It's impossible to put into words just how much we love The Fosters. Even though it's hard to say goodbye with the last ever episode, the show will stay with us forever. See below all the ways The Fosters will always be in our hearts.
1. First things first, the Adams Foster family.
A family that has always felt incredibly real to us and who you can't help but fall in love with. They are all so comfortable around each other, and while most of the time they get along, they have their moments. Remember the first time Jude and Jesus fought like real brothers? The moms were so proud! (Although they had to pretend they were angry). But the absolute best thing about this family? They've never stopped reminding us that "DNA doesn't make a family, love does." We're really going to miss Lena's wisdom. 😢
2. The mamas. Everything about the mamas.
Where do we start with Stef and Lena? We really do love everything about this pair. Their marriage isn't perfect, their parenting isn't perfect, and they both have their own flaws - but that's what makes them so good. They're imperfectly perfect! Their relationship feels so genuine, their chemistry is undeniable, and no matter what, they always have each other's and their children's backs. Mama sandwich, anyone?
3. The kids.
Brandon's kindness, Jesus' humor, Mariana's sass, Callie's activism, and Jude's true-to-himself nature. These kids are all amazing. Yes, they fight, they make mistakes, and they don't always think things through. But if that's not being a teenager, we don't know what is. We've seen them battle through high school, fall in love, fall ill, fight injustice, and come out the other side into adulthood. We're so proud. 💕
4. That theme song ...
Sorry, we just wanted to make you listen to this one more time. Has it made you tear up a little? Us, too. With lyrics like "It's not where you come from, it's where you belong," this song sums up everything The Fosters stands for. We love it and we won't be able to listen to it from now on without getting emotional. Okay, we're hitting play again ...
5. It's always talking about important issues.
Ugh, of course Stef and Lena are their "real" parents. Jeez. But anyway - the foster care system, homophobia, racism, sexism, sexuality, abortions and immigration are only a few of the topics this show has explored and, in doing so, people who are very rarely represented on television have been given a voice. It's impossible to watch The Fosters without feeling like you've learned something, but never once has it felt preachy. How do the writers do it?
6. But it manages to be funny as well as thought-provoking.
Admit it, this show has had you in stitches! Mariana walking in on Callie's interview talking about crabs, Jesus protesting they can just take the table with them, Stef's face when she saw Mariana and Emma kissing, Jude proclaiming "I'm a taco!", Sharon's many inappropriate outbursts ("I wear nothing but thongs") ... there aren't many shows that can have you crying one minute and laughing the next, but The Fosters has it down to a fine art.
7. The drama.
Another thing that's going to stay with us? Those cliff hangers, the emotional endings, and the drama, drama, drama. Nobody does it like The Fosters and their stories kept us hooked over the years. Callie and Brandon's relationship, the car crash, Frankie, all the break-ups, Stef getting shot ... this show has had us on the edge of our seats more times than we can count.
8. Have we mentioned the incredible cast?
Is it just us, or does this cast feel like a family both on and off set? Noah Centineo has said that when they finished filming in Turks and Caicos, they all just group hugged and cried, saying "I love you" over and over again. How sweet is that? We can't imagine anyone else playing these characters and we've absolutely loved watching them over the years.
9. It's so relatable.
Falling in love for the first time? Watch The Fosters. Coming to terms with your sexuality? Watch The Fosters. Battling the patriarchy? Watch The Fosters. Relationship trouble? Watch The Fosters. This show really does have something for everyone and what's more, all ages can find something to relate to.
10. And it never fails to hit you right in the feels.
The mamas' first wedding, the mama's second wedding, Lena telling Jude he shouldn't be ashamed of who he is, Jesus telling the moms that he's afraid he's broken, Callie and Jude's adoption, Mariana telling Jesus he's her best friend, Brandon telling Callie she's his ... this show has always managed to put the biggest lumps in our throats. But the most we've ever cried? That final scene. Seeing their home empty for the very first time, seeing them all hug one another and say goodbye, and then seeing them drive away. You guys, what are we going to do without The Fosters?
What are you going to miss the most about The Fosters?
What are you going to miss the most about this incredible show?
Let us know in the comments below. Rewatch the last episodes and see Callie and Mariana's journey continue in Good Trouble premiering in 2019 on Freeform.