The Fosters is an American family drama television series that airs on the Freeform network in the United States and ABC Spark in Canada. The series follows the lives of the title Foster family, consisting of a lesbian couple (portrayed by Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) raising a multi-ethnic blended family of biological, adopted and foster children (portrayed by David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Jake T. Austin/Noah Centineo, Cierra Ramirez, and Hayden Byerly).
The Fosters follows Stef Foster (Teri Polo) a police officer, and her wife Lena Adams (Sherri Saum) a school administrator, and their multi-ethnic, blended family living in San Diego. Stef and Lena are the parents of Brandon (David Lambert), Stef's biological son, and the twins, Jesus (Jake T. Austin/Noah Centineo) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) who were adopted as small children. At the outset of the series, the couple take in two foster children: Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Jude (Hayden Byerly) who have recently been removed from an abusive home. Also part of their lives is Mike Foster (Danny Nucci), Stef's patrol partner/ex-husband and Brandon's father. Much of the series takes place in their quiet San Diego suburb, and Anchor Beach Community Charter School, where Lena works and the Foster children are students.
Cast and Characters
- Teri Polo as Stefanie "Stef" Marie Adams Foster
- Sherri Saum as Lena Elizabeth Adams Foster
- Jake T. Austin (1–2)/Noah Centineo (3–) as Jesus Adams Foster
- Hayden Byerly as Jude Adams Foster
- David Lambert as Brandon Foster
- Maia Mitchell as Callie Adams Foster
- Danny Nucci as Mike Foster
- Cierra Ramirez as Mariana Adams Foster
Major Recurring Cast
- Amanda Leighton as Emma
- Tom Williamson as AJ Hensdale (seasons 3–5)
- Jordan Rodrigues as Mat Tan (seasons 2–5)
- Alexandra Barreto as Ana Gutierrez
- Annika Marks as Monte Porter (seasons 2–5)
- Daffany Clark as Daphne Keene (seasons 1–4)
- Alex Saxon as Wyatt (seasons 1–3; 5)
- Gavin MacIntosh as Connor Stevens (seasons 1–3)
- Denyse Tontz as Cortney Strathmore (seasons 3–5)
- Izabela Vidovic as Taylor (seasons 2–5)
- Jay Ali as Timothy (seasons 1–2; 4–5)
- Brandon Quinn as Gabe Duncroft (seasons 3–5)
- Louis Hunter as Nick Stratos (seasons 3–5)
- Lisseth Chavez as Ximena Sinfuego (season 5)
- Kalama Epstein as Noah (seasons 4–5)
- Kerr Smith as Robert Quinn (seasons 2–5)
- Ashley Argota as Lucy "Lou" Chan (seasons 2–4)
- Meg DeLacy as Grace (seasons 4–5)
- Bianca Santos as Lexi Riviera (seasons 1 & 3)
- Rosie O'Donnell as Rita Hendricks (seasons 1–3)
- Nandy Martin as Poppy Sinfuego (season 5)
- Bailee Madison as Sophia Quinn (season 2–4)
- Brandon W. Jones as Liam Olmstead (season 1–2)
- Tyler Alvarez as Declan Rivers (season 5)
The Fosters premiered on June 3, 2013 and ran for ten episodes. On July 30, 2013, the series was picked up for a full season and an additional eleven episodes were produced, with the season returning on January 13, 2014. On October 11, 2013, ABC Family renewed The Fosters for a second season that premiered on June 16, 2014. The summer finale premiered on August 18, 2014. In July, ABC Family announced a Christmas special to premiere in December with the second half of season 2 to premiere in January 2015. On January 13, 2015, ABC Family renewed the series for a third season which premiered on June 8, with the second half set to premiere on January 18, 2016 on Freeform. On November 24, 2015, the premiere date was pushed to a week later on January 25, 2016. On November 30, 2015, ABC Family announced that The Fosters was renewed for a fourth season set to begin airing on June 20, 2016.
On January 10, 2017, The Fosters was renewed for a fifth season, which will include the series' 100th episode.
On January 3, 2018, Freeform announced that The Fosters was ending after five seasons. The show's two-hour 100th episode will act as a Season 5 finale, setting up the three-part limited series event to air in summer 2018. The three-episode finale will introduce a spinoff series centered around Maia Mitchell’s Callie and Cierra Ramirez’s Mariana.
Production and Development
The Fosters was originally conceived by openly gay creators Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige who wanted to write a drama that reflected the "modern American family". After originally considering a story about two gay fathers, the pair decided the subject of two men raising a family had already been done on television and began to instead consider a story about two women. When asked about the concept of two lesbian mothers raising a blended family, Bredeweg stated, "We realized that there was a kind of a vacuum when it came to stories about women raising families. So we set off in that direction. Many of our own friends are moms raising biological kids. Some of them have fostered and adopted. Suddenly, we realized that we had a story here that hadn't been told on television before." Additionally, certain elements of the series which deal with the foster care system are said to have been inspired by a troubled childhood friend of Bredeweg, who struggled in the foster system before eventually being adopted in her senior year of high school.
With Lopez on board, the team took the concept to several networks, including ABC Family, with Bredeweg recalling, "ABC Family was really receptive from the very beginning. Strangely, it felt a little like a match made in heaven. I mean, their slogan is 'A new kind of family.' We had a new kind of modern family, and it took off from there." On July 6, 2012, The Hollywood Reporter, among other sources, reported that Jennifer Lopez and her production company, Nuyorican Productions, were developing the yet-to-be-titled hour-long drama for ABC Family, with Lopez set to executive produce alongside Simon Fields and Greg Gugliotta, as well as co-creators/writers Peter Paige and Brad Bredeweg.
The Fosters received a Metacritic score of 70 out of 100 in its first season, based on reviews by eleven critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The series has garnered critical acclaim for its innovative portrayal of LGBT characters and themes. Entertainment Weekly critic, Sarah Caldwell wrote that "[s]eeing a lesbian, biracial couple on a family TV show is a big deal. [I]f you look at the demographics of most TV shows, it's easy to realize how important, and deliberate, this choice was." In addition to its adult characters, the series garnered praise for its handling of 13-year-old Jude's questioning of his sexual orientation, with Hollywood.com citing Byerly's "heartwarming" portrayal when naming Jude to its list of "Favorite LGBTQ Characters on TV" in 2014. The LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD and gay-interest media outlet TheBacklot.com also commended the show's decision to introduce the character of transgender teenager Cole, portrayed by transgender actor Tom Phelan, in the second half of its first season.
The first season of the show averaged a 0.64 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1,680,000 total viewers. The show's second season ended with a 0.55 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1,390,000 total viewers. The third season averaged a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1,000,000 total viewers. The fourth season of the show fell 16% in the 18-49 demo to 0.34 and finished with 804,000 total viewers (a 20% drop).
- ↑ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 30, 2013). "'Switched at Birth' Renewed by ABC Family for Third Season + 'The Fosters' & 'Twisted' Get Back Order Pick-Ups"..
- ↑ Nellie, Andreeva (July 30, 2013). "ABC Family's 'The Fosters' & 'Twisted' Get Back Orders, 'Switched At Birth' Renewed"..
- ↑ Ausiello, Michael (October 11, 2013). "ABC Family Renews The Fosters for Season 2"..
- ↑ Marechal, AJ (October 11, 2013). "'The Fosters' Renewed by ABC Family for Season Two"..
- ↑ "ABC Family's 'The Fosters' Renewed for Third Season".. The Hollywood Reporter (January 13, 2015). Retrieved on January 13, 2015.
- ↑ Zhu, Danielle (October 23, 2015). "ABC Family announces winter premiere dates for The Fosters and more".. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on October 23, 2015.
- ↑ Kissell, Rick (November 24, 2015). "ABC Family Sets Midseason Premiere Dates for 'The Fosters' & New Series 'Recovery Road'".. Variety. Retrieved on November 25, 2015.
- ↑ Andreeva, Nellie (November 30, 2015). "'The Fosters' Renewed For Season 4 By ABC Family".. Deadline. Retrieved on November 30, 2015.
- ↑ Schwartz, Ryan (January 10, 2017). "The Fosters Renewed for Season 5". TVLine.
- ↑ "The Fosters Cancelled — But There’s a (Very Promising) Twist". TVLine. Retrieved on 3 January 2018.
- ↑ Jim Halterman (February 17, 2014). "'The Fosters' Interview: Tom Phelan On Playing Trans Teen Cole".. Retrieved on February 17, 2014.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Rich Valenza (January 10, 2014). "Bradley Bredeweg, Executive Producer, Discusses ABC Family's 'The Fosters'".. Retrieved on January 23, 2014.
- ↑ Philiana Ng (July 6, 2012). "Jennifer Lopez Developing Drama Project for ABC Family".. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on July 6, 2012.
- ↑ Patten, Dominic (July 6, 2012). "Jennifer Lopez Developing Series For ABC Family".. Deadline.com. Retrieved on July 6, 2012.
- ↑ "'The Fosters' - Season 1 Reviews - Metacritic".. Retrieved on June 4, 2013.
- ↑ Sarah Caldwell (June 4, 2013). "The Fosters Review - TV Reviews and News - Summer Must See List".. Retrieved on June 4, 2014.
- ↑ Matt Kane (February 3, 2014). "'The Fosters' actor Tom Phelan talks to GLAAD about playing one of TV's new trans characters".. Retrieved on February 3, 2014.
- ↑ "The Fosters: Season One Ratings".. TV Series Finale. Retrieved on June 11, 2016.
- ↑ "The Fosters: Season Two Ratings".. TV Series Finale. Retrieved on June 11, 2016.
- ↑ "The Fosters: Season Three Ratings".. TV Series Finale. Retrieved on June 11, 2016.
- ↑ "The Fosters: Season Four Ratings".. TV Series Finale. Retrieved on February 16, 2018.
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