Season three of the series premieres tomorrow night at 8/7c on ABC Family. Not caught up yet? Here are some reasons why you should be.
Minor spoilers ahead! Proceed with caution.
The season two finale ended with a cliff-hanger that had fans (myself included) gasping out loud. Now, after an excruciating three-month hiatus, we’re about to get some much-needed answers about the fate of our beloved characters.
If you’ve never heard of this show, or you have but you’ve never seen it, you have seriously been missing out. The Fosters centres on sixteen-year-old Callie Jacob (Maia Mitchell), a troubled teen who has become a little lost in the foster care system. Life has been tough for Callie. But things take a turn for the better when she and her younger brother Jude (Hayden Byerly) are placed in the care of Stef Foster (Teri Polo) and Lena Adams (Sherri Saum). Stef and Lena already have three children; Stef’s biological son Brandon (David Lambert), and adopted twins Jesus (Jake T. Austin) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez). Although seemingly perfect, Callie’s new family is not without its fair share of secrets. The show touches on sensitive issues with heart, all while exploring the true meaning of family. And it is, quite frankly, amazing.
Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why you should put The Fosters at the top of your TBW list. Prepare to be persuaded.
- The Cast
Whether they’re posing together for Instagram pictures or tagging each other in their tweets, the cast of The Fosters is downright adorable! They’re a family on set and off, and that chemistry between the actors translates onto the screen. It’s great to see such a huge group of people that genuinely care for one another.
A lot of television shows have received criticism for lacking representation of women and minorities (I’m looking at you, Supernatural), but The Fosters is definitely not one of them. ABC Family describes the show as ‘a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms’. That sentence alone made me want to tune in every week, and I wasn’t disappointed. The series boasts a strong cast of leading ladies, as well as complex characters of various ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. The Fosters is very much a show that celebrates difference, and it does so without reverting to overused stereotypes. Each and every viewer is sure to find a character that they identify with.
I’ll be honest here: The Fosters delves into some pretty heavy stuff. So if you’re looking for a frothy sitcom, this probably isn’t the show for you. That being said, each storyline is treated with the respect it deserves, and nothing is ever played for laughs. The series deals with topics such as mental illness, abuse, and homophobia, among other things. These are issues that people face every day, and their realistic portrayal goes a long way to encourage discussion and increase visibility.
- Mariana Adams Foster
I may be the tiniest bit biased with this point, since Mariana is hands down my favourite character. The girl just rocks style and self-confidence like no one else. Her sass and witty commentary makes for many of the show’s funniest moments. An avid feminist, Mariana is walking, talking proof that teenage girls can captain the dance team while also being the smartest person in their class. And they can wear heels while they’re at it, too.
Out of all the relationships depicted in The Fosters, the romantic development between Jude and his friend Connor Stevens (Gavin MacIntosh) is the one that stole the hearts of shippers everywhere. The fan favourite pairing has garnered some serious attention after the two shared what was possibly the youngest same-sex kiss in U.S. television history. Although Connor has come out as gay, Jude’s sexuality remains undefined. The fact that Jude is being allowed to explore his feelings without the pressure of labelling himself advocates the important message that it is okay to question your sexual orientation. The boys are sure to face some obstacles in the future, but for now the Jonnor ship is sailing, and it is glorious.
Hopefully by now I’ve convinced you that this show is a must-watch (if not, I don’t know how to help you). If you’re eager for even more spoilers, here’s the promo for the season three premiere:
That’s all, folks. Now get on to it! Binge-watching television shows really is the perfect way to spend your summer. And remember: it’s not where you come from, it’s where you belong.