PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta looks at how the animated television show Steven Universe explores the idea of family in the latest episode of the series. Rugnetta specifically examines how the Crystal Gems and Greg Universe serve as family figures for the main character Steven despite not forming what might be considered a traditional family unit.
We love Steven Universe! But what makes it so great? It’s a story of mismatched characters trying to save the world, but maybe there’s more to it than that? Maybe Steven Universe is really about Family, and how it’s impossible to define it… universally. What else, or who else can we call family? Are Fandoms family? Can THINGS be family?