Parents' Guide to

Good Trouble

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fosters spin-off is a little racier but sweet and lovable.

TV Freeform Drama 2018
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 15+

Rare example of a good spinoff

Very rarely is a spin off or sequel of a beloved TV show as good, let alone better, as the original. Some of the things I have loved about the original Fosters is the beautiful, diverse undertones and empowering messages, and Good Trouble I would say is even better than The Fosters. How Mariana and Callie are adjusting to living on their own is very relatable, as I'm 20 and I still live with my mom but I live in an expensive city and I am a little afraid of living on my own, well as Mariana and Callie being dominated by the biased gender and racial rules. I love the diversity, with people of different races, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations and body types and how it portrays them very positively. It's one of the reasons why I love Freeform- they have a reputation for making relatable, realistic, and likable shows (not that I mind escapism or non-realism). I definitely reccomend this show for teens and young adults like myself.
age 16+

This show promotes casual sex with multiple partners!

I watched this show on my own and enjoyed it for myself even though some of the themes they are trying to promote are ridiculous. It is political comedy in that their portrayal of republicans are they are all racist homophobes and liberals are social justice warriors. “Polyamory is not for everyone but if it’s your love style you have to be true to yourself” They show men and women with multiple sex partners of the same and opposite sex at. With this much casual sex going on there is no talk of protection, contraception or std’s

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Borrowing its earnest and relatable tone from parent show The Fosters, this spin-off ages Mariana and Callie up into young adults entertainingly stumbling into maturity. First mistake: They choose an apartment sight-unseen, with their meager budget forcing them to choose a dusty shared room in a "communal living" community where everyone shares the kitchen, the bathroom, and the rat problem. But winningly, the other Generation Z residents of the "Coterie" turn out to be quirky and supportive, ready to debate social justice issues over shared dinners and to chip in with donated furniture once they find out all of Mariana and Callie's stuff was ripped off their first night.

There's even more juicy dramatic potential at work in Good Trouble, where each heroine is saddled with satisfyingly meaty work problems. Mariana parlays her MIT education into a plum job at the kind of tech startup with kombucha on tap in the kitchen but is sidelined by the bros on her team into doing low-level tasks. Meanwhile, Callie lands a prestigious law clerkship, but the office is a snakepit, with a mean boss and snotty, scheming coworkers. It won't take long before viewers are drawn into Mariana and Callie's lives, whether they were Fosters fans or not, because this is the best kind of spin-off, staying true to the spirit of the original while widening its focus.

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