Review:  “The Fosters“

The Fosters is an American family drama television series created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige. The story follows the lives of lesbian couple Stef Foster (Teri Polo), a police officer, and Lena Adams (Sherri Saum), a school administer. They’re raising a blended family of biological, adopted and foster children. Brandon (David Lambert) is Stef’s biological son, Marianna (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin) are the twins adopted when they were little. Later on, Stef and Lena decided to take in two foster children as part of their family: Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Jude (Hayden Byerly). The series navigate through personal and relationship drama while learning the true meanings of love and family. The show has illustrated matters like familial homophobia and the challenges faced by boys who don’t adapt to gender stereotypes.

In the episode named Quinceañera, it was Mariana’s quinceañera and in the tradition, it has a father/daughter dance. Stef asked Mike (Danny Nucci), her ex-husband, to dance with Mariana, because she felt to some degree uncomfortable and awkward if it was with her mother instead. We clearly see the child feels embarrassed about dancing with her mom. In other words, Mariana is mostly afraid of what people will say or think about. It is difficult for Mariana to accept the fact that her parents are lesbian. Mariana wants to feel “normal”, in other words her surroundings are mostly heterosexuals. That’s why she wants to be like “them”. We could felt how sad were Stef and Lena.

In another episode named The Morning After, Jude came to school with blue nails and of course, he got bullied and his friend Connor didn’t help him. The next day, Lena talked to Jude about his problems at school and Callie reproached her brother for wearing nail polish. Callie wants to protect her brother, because she knows that they're living in a cruel world with mean people and being different is frowned upon. Lena explained that Jude should not be ashamed of who he is and he should be proud. Nowadays, boys have more pressure when it comes to express their full self, because it is treated as a girl thing and people see this kind of thing as a weakness. Boys are qualified as tough and strong people. Being weak puts pressure to those people. Girls are allowed to express masculinity. Being a tomboy is considered as a cute thing. This point of view is totally unfair for guys. In the end of the episode, Connor sits with Jude and shows up with blue nails. It is totally heart-warming to see this scene, because that the moment that every person who has ever felt different wants, knowing you have a friend, knowing somebody supports you and likes you the way you are. Everybody has the right to be who he or she wants to be. There is no law that prohibited Jude to put nail polish. Everyone is free to do what they want. This series make us understand that it is alright to be different and it is normal to feel that way.

Works Cited

1. Assay, Paul and Steven Isaac. “The Fosters.“ Plugged in. Focus on the Family, 1999-                         2014. Web. 28 April 2015.

2. Caldwell, Sarah. “ The Fosters.“ Entertainment. Entertainment Weekly Inc., 17 January                              2015. Web. 28 April 2015.

3. Lowry, Brian. “Review: The Fosters.“ Variety. Variety Media, 31 May 2013. Web. 28                             April 2015.

Dalyna Pak

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