Before we say anything else, the canon episodes of “Naruto Shippuden” are 1-27, 29-56, 72-90, 113-143, 152-169, 172-175, 197-222, 243-256, 261-270, 272-278, 282-283, 296-302, 321-346, 362-375, 378-388, 391-393, 414-415, 417-421, 424-426, 451-463, 469-479, and 484-500.
These episodes are taken directly from the manga, centered on Naruto’s progression toward achieving his destiny alongside his colleagues from Konoha and the other hidden villages, as well as his longstanding alliance with his original teammates Sakura and Sasuke. This is the bildungsroman of Naruto as completed in “Naruto Shippuden.” The original “Naruto” series began with him as a troublemaker and weak student shinobi. “Naruto Shippuden” ends with him as the most powerful shinobi on the planet, with various evolutionary forms he can turn on when the battle really heats up. At the beginning, Naruto is a hated troublemaker; by the end, he’s the world’s savior. If you want to watch the bare minimum of episodes, these are absolutely not to be missed.