Best Steven Universe Episodes


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 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

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2 Mr. Greg 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!

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 Sworn to the Sword 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!

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

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5 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

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.

Best Song

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6 On the Run On the Run

"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.

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.

It broke my heart

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7 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 hate this episode

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8 Reunited 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 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

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


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9 The Test 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

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

10 A Single Pale Rose A Single Pale Rose

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?

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.

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

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The Contenders

11 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 was cool and weird and sorta sad

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12 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 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

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)

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13 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)

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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14 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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15 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

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.

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16 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!

17 Log Date 7 15 2 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!

It’s so good

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18 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.


19 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.

20 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 #2 or #3. - LapisBob

The ending was the best

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21 Say Uncle

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!

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

This episode isn't best. It's a worst episode ever in SU! - LapisBob

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22 Joy Ride

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

23 Full Disclosure

Best episode especially the Song 😏 - puglover2008

24 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.

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

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25 Tiger Millionare

Wrestler amethyst is best amethyst.

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

26 Steven's Lion

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

27 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

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

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28 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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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

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

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

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

This isn't even an episode - Zbombz

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

34 Super Watermelon Island

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.

Epic deserves to be in the top 5

Malachite. Need I say more?

35 We Need to Talk
36 Back to the Barn

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

37 Winter Forecast
38 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!

Sapphire: he’s not gonna like that the pizza is square
later in the episode

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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.

We get a song from Pearl, a good life lesson, AND Nikki Minaj. What more could you ask for?!

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40 The Answer The Answer

"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.

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

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

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

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41 Dry I Dry I
42 Hit the Diamond

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.

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

Best episode of ever! - TheUmbreon

Lapis in this episode. Period. - puglover2008

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43 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.

This episode is my 7th favorite episode so GOOD!

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44 Steven vs Amethyst Steven vs Amethyst

Steven and Amethyst duel.


45 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

Peridot say the earth is beautyfull

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46 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

47 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.

48 Maximum Capacity

To be completely honest, I hated this episode.

Amethysts quote: Separate the trash from the garbage 😂 - puglover2008

49 Shirt Club
50 Onion Trade

I love any episode that has onion on it :3

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