The Fosters

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jun 03, 2013 on ABC Family
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Moms Lena Adams and Stef Foster take in Callie, a troubled teenager, which stirs up home life for them and their three kids. Meanwhile, Lena receives a new partner at work, Jesus questions Mariana's suspicious behavior, and Callie goes looking for Jude.

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  • You Got Me IN

    I must say that i'm fan of ABC Family, i love every program they do and this was not the exception.

    After the premiere i haven't had lots of expectations about this, but it was pretty damn good, good acting, good storylines and good characters. The first episode really advance and put on the table the main topics of the show and it was truly interesting. I love that the moms are lesbian because this give a fresh air to the show, mainly because there are lots of people who had ***phobia which can give the possibility of bad rating, but they are just ignorants.

    I love this show and i'm in... Can't wait...moreless
  • I am impressed

    Life is complicated and subtle. People have layers that reveal themselves at their own time and pace accordingly.

    The Foster system fails far too many and yet a show that is hopeful in the midst of it has the potential to address some of the issues subtly and gives a more realistic baseline example as to how the foster system could work, for those already in the system themselves or looking towards being a foster parent. One thing I think is being shown is not only how the children suffer but also those who truly want to provide a home/refuge. How far too often leaving is safer than staying. What it is like to be the hope even knowing that it could be more harmful in the long run. Broken hearts and broken lives. The insecurity of never knowing what will happen from one day to the next.

    The potential for where this show can go is one I look forward to seeing.moreless
  • Almost Great

    The Fosters: Pilot

    I had such high hopes for this show. I really did, after all, it pushed buttons right off the bat by having the leads both be women, in an interracial, same-sex relationship. Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) live together and raise a cluster of children: Brandon (David Lambert) from Stef's first marriage with her brand new police officer partner, and the adopted twins Jesus (Jake T. Austen) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez). We don't know much about these kids except that Brandon is a musical prodigy, Mariana gets good grades and Jesus takes methamphetamine which is for ADHD, for the record.

    The show begins with the arrival of a new foster child, Callie (Maia Mitchell) who has a troubled past of which not enough is revealed. All of this seems good, but tons of problems come. Callie is calling this mysterious Jude, but refers to him as baby, in a rather sexy voice. It turns out that Jude is her younger brother, still living with her former foster father, the one who beat her up because she defended her younger brother-he's the reason why she was in juvenile hall.

    Determined to rescue her brother, she ditches school, which is a charter school where Lena is the vice-principal, but Brandon goes with her. Yes, those two are totally going to get together, despite Brandon having a girlfriend whom he might be having sex with or is at least considering having sex with, because his mother asks him if he's using condoms. Awkward. Because of this, he completely misses his audition and his chance at winning a musical scholarship and is let off the hook much too easily for this.

    Callie and Brandon arrive at the foster house and she tries to rescue her brother while Brandon distracts him, but this doesn't work and almost immediately pulls out a gun on both of them. He went to that gun a little too quickly. Luckily, Stef, a police officer, arrives just in time to save the day.

    Callie and Jude will stay with the Fosters (Stef's last name) and Lena (whose last name is Adams) for the time being, aka forever, because there will not be a show without them. Don't try and fool me ABC family.

    In the meantime, the other major plot line involved the twins and their reluctance to meet their birth mother, aka the woman who abandoned them to go after a man. Mariana was originally interested but this has changed. My sister predicted this one right. She is stealing her brother's medication and selling them on the streets and gives the money to her birth mom so she can get settled in this ocean-side town again. That's right, they live super close to the ocean and Mariana is breaking the law. Stef and Lena were so worried about Callie messing up their family when they should really be worried about Mariana.

    I really feel that this show needed some more exposition, but I'm pretty sure more about the pasts of all the characters will be revealed throughout the season. I also wish the writers hadn't decided to give Brandon a crush on Callie. I only like Stef, Lena and Jesus when it comes to characters. Some, like Callie and Brandon, do have a chance at redemption. Mariana does not, at least not for the moment.

    I also know that the foster care system is broken, but you would think that they would have listened to Callie's side of the story or at least taken her brother out of that home, and why did she call him baby in a sexy voice? That was so weird. This show, despite everything, has promise, but it needs to become more realistic, okay, fine, I'll settle for ABC family realistic, and less predictable and soap opera-ish. The acting is decent, especially from Polo and Saum, though the kids are also showing promise. Grade: C+moreless
  • Great new show

    Interesting 1st ep.. Drama, action, love, relationships and family.. Is going to be a good one!
Colby French

Colby French


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David Sullivan

David Sullivan


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Jay Ali

Jay Ali

Mr. Timothy

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Madisen Beaty

Madisen Beaty


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Alexandra Barreto

Alexandra Barreto

Ana Gutierrez

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