OK, You got me.
If you were anything like myself, you had reservations about Good Trouble. As someone who was critical of a spinoff of our beloved The Fosters revolving around two of the most troublesome characters on the series, I went into Good Trouble Season 1 Episode 1 embittered and seeking confirmation that this spinoff was ill-advised.
Instead, what I got was a well-written, smart, impressive pilot that reeled me in and may (and should) be one of the biggest hits of the winter. I'm sorry for ever having doubted the great minds behind The Fosters.
My childish petulance over having been proven wrong aside, as proud as I am of its predecessor, this new series has a lot going for it, and it's going to be thrilling embarking on this journey of growth along with Mitchell and Ramirez who have added executive producer to their list of accomplishments with this series.
Good Trouble has just enough of The Fosters' essence to quell nostalgia while standing on its own feet. There is enough there to suck in die-hard The Fosters fans, but it works as a standalone, so if you have never watched The Fosters (massive side-eye), you can enjoy this series because it is a fresh chapter in Callie and Mariana's life.
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Good Trouble may be a spinoff of The Fosters, but it isn't The Fosters. It's sexier, edgier, and more mature, and this unexpected but refreshing adult tone coincides with the new direction Freeform has gone in where it's catering towards young adult women.
On the one hand, it's sad confirmation that the age of The Fosters, Switched at Birth and other family dramas and comedies are gone. On the other, this is an exciting new age.
Good Trouble is a perfect fit for the network. It's like The Bold Type meets For The People, and it succeeds at launching off of its parent show and finding its voice in the same caliber as Grown-ish.
The series wasted no time letting us know that these women are adult now and that their stories will be adult too. It upped the ante with the adult language. There was some nudity, lots of drinking, and damn if there weren't multiple steamy sex scenes.
But fret not, Callie and Mariana are still the hot messes that we love so much. As expected, their first experience on their own away from the security of moms and the rest of the Adams-Fosters was disastrous. Bless their hearts, neither girl can adult well, but not only is that the point of this series, but that is where all the fun will be.
You're either heading in this direction, are currently in the same stage in your life, or you're looking back on this time of your life cringing or with fondness. In that sense, Good Trouble can attract a wide audience and keep them engaged since everything about the series and these characters (old and new) are relatable.
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