What constitutes family? Is it your biological family, is it the people you live with and love? A little show on ABC Family (“The Fosters”) is attempting to answer the question in their own way. And it is refreshing that the show is being met with very little fanfare or protests.
The show was created by Peter Paige (Queer as Folk) and Brad Bredeweg, along with executive producer Jennifer Lopez. We get to meet Lena and Stefanie, an interracial lesbian couple raising, 3 kids: 1 biological, and 2 adopted. Plus they are fostering another 2 kids too — so that brings their brood to 5.
As Lopez sees it, “The Fosters” stands for what she’s learned “are the important things in life, which are family equals love. It’s a place where you go for unconditional love, to be accepted, to feel safe. And at the end of the day, that there’s no real ‘normal.’ That there’s no set thing of what a family is at this moment in time in our lives.”
The show premiered on June 3, 2013 and ran 10 episodes this past summer. The show is scheduled to return for the 2nd half of season 1 on January 13, 2014. The show was recently picked up for a second season too.
So, who are “The Fosters”? Read on for who’s who and what’s gone down on the show:
Stef Foster (Teri Polo): One half of the lesbian couple; she is a police officer who works with her ex-husband and biological father of her oldest son.
Lena Foster (Sherri Saum): The other half of the lesbian couple; she is a vice principal at the school that the kids attend.
Brandon Foster (David Lambert): The oldest child and the only biological child in the house. He loves music and is studying piano with a high-paid instructor.
Jesus Foster (Jake T. Austin): The male sibling of the twins that Lena and Stef adopted. They are of Hispanic descent.
Mariana Foster (Cierra Ramirez): The female sibling of the twins
Callie Jacob Foster (Maia Mitchell): The troubled foster child that is added to the family.
Jude Jacob Foster (Hayden Byerly): Callie’s biological brother
Mike Foster (Danny Nucci): Stef’s ex-husband and current partner at the police station. He also has a drinking problem.
The first half of Season 1 was filled with drama. A lot of it centered on Callie and how she fit into the family and the school. But the other siblings had their share of drama too: sexuality, drugs, violence, peer pressure and much more. The last episode aired showed the marriage of Stef and Lena at their home. Stef’s father was not supportive and did not show up for it.
It is refreshing to see a show like this on the air. I hope that you check it out when it comes back on January 13th on ABC Family.
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