Stef Foster (Teri Polo) is a police officer, and Lena Foster (Sherri Saum) is a school administrator. Together they raised a beautiful and artistic son Brandon from Stef’s marriage to her former partner. They also adopted hispanic 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.
Oh and Jude is a Judicorn (aka practically perfect in every way, and possibly gay, but he’s 13 and really people, did you really have it all worked out at 13? Give him some space!). I love Jude. I watch the show for Jude. They adopted Jude. Everyone rocks blue nail polish for Jude.
But if you thought the show couldn’t be gayer than a mom & mom fostering situation with a possibly gay new kid, toss in a baby misscarriage, Callie getting sent to a ‘girls only’ foster home run by Rosie O’Donnell (“Girls United” complete with a transsexual named Cole who is awesome), and … well it’s just seriously gay and soapy and teens and parents.
Just keep in mind: Brandon and Callie make every bad decision possible, separately and together. Repeatedly. It can be a little draining.
After 5 seasons, the show ends in 2019. It will be followed by a Callie/Mariana spin-off. Oh god. Help.
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.