it snows.

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Sugilite Gem Fusion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 1 Episode 102: See what happens when Garnet and Amethyst need to fuse together to create Sugilite (Guest voice: Nicki Minaj)

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6 3
Lion 4: Alternate Ending / Dou... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 6 Episode 5: Lion 4: Alternate Ending: Lion coughs up a magical key, and Steven goes on a quest to find what it unlocks. / Doug Out: Steven and Connie join Connie's father on a stake out.