The TV Weekly #197: Why You Need To Watch Steven Universe


Welcome to another edition of Why You Need To Watch…

This is where we take a look at some underrated or overlooked TV shows that are more deserving of more attention than they get.

And while I wouldn’t call our show today, a show that’s overlooked or underrated, it’s got more than a loyal fanbase, I just feel like that a lot of people don’t really understand the full realization of why Steven Universe is one of the premier must watch shows on TV right now:

Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. It is the coming-of-age story of a young boy named Steven Universe, who lives in the fictional town of Beach City with the “Crystal Gems” – Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst, three magical humanoid aliens. Steven, who is half-Gem, goes on adventures with his friends and helps the Gems protect the world from their own kind. Sugar developed the series while working as a writer and storyboard artist on Adventure Time, and it premiered on November 4, 2013 as Cartoon Network’s first animated series to be solely created by a woman.

The series has received critical acclaim for its art design, music, voice acting, characterization and its science-fantasy worldbuilding, and has a broad and active fanbase. It was nominated for two Emmy Awards and five Annie Awards. Books, comics, and a video game based on the series have been released.

Steven Universe was renewed for its fourth and fifth seasons in March 2016, and the current fourth season premiered on August 11, 2016.

What is so impressive about Steven Universe is how great of a job it does with its’ continuing storyline, building it up with every episode and creating a unique story arc that continues very much into the latest season, like a while ago, we find out that there’s a much bigger threat possibly on the way, oddly enough named the Cluster, which was the name of the villain group in My Life As A Teenage Robot as well. Coincendence or are they trying to hint us with the fact this show may take place in that same universe? I don’t know, I’m thinking too much here.

The point is Steven Universe really is a show that’s very much worth getting into, the characters are great, the story and the way it’s building to something epic and grand is impressive, the moral lessons its’ teaching are greatly handled, if you’re not hooked on to Steven Universe yet, now is the time to do so.

Currently in its’ third season, Steven Universe once again continues to prove why it’s one of the best animated shows on TV right now with a ton of really solid new episodes, including essentially the Thanksgiving (Gem Harvest) and Christmas (Three Gems & A Baby) episodes that have aired in the last few weeks and they have done a great job expanding the story and creating a ton of great new memorable moments for this series that was already great to begin with.

Wildly inventive, gorgeously animated, well written, filled with great characters, Steven Universe continues to hold its’ own as a great TV show that everybody should be checking out right now.

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