Stef Foster (Teri Polo) is a police officer, and Lena Foster (Sherri Saum) is a school administrator. Together they raised a son Brandon from Stef’s marriage to her former partner and adopted twins Jesus and Mariana. When we meet them, they’ve begun fostering ‘bad girl’ Callie who has had everything that could possibly go wrong to her actually happen, up to and including date-rape and abuse. And she has a secret brother, Jude, that social services didn’t know about.
Jude’s nickname is Judicorn (gay and one of the most enjoyable characters). They adopted Jude. Everyone rocks blue nail polish for Jude.
If you thought the show couldn’t be more dramatic with a mom & mom fostering situation, toss in a baby miscarriage, Callie getting sent to a ‘girls only’ foster home run by Rosie O’Donnell (“Girls United” with a transgender boy named Cole who is awesome), and … well it’s just seriously soapy and teens and parents.
All of Stef and Lena’s kids make every bad decision possible, individually and together. Repeatedly. It can be very draining. Also, Stef and Lena suffer from boring TV lesbian moms syndrome. They are barely kind to each other and the passion is nearly non-existent.
After 5 seasons, the show ended in 2019. It was followed by a Callie/Mariana spin-off called Good Trouble.
Queer Plotline Timeline
The basic plot is lesbians and their kids, so pretty much every episode is gay. As of Season 1, Episode 5 “The Morning After” we start to get hints that Jude may not be all that straight, but they took that plot line pretty slow. By season 4 he has a pot-smoking boyfriend. One of Callie’s boyfriends, Aaron, is transgender, and another transgender boy, Cole, has a crush on her at one point. Weirdly, Girls United was not as gay as we expected.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season 1, Episode 5 “The Morning After” – After complaining about lesbian bed death, Stef and Lena get it on in the back of their car
- Season 2, Episode 3 “Play” – Stef and Lena abscond to a hotel for a ‘babymoon’ and a little married couple shenanigans
- Season 3, Episode 18 “Rehearsal” – Stef chops off all her hair and it gets Lena all hot and bothered
- Season 5, Episode 8 “Prom” – Mariana makes out with Emma, her brother’s girlfriend, to disguise her own lack of boyfriend. Stef is somewhat surprised.