by Saloni Gajjar
The first thing I noticed about Good Trouble, Freeform’s spin-off of The Fosters, is that it’s down to get adventurous with its themes, characters, and storytelling format. Elevated by a smorgasbord of diverse talent on and off-screen, it relays poignant stories about equal pay, transgender rights, and Black Lives Matter without missing a beat.
But instead of getting bogged down, it caters to a younger audience by also being downright tantalizing and entertaining. Television has become a strong medium for distinctive millennial and Gen Z stories through recent breakouts like Sex Education, The End of the F***ing World, On My Block, American Vandal.
Good Trouble, which wrapped Season 1 on April 2, manages to carve its space in this genre despite getting buried by the #PeakTV discourse.
It sets a firm foot in the real world as opposed to the nostalgia of high school or college. Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez reprise their role as foster sisters Callie and Mariana, who move to Los Angeles for work. They live in an “intentional communal” building called The Coterie, which is home to people from different backgrounds who share bathrooms and a kitchen and bond as a family.
The show consistently pushes the boundaries for its characters and what each of them represent.
Image courtesy of Freeform/Beth Dubber
April 04, 2019