Why You Should Be Watching ABC Family Drama “The Fosters”

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If you haven’t been watching The Fosters,  here are a few reasons you should start.

The Fosters is a new ABC Family show about a lesbian couple, played by Sherri Saum and Teri Polo, raising their family made up of biological, adopted, and foster children. Polo plays Stef Foster, a police officer who gets partnered with her ex-husband, Mike (played by Danny Nucci), and Saum plays her partner, Lena Adams who works as a vice principal. David Lambert plays Stef and Mike’s son, Brandon, Jake T. Austin and Cierra Ramirez play twins Jesus and Mariana, who were adopted by Stef and Lena, Maia Mitchell plays Callie, a girl fresh out of Juvie who has been in and out of different foster homes, and Hayden Byerly plays Jude, Callie’s younger brother. Lena and Stef bring Callie and Jude into their home until a more permanent solution is found.

1. The theme song

One of the best opening titles, intros, whatever you want to call it, of any show.  It sets the mood for the show and there’s always a chance it will make you cry. It’s hard not to feel warm and fuzzy after seeing and hearing it.

2. They cover any social issue you can imagine

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Teen drug dealing and use? Check. Rape culture in the US? Check. Coming out gay after being married to a man? Check. What it’s like being a foster kid in some not so great homes? Check. Teen pregnancy? Check. What it’s like being a transgender teen? Check. What it’s like to have a parent in jail? Check.

Those are only some of the many issues that The Fosters covers, and so far we’ve had 14 episodes. They don’t just throw them at you, they’re woven into the story and they fit because they’re issues a lot of people
are dealing with.

3. Teri Polo and Sherri Saum have great chemistry

On Set

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And Off Set

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Teri Polo has said, “I have more chemistry with Sherri than I’ve ever had with any male counterpart” and it
shows. When Saum tweets about Polo, she hashtags it, “myteripolo.” Neither Polo nor Saum view
it as different than having an on screen male love interest.

4.  The Cast 

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The cast works great together, it’s easy to believe that they’re all a family.

5. Jude

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Jude, Callie’s 12 year old younger brother, gets his own section because he will warm your heart
and he’s full of Yoda like wisdom. After the first few episodes, you’ll be wearing “Blue for Jude.”

6. They put the “Family” in ABC Family

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The Fosters is like The Brady Bunch 2.0, “A new kind of family” set out to show that “DNA doesn’t make a family, love does.” The Fosters is a reason to look forward to Mondays and a show that makes you feel right at home.

You can catch up on the first 10 episodes on Netflix and episodes 11-14 on the ABC Family website.