The BEST Episodes of Steven Universe

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 7, 2020

Network: Cartoon Network

The Crystal Gems are a team of magical beings who are the self-appointed guardians of the universe. Half-human, half-Gem hero Steven is the "little brother" of the group. The goofball is learning to save the world using the magical powers that come from his bellybutton and he goes on magical adventures with the rest of the Crystal Gems, even though he's not as powerful -- or smart -- as fellow group members Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl. Despite his shortcomings, Steven usually finds a surprising way to save the day.

Change Your Mind

#1 - Change Your Mind

Season 5 - Episode 28 - Aired Jan 21, 2019

Steven faces his biggest challenge yet.

star 9.31
248 votes
Jail Break

#2 - Jail Break

Season 1 - Episode 49 - Aired Mar 12, 2015

Steven teams up with a new ally to rescue the Crystal Gems.

star 9.13
522 votes
Reunited

#3 - Reunited

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired Jul 6, 2018

Steven brings everyone together for a special reunion.

star 9.12
217 votes
Directors: Joe Johnston
Writers: Jeff Liu, Katie Mitroff, Miki Brewster, Paul Villeco
A Single Pale Rose

#4 - A Single Pale Rose

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired May 7, 2018

Steven helps Pearl with her phone.

star 9.09
250 votes
Bismuth

#5 - Bismuth

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 4, 2016

An item from the Gems' past is discovered inside of Lion's mane.

star 8.91
505 votes
Writers: Colin Howard, Jeff Liu, Katie Mitroff, Lamar Abrams
The Answer

#6 - The Answer

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Jan 4, 2016

Garnet finally tells Steven the story of how she came to be a Crystal Gem.

star 8.88
419 votes
Writers: Katie Mitroff, Lamar Abrams
Lion 3: Straight to Video

#7 - Lion 3: Straight to Video

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired Dec 4, 2014

Lion keeps laying on Steven's face while Steven is sleeping.

star 8.81
445 votes
Writers: Jeff Liu, Joe Johnston, Rebecca Sugar
We Need to Talk

#8 - We Need to Talk

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 18, 2015

After witnessing Steven and Connie fuse again, Greg explains how he learned of gem fusion from his time with Rose, hoping to pull it off himself in order to grow closer to her.

star 8.76
419 votes
Writers: Jeff Liu, Joe Johnston
Sworn to the Sword

#9 - Sworn to the Sword

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 15, 2015

Pearl teaches Connie how to sword fight on Steven's request but it doesn't go quite as planned.

star 8.75
416 votes
The Return

#10 - The Return

Season 1 - Episode 48 - Aired Mar 12, 2015

A new threat arrives in Beach City.

star 8.72
431 votes
Legs From Here to Homeworld

#11 - Legs From Here to Homeworld

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired Dec 17, 2018

Steven travels to visit family.

star 8.72
182 votes
Writers: Amber Cragg, Hilary Florido, Tom Herpich
The Question

#12 - The Question

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Jul 4, 2018

Ruby goes on an adventure.

star 8.67
188 votes
Message Received

#13 - Message Received

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired Jan 7, 2016

Steven has doubts believing in someone.

star 8.66
306 votes
Writers: Paul Villeco, Raven Molisee
Lars' Head

#14 - Lars' Head

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired May 29, 2017

Steven's tears accidentally bring Lars back to life, but with unintentional side effects.

star 8.65
413 votes
Ocean Gem

#15 - Ocean Gem

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Sep 25, 2014

The ocean disappears on the first day of summer and Beach City is in a panic.

star 8.65
387 votes
Writers: Jeff Liu, Joe Johnston
Rose's Scabbard

#16 - Rose's Scabbard

Season 1 - Episode 45 - Aired Mar 9, 2015

Steven joins Pearl on a Special Mission to a place that belonged to Rose Quartz.

star 8.64
447 votes
Log Date 7 15 2

#17 - Log Date 7 15 2

Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Jan 8, 2016

Steven sneaks a listen to a friend's audio diary.

star 8.63
327 votes
Writers: Hilary Florido, Lauren Zuke
Crack the Whip

#18 - Crack the Whip

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 2, 2016

Garnet and Pearl return to the Great North to look for Jasper, whilst Steven, Amethyst and Connie have a day of fun around Beach City.

star 8.62
452 votes
Writers: Paul Villeco, Raven Molisee
Now We're Only Falling Apart

#19 - Now We're Only Falling Apart

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Jul 2, 2018

Pearl tells a story.

star 8.61
205 votes
Story for Steven

#20 - Story for Steven

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 9, 2015

Greg tells Steven the story when he first met Rose Quartz.

star 8.59
428 votes
Writers: Jeff Liu, Joe Johnston
Made of Honor

#21 - Made of Honor

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Jul 5, 2018

Steven has a big surprise for the Crystal Gems.

star 8.56
180 votes
Keystone Motel

#22 - Keystone Motel

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 14, 2015

While visiting an out-of-state motel with Steven and Greg, Garnet's frustration with Pearl's actions causes her to split up into Ruby and Sapphire again.

star 8.55
426 votes
Writers: Paul Villeco, Raven M. Molisee
Keeping it Together

#23 - Keeping it Together

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 17, 2015

Steven and Crystal Gems revisit Kindergarten and find a dark secret.

star 8.54
373 votes
Jungle Moon

#24 - Jungle Moon

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 5, 2018

Stevonnie crash-lands in a jungle on an alien moon and, unable to contact Lars, must fend for themself. They discover that the moon houses an abandoned Gem base and orbits a former Gem colony, and have a strange dream involving the Diamonds.

star 8.50
234 votes
Off Colors

#25 - Off Colors

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired May 29, 2017

Steven finds some unusual new allies.

star 8.50
404 votes
Directors: Joe Johnston
Writers: Lamar Abrams & Jeff Liu