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Steven Universe Future is here, but if you've cut the cord, you might be wondering how you can see it without resorting to piracy. Well, no worries. The only pirate here is Lars (bingo bongo!). There are lots of options for you to watch Steven Universe Future without cable, and I'm here to walk you through each.

Hulu Live TV

Hulu delivers hundreds of hours of awesome television shows and movies, including exclusives like The Handmaid's Tale that you can't watch anywhere else. It's also a great way to watch Steven Universe Future as it airs this December.

What is Steven Universe Future anyway?

Steven Universe is a groundbreaking show which wrapped up its fifth and final season back in January. Having been nominated for five Emmys and five Annie Awards, and having won both a Peabody Award and a GLAAD Media Award, it has literally changed the game for children's programming.

And now, the story continues in a mini-series called Steven Universe Future. Set five years after the conclusion of the series and just after the events of the Steven Universe Movie, Steven Universe Future is tying up loose ends. It is giving fans a glimpse into how Steven's life is going now that he no longer has to worry about saving both the earth and the galaxy. The first four episodes aired on December 7, 2019, followed by the next two are due this Saturday, December 14. On December 21, two more will air.

You can watch the trailer here:

There are currently ten episodes announced for Steven Universe Future all set to air in December:

  1. "Little Homeschool" December 7, 2019
  2. "Guidance" December 7, 2019
  3. "Rose Buds" December 7, 2019
  4. "Volleyball" December 7, 2019
  5. "Bluebird" December 14, 2019
  6. "A Very Special Episode" December 14, 2019
  7. "Snow Day" December 21, 2019
  8. "Why So Blue?" December 21, 2019
  9. "Little Graduation" December 28, 2019
  10. "Prickly Pair" December 28, 2019

Although this mini-series was announced to only be ten episodes long, after the conclusion of the tenth, a vague "Steven Universe Future will return" was displayed. Given that the tenth episode didn't resolve much of the conflict Steven is facing at all, this is great news, but fans are also left wondering when more will air with no official word from the creators or Cartoon Network.

How do I watch Steven Universe Future without cable?

Fortunately, there are lots of options to stream Steven Universe Future. Some services let you stream live TV, as well as services that will sell both individual episodes and entire seasons.

Stream through a TV replacement service

There are two great services you can use to stream all sorts of live TV if you'd rather watch Steven Universe Future once and be done with it. With 60+ channels including Cartoon Network, Hulu Live TV costs $45 a month and offers a one week free trial. YouTube TV has the Cartoon Network channel (as well as 70+ other channels) for just $50 a month. They're also currently offering an extended three week trial period if you sign up this week only.

Purchase episodes or whole seasons

Two excellent services sell Steven Universe Future by the episode or by the whole season. Amazon Prime Video is a great option if you're not interested in other Cartoon Network shows. This service allows you to buy individual episodes ($2 SD/$3 HD) or entire seasons ($15 SD/ $20 HD). With comparable pricing to Amazon Prime Video, iTunes also offers Steven Universe Future in both individual episodes and seasons.

Hulu Live TV

  • The cost: $45 a month after a one-week free trial
  • Watch Hulu on: Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Chromecast, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, web browsers Channels on Hulu Live TV: Cartoon Network, Disney, Disney XD, and others.

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Hulu Live TV

Hulu delivers hundreds of hours of awesome television shows and movies, including exclusives like The Handmaid's Tale that you can't watch anywhere else. It's also a great way to watch Steven Universe Future as it airs this December.

YouTube TV

  • The cost: $50 a month after a free trial
  • Watch YouTube TV on Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Samsung, LG, HiSense or Vizio smart TVs, Chromecast, iOS, and Android
  • Channels on YouTube TV: Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Disney, and more.

More on YouTube TV:

YouTube TV

YouTube TV offers 70+ channels, including Cartoon Network. It's a great way to keep up with your favorite shows, including Steven Universe Future after you've cut the cord.

Amazon Prime Video

  • The cost: $2 per episode or $15 per season for SD, $3 per episode or $20 per season HD
  • Watch Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Chromecast, iOS, Android and most smart TVs

Amazon Prime Video

You can make Steven Universe Future a permanent addition to your Amazon Prime Video library for as little as $2 an episode. Watch and stream it as often as you want.

iTunes

  • The cost: $2 per episode or $15 per season for SD, $3 per episode or $20 per season HD
  • Watch iTunes on Apple TV, iOS, and select other devices

iTunes

You can make Steven Universe Future a permanent addition to your iTunes library for as little as $2 an episode in SD. Watch and stream it as often as you want.

What has happened so far?

While you can still use iTunes or Amazon Prime Video to purchase the episodes you've missed, if you'd just like a recap before watching the next episodes, here it is. Beware, there are spoilers ahead!

  1. Little Homeschool: Upon healing a previously corrupted Gem (Cherry Quartz), Steven introduces her to her new life on Earth. He takes her to the Little Homeschool, a Gem educational facility where Gems can learn how to live on earth and how to live free of the Diamonds' control. Here we see many other previously corrupted Gems taking classes and building new lives for themselves. Steven also confronts the one Gem who refuses his help, Jasper. Jasper challenges Steven to a fight, during which his body is encompassed in pink light, and new powers manifest. Once he beats Jasper, Steven asks her to teach him, in hopes of better understanding this new power.
  2. Guidance: Amethyst has been busy with the students of Little Homeschool helping these Gems to find jobs around Beach City. When she tells Steven about her successes, Steven worries that all the jobs these Gems have taken up are exactly the same as their jobs when the Diamonds were in control and tries to force everyone out of their comfort zone. One destroyed plane, a crashed roller coaster, and a Smoky Quartz fusion with a brand new power later, Steven has learned that he has to trust the Gems to make their own choices, even if those choices aren't all that dissimilar from the lives they had before.
  3. Rose Buds: This episode opens with Steven trying to find a place for his mother's painting, having come to the conclusion that he doesn't want her looming over him anymore. Before he can settle on a place, a visit from the Zoomans brings Steven to meet the many Rose Quartzes that had been bubbled in the wake of his mother pretending to be one. Clearly uncomfortable with the situation, Steven forces himself to be as friendly and inviting as possible until a trio of Rose Quartzes end up having a slumber party in his home. After an abrupt conflict, the four of them realize that they have a lot in common, all having to live in the shadow of the Gem who made them. Now, as something like siblings, the Rose Quartzes return to the Zoo while Steven decides that the best place for his mother's painting is in Lion's Mane.
  4. Volleyball: Having set up a clinic for injured Gems, Steven is putting his healing powers to good use. However, when Pink's original Pearl comes to him, looking for him to heal the scars on her face, he finds himself unable to do so. With some help from our Pearl, Steven, Pearl, and Pink's original Pearl, nicknamed "Volleyball" travel to The Reef: the facility where Pearls are created, upgraded, and repaired. When the Reef is unable to repair Volleyball's scars, the truth about how she got them comes to light. Unable to deal with the reveal that his mother was responsible, Steven's body is overtaken by pink light again, and he lashes out, causing the Reef to attempt to rejuvenate Pearl and Volleyball. The pair of Pearls fuse and, along with Steven, break out of the Reef before it can harm any of them. Fused, the pair of Pearls can learn the full story of Pink Diamond's tumultuous past and begin healing from the damage it left on them.
  5. Bluebird: A new fusion comes to earth, Bluebird Azurite, the combination of Aquamarine and Eyeball the Ruby. Immediately, Steven finds himself being pranked in the most peculiar of ways and struggling to trust that Bluebird is sincere in her desire to build a new life on earth. After many misunderstandings, Steven finally accepts that Bluebird is sincere only for her to turn on him and hurt Greg. Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet fuse to squash Bluebird apart, and Aquamarine and Eyeball make their escape.
  6. A Very Special Episode: When Steven has overlapping commitments as both Rainbow 2.0 and Sunstone, he finds himself exhausted trying to keep up with both. As Onion's babysitter, Rainbow 2.0 demonstrates Mary Poppin's like powers and song, bringing to life Onion's toys and delighting the child with his magical umbrella. As the head of the Gem safety class, Sunstone teaches Gems valuable lessons on safety. Without Steven, both Pearl and Garnet struggle to do either. Finally, Steven collapses. The camera pans out, revealing that the entire thing was a "Geminar" about over-committing Sunstone provides an 80's after-school-cartoon message for viewers.
  7. Snow Day: The Snowpocalypse strikes and forces Steven to cancels classes at Little Homeschool. However, instead of enjoying the day playing with the Gems, watching cartoons, and eating all the junk food he did as a kid, Steven's focus is on his current responsibilities. In hopes of getting Steven out of his bubble, the Gems challenge him to a game of Steven-tag in which Steven will be required to shapeshift back into "Classic Steven" should they catch him. When the game finally ends, Steven vents all his frustrations about how the Gems still see him as the kid he used to be. The Gems apologize but also let Steven know they love him just the way he is and are more than happy to update how they spend time together.
  8. Why so Blue?: When reports of a pair of Lapis Lazuli still terraforming reach Steven, he and our Lapis travel to an alien planet to stop them. Steven and classic Lapis try to convince these other Lapis that there are enjoyable ways to spend their time that don't involve literally destroying planets, but it just doesn't seem to sink in. Lapis loses her temper because they remind her so much of herself and physically puts a stop to their threats. Realizing what she is doing, she apologizes, and she and Steven return to earth with the promise that the pair of Lapis won't destroy any more planets. As Lapis explains to Steven why she is so frustrated with herself, one of the new Lapis warps in and asks to join Little Homeschool.
  9. Little Graduation: When picking up a graduation cake from Lar's bakery, Steven runs into Sadie who he hasn't had a chance to catch up with in a long time. He finds out that Lars and Sadie are no longer together and that Sadie has moved on with another musician, non-binary Shep, who she met on the road. When Steven confronts Lars, Lars insists he is happy for them and that he will be returning to space anyway. Steven then finds out that Sadie Killer and the Suspects are breaking up as well, with Sadie and Shep forming a new musical duo. Deeply distressed that so much has changed when he wasn't around, Steven confronts both of them at the graduation and nearly crushes them all to death with an uncontrollable new power. He learns that a lot has happened while he was away and that much of it was private, only between Lars and Sadie. Though it is hard to accept, Steven apologizes and tries to be happy for his friends as they take the next steps in their lives.
  10. Prickly Pair: Still struggling with the changes in his friends, people moving away, and no longer running Little Homeschool, Steven takes up gardening. Unfortunately, he projects all his struggles with his friends and family on the plants he is growing, including a cactus that he accidentally brings to life. The cactus begins taking the shape of Steven and even repeating his deepest fears and hurt feelings. Steven tries to hide Cactus Steven from the Gems, not wanting them to know the things he said while he felt like he was alone before he finally realizes that Cactus Steven is reflecting him and the only way to stop it is with love and acceptance. Though he stops Cactus Steven's rampage, Steven is still left deeply upset and chooses not to talk with the Gems about any of it.

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