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The Best Episodes of Steven Universe 

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Updated September 23, 2019 3k votes 261 voters 2.6k views 76 items

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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The Return / Jail Break ... is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Change Your Mind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Harley Dote added Change Your Mind

Season 5, Episode 29 (Finale): Steven faces his biggest challenge yet.

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Mr. Greg / Too Short To ... 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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Bismuth is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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That Will Be All / The N... is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Message Received / Log D... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Sworn to the Sword / Ris... is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Off Colors / Lars' Head ... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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I Am My Mom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Steven Universe
Season 6 Episode 7: Steven struggles to fix his mistakes.
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Hit the Diamond is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Buddy's Book / Mindful E... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Too Far / The Answer is listed (or ranked) 13 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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When It Rains / Back to ... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Keeping it Together / We... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Stuck Together / The Tri... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Rose's Scabbard / The Me... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Future Vision / On the R... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Friend Ship / Nightmare ... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Steven's Dream / Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Alone Together / The Tes... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Super Watermelon Island ... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Crack the Whip / Steven ... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Steven's Birthday / It C... is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Cry for Help / Keystone ... is listed (or ranked) 25 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.