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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I Am My Mom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
I Am My Mom Season 6 Episode 7: Steven struggles to fix his mistakes.

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That Will Be All / The New Cry... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
That Will Be All / The New Crystal Gems 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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The Return / Jail Break is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
The Return / Jail Break 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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Back to the Moon / Bubbled is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Back to the Moon / Bubbled 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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Mirror Gem / Ocean Gem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Mirror Gem / Ocean Gem 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
Buddy's Book / Mindful Education 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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Steven's Dream / Adventure... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Steven's Dream / Adventures in Light Distortion 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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Mr. Greg / Too Short To Ride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Mr. Greg / Too Short To Ride 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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Sworn to the Sword / Rising Ti... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Sworn to the Sword / Rising Tides, Crashing Skies 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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Future Vision / On the Run is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Future Vision / On the Run 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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Crack the Whip / Steven vs. Am... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Crack the Whip / Steven vs. Amethyst 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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Gem Glow / Laser Light Cannon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Gem Glow / Laser Light Cannon Season 1 Episode 1: Gem Glow: Steven thinks his favorite ice cream sandwiches are the trick to summoning his magic shield. / Laser Light Cannon: Steven must dig through his father's collection of old junk, and the past, to find the weapon that can save the town.

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Lion 3: Straight to Video / Wa... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Lion 3: Straight to Video / Warp Tour 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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Bismuth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Bismuth Season 5 Episode 1: Steven discovers something the Gems thought was lost to the past inside of Lion's mane.

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Monster Buddies / An Indirect ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Monster Buddies / An Indirect Kiss 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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Coach Steven / Rose's Room is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Coach Steven / Rose's Room 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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Too Far / The Answer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Too Far / The Answer 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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Shirt Club / Love Letters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Shirt Club / Love Letters Season 3 Episode 2: Shirt Club: Steven and Buck Dewey make t-shirts together. / Love Letters: Steven and Connie help Jamie the mailman with love.

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Full Disclosure / Political Po... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Full Disclosure / Political Power 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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Joking Victim / Steven and the... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Joking Victim / Steven and the Stevens Season 1 Episode 11: Joking Victim: When Lars pawns off all his work on Sadie, Steven helps out by working a shift at the Big Donut. / Steven and the Stevens: Steven needs a musical partner for an upcoming show.

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So Many Birthdays / Lars and t... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
So Many Birthdays / Lars and the Cool Kids Season 1 Episode 7: So Many Birthdays: Steven learns that the Crystal Gems are thousands of years old and decides to make up for all the thousands of birthdays they've missed. / Lars and the Cool Kids: Steven and Lars get to hang out with the cool kids in town.

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Super Watermelon Island / Gem ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Super Watermelon Island / Gem Drill 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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Secret Team / Island Adventure is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Secret Team / Island Adventure Season 2 Episode 2: Secret Team: Steven, Amethyst and Pearl accidently pop a bubbled gem and form Secret Team. / Island Adventure: Steven takes Lars and Sadie on a vacation to a magical beach to mend their friendship.

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Bubble Buddies / Serious Steve... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Bubble Buddies / Serious Steven 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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Sneak Peek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Sneak Peek Season 5 Episode 101: Check out this sneak peek of Steven Universe, Vol. 5!

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Same Old World / Barn Mates is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Same Old World / Barn Mates 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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Open Book / Joy Ride is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Open Book / Joy Ride 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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Keep Beach City Weird! / Fusio... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Keep Beach City Weird! / Fusion Cuisine Season 2 Episode 3: Keep Beach City Weird!: Steven gets caught up in Ronaldo's paranormal theories about the strange occurrences in Beach City. / Fusion Cuisine: Steven convinces the Gems to fuse together and pretend to be his mother.

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Maximum Capacity / Marble Madn... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Maximum Capacity / Marble Madness 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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Horror Club / Winter Forecast is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Horror Club / Winter Forecast 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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Tiger Millionaire / Steven'... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Tiger Millionaire / Steven's Lion Season 1 Episode 5: Tiger Millionaire: Steven joins Amethyst in an underground wrestling league. / Steven's Lion: Steven makes friends with a magical lion.

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House Guest / Space Race is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
House Guest / Space Race Season 2 Episode 1: House Guest: After injuring his leg, Greg comes to live with Steven and unintentionally interferes with Steven's powers. / Space Race: Steven attempts to build a spaceship to let Pearl revisit the wonders of the cosmos.

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Garnet's Universe / Waterm... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Garnet's Universe / Watermelon Steven Season 2 Episode 4: Garnet's Universe: Steven imagines what Garnet does with her day. / Watermelon Steven: Steven discovers a new power.

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Hit the Diamond is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Hit the Diamond Season 4 Episode 3: Steven and the Gems play an old fashioned game of baseball.

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Beta / Earthlings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Beta / Earthlings 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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Sugilite Gem Fusion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Sugilite Gem Fusion 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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Storm in the Room / Rocknaldo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Storm in the Room / Rocknaldo 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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The New Lars / Beach City Drif... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
The New Lars / Beach City Drift Season 4 Episode 6: The New Lars: Steven gets a new look into Lars' life. / Beach City Drift: Steven and Connie get into a high-speed car race with their biggest foe.

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Off Colors / Lars' Head is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Off Colors / Lars' Head Season 6 Episode 9: Off Colors: Steven finds some unusual new allies. / Lars' Head: Lars finally lets Steven in.

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Greg the Babysitter / Gem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Greg the Babysitter / Gem Hunt 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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The Kindergarten Kid / Know Yo... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
The Kindergarten Kid / Know Your Fusion 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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Keeping it Together / We Need ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Keeping it Together / We Need to Talk 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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Arcade Mania / Giant Woman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Arcade Mania / Giant Woman 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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Lion 4: Alternate Ending / Dou... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Lion 4: Alternate Ending / Doug Out 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.

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Reformed / Chille Tid is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Reformed / Chille Tid 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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Onion Friend / Historical Fric... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Onion Friend / Historical Friction Season 3 Episode 7: Onion Friend: Steven and Amethyst visit the strange world of Onion's house. / Historical Friction: Steven and Jamie put on a play about the founding of Beach City.

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Steven's Birthday / It Cou... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Steven's Birthday / It Could Have Been Great 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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Steven's Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Steven's Greatest Hits Season 2 Episode 101: Check out Steven's greatest musical moments, and if you feel up to it, sing along!

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Sadie's Song / Catch and R... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Sadie's Song / Catch and Release 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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The Good Lars / Are You My Dad... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
The Good Lars / Are You My Dad? 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.