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I recently watched a sneak peek of The Fosters, an all new ABC Family drama that will air starting tonight at 9/8c. The Fosters is about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids.
By the way, their last name is Foster.
By the way part two, the Fosters have two moms.
Teri Polo stars as Stef Foster and Sherri Saum is her wife, Lena Foster. The two woman are well cast as parents and as wives. What does that mean? Well it simply means that their chemistry is plausible and effortless.
The Fosters are probably not the first gay or lesbian family that you have seen on your TV. GLAAD created a graphic to give us a visual history of LGBT families on TV. They begin their timeline at 1972 with a made-for-TV movie called That Certain Summer and they continue all they way to last year’s one season hit wonder The New Normal.
Last year, in an interview on NPR, Professor Edward Schiappa and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota, discussed five studies that they performed about the presence of gay characters on television programs and how it decreases prejudices among viewers.
Professor Schiappa credits Will and Grace as being a show that paved the way for many of the shows or story lines that feature families with same sex couples.
“These attitude changes are not huge,” he says. “They don’t change bigots into saints. But they can snowball.”
I got really caught up in the first episode of The Fosters. I like that ABC Family has put this show on a network geared towards tweens and teens as I think it will inspire many family talking points. I’ll be tuning in to find out what happens next for these characters.
The Fosters just joined “the family”.