Steven Universe: Future

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Deceptively simple series about real, powerful emotions.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 24 reviews

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Positive Messages

As is typical with this franchise, strong positive themes are woven into a story of adventure: the teamwork friends show in pulling together to right wrongs, the compassion with which Steven and others treat damaged Gems, the empathy friends show for each other. In depicting a world dealing with the leftover trauma from conflict, this animated series goes places even "serious" shows for adults don't often venture. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Steven is a terrific role model for kids: loving and kind, courageous and empathetic. "If there's a chance I can make it better, shouldn't I at least try?" is basically his motto. He shows viewers how to work hard in tough times to earn their happy ever after. Each mostly female character in this show's universe is humanized and has good points and bad ones; they make mistakes, but learn from them -- in fact, learning from mistakes and struggles is a crucial plot point in a world where almost everyone treats each other with kindness and respect. 

Violence

Violence is of the exaggerated, cartoonish sort, exemplified by a fist-fight Jasper and Steven have in the first episode. They punch each other and fly through the air, but Steven mostly puts up shields and bubbles to avoid Jasper's blows rather than fighting. Mid-battle, he takes a moment to make sure a nest of baby birds, knocked out of their tree by the fight, are safe. At one point, Jasper stomps on a small crawling blue bug and says any earthling that invades her space gets crushed.

Sex
Language

No cursing, but there is some insulting language, like when Jasper calls Steven a "weak sappy useless piece of dirt."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Steven Universe: Future is an animated series that continues the characters and storylines of Steven Universe, with the main character now aged up to 16. As the show takes place during a time of peace on Earth, major battles and villains aren't as common as in other Steven Universe stories, but there's still some violence and conflict, such as a fight between Steven (voiced by Zach Callison) and Jasper in which the two punch each other/make each other fly into the air (no one is injured except for a crawling bug that Jasper stomps on). There's no cursing, but characters sometimes say rude things to one another, like when Steven is called a "weak, sappy, useless piece of dirt." Characters show strong empathy and compassion for each other; as Steven says, "If there's a chance I can help, shouldn't I at least try?" As in previous stories, Steven is a terrific role model: kind, thoughtful, brave, and loyal. He also enjoys having a good time and shows appreciation for his friends and family. The mostly female characters in his universe each have their own quirks, as well as agency and dignity. By taking an unusual focus -- how people heal from trauma -- this animated show reaches impressive emotional heights. It's both entertaining and moving for tweens, teens, and adults, especially families who want to watch together. 

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byIan Wiskle January 12, 2020

A show for both kids and adults

Steven Universe Future is a fun show with mature themes that everyone can enjoy, really recommend it
Adult Written byCheetah7897 December 24, 2019

Great Messages and Characters

Steven Universe Future is an excellent epilogue to a very good show. The characters are relatable and good role-models, the songs are great, and the show is vi... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old December 19, 2019

Does not deserve its PG rating (so far)

Steven universe future is about Steven and how his future life, as well as the gems. STEVEN not Stephen, common sense media. (they spelled Steven’s name wrong i... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byrheia July 7, 2020

great

really great show, deals with things like childhood trauma and mental health. wouldn't reccomend it to people below 13 but it is fine to watch. there is a... Continue reading

What's the story?

After five seasons of facing down his adversaries on Steven Universe and combatting a world-ending threat in Steven Universe: The Movie, limited series STEVEN UNIVERSE: FUTURE meets up with the half-human, half-alien Steven (Zach Callison) at age 16, living on a peaceful planet. With humans and Gems alike on track for a happy ending, Steven, Pearl (Deedee Magno), Amethyst (Michaela Dietz), and Garnet (Estelle) have set up Little Homeschool, a place where Gems new to Earth can get the tools they need to build new lives. But just because humans and the Diamonds have settled their feud doesn't mean that everyone is settling peacefully into what's supposed to be a bright future, and Steven and friends have more work to do. 

Is it any good?

Just as the Harry Potter series famously matured with its readership, so Steven Universe is taking on increasingly deep and complex ideas, though they're disguised in seemingly simple episodes. What Steven Universe: Future is working out is something quite rare for TV and movies: how to pick up the pieces after a climactic battle, when all the traumatized people left in its wake have to find a way to go on and seek happiness. As Steven Universe: Future picks up, some characters are happy and content: Amethyst is finding new inner dimensions as a teacher at Little Homeschool, Steven's taking advantage of his post-battle free time to welcome damaged Gems to Earth and help them start building a new life. 

But though the Earth's at peace, not everyone there is. Jasper's built a fortress of solitude where she waits bitterly to fight against anyone who shows up; Pearl's leftover pain shows up as a giant crack on her face; many Gems aren't settling well into a new place where all their old expectations are upended. What does the future look like for survivors? Is there a happily ever after, or is that something to be worked towards that never quite arrives? As Steven and the other Gems continue to mature into their powers, this deceptively simple series with its straightforward problems and quick solutions builds a whole new world for its characters, and reaches emotional heights few animated series have matched. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of fantasy stories like Steven Universe: Future. Why is it fun to imagine supernatural forces at play around us? How would it change the world if such things could be true? How does the fantasy aspect of the show make storylines about emotion land more lightly? 

  • The Gems teach and mentor Steven. Can you think of any other shows where female characters are as powerful as the Gems? What about a world with so many female characters compared to male ones? Why are there usually more animated shows focusing on male characters than female ones? What's different about the people working behind Steven Universe: Future

  • How do the characters in Steven Universe: Future show compassionempathy, and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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