After five seasons and a three-hour finale, Freeform’s (formerly ABC Family) The Fosters, the series from out creators and showrunners Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg, and Joanna Johnson about lesbian moms raising biological, adopted, and foster kids, went down as one of the most consistently groundbreaking series in TV history.
The show explored the importance of marriage equality; tackled racism; featured one of TV’s first transgender characters played by a trans man; and covered rape, school shootings, immigration and ICE, sex trafficking, breast cancer, and the multitude of issues kids in the foster system face daily. The Fosters ended its run in 2018, but the characters live on in the spin-off Good Trouble, with Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez reprising their characters as they navigate love, career, and social issues while living in a communal space in downtown Los Angeles. Good Trouble continues to move the needle forward for representation with both characters and cast members who span identities of pansexual, lesbian, bisexual, nonbinary, trans, and gay. Storylines for the spin-off have taken on workplace sexual harassment, the police shooting of an unarmed black man, and body image issues. And like its parent show, it does it all with heart and humor.