Parents' Guide to

Steven Universe

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Quirky cartoon values family, fun, and finding your purpose.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 142 parent reviews

age 7+

Steven universe (2013) is fit for under 10s!

Come on, there is nothing offensive in Steven Universe (2013) that would make it have to be rated 10+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
5 people found this helpful.
age 3+

Inclusive can be smart and fun!

A delightful cartoon that is inclusive in so many ways. The animation and music are both beautiful and clearly crafted with care, the characters and relationships are lovingly portrayed and the messages of resilience and inclusivity are given with humour and a light touch. I watch this with my 4 year old and my 8 year old and we all enjoy it in different ways. There's literally nothing in the show that I have issues with.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (142):
Kids say (409):

Created by former Adventure Time artist/writer Rebecca Sugar, this is a quirky cartoon whose off-kilter comedy sometimes leans on stereotypes and crudity for effect. None of it is intentionally harmful, but parents may question the need for recurring potty humor and junk food consumption (ice cream and "fry bits" are a couple of the characters' favorites) that's mostly limited to the show's portlier -- and, it's implied, less healthy -- characters. On the upside, as the series evolves and Steven matures, more attention is paid to his assuming equal status and responsibility among the Gems, and Greg takes on a more significant mentoring role for Steven's character development, to surprisingly positive results.

As in Adventure Time, Steven Universe is a cartoon that isn't really meant for younger kids, thanks to some mild sexual innuendo and general crudity, among other snags. Its bizarre premise and throwback animation style may appeal to tweens looking for something that's off the beaten cartoon path, though, and they will be able to see past the characters' flaws to recognize their positive traits better than younger kids would.

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