There was also a touching storyline of the twins finding their birth mother who is a drug addict and Jesus protecting Mariana. I find that the twins have taken a backseat for the second part of the first season, but for another set of semi-siblings to take front and center stage.
It is refreshing to see such a well considered conflict for a relationship. This kind of angst appeals not only me, but a lot of online shippers.
I love that this show is about the family you choose for yourself and how that in turn impacts family relations. I think with blood family there’s often an expectation that if you screw up you’ll find a way through it. Or there’s almost a laziness in interacting and dealing with each other because you’re family. You take each other for granted. But in a family like The Fosters, the reality that love is a choice is far more present in their minds. And I think it makes them a better family in many ways for it.
This is for the most part, a feel good show that oozes warmth. But at the same time, there’s a very real acknowledgement that the world is not a safe place and that life is often unfair. People will let you down and disappoint you, and make selfish choices with no consideration of you.
I think what makes this show feel good is all the love. It’s not based on unrealistic/happy outcomes, but on the love the family has for each other.