Earlier this year I wrote about a TV show produced by none other than Jenny from the block. The show’s premise is one that we lesbians and bi girls just have to watch, I mean come on, we grew up watching a whole season of some rubbish because we read somewhere that there might be a less than platonic look between two ladies and here we read that JLo is bringing us a TV show centered around a two mother family – be still my beating heart!
The Fosters debuted on June 3rd and has been getting well deserved positive reviews stateside. The premier show starts off with a teenage girl, Callie, getting the crap beat out of her but manages to become something much more as we see a loving family take her in. Too much? No, strangely it isn’t too much, it’s believable and heartwarming. We learn pretty quickly that this family has same sex parents and both biological and fostered kids. They aren’t sure about taking the girl from juve in but we all know what is going to happen.
The characters are believable, Callie’s “so you’re dykes” being the highlight, followed closely by one of the moms asking her son “Do you need condoms?” It’s all natural and you really want to get behind this blended family from the start. That is the show’s biggest strength, the family are impossible not to like. On the face of it the show is about a multi-racial family with gay parents but right away you see that it is just about family, plan and simple. People standing up for each other and trying to help each other through the tough stuff.
The kids get in trouble rather than talking to their parents like 20-somethings, their is real family drama going on and the interaction between the parents is genuine. The show is subtle rather than an after school special, you don’t feel patronised at any stage. All in all I was well impressed and would recommend you check it out. It’s not a show about a family with gay parents, a family with bio, fostered and adopted kids or a show about a multi-racial family, it is all but yet none of those things, don’t pigeon hole it, it deserves better than that. The New Normal was cancelled in no time, I really hope The Fosters doesn’t follow suit.
Here’s a little taste of the first episode
and sure why not have a little sneak peek into episode 2 for good measure