An Introduction to The Fosters
What’s The Fosters?
In 2013, ABC Family premiered The Fosters, a show that follows a blended family adopted by an interracial lesbian couple. The Fosters now airing its third season has gained a sizeable following due to the portrayal of LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual) themes and appeal to adult and younger viewers alike. The Fosters started with the story of Stef Foster and Lena Adams living with their blended family in San Diego with Stef’s biological son, Brandon, and twins Jeśus and Mariana adopted as small children. As the series begins, the couple takes in two foster children: Callie and Jude. The series now has evolved into a critically acclaimed show taking home Teen Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, Television Critics Association Awards and Television Academy Honors.
Who’s behind The Fosters?
The creators of The Fosters, Brad Bredeweg and Peter Paige, created The Fosters with the help of Jennifer Lopez and her production company Nuyorican Productions. Bredeweg and Paige also created the short-lived Fly Girls for The CW. With that underneath their belt, they moved to ABC Family. ABC Family is a family-oriented television channel that aims for a wide audience but focuses on series and movies for teenage and young women. The majority of its programming includes off-network syndicated reruns and some made-for-TV movies. ABC Family is also the station behind shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, Chasing Life, Melissa & Joey, Young & Hungry and Baby Daddy.
When The Fosters aired?
Shows like The Walking Dead, Glee, Legend of Korra and Steven Universe are presenting LGBTQIA themes to the mainstream media. During the past six months, we’ve been presented with a canon bisexual couple, the first same-sex kiss in children’s animation, a kiss between zombie slayers and the dual marriages of two same-sex couples and it doesn’t stop there. We are starting to see more and more representation of LGBTQIA characters and storylines in shows like Scandal and Faking It. Despite all that, the LGBTQIA community is slowly starting to see more and more things they can relate and grow with.
As the series opens, you’re introduced to Jude Foster, Callie’s younger half-brother, who is in an abusive foster home. He moves in the with The Fosters and slowly adjusting to a new life makes a new friend, Connor Stevens, who will soon become more than just a friend. As the series continues, we see Jude and Connor build their relationship. Eventually, Jude opens up to Connor about his past and you can say that “Jonnor” began there. We move to the second season and the subject of Jude’s sexuality comes up due to concerns brought up by Connor’s dad. We see many instances where Jude and Connor care for each other more than just friends including an incident in a tent, sneaking out the house, holding hands and other moments. Their relationship takes a definite turn when Jude and Connor share a kiss in the episode “Now Hear This”.
The kiss is said to be the youngest same-sex kiss in television history with the actors being 14 and 15 at the time. From that point, their relationship continued through secret meetings, bearded relationships and breaking into homes. Unfortunately, that is put to an end after an incident that lands Connor in the hospital and coming clean to his father about his feelings toward Jude. The last thing The Fosters leaves fans with is that Jude and Connor are finally in a relationship after two seasons for beating around the bush.
This is one of the several instances where The Fosters has told the stories of LGTBQIA individuals. Another example of this would be Cole, one of Callie’s housemates, in Girl’s United. Cole is a transgender male who is consistently misgendered and dealing with the stigma of transgender individuals. Cole is portrayed by Tom Phelan and in an interview with GLAAD. He stated that he wants audiences to “take away that transgender people exist, we’re here, and we are not going away. And I really would love for people to kind of take away a sense that they need to educate themselves on these issues and be more respectful of the community.” You can say that is the overall message of The Fosters.
Where The Fosters will go from here?
Season two of The Fosters left with a cliffhanger of a car accident involving Mariana, Jeśus and Ana. Season three will take place a few weeks after the cliffhanger finale with Callie back with The Fosters. We will continue the storyline of Callie getting over Brandon, while he’s at the Idyllwild Music Program. Jude and Connor will continue to develop their relationship as young teens and Stef and Lena will face normal couple turmoil’s. Another thing that Season three brings in the departure of Jake T. Austin, who was rumored to be fired from The Fosters.
The Fosters has premiered eight episodes and we’re been represented with many answers to our unanswered question. Even with that, The Fosters have sets made plot points to knock the wind out of their fans with their 3A finale coming in mid-august.
Why The Fosters?
The Fosters is set to return on June 8th at 8pm on ABC Family. Even though, Jake T. Austin will be absent and many “Jonnor” fans have been on the edge there seats. The creators of The Fosters have promised fans something they will really enjoy. For shows like this, they rely heavily on their fan base. The Fosters have been committed to telling a story others can relate to and that’s something that has been lost with many shows today.
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