Hurst Hot Take: ‘Good Trouble’


Mackenzie Zent, Staff writer

One of the best shows on Freeform is, in my opinion, “Good Trouble.” Made as a spin-off of the hit show “The Fosters,” it follows two sisters, Callie and Mariana Adams-Foster, as they navigate their new adult life. For people who have watched “The Fosters,” “Good Trouble” is really cool because the audience sees Callie and Mariana grow up from crazy teenagers to professional young adults. One thing that differs from the original show is that “Good Trouble” is set in Los Angeles, instead of San Diego. Because of this, we do not get to see Callie and Mariana’s other siblings or parents as much; however, the actors do make guest appearances throughout the seasons.

While the show lost some of the main characters from “The Fosters,” it gained many new ones. Callie and Mariana live in a communal living apartment with people they were strangers to until they moved in. After adjusting, they learned to love their neighbors and their lofts. The show follows the storylines of these new characters, and it is packed full of drama.

It is refreshing for people who have watched “The Fosters” because we get brand new storylines, but still the same drama, jokes and characters we love like Callie and Mariana. Something I love about the show is that they talk about important topics like police brutality, race, eating disorders, body image, women’s rights and more, while still making it entertaining to watch. It can be difficult for writers to have consistent storylines and tackle all of these issues at once while tying the show together and making it enjoyable, but the writers of “Good Trouble” are definitely able to do it.

This show is rich in diversity, and everyone is sure to find a character they relate to and maybe learn something new because of it. The representation “Good Trouble” brings to media is also great because it is so important for people for have characters that they identify with on TV. One example of this is that there is a non-binary character named Lindsay who becomes a reoccurring character starting in season two. There are not many mainstream shows that feature non-binary characters, so that makes it even more impactful and important to see Lindsay consistently. Without giving too much away, there is a love triangle between Lindsay and two other characters that was very intense to watch.

Another great aspect of “Good Trouble” is that it is led by strong women. Mariana works in tech, and something we see throughout the seasons is her struggle as a woman in STEM and how she navigates the workplace in a male-dominated field. It is really interesting to see the types of oppression she faces and how she is able to deal with it and overcome it. I think it’s really important to show young girls who may be watching this that science and technology is not just for men.

“Good Trouble” is on every Wednesday night at 10 p.m. on Freeform and available the next day on Hulu. If you like drama, suspense, and a show that will make you laugh, “Good Trouble” is for you!