Steven Universe

2013 • Cartoon Network
14.3K reviews
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Volume 1 episodes (15)

1 Gem Glow/Laser Light Cannon
Steven thinks his favorite ice cream sandwiches are the trick to summoning his magic shield but learns otherwise when facing off with an acid spewing insect monster.
2 Cheeseburger Backpack / Together Breakfast
Cheeseburger Backpack: A mission to the Lunar Sea Spire takes a treacherous turn, but Steven has packed his totally amazing Cheeseburger Backpack with anything they could ever need! / Together Breakfast: Steven tries to get the Crystal Gems to take part in his special breakfast tradition, but instead finds himself tumbling through the magical rooms of the Crystal Gems' Temple.
3 Frybo / Cat Fingers
Frybo: Steven helps a Boardie kid with his grueling job by using a magical gem shard that can bring clothing to life. / Cat Fingers: Steven attempts to master the power of shape shifting, but can only shape shift his fingers into tiny cat heads.
4 Bubble Buddies / Serious Steven
Bubble Buddies: Steven looks like a hero when he forms a magic crystal bubble around himself to protect a girl from danger, but then panics when he can't figure out how to turn the bubble off! / Serious Steven: Steven tries to prove himself to be a worthy Crystal Gem to Garnet while they navigate their way out of an ancient Gem maze.
5 Tiger Millionaire / Steven's Lion
Tiger Millionaire: Steven joins Amethyst in an underground wrestling league. / Steven's Lion: Steven makes friends with a magical lion but can't quite tell why it likes him.
6 Arcade Mania / Giant Woman
Arcade Mania: Steven takes the Crystal Gems to Funland Arcade where Garnet learns the allure of video games. / Giant Woman: During a mission to the Sky Spire, Steven tries to convince Amethyst and Pearl to fuse together and become a giant woman.
7 So Many Birthdays / Lars and the Cool Kids
So Many Birthdays: Steven learns that the Crystal Gems are thousands of years old and decides to make up for all the thousands of birthdays they've missed. / Lars and the Cool Kids: Steven and Lars get to hang out with the cool kids in town, but their teenage shenanigans get them into magical trouble.
8 Onion Trade / Steven the Sword Fighter
Onion Trade: A toy trade between Steven and Onion escalates to epic proportions. / Steven the Sword Fighter: Pearl tries to teach Steven the art of sword-fighting using a holographic version of himself.
9 Lion 2: The Movie / Beach Party
Lion 2: The Movie: Steven and Connie try to ride Lion to the movie theater, but Lion has other ideas. / Beach Party: After a battle damages Fish Stew Pizza, Steven throws a cookout at the Temple to mend the relationship between the Pizza family and the Crystal Gems.
10 Coach Steven / Rose's Room
Coach Steven: After seeing Garnet and Amethyst fuse together into the powerful Sugilite, Steven becomes determined to get super strong. / Rose's Room: Steven's desire for some alone time unlocks a new room in the Temple that answers his every wish.
11 Joking Victim / Steven and the Stevens
Joking Victim: When Lars pawns off all his work on Sadie, Steven helps out by working a shift at the Big Donut. / Steven and the Stevens: Steven needs a musical partner for an upcoming show, and uses a time travel device to recruit the perfect bandmate: HIMSELF!
12 Monster Buddies / An Indirect Kiss
Monster Buddies: Steven accidentally releases a monster from a gem bubble and attempts to tame its wild, violent instincts. / An Indirect Kiss: When Amethyst cracks her gemstone, Steven and the Crystal Gems go on a mission to heal her.
13 Mirror Gem / Ocean Gem
Mirror Gem: Steven befriends a magical mirror that can mysteriously communicate with him. / Ocean Gem: The ocean disappears on the first day of summer, and Beach City is in a panic.
101 Sneak Peek
Check out a special behind the scenes look at Steven Universe, including an interview with series creator Rebecca Sugar and an episode preview.
102 Sugilite Gem Fusion
See what happens when Garnet and Amethyst need to fuse together to create Sugilite (Guest voice: Nicki Minaj)

About this show

Steven Universe is about the misadventures of a boy named Steven, the ultimate "little brother" to a team of magical guardians of humanity-the Crystal Gems. Steven may not be as powerful as the Crystal Gems. Or as savvy. But that doesn't stop him from joining Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl on their magical adventures and somehow finding a way to save the day!

Ratings and reviews

14.3K reviews
Nathan Drozd
November 29, 2017
This show is fantastic. It does start off a bit odd/quirky but stick with it, it gets into some very deep tones and a thrill-by-the-minute storyline. After watching for awhile, and coming back, I do appreciate that everything wasn't laid out and spelled out in the first few episodes,; the mystery and quirkiness with a slow trickle of storyline made the entire show much better. The pacing/style is similar to the Harry Potter series or Trigun - fun and easy at the beginning but serious enthralling plot later. Additionally, I very much like how sterotypes are completely dismissed. Nothing is sterotypical with the characters. The best part - they never point it out nor do they wave flags around saying "look we did this that's different" it just is and we accept it - the way it should always be done. By far the best cartoon/show currently out. I wait fanatically for each new episode and have rewatched this so many times (there are numerous small hints/future things littered throughout each episode and it wasn't until the second or third watching I picked those small details up).
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Alex Franklin
February 17, 2015
And even in the beginning it's not bad. The show has a method of delivering lore similar to Adventure Time, in that little bits of something epic trickle down, then all of a sudden a two-part episode floods you with a fantastic world that you can't help but want to learn more of. If you're not sure whether you'll like Steven Universe, just watch the 7th pair of episodes, "So Many Birthdays/Lars and the Cool Kids." Both give you an idea of the show at its best (out of the episodes that you can fully appreciate without seeing previous episodes first). This show excels at many things. It seamlessly integrates moments of deep emotion, comedy free of meanness, and fun action sequences together. The characters are well-developed and lovable. And it doesn't hurt that this show is the perfect example of diversity done RIGHT in every possible way, from race to gender to body types. It doesn't make a big deal of its progressiveness, it's just completely natural and visible for all to see, and proud of it. All this, PLUS some adorable songs make this a 5-star show, even in spite of its minor flaws. If every porkchop were perfect, we wouldn't have hotdogs!
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Jacob “Goob” Schweitzer
June 16, 2018
Still my favorite 'kids' cartoon after 4 years of watching. I do wish that the release schedule was more regular and not so infrequent, but the quality of the show more than makes up for that. The truly emotionally complex characters that despite being animated, are not one dimensional. The riveting stories that really pull you in, and quite regularly, have you on the edge of your seat. The animation style (including the overall character design, the background and foreground, the whole overall look and feel of the show basically). The positive message the show imparts about not only being true to yourself, but encouraging and supporting others to do the same. The show really celebrates diversity in a way that feels totally natural and "doesn't feel like they are pushing an agenda, just spreading what the Crystal Gems believe in on the show" according to a conservative friend of mine, who is always on about how entertainment is "always pushing a liberal agenda". Her words, not mine! So anyways, basically, I'm in love with the show. Definitely obsessed on the level I used to only experience with Doctor Who and a small number of other shows. Short review: Gay Space Rocks, Rock'n'Roll, Book Nerds, Salty Pearls, Lying To Your Parents & Not Actually Needing Glasses Anymore, But Afraid To Tell Them Your Man Has Healing Spit & You Shared a Dorian Fruit Juice Box, Being Your Own Mom.
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