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The Fosters

The Fosters

The Fosters” premieres tonight at 9/8c on ABC Family, and it’s a compelling look at several diverse things: the foster care system, a multi-ethnic family, and a family with two moms.

The one-hour drama, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, follows the story of ┬áStef Foster (Teri Polo), a dedicated police officer, her partner Lena Adams (Sherri Saum), a school vice-principal, and their close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon (David Lambert), and their adopted twins, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin).

But their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie (Maia Mitchell), a hardened teen with an abusive past who’s spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it’s just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found.

The series also stars Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, newcomer Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Cierra Ramirez.

Come back here after the premiere episode for Kimberly Strand’s thoughtful recap and commentary. “I like that the show is focusing on kids in the foster care system, and that there are loving families out there who can give these kids a good life,” she writes. “I just hope ABC gives it a chance to get its legs and go!”

I so agree, because ABC has a tendency to yank shows off the air if they don’t score a gazillion viewers in the first couple of episodes. Give it a chance, ABC Family!

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