the Fosters

Last watched 2015


Stef Foster and Lena Adams have 3 beautiful children; Brandon, who is Stef’s biological son, as well as twins, Jesus and Mariana.

They take in two additional foster children, Callie and Jude, after Callie comes out of juvie and Jude is placed in an abusive home.

After a time they become attached to them and work to integrate them into the family.


the Fosters is like a queer 7th Heaven.

Pros: the trans boy cast is actually trans irl! Lena is a woman of colour, played by a woman of colour (I can’t believe that I have to put that as a ‘pro’, but there you go), and there is an excellent plot line between her and her mother around colorism, racism and being mixed race. Mariana and Jesus both have good narratives and explorations about being trans racial. The show explores some pretty serious topics like drug use, gang violence, foster care, single motherhood and being orphaned. It presents these themes in a really compassionate way.
Cons: the melodrama can get a bit much at times and there’s a romance [SPOILER SPOILER] between Callie and Brandon that just ~drags ON~, Jesus gets weirdly recast in the latest season (a pet peeve of mine)
Genre: family drama, drama

Light/heavy rating: 5
Approach carefully if: you have difficulty with foster care plot lines, abusive foster parents (not a major feature, but does factor in really early), drug use, parental drug use, absent parents through both neglect and death, depictions of transphobia, one incident of trans erasure

Can be found: Netflix

If you liked, I recommend: My So Called Life, Faking It, Freaks and Geeks, Steven UniverseBetter off Ted


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