Best Steven Universe Episodes

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The Top Ten

1 Jail Break

When Garnet was singing while fighting Jasper I knew this show was the one of the best cartoon shows to come out in years. I was so hyped and invested in this show and very little other cartoon shows do that to me. God this episode was amazing!

This episode was amazing. It's really cool you find out Garnet's a fusion, the battle between Jasper and Garnet is really great, and we get a new fusion, Malachite. I wish it were explained how Steven could break out of the fields, cause it's annoying when they want us to assume it's because Steven's half human. Still a great episode

This episode is perfect should instantly be number 1! - samanime

Yup

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2 Mr. Greg

I'm so, so, SO glad they made a musical episode and that they finished up Pearl's arc. My favorite episode used to be Jail Break because of Stronger than you and the fact we find out Garnet is a fusion, but this episode. My god, THIS EPISODE. I was in tears the entire time. The songs are great, the animation looks just a cut above the rest, I just can't say enough good about this episode. I've loved steven universe ever since I watched the first episode, and I've seen a fare share of sad parts and beautifuly well done parts in episodes, but this entire episode is just beautiful. I may sound like a broken record, but this is just hands down the best episode. EVER.

This episode had me in tears, it was a deeply emotional episode that cleared up the problems between two characters but its not only the story, the animation was perfect and beautiful, the scenery was aesthetics and the songs were so catchy and lovely. This episode is by far one of my favorites. Needs to be higher.

I love musicals in general! And I find myself singing along to the songs, especially "it's over isn't it". Plus, even though the episode doesn't matter to the overall story arc, it gives some great character development to pearl and Greg! So yeah! Perfect episode!

Hey shake a leg? its Mr. Greg! and he's here to spend his dough all over the town, he's got the bucks, its all the lucks.

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3 Rose's Scabbard

Pearl lost her identity when she lost Rose. The episode explores a new Rose - Steven- helping Pearl find herself again. The touching moment at the end where Steven shows Pearl compassion is easily the most nuanced and meaningful moment in this series as of yet.

The most important part of this episode was when Steven looked into Pearl's eyes, and knew that Pearl blamed Steven for his mother's own death; she let's Steven fall. And yet, at the end, Steven still forgives her for her mistake, seeing the connection between Pearl and Rose.

The ending with hologram Rose, that's all I have to say. This is my third favorite episode beside Coach Steven and Ocean Gem, which I can't understand why no one is voting for those.

I loved this episode it almost made me cry. It's so beautiful and I love the animation. I loved the part where you see how deep the connection was between rose and pearl

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4 Sworn to the Sword

Man, if Steven the Swordfighter was a turning point in Season One, then the series did a full-on 270-degree turn here. Connie learning to use a sword in a fight is an important part of her new character; She's not as fragile as you'd think. Heck, this episode shows that, albeit with the aid of Steven, she can hold her own against Pearl! A Crystal Gem! And this affects almost every other episode she's in as well (Because she can apparently carry, wield, and use Rose's Cloud Strife Buster Sword), most notably in Nightmare Hospital. A development this huge can't just be left off this list.

The episode made me cry when pearl said connie was prepared to die.

The song is amazing as well as the rest of this episode plus Connie learns how to sword fight!

This was a good and emotional episode.

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5 Mindful Education

Well, it just summed up what I feel all the time into an 11 minute episode with an amazing song (favorite so far), beautiful visuals from the guest animator and just a perfect message. It's basically what Inside Out did but with a shorter time, a more enjoyable cast and a more clear message.

An awesome song, a pulse-pounding action sequence, and a heart-breaking emotional scene. This episode has the trifecta of what makes Steven Universe amazing.

This is one of the best episodes ever. Tackling issues like PTSD, as well as explaining the importance of facing your problems instead of pushing them aside. Here comes a thought is a fantastic song. This episode definitely deserves to be higher in the list. Why is gem glow in this list? Anyway this episode was great. However I was confused to as why the images of Bismuth, corrupted Jasper, and Kadpar became Rose. Still a fantastic episode.

This episode is...just beyond words. Not only did it open my eyes, but it filled my heart with a new sensation that I never felt before in a long time...

"To find balance, you must understand your feelings. To understand your feelings, you must see them clearly without running from them." -Garnet

"I didn't want to hurt anyone! I'm sorry! None of them would let me help them! I had no choice! " - Steven
"It's okay! " - Connie
"No, it's not! " - Steven
"But It's okay to think about it! " - Connie
"It feels so bad". - Steven
"That's okay too. There was nothing else you could have done! " - Connie
"I don't want to feel this way". - Steven
"You have to. You have to be honest about how bad it feels so you can move on. That's how it was for me." - Connie

Clairity, truth, and freedom.
Also, this episode aired four days after my birthday, so I guess I can say that this was a gift from the universe. A gift which I will hold and cherish for the rest of ...more

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6 Steven The Sword Fighter

This was one of the turning point episodes for season one. This is the episode where they took all the people (myself included) who thought that Steven Universe was another happy and simple cartoon and slapped them across the face. How did they plan to wake us up to the darker aspects of the show? By stabbing Pearl through the chest, ON SCREEN!

I thought this episode was very cool example the sword fighting theme is catchy to me the battle was cool to. I was so freaked out when pearl got stabbed. And when I heard gems could heal I was relieved.

I think we saw so much of the real Pearl in this episode it was fantastic. Pearl is honestly a great character; her saltiness is hilarious.

Even though I like this one, it shouldn't be higher then log date or Sworn to the sword.

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7 Ocean Gem

I love how you can really connect with Lapis. Even though she stole the ocean and fought the crystal gem I believe I would have probably felt and done the same thing. I mean the Crystal Gems didn't give her a chance to explain herself or who she was. They kept her imprisoned in a mirror for thousands of years and all she wants to do is return home. She isn't aware that she's causing any harm since she doesn't know the importance of water on earth. I mean whi wouldn't want to return home after being away for so long? Plus after I watched the new episodes and saw that lapis suffered a lot more than I could have imagined I'm surprised she hasn't begun a rampage to destroy all she hates.

Yes! I love (not in a creepy way. I mean that she's my fave character by the way) Lapis Lazuli! She is awesome! - StevenU

This was the episode we finally got to see other gems and it does not disappoint, it showed gems not as heroes and that they weren't entirely good. Lapis was introduced the episode before and has since become my favorite.

(To StevenU) Man, I thought I was the only one with Lapis as a favorite! Welcome to the Lapis Lover club, bro

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8 Log Date 7 15 2

I LOVED this. Peridot FINALLY becomes a gem...I've been waiting for this the second I first saw her character! Ya gotta love that green quirky gem, and this episode is awesome because you can see how she developed as a gem and became buds with everyone! I know this is kinda weird, but I've loved her even more sense she lost her fake arms and legs, or weaponry/armor, because I think her new short size really adds to her spunk. WELCOME TO THE GEMS PERIDOT.

This episode is hilarious. It has the simple premise of Steven listening through Peridot's tape recorder as she tries to become accustomed to Earth. Just watching Peridot interact with the other gems for 15 minutes is enough to create a really well-done episode.

This episode was so so good. It really shows how Peri has changed over her time with the gems and proves anyone can change. Really cute episode!

Terrible.

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9 On the Run

"I never asked to be made..."- aka the line that broke my heart

How come this isn't on the list? On The Run was one of the best so far, one of the only episodes to get me to feel emotional. It really dove into Amethyst's backstory, which is interesting because of how she acts is really just a facade. I won't say it was my favorite, but all my other favorites are already high on the list. This episode deserves to join them.

This episode brought Amethyst from lazy, 2-dimensional goofball to an unexpectedly deep character with just as many layers as the rest of the Crystal Gems. And the song is just plain catchy.

In my opinion on the run is the most emotional episode of steven universe. I cry every time I see the fight scene between amethyst and pearl. we finally get to learn more about amethyst and to me, that's amazing

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10 Alone Together

I can't believe this isn't higher, this episode was really awesome! - funnyuser

This one blew mind, Should be higher but whatever

Ah this one is amazing!

Alone Together was amazing. Just amazing. Especially Garnet's cheesy smile. PS Kevin deserves to die

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The Contenders

11 Gem Glow

This was not a good episode, it shouldn't be higher then log date, Lion 2: The movie, and a few others. All this episode does is make sure that you know that steven is childish. I would've dropped my plans to binge watch this show because of this episode, but my friends are all really invested in it (Thank god I didn't stop watching it because the show is amazing) seriously, he thinks ice cream is the solution to unlocking his powers? It's really dumb. Thank god the show got better later on.

The one that started it all. The first time of meeting the gems. (And one of the few episodes to not have feels of some sort)

One of the weakest first episodes I've ever seen, not recommended.

This episode foreshadows Steven's loss of innocents, his future, what Gems are, corruption, & fusion.

Steven's powers are linked to his emotions as we can see in Steven Floats & others. That's why the cookie cat helped him summon his shield.

This episode may not be super exciting, but it is certainly important, as it gave us intros to the show's personalities and foreshadowed events to come/still coming.

So yeah. It's a good hickin' episode.

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12 So Many Birthdays

PEARL THE SAD CLOWN rules because I am Pearl the sad clown :3 - Pearl_The_Sad_Clown

This episode has so many funny and sad emotions. I love it though! It's a really good episode and Steven's voice actor did a good job of changing his voices.

The hardest part was getting the shark to pose

It's so sad. It shows how much Pearl loves Steven.

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13 Bismuth Bismuth

Really shows us that the war with homeworld was really brutal

This episode is the most recent but one of the most epic!

THis episode was cool and weird and sorta sad

Used to be an SU fan (not anymore) but this is one of the few episodes I still think is good - izayaorihara

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14 Together Breakfast

I ACTUALLY MADE together breakfast (except I had to use marshmallow creme instead of whipped creme) - johntheaddictive

Cool! I should do that. What are the ingredients again? - SomeRandomStickboy

You can't outrun me! We both have short legs!

15 The Test

Does this episode have any mind-blowingly awesome revelations? No. Does it feature any never-before-heard songs? No.

But it does have a roller-coaster of emotional twists and reversals, culminating in an absolute heartbreaker of an ending, where Steven realizes his struggle to prove himself in his own eyes dwarfs in comparison to the Gem's struggle to fill a motherly role that is as alien to them as they are to the Earth, and chooses to lie to them about how amazing their test was just to boost their confidence in having boosted his - after what is depicted as a single-minded march to take them to task. What I love is that we're never shown exactly when during this march Steven chooses to pretend for their sake. If anything, his dejected collapse at the height of their whoops and cheers suggests that he came very close to confronting them about their deceit. Its in this episode that we are shown the ultimate test and proof of love - when mere truth isn't good enough.

I'd ...more

All time favorite. So much emotion in this episode

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17 Lion 3: Straight to Video

This is such an emotional episode. This deserves to be way higher on the list. This episode was nominated for an Emmy in 2015 and I am not surprised as to why.

Loved this episode. There was a lot of comedy, it had the first appearance of Rose (excluding pictures), and the ending with Sadie was great.

It let's you get a better idea about Rose and how she was! Hands down one of my favorite episodes of Steven Universe.

If you don't tear up when that video is finished what is wrong with you?

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20 Giant Woman

This is one of the best, I really love the song and how Opal looks. She is one of the most beautiful gems besides Rose and Pearl

This episode is one of the best in terms of pacing plus it changed the show forever by introducing fusion.

All I wanna do is you turn into a giant woman.

One of the worst. And I know I'll get dislikes for this - themets05

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