Steven Universe: “The Return / Jailbreak” Season 1, Episodes 48/49 (2015)
Recommended for Grades 5+
Available to stream on Hulu
Steven Universe, Cartoon Network's long-running series, ended earlier this year, making it the perfect binge-watching project for folks who don’t like to wait for new episodes. But more importantly, the series is just enchanting to watch. It’s a coming-of-age story about Steven Universe and his adventures with the Crystal Gems, his caretakers who happen to be wise, powerful aliens. In these two short episodes (they both have a quick eleven minute runtime), Steven and the Gems take on a new threat that exposes more about their origins.
- What kind of character is Steven? What words would you use to describe him?
- What kind of character is Garnet? What do you find out about her?
- What about the other characters you meet? Who stands out to you? Why?
- What is the problem in this story? What is the solution? What does the solution show us?
- How does the story represent a diversity of families, relationships, and love?
- How can fantastical or sci-fi stories expand our own understanding of the world?
know that so much of the show’s charm and style comes from the character and background design. Using
as inspiration, try to design some characters and settings for your own stories:
While both of the programs we’ve recommended this week can certainly be enjoyed by teens, here is a quick list of more movies and TV shows that also might appeal to older students!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) on Hulu, Grade 7+
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (2020) on Hulu, Grade 9+
Glee (2009) on Netflix, Grade 9+
Love, Simon (2018) rental, Grades 8+
Marvel’s Runaways (2017) on Hulu, Grade 9+
Moonlight (2016) on Netflix, Grade 12+
Pose (2018) on Netflix, Grade 10+
Pride (2014) on Amazon Prime Video, Grade 10+
Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling (2019) on Netflix, Grade 5+
RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009) on Hulu, Grade 9+
Sex Education (2019) on Netflix, Grade 11+
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018) on Netflix, Grade 5+