The Fosters: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)


Season 1
The Fosters

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Boasting a charming cast, a sly sense of humor, and a whole lot of heart, The Fosters is a smart and insightful look at contemporary family life.



Critic Ratings: 18


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User Ratings: 188

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Air date: Jun 3, 2013

Lena meets troubled teen Callie and asks her to temporarily move in with her family in the series premiere of this drama about a lesbian couple heading up a multiethnic family comprised of a biological son and a few adopted children.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2013

Lena and Mike disagree about whether to punish Brandon. Elsewhere, Jesus tries to cover for Mariana and puts his health at risk in the process, while Callie gets blamed for Mariana's transgression; and Jesus and Lexi embark on a secret relationship.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2013

Mike invites Brandon to move in with him, which leads to an argument between Stef and Brandon. Meanwhile, Mariana objects to Jesus dating Lexi; and Callie's journal assignment sparks memories of a dark secret from her past.

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Air date: Jun 24, 2013

Lena wants Mariana's quinceañera to be perfect, but Mariana uncovers a secret that may ruin her day. Meanwhile, Lena's mom visits; and Stef reminds Brandon of the dating rules when she observes his and Talya's friction over Callie.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2013

Passion takes Jesus and Lexi by surprise, and soon they realize there may be consequences. Meanwhile, Brandon objects to Callie's budding romance with Wyatt; Stef and Lena's friends hit a snag in their relationship; and school bullies target Jude.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2013

Lexi's conservative parents join the Fosters for dinner, and Stef's traditional-minded dad drops by. Meanwhile, Callie attends a therapy group for foster kids; Wyatt throws a wild party at his childhood home; and Brandon has an important piano audition.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2013

Tension between Jesus and Mariana erupts in a big feud. Meanwhile, Lexi's parents attempt to keep her away from Jesus; Callie tells Brandon about a difficult memory from her past; and Jude tries to impress a new friend from school.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2013

Jesus meets his biological mom, but it doesn't go well. Elsewhere, Lena's worldly ex-girlfriend visits town; Stef worries about Mike's excessive drinking; Brandon struggles to impress his piano teacher; and Tayla finds herself in a mortifying situation.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2013

A loved one lands in the hospital, and the extent of Mariana and Jesus' lies affect everyone. Meanwhile, Callie opens up to Brandon about her mom's death and her life as a foster child; and Wyatt warns Callie that she's growing too close to Brandon.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2013

The family gather for Stef and Lena's wedding, which Lena's dad plans to officiate and Stef's dad plans to skip. Meanwhile, Callie's faced with a tough decision in her case against Liam; and Callie and Jude get some good news.

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Tv Season Info

The first season of this family drama focuses on the lives of domestic partners Stef Foster (Teri Polo) and Lena Adams (Sherri Saum) as they raise their unconventional family. Brandon (David Lambert), Stef's biological son from her marriage to Mike (Danny Nucci), finds himself in trouble while helping his younger siblings. Newly fostered Callie (Maia Mitchell) goes to extreme measures to protect her younger brother from an abusive father. Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin) are twins who were taken in and later adopted by Stef and Lena. Showing the complexities and difficulties of foster care, the show also demonstrates the positive effects of unconditional love.

Critic Reviews for The Fosters Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10)

The Fosters, well-written and very well-acted, doesn't need to be unpredictable to be involving.

Jun 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The pilot episode is a pretty entertaining and well-plotted introduction to the series.

Jun 3, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The characters are appealing, and the actors seem to appreciate the easy work.

May 31, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Fosters delights in the intricacies of family, and tackles those intricacies with largely endearing frankness.

Jan 16, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It could end up being an understated - but provocative - must watch.

Jun 4, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's probably worth sticking with The Fosters for an episode or two, simply because the show has all the upside in the world.

Jun 3, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

There's no denying that The Fosters makes for engaging viewing.

Apr 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's hard to deny the storyline is offering up some meaty material for the series to explore.

Jan 21, 2014 | Full Review…

The show cannily plays to teen hopes and dreams - the school, for example, is on the edge of a gorgeous beach (the kids at 90210 never had it this lush) - but there's story for the adults as well.

Jun 3, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It suffers for being too tidily plotted, and a little too pleased with itself for its multiethnic and LGBT representations.

Jun 3, 2013 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

For the most part, the scenarios feel real and there's a lived-in quality to the family and how they relate to one another.

Jun 2, 2013 | Full Review…

The Fosters has its heart in the right place. There's something refreshing about its unforced approach to redefining what a family looks like.

Jun 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fosters: Season 1

  • Jan 24, 2018
    I honestly love this show. It’s so inclusive of everyone and it differs from the norm of most tv shows. It also has some great story lines. It’s definitely one of my favourite tv shows.
  • Mar 05, 2016
    Absolutely beautiful.
  • Aug 14, 2015
    One of the most LGBT-friendly tv-shows ever made, that's without any doubt ambitious, family friendly and extremely relatable, both for teens and adults. Just everyday problems like lies, despair, etc is not something new to the genre, but it's the family-aspect that really makes this show extraordinary. To have a home and to belong somewhere is a basic human need. The strong and of course, relatable characters are very well presented and even the parenting is perfect. The Fosters is a very diverse and understandable tv-show that works for almost everyone; parents, kids, teenagers and just everybody. It got so much to tell about freedom, love, LGBT, parenting, attraction, childhood, diversity and of course everyday life. Sure there are some classic drama-clichés and some vague actors, like Hayden Byerly and Maia Mitchell (especially Hayden), but it's a highly original and inventive show that got love for everything. I really recommend it for everyone! 7/10
  • May 03, 2015
    The Fosters gives a lot to think about, not only for a Sunday afternoon but as an excellent drama as well.
  • Oct 16, 2014
    first couple of eps i was really glued to the tv. its an amazing show
  • Jul 22, 2014
    Though the show has it's issues, it showcases spot on performances, alongside characters you can relate to as well as good messages. It's soapy, but that's how most shows like this are. There's a lot to like about the fosters family. And the show in general.
  • Jun 12, 2014
    thumbs up... very well acted and smartly written series..
  • Jun 09, 2014
    Smartly written, excellently acted, and full of heart and stellar diversity, The Fosters is an impressive and realistic drama for families.
  • Feb 14, 2014
    The Fosters had me hooked from the very, sporting an excellent cast and tackling hard hitting issues with underlying humour. This is a Tv series that must continue on and keeps the audience on the edge of their seat and even putting their heart into the show, laughing and crying in the correct places. Heart felt and heart warmingly beautiful, this is a must see show!

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