Meet Steven Universe, the half-human, half-"Gem" star of the show. He's being raised and trained by a group of extraterrestial beings called the Crystal Gems.
Though it initially might have been geared toward children, the offbeat space adventure is incredibly appealing for adults and teenagers.
One huge pull for the series? It's a huge leap forward in regards to queer representation in animation.
One of the most beloved relationships in the series is one between two Gems who love each other so much, they can't bear to be apart. Their relationship isn't built on hints or euphemisms — it's explicit. You get to see a beautiful and genuine romantic relationship on a kids show.
There's also an incredibly diverse representation of body types throughout the series.
Though physical strength is a source of insecurity for several characters, it's made very clear that anyone can be strong.
Also, a majority of the voice actors, including every member of the Crystal Gems, are voiced by women of color.
You might actually recognize Estelle, the voice actor for Garnet (pictured above) from her song "American Boy." Don't worry, you get to hear her sing in the show, too. There's just a lot of singing that happens.
Though it's fun and quirky, and at times a little silly, the show is very emotionally complex.
One of the heaviest recurring themes of the show is that all of the Crystal Gems — Steven included — live in the shadow of Steven's mother, Rose Quartz, who gave up her body to bring Steven into the world.
Pearl in particular has a hard time letting go of Rose after fighting by her side for thousands of years. As the series goes on, her breakdowns and emotional turmoil over the loss of Rose run parallel to Steven's increased responsibilities and expectations for him to fill the role of a mother he never got to meet.
This is a show that hits you in the feels, and it hits you in the feels hard.
And those emotions are heightened by animation, artwork, and music that completely transport you to another world.
It's an incredibly dynamic series, and while many fans wish they could have grown up with it, at least it's the type of show you can enjoy at any age.
The post has been updated to remove direct references to the Gems' gender, except for Gems who use she/her pronouns in the show.