Steven Universe - Superior Watch Order (“Flood Order”)
Steven Universe is a great cartoon series.
However, the publishers season one episode order and early content is awful making it a very rough start into the series.
Characters are obnoxious, and episodes are shallow, with no spanning story.
Fortunately, some fans went ahead and designed a vastly superior episode order that gets new viewers hooked way faster, and is much more enjoyable to watch. They call it “Flood Order” (which I will abbreviate as “FO”).
I highly recommend using this fan-designed alternative episode order, and not even bothering to watch the dropped, useless (in a story, context and relation sense) and bad episodes. At the very least until you got into the series and found a story arc. If so, best to wait until after everything else.
What (potentially) complicates applying this order however is that the tv airing order is different from the “cartoon network” order, both of which seems to be different from the disk release order, and yet different from the author intended order 1. What a cluster-fuck.
The Flood Order website also stops listing episodes after which it matches the author intended order.
If you are watching on a Streaming platform it will be quite a bit of work. A great streaming provider would implement this alternative order, at least as an alternative. If you own them as disks or files it is a setup effort only once.
On this page I will try to summarize and map out the episodes and episode changes you need - in a better, more concise and more usable and complete format than I found elsewhere/on the references sources.
The following table describes the resulting order including mapping information from disk episode order, author order, airing order and CN order is provided next. Details about how this order comes to be follows in later sections.
|FO Episode||Title||Disk||Authors||Airing||Cartoon Network|
|S01E02||Laser Light Cannon||S01E02||”||”|
|S01E06||Steven the Sword Fighter||S01E16||”||”|
|S01E07||Lion 2: The Movie||S01E17||”||”|
|S01E08||An Indirect Kiss||S01E24||”||”|
|S01E10||Ocean Gem (followup episode)||S01E26||”||”|
|S01E15||Lars and the Cool Kids||S01E14||”||”|
|S01E22||Keep Beach City Weird!||S01E31||”||”|
|S01E25||Lion 3: Straight to Video||S01E35||”||”|
|S01E30||On the Run||S01E40||40||S01E40|
|S01E39||Story for Steven||S02E05||54||S01E51|
|S01E43||Jailbreak (followup episode)||S01E49||49||S01E49|
The Flood Order website goes into elaborate detail on how the final episode list came to be, with numerous design considerations. Apart from the final episode representation, which is fine, truly exceptional work.
Flood Order defines 16 episodes up to episode 35 Lion 3: Straight to Video.
- Cheeseburger Backpack - S01E03 disk
- Laser Light Cannon - S01E02 disk
- Bubble Buddies - S01E07 disk
- Steven’s Lion - S01E10 disk
- Giant Woman - S01E12 disk
- Steven the Sword Fighter - S01E16 disk
- Lion 2: The Movie - S01E17 disk
- An Indirect Kiss - S01E24 disk
- Mirror Gem - S01E25 disk
- Ocean Gem - S01E26 disk
- House Guest - S01E27 disk
- Rose’s Room - S01E19 disk
- Monster Buddies - S01E23 disk
- Coach Steven - S01E20 disk
- Lars and the Cool Kids - S01E14 disk
- Joking Victim - S01E21 disk
- Space Race - S01E28 disk
- Secret Team - S01E29 disk
- Garnet’s Universe - S01E33 disk
- Tiger Millionaire - S01E09 disk
- Island Adventure - S01E30 disk
- Keep Beach City Weird! - S01E31 disk
- Fusion Cuisine - S01E32 disk
- Watermelon Steven - S01E34 disk
- Lion 3: Straight to Video - S01E35 disk
Afterwards the author intended order should be used.
Authors’ Intended Order
The authors had an intended episode order, but the airing date pushed them and the publisher into reordering and dropping episodes in and for season one.
Gem Glow(FO removes) Laser Light Cannon Cheeseburger Backpack Together Breakfast(FO removes) Frybo(FO removes) Cat Fingers(FO removes) bubble Buddies Serious Steven(FO removes) Tiger Millionaire Steven’s Lion Arcade Mania(FO removes) Giant Woman So Many Birthdays(FO removes) Lars and the Cool Kids Onion Trade(FO removes) Steven the Sword Fighter Lion 2: The Movie Breach Party(FO removes) Rose’s Room Coach Steven Joking Victim Steven and the Stevens(FO removes) Monster Buddies An Indirect Kiss Mirror Gem Ocean Gem(followup episode) House Guest Space Race Secret Team Island Adventure Keep Beach City Weird! Fusion Cuisine Garnet’s Universe Watermelon Steven Lion 3: Straight to Video
- Alone Together - S01E37, 37 airing, S01E37 CN
- Warp Tour - S01E36, 36 airing, S01E36 CN
- The Test - S01E38, 38 airing, S01E38 CN
- Future Vision - S01E39, 39 airing, S01E39 CN
- On the Run - S01E40, 40 airing, S01E40 CN
- Horror Club - S01E41, 41 airing, S01E41 CN
- Winter Forecast - S01E42, 42 airing, S01E42 CN
- Maximum Capacity - S01E43, 43 airing, S01E43 CN
- Marble Madness - S01E44, 44 airing, S01E44 CN
- Rose’s Scabbard - S01E45, 45 airing, S01E45 CN
- Open Book - S02E02 disk release, 51 airing, S01E50 CN
- Shirt Club - S02E06 disk release, 55 airing, S01E52 CN
- Say Uncle - S02E04 disk, 53 airing, S02E03 CN
- Story for Steven - S02E05 disk, 54 airing, S01E51 CN
- The Message - S01E46 disk, 46 airing, S01E46 CN
- Political Power - S01E47 disk, 47 airing, S01E47 CN
- The Return - S01E48 disk, 48 airing, S01E48 CN
- Jailbreak (followup episode) - S01E49 disk, 49 airing, S01E49 CN
Changes to Publishers Order
- Episodes one to 35 as released and aired
- 36 <-> 37 (swap)
- Alone Together - S01E37
- Warp Tour - S01E36
- Episodes 38 to 45 Rose’s Scabbard as released and aired
- A few episodes from season two
- Episode 46 is episode “Open Book” - S02E02 disk, 51 airing, S01E50 CN
- Episode 47 is episode “Shirt Club” - S02E06 disk, 55 airing, S01E52 CN
- Episode 48 is episode “Say Uncle” - S02E04 disk, 53 airing, S02E03 CN
- Episode 49 is episode “Story for Steven” - S02E05 disk, 54 airing, S01E51 CN
- Continue rest of the episodes from season one
- Episode 50 is episode “The Message” - S01E46 disk, 46 airing, S01E46 CN
- Episode 51 is episode “Political Power” - S01E47 disk, 47 airing, S01E47 CN
- Episode 52 is episode “The Return” - S01E48 disk, 48 airing, S01E48 CN
- Episode 53 is episode “Jailbreak” - S01E49 disk, 49 airing, S01E49 CN
- Season two in release order, except for those moved forward (for disk S02E02, S02E06, S02E04, S02E05)