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Why you should watch Showcase's The Fosters

The cast of M-Net Series Showcase The Fosters 

Earlier this year we made our pick of some of the best US Summer shows you have to look forward to. One of those shows was The Fosters, which premieres tonight on M-Net Series Showcase at 8.30pm. 

The show is about a modern family made up of a lesbian couple, one a cop and the other a teacher, and they are raising their three children, one biological and two adopted. 
The series is produced by American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez and created by Peter Paige and Brad Bredeweg. 

It stars Sherri Saum as Lena Adams and Teri Polo as Stef Foster, hence The Fosters. Their children are: Stef's biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon (David Lambert), and a pair of adopted twins, Jesus (Jake T. Austin) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez). Lena and Stef also agree to take on a troubled foster child, Callie (Maia Mitchell), and her younger brother, Jude (Hayden Byerly). Their lives become more complicated as the family members deal with Stef being partnered at work with her ex-husband, Mike (Danny Nucci); with Mariana secretly reaching out to her drug-addicted birth mother; and with a growing romantic attraction between Callie and Brandon.

So why should you watch the show? Here are five reasons, courtesy of TV Fanatic, on why you should: 

Issues, Yes. Heavy handed, No. Stef (Teri Polo) is a cop while Lena (Sherri Saum) is a school principal - and while they are in a same-sex relationship and raising a group of teenagers (biological, adopted and fostered), the messages that come with each episode are subtle and nuanced in a smart, adult, ground-in-reality way. Thumbs up! 
Represent! Between the adults and the kids, this is a show everyone can watch no matter what age. Stef and Lena will be going through their own relationship and parenting issues while the older kids (played by David Lambert and Maia Mitchell) and the younger teens (Jake T. Austin and Cierra Ramirez) are all facing obstacles from breaking the law and lies to their parents and each other. DRAMA! 
Jenny From The Block! True, J Lo is working behind the scenes on this one as Executive Producer, but like co-creator Peter Paige (who you’ll remember for his role as Emmett on Queer As Folk), we can only hope that we’ll see both of them step in front of the camera in future episodes. 
Love, Love, Love This may be a multi-racial cast featuring gay parents, but the bottom line of the show is that a family is all about love and you’ll see that in every frame of the series. In fact, Stef’s previous husband (Danny Nucci) is still in the picture both at Stef’s work and at home as he tries to keep a relationship alive with biological son. Brandon. 
Troublemakers! The good news is that the teenagers aren’t the smart aleck TV kids you sometimes see talking like 30-year olds. The sort-of bad news (at least for parents Stef and Lena) is that the kids do get in lots of trouble (one is stealing prescription drugs to get some much-needed cash) but the kind that parents and teens will all easily relate to. Also, great, compelling storytelling should spark conversations among parents watching with their kids.
We love how edgy TV shows have become, especially since it won't be surprising to come across a family like The Fosters.  Some day we hope that South Africa will produce shows that are as socially relevant as The Fosters, even though it will only be possible if produced for a channel on DStv. 

PIC: ABC Family. 

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