DNA doesn’t make a family. Love does. -“The Fosters” review

Oh, hello!

Today I finally got myself together and I decided to write review about amazing Freeform tv show, called “The Fosters”. I am freshly after S4E1 and I’m thrilled! But for now, no spoilers!

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From the left: Cierra Ramirez, Noah Centineo, Sherri Saum, Teri Polo, Maia Mitchell, David Lambert (top) and Hayden Byerly.

“The Fosters” is being created by Bredeweg and Peter Paige. Also, Jennifer Lopes (!!!) is producing the tv show. Production tells us a story of multiethnic, multicultural family. The family contains two moms – Stef (Terri Polo) and her wife Lena Adams Foster (Sherri Saum), one biological son, Brandon (David Lambert) and four adopted kids – siblings, Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Jude (Hayden Byerly) as well as  twins, Marianna (Cierra Ramires) together with Jesus (Noah Centineo).

I don’t want to focus on plot’s details, because I don’t want to spoil watching. TV show starts when Callie is taken from juvie by Lena. The girl had horrible childhood and after her mom’s death, she’s around foster families all the time, but she doesn’t stay in anyone for a long time. Lena is taking her to her own house. Being there, Callie meets Stef – Lena’s wife and other kids. – So you’re dykes? – she’s asking, after she figures there is no dad in Adams Foster family. – We prefer word human. – Marianna replies braverly.

Being in the family, Callie finds her place. After some time, Jude – her little brother, joins her. The boy was stucked in his foster family, where he was being hurt by his step father. Stefanie, who is a cop, rescues the boy. Jacobs siblings can finally have loving and caring family. – DNA doesn’t make a family. Love does. – Lena says to Callie after fight, when the girls thinks couple is gonna take her back.

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Interesting fact: At the first place, Jesus’ role was played by Jake T. Austin, but he left the show.

Callie and Jude starts being friends with other kids at home and soon, they are big family. All kids are attending to Anchor Beach school, where Lena is a vice principal. After being in amazing family, all they need is adoption paper, which is not gonna be so easy… But when someone loves the other, they can handle everything.

As in every family, there are some fights, bigger and smaller, little affairs and serious dramas. But don’t be affraid! It’s definitely not gonna be boring. In my opinion, “The Fosters” is the first tv show telling LGBT story, which is realistic. Family we see on the screen may really exist. There are no hyperboles, weird, fake characters and artificial situations. That’s why I think this tv show deserves to be watched.

While we’re watching family’s tradicions and smiles as they are together, we smile with them. We actually can feel the love, which proves amazing, stunning actors’ acting. All of them – Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, David Lamber along with Noah Centineo, Cierra Ramirez and Maia Mitchell do excellent work on the set. There is no falsity. Actors go into the role and we can actually see each character’s personality.

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THE FOSTERS – “I Do” – Stef and Lena’s parents arrive amidst a frenzy of wedding-planning in “The Fosters”. (ABC FAMILY/Adam Taylor) SHERRI SAUM, TERI POLO 

I also have to mention others, second role’s actors – Danny Nucci (who plays cop, ex-husband of Stef and Brandon’s father), Alex Saxon (he plays kids’ friend), stunning Rosie O’Donell (as Callie’s curator and the owner of place Girls United) and Alexandra Barreto (Jesus and Marianna’s biological mother).

I’m glad that after “The L Word”, “Queer As Folk”, “Orange Is The New Black” etc. (and don’t get me wrong, mentioned tv shows are amazing!), they finally created something family-ish. “The Fosters” really can help younger people, families, kids to understand that love is just love. Same sex’ partners can raise children and they can do excellent work, while kids’ biological parents are not always so great.

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I’m hoping that one day, “The Fosters” will air in my national channels in my country, Poland. It would help so much, but well… Maybe one day. From me, “The Foster”s gets 9/10 points. And I’m waiting for more, because I’m wondering what’s gonna happen next. New episode called “Safe” (S4E2) is gonna air on Monday, on Freeform.

Zoshu

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