Best Steven Universe Episodes


The Top Ten

1 Jail Break

I really love this episode, but in jasper and garnets fight in the end it really felt like garnet cheated, jasper is way stronger than her.

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!

Garnet is awesome, s is where we se more of her backstory. She is made of love, and that’s so precious.

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

2 Mr. Greg

I cried during this. Pearl has a similar backstory to mine (wont get into details) but this episode hit me like a rock.

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!

3 Change Your Mind

People might say it's bad... but I like it! The fusions, White Diamond, Blue and Yellow! I just didn't really like White's Arc. Yet, this is an amazing season finale!

This episode was just insane. New fusions, new character development, and lots of action scenes. Definitely one of the most engaging episodes of the entire franchise.

I liked this episode because there were new fusions to see and we get to see more of white diamond

So exited for season six. But when Steven and Pink Steven kind of did a weird dance to come back together, does that mean Steven is a fusion of his organic and his gem half?

4 Rose's Scabbard

It is so sweet how much pearl loved rose. Steven is so kind to her, and helps her to recover a bit. I get yearly when watching this one and its absolutely adorable.

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.

5 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

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.

6 Reunited

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.

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.

Great moments like the return of the Cluster and Lapis, Ruby and Sapphire’s wedding, The crystal gems vs Blue Diamond, etc.

I know this might be hype... but it's still a WAY BETTER season finale than Jail Break.

It is actually NOT the season finale, but two episodes BEFORE the season finale. The next episodes haven't aired yet - Thanosgreninja

7 On the Run

Probably one of the most hitting episodes of the series, and was actually the one which got me into watching the show. Cried during this <33

The episode that made me realize Steven Universe is so much more than a kids show.

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

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.

8 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.

All plot twists aside, this episode was masterfully crafted, giving us wonderful new insight into pearl, as well as giving the show rewatch value in any seen with rose or about rose. this episode also paints pearl in a much more tragic light, giving some of her choices and actions a lot more weight and meaning, and turning her into a much more complex character

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

9 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 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!

I love the episode, the two parts are so good

10 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.

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!

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

The Contenders

11 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.

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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

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

All time favorite. So much emotion in this episode

12 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!

13 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...

14 Log Date 7 15 2

Peridot is wonderful and this episode is funny and precious

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.

It’s nice having an episode like this where we get to see peridot’s character growth. This is the episode where she connects more with earth and the gems.

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.

15 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.

I love how everyone is voting for this so they can comment on how bad it is. But seriously, it sucks, and it’s honestly not that important. I felt this way with the first 4 episodes, but if you really want to watch them, even if they are bad, keep watching, because you won’t regret it.

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)

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.

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

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

Connie isn't the best charecter in this episoide. She's a stereotypical good girl "gone bad". She could have just said Steven came from a single parent family. Also in the scene with the phone Garnet sounds really sarcastic. If she has future vision then why did she say "Sorry I panicked." The parents don't react to what she said over the phone. They don't even call the police. But overall I liked this episoide, despite a few logical errors.

17 Alone Together

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

This one blew mind, Should be higher but whatever

love connie and steven

Ah this one is amazing!

18 Together Breakfast

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

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

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

19 Island Adventure

Lars episodes are amazing, and Lars and Sadie are great together.

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 Full Disclosure

The song is the best part

Best episode especially the Song 😏

22 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.

Loved this episode

This episode should be higher.

The ending was the best

23 Say Uncle

Somehow, me and my brother ended up watching this episode, without realizing it, on April fools.

Also seeing Uncle Grandpa dress up as Rose Quartz just made me cringe - IceBearRules

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!

24 Joy Ride

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

25 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!

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