Best Steven Universe Episodes


The Top Ten

1 Jail Break Jail Break

This episode was the turning point from Steven Universe being a sorta happy life lessony kids show into something amazing with more plot and more diverse character portrayal! It was amazing to see this on screen and when I first watched it as a 9 year old I loved it. This episode and many others in this show taught me lots of things as a child and really shaped me as I grew into the teen I am today. It's helped me deal with lots of issues, and it's always fun to watch.

Nice episode with great fight scenes

Amazing it's amazing no other word to describe it

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!

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2 Mr. Greg Mr. Greg

I love this episode. It was the episode that made me like Pearl so much more than before, and the soundtrack was great.

I'm so glad this episode's at #2! (It's like I always say: silver is more valuable than bronze). This was a very well done episode with great songs and character development. As mentioned earlier, the animation was very fluid (not bad for a T.V. show) and I, too, was in tears during the second half. This episode was so good, that when I bought the soundtrack on iTunes, I made a playlist dedicated to songs just from that episode (including others for good measure). A must watch for sure!

Oh my God this episode is just just there's no words to describe the emotional roller coaster that this episode brings with it with its peak being its over isn't it.This episode should be cartoon networks pride and joy

Mr. Greg includes the best song in all of Steven Universe, It's over isn't it? , and gives more character development to the best character in all of SU, Pearl. All and all it's a great episode, 10 out of 10 - Thanosgreninja

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3 Rose's Scabbard 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.

This episode made me cry a little, and I never do that. It's so touching at the end. Been my favorite episode since I've seen it. - Elric-san

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4 Mindful Education Mindful Education

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

Best Song

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.

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5 Change Your Mind Change Your Mind

What did I just watch? I'm not okay! Where could they go from here? If I didn't already know that there is still at least 1 more season and a movie, I would've thought this was the series finale! This is one of the series' best episodes, and the outstanding climax we have all been waiting for. - Atham

3 new fusions, 90% of the gems got new outfits, we learn about white diamond's personality, the complete diamond robot, corrupted gems are back to normal, and Lars returns to earth. All the things I wanted to see in SU this year and it happened in 1 episode! - Pieclone

I love how Steven learns that he isn't Pink Diamond or Rose Quartz, he's... just Steven.

The episode is just filled with old and new stuff from the show in my opinion and I love it.

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6 Reunited Reunited

I really loved this episode, not because I fanboyed TOO MUCH over ruby and sapphire getting married, but because the episode was just so climatic and action packed! Seeing the crystal gems fight blue diamond has probably become one of the best fight scenes in the whole show. It's also good to know that the diamonds now know Steven is pink diamond.

This episode was extremely intense, but entertaining at the same time. I couldn't keep myself from fangirling, it was incredible.

I typically hate re-watching episodes of any show because I get so bored so easily, but holy moly. It's been out for less than a week and I've watched it eleven times already and I'm still excited by it.

This was a masterfully intense and beautiful episode. Really brought up best what Steven Universe has to offer.

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7 The Test The Test

This was the episode which convinced me to watch the rest of the show.

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.

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To compare this episode to the likes of jailbreak is unfair. Sure this episode is good, but can't compare with the revelations and songs of episodes like jailbreak - Thanosgreninja

All time favorite. So much emotion in this episode

8 A Single Pale Rose A Single Pale Rose

No other episode made me feel like this one did. With its masterful episode structure and, of course, the major plot twist, it holds a special place for me.

The simple concept of finding Pearl's phone turned into one of the biggest reveals of the series.

I had gone on about this theory to my friends and they never cared about it. I was literally screaming at the end of this episode.

Took one of the most hated community fan theories and made it cannon...and I liked it?

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9 Sworn to the Sword Sworn to the Sword

Great episode one of my favorites I will certainly do it for this episode!

Deep down I know that I'm just a human but I know that I can draw my sword and fight in my short existence I can make a difference I can be there for him I can be his knight! This is stuck in my head!

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.

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10 On the Run On the Run

It broke my heart

This episode was an important episode for amethyst, and one of the best.

Number 6? This episode is the best by far.

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

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The Contenders

11 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.

I almost passed out from crying when I saw pearl...

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12 Bismuth Bismuth

Best episode of Steven Universe definitely. Epic, mature, controversial. This is the Steven Universe I want.

I think Bismuth shouldn't have been bubbled and been in more episodes

Really shows us that the war with homeworld was really brutal

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

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13 Ocean Gem 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.

This episode made the Steven universe universe expand sooo much. It introduced homeworld. It told Steven that not all gems are friendly, and it's the second time he summons his shield. You WILL get lost if you miss this. (and maybe mirror gem)

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.

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

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14 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.

Gem glow was probably the worst episode in the entire show to be honest

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.

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15 Alone Together 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!

Absolutely one the best episodes everrr. This one was where steven and connie fuse for the first time

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16 Fusion Cuisine

I don't know, I just feel like this whole episode avoided the concept of common sense. Why couldn't have Connie just told her parents that Steven's mom was no longer around? That would've sufficed and this all could've been avoided. It wasn't a great excuse to see Alexandrite to be honest. A better reason for her appearance could've perhaps been a dire fight scene, like when she is seen fighting Malachite in the new trailer.

Great episode, I loved the scene when Garnet was on the phone.

" Oh, they are play swords, I mean, with swords. Oh, no they are dead! " - funnyuser

This episode was a dud in my opinion

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17 Log Date 7 15 2 Log Date 7 15 2

I love this episode and Peridot! This deserves to be way higher. If I made this list, it would be #1.

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.

Peridot is just the BEST in this!

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.

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18 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?

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

19 Island Adventure

Really nice episode!

Lars x Sadie 4life! This episode just brings out the worst and the best in these two characters and pretty much makes them canon.


20 Laser Light Cannon

Did you know peridot sent the red eye? But she's now a cutie!

If every porkchop were perfect, We wouldn't have Hotdogs.

21 That Will Be All

The other episodes in this series pale in comparison to this episode. The beautifully delivered song from Yellow Diamond helps cement this as my favorite episode of this series.

The ending was the best

Loved this episode

This episode should be higher. - LapisBob

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22 Say Uncle

I didn't even WANT to watch this episode. The second that I found that it wasn't cannon, I turned it off
Enough said - Thanosgreninja

The only time Uncle Grandpa was ever acceptable.

If you haven't seen season 2 episode 4, go watch it now on YouTube. It was after the lost episode faded gems. Anyways, personally I like the bit where amethyst eats pizza Steve. Die piece of pizza!
It was clever how they made the animation. Also, let me know if there is going to be a Steven universe/Clarence crossover. That would be amazing!

Honestly this episode was a mess. Amethyst was out of character, especially in the beginning when she didn't even care that Steven was about to be blasted by Uncle Grandpa. Also, Pearl is WAY over flanderized to the point where her neurosis wasn't even that funny. I'll admit, I kinda liked the reference to digital artists in the fandom in the Mr. Gus scene. In addition, the joke with Lars' and Sadie's ship sinking was rather clever. Aside from that, I get that this is just a joke episode, but combining gold with trash... wasn't such a great idea, if you ask me.

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23 Full Disclosure

Best episode especially the Song 😏 - puglover2008

24 Joy Ride

A seemingly filler episode that is actually FILLED with subtle revelations and deep moments.

25 Giant Woman 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.

Yes! This is my favorite episode ever! - funnyuser

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26 Tiger Millionare

Spills the drinks he bought for the crowd...classic Tiger Millionare

Wrestler amethyst is best amethyst.

27 Steven's Lion

Love this one. we get to meet lion, and find more out about Rose. - Stevenuniversefangirl

28 So Many Birthdays 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

This episode made me take a vacation to feels town.

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29 Garnet's Universe Garnet's Universe

We get to see Garnet's caring side and Steven's wonderful imagination, man Steven would be a great author.

This is a very cute one, and I like Garnet's reaction at the end.


30 Onion Visit

Onion and his family are tops best side Characters, so seeing more about them makes for an amazing episode!

The episode is actually called "Onion Friend".

Onion friend was sort of adorable.

I now right who put "Onion Visit? "

31 An Indirect Kiss
32 Frybo

Frybo is hella creepy. Pearl made it worse by javelining it in the eye. Oh glob...

Like a zombie horror movie. REALLY GOOD! So scary and the ketchup replacement for blood? LOVE IT

Not the worst episode, but definitely one of my favorites. - TheControversie

This Episode Was The Worst. And It Shouldn't Even BE On This List:

33 Future Glimpse

Lol SilverstreamSucks is saying fusions on episodes which ain't real and saying like "? AND? FUSION IS UGLY"

This isn't even an episode - Zbombz

34 Super Watermelon Island

Epic deserves to be in the top 5

Great fight scene and excellent animation. They really did a good job of animating Malachite

Malachite is an awesome fusion, too bad Jasper is evil.

Malachite. Need I say more?

35 We Need to Talk
36 Keystone Motel

I love this episode really shows ruby and sapphires dynamic watched it like 10 million times already

The toilet seat was frozen, the pizza was square and the pool was evaporated... - Lunala

I have watched this episode about 10 times. I still can't get enough. Rise to your true ranking!

I love this episode! - funnyuser

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37 Back to the Barn

This is the episode that made me ship Pearl and Peridot. - Stevenuniversefangirl

38 Winter Forecast
39 Coach Steven Coach Steven

This was THE major turning point in the series. It was like the fifth episode I have ever watched and it changed my opinion on the show. First, the commercials made me think it was stupid. Then after Steven's Lion, and Lunar Sea Spire, I thought it was a novelty show at best, cute and entertaining to watch. But this episode made me realize that it had emotional depth and realistic character development. This episode made me watch Mirror/Ocean Gem, which ultimately made me one of the early fans! I love it to this day!

Strong in the real way is one of the best Steven universe episodes and it has one of the best songs

I like the fact that nicky minaj's voice was in it. I don't like her music but I think her voice fit the character well.

This should be at like the top 10s. This episode always makes me happy the song and soundtracks so great.

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40 The Answer The Answer

Easily one of the most beautiful looking episodes so far! Also, THAT SONG! Lesbian Love Duet? Yes, please!

Couldn't have asked for a better origin story for garnet packs falling in love within 11 minuets ahagagahua I love this episode should be higher

"Where did we go? What did we do? " Where and what did this episode do to have to be placed 48th. It was amazing! Definitely one of my favorites.

Garnet's first formation! This is a very beautiful episode! - SidneyHando

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41 I Am My Mom I Am My Mom

This episode and the following episode gives the fans what they really want, the plot moving forward. And it is amazing.

One of the best episodes of the series. And from the looks of it, the next few episodes might be even better - ColdTurkey

I cried so hard at the end of this don't watch if you're at school

Made me cry at the end I reccomend it

42 Dry I Dry I

What? Why is this episode called "Dry I"? - LapisBob

43 Hit the Diamond

To be honest in this episode lapis is the most relatable character ever

Just the dynamic between Ruby and Sapphire, how in love they are, it just hits me right in the feels. This is my #1 ship, (with Lapidot being second but no one cares so yeah) and I loved that these two unfused, but not for a bad reason. They unfused because they wanted to save their friend. Then the screwed up the plan by being incredibly gay (which, may I add, was ABORABLE) but their heart was in the right place. Also Ruby's flirting was goals. I'm stealing some of her moves.

Lapis in this episode. Period. - puglover2008

I love any Ruby and Sapphire episodes! I especially love Lapis's attitude!

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44 Lion 3: Straight to Video 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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45 Space Race Space Race

This is one of the most beautiful episodes in the whole series.

How is this last? We got to know a little about how pearl thinks about her life and it tells us that we might see homeworld in the future! I can't wait for that episode! If that episode was to come out, I would instantly vote for that one.

This was an amazing episode about the character of Pearl. It showed a lot of depth and definitely had a lot of feels. This episode does not deserve to be at the bottom.

One of my favorite moments was when Steven tells Pearl the importance of bailing while she has tears in her eyes. Ugh FEELS

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46 Earthlings Earthlings

Often you will find episodes in any show that are great, but it is rare to have one that literally breaks the internet. Earthlings was not only action packed and entertaining, it was also emotionally charged and revealed many critical things about Steven, Amethyst, Jasper and the entire series as a whole. YouTube literally went up in a firestorm after this episode aired, and that is an incredible effect for an episode to have.

Fantastic. Smoky Quartz. Peridot. This episode is amazing

This episode, along with Bubbled, is a personal fave. - Stevenuniversefangirl

This episode is just... Wow

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47 Steven vs Amethyst Steven vs Amethyst

Steven and Amethyst duel.


48 Steven's Dream

I screamed when I realised Blue Diamond was on Earth. It's also the first time we see one of the diamonds as empathetic and humanised. Amazing episode

Just about everything important in season 4 happens in this episode. And Rebecca sugar drawing Greg in South Korea is too good a fourth wall break

This episode was very shocking and introduced so many new elements. It introduced the first actual apperance of Blue Diamond, and the Korean trip was AWESOME! It may not be my favourite but I enjoy it a lot!

Blue diamond face reveal. omggg

49 The Trial The Trial

Amazing! We finally got to see how Homeworld looked like and gave us more info on Pink Diamond.

One of the most phenomenal SU episodes since That Will Be All. It certainly deserves top 10.

50 Legs From Here to Homeworld Legs From Here to Homeworld

"..There you are, hello starlight, you certainly gave everyone a scare, they are all just thrilled to see you save and sound.." And, White Pearl!


Your presence is required, pink diamond.

Its new and so awesome

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