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Reasons to Watch The Foster’s

There isn’t much in the way of reality television that interests me. Despite the genre, they seem overly scripted and exaggerated. Maybe it’s just me but they don’t compare to any reality I have been a part of. When I started watching The Foster’s (completely by accident) I was immediately pulled in and have been playing catch-up ever since. It is more of a reality show than any reality TV I’ve ever watched. If you haven’t started watching here are a few reasons you should be watching The Foster’s.

Reasons to Watch the Foster's

It’s Real, at least it could be – Sure, there are actors and scripts, but the story arcs and lines are relatable. The characters could easily be based on you or someone you know. The Foster’s incorporates real-world topics like the foster system & adoption, the LGBT community, addiction, and sexuality. There is no overacting, which is a huge sigh of relief.

It Hits You Hard, right in the feels – I can’t think of any other show that has made me feel the emotions I feel during every episode. I’ve bawled my eyes out many times watching this show, and for the most part, they were happy tears. Even when a scene is heartbreaking I’m unable to turn away. It’s extremely easy to get entangled in the lives of the characters and feel what they’re feeling. And so many feelings; sadness, anger, love, cheer, sympathy, and empathy.

It’s More Than a Teen Drama – Teen dramas are an addiction for me – The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Switched at Birth… I could go on and on. Most teen dramas are primarily targeted at, well, teens. The Foster’s is categorized as a teen drama, but it’s more than that. While most teen dramas focus primarily on the teen characters, The Foster’s gives equal (or almost equal) screen time to both adult and young adult characters.

They Don’t Sugar Coat it, the good the bad the ugly – Without being over the top or at all raunchy, The Foster’s shows life as life instead of as candy coated or a full-fledged travesty. Life is full of ups and downs, sunshine and rain. The Foster’s embraces all that in a tasteful way. The show centers around an interracial lesbian couple raising a family of biological, foster and adopted kids. That alone sets a course for many struggles. It doesn’t stop there, not even close, but I don’t want to share any spoilers.

You Can Watch it with Your Family, at least your teens – It’s rare to find a show that not only captures teen life but adult life too. Not to mention a show that blends the two without leaving either side lacking. I see The Foster’s as a foot-in-the-door to the inner workings of your own teens. Things you may not be so in-tune with but want to be. Things you may want to talk to them about but are not sure how to.

Depending on your personal parental guidelines this may not be suitable for your tweens and below since sex is a recurring subject throughout the series. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not glorifying teen sex but they do broach the topic. It goes back to being real. Despite what we like or approve of, some teens have sex. If you’re over the pretentious diatribe often seen on TV then The Foster’s is a wonderful alternative.

Reasons to Watch the Foster's
THE FOSTERS – ABC Family’s “The Fosters” stars Cierra Ramirez as Mariana, David Lambert as Brandon, Jake T. Austin as Jesus, Teri Polo as Stef, Sherri Saum as Lena, Hayden Byerly as Jude and Maia Mitchell as Callie. (ABC FAMILY/Andrew Eccles)

Have you watched The Foster’s Yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Have you watched The Foster’s Yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. I haven’t watch these show but my friends always talking about the story of the Fosters. Seems that I need to watch this too so I can relate to them.. Lol..

  2. I love “The Fosters” for the same reason you do, it’s real there are topics we deal with in everyday life, the help is find our own tools on how to deal with them too. I find the acting to be really well done as well.

  3. I love The Fosters! It’s really such a great show. You hit it spot on – there are so many real life happenings that are relatable in sorts. Great post!

  4. I’ve seen a few episodes of this show and it is really good! I always have meant to watch more but ran out of time – as usual! I need to try and see if I can catch up because it really does look great!

  5. Ooooo I haven not seen or even heard of this show, but it sounds like a total goodie!!! I will have to check The Fosters out!

  6. I love this show. It’s one of my favorites. I got done watching all the season on Netflix not to long ago. I can’t wait for the next season!

  7. I have never heard of this show but you really paint a good picture of it and it makes me want to check it out. I always loved teen dramas back in the day so this would probably be something I would enjoy.

  8. I ave never seen The Fosters, however have been looking for something good to watch on my down time. I love feel good shows and moves too.

  9. When my daughter comes home from college we like to watch shows (like this) together. If she’s not already aware of The Fosters, I’ll make sure we watch it! She’ll love it!
    Thanks for sharing!

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Amber is a 30 something country girl who is a habitual optimist, animal lover, reluctant foodie, and adventure seeker.