Open-Minded Spinoff Turns Heads and Breaks Barriers

By Brianna Bush

Good Trouble, the progressive spinoff of the groundbreaking series The Fosters, is returning for a third season. It first made its way to Freeform in 2019 starring two twenty-something sisters kick starting their careers. Callie Adams Foster (played by Maia Mitchell), the optimistic liberal dedicated to social justice, and Mariana Adams Foster (played by  Cierra Ramirez), the passionate engineer pushing the limits in a male-dominated workplace navigate the heavy loads of their new journey into adulthood. 

The show is one of the only dramas directed towards a younger audience that encompasses the climate of society today. The eye-opening series explores and directly addresses sexism, police brutality, transgender rights, and experiences that are rarely ever depicted on television. In this new season, these topics are brought to a whole new level of awareness and empowerment.

The unique element of Good Trouble is that Callie and Mariana find themselves just stepping into their careers while experiencing a whole new living environment in Downtown Los Angeles. They reside at The Coterie, a unique community living space where bathrooms and a kitchen are shared amongst a diverse group of people who change their lives more than they ever would’ve imagined. 

At first, they are at odds with living there, but they soon come to realize that these strangers are their new family. Each character of the community, in a sense, goes through their own “troubles” which ultimately unites them. 

Gael Martinez (played by Tommy Martinez) represents a sensual graphic designer and to Callie’s surprise – as his love interest – a bisexual man. While exploring his bisexuality, he expresses his experiences through his powerful artwork. The inclusivity in Good Trouble is impressively rampant, as the show depicts characters who are non-binary and transgender. 

Good Trouble also opens the conversation about African American activism and colorism on dating apps through the character, Zuri Adele (Malika Williams), a Black Lives Matter activist. 

From Evan Speck (T.J. Linnard) who is dealt with social anxiety, Davia Moss (Emma Hunton) who is a body-positivity advocate, and Alice Kwan (Sherry Cola), who is trying to find her self-identity, Good Trouble leaves no in-between. They all represent real-life experiences that make watchers at home feel connected to each and every character. 

Stemming from a show that was centered around two mothers navigating the struggles of raising their five kids (four of who they adopted), many others can relate to this family-oriented dynamic.

“They [The Fosters] are some of the only people talking about the issues for example, with our legal system,” said Anne Lorimier, University of Tampa freshman journalism major. “They were the first major TV show to have two moms which was huge because I have two moms.”

This spinoff continues to step outside the box as some UT students have been talking about the show’s massive inclusivity and thought-provoking characterizations. 

“I enjoy the friendship and family dynamic between the characters which I think is the heart of the show,” said Dorcas Owoyemi, junior biology and pre-medicine major. “I wish the main characters Callie and Mariana had more stability in their careers and personal life but I guess that’s what makes it fun to watch.”

“Overall I think it is a good show for people to watch and to be enlightened about a lot of social issues,” continued Owoyemi.
The complexity of the conflicts taking place on this show is overwhelming for watchers, nonetheless, the topics aren’t easy issues to talk about. The ambiguous nature of the show leaves us unsure of where another season will take us, but we do know that this season will continue to show that Good Trouble is, as The Advocate stated, “ahead of its time.”

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