Good Trouble Is More Than A Spinoff, And Here’s Why You Should Watch

“I know there would be a huge void in my life if you weren’t here.”

Listen, when I’m passionate about a show, I absolutely love to yell about it, and right now that is the case with Good Trouble.

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This show has truly become one of my favorite shows currently on TV, and I just want more people to experience all the magic it has to offer.

So to celebrate this series finally returning for Season 3, here are 19 reasons why Good Trouble needs to be your next binge-watch:


First, Good Trouble is a spinoff of The Fosters and follows Callie and Mariana Adams Foster as they move to Los Angeles and start their lives as young working adults.

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And, I’ve got to start this off by saying that Good Trouble is honestly the perfect spinoff series because you don’t have to have watched The Fosters to fall in love with these characters, but there are a perfect amount of Easter eggs for longtime fans.


Stef, Lena, Jude, Jesus, and Brandon have all made appearances, but what’s great is Good Trouble has allowed Mariana and Callie to grow past The Fosters and continue to become complex characters.


Behind the scenes, the series was created by Joanna Johnson, Bradley Bredeweg, and Peter Paige. Bradley and Peter created The Fosters, while Joanna was an executive producer on the show too.

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Good Trouble is also executive produced by Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, and Jennifer Lopez.


As of Season 3, the series has boasted some notable directors, including Crazy Rich Asians director John M. Chu, Grey’s Anatomy star Chandra Wilson, and Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario.


Good Trouble also has a diverse writers room, which helps bring to life some of the important storylines the show focuses on.


What’s also great about the writing is that Good Trouble beautifully balances moments of comedy and drama, and each actor is able to take their character to some amazing places because of it.


I’m also a sucker for an amazing soundtrack on a TV show, and Good Trouble uses music almost like it’s an extra character.

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The music works so well with every storyline, and I’m constantly looking up songs after an episode ends.


While The Fosters was about a family, Good Trouble tackles the importance of friendship and creating a chosen family.


In the series, Callie and Mariana move into a communal living space called The Coterie, where Malika, Alice, Gael, Dennis, and Davia live. So, from the beginning, the show sets up a family-like dynamic with these characters from all different backgrounds.


In terms of cast, Good Trouble has one of my favorite ensembles currently on TV. Not only does each character have their own storylines, but they work so well together.

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Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez have continued to grow alongside Callie and Mariana, and watching the amazing character arcs they’ve helped create is astounding.

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On Good Trouble, Callie and Mariana are no longer teenagers, but they continue to grow from their mistakes like anyone. This show has placed them in more young adult situations, so fans who knew them on The Fosters can continue to grow with them.


I mean, we’ve literally watched Maia and Cierra grow up right before our eyes, and I’m honestly a little emotional about it.

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Joining Maia and Cierra are an incredible group of super talented actors like Zuri Adele, Sherry Cola, Tommy Martinez, Emma Hunton, Josh Pence, and Beau Mirchoff. All of them bring something unique to this show and it’s amazing to watch.


The show has also featured some incredible guest stars, like activist Patrisse Cullors, who even helped write the Season 2 finale.

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UnREAL star Constance Zimmer will also be guest starring in Season 3.


One of the many strengths of the show is that it tells stories about current and relevant issues in an engaging way, and reflects the world we live in today.


In fact, Good Trouble has explored the Black Lives Matter movement, race, LGBTQ issues, issues in the criminal justice system, grief, body positivity, women in STEM, equal pay, and much more.


Another refreshing thing about Good Trouble is that there are several LGBTQ characters whose different experiences and coming out stories are explored.


Gael, played by Tommy Martinez, is bisexual and has dated both men and women on the show, and he deals with his family not accepting him. Gael’s sister Jazmin, who is played by Pose star Hailie Sahar, is transgender and deals with discrimination in the workplace. And Alice, who is played by Sherry Cola, struggles with coming out to her family when the series begins, and she eventually dates Joey, who is non-binary.


This show has some amazing romances I have literally been screaming about for years, so get on board so we can yell about it all together.

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I just need more people to appreciate Davia and Dennis and their incredible chemistry. Also, the show has several love triangles because every good TV show needs to have one (or two).


If you’re someone who loves when a show only gets better with time, Good Trouble is perfect for you. While Season 1 was great, the show has only continued to grow into itself as the characters and storylines get better and better.


And finally, if you consider any TV series with strong female characters and an incredible ensemble — like Jane the Virgin, Younger, or The Bold Type — your absolute favorite shows, it’s time to add Good Trouble to your list. I swear, you won’t be disappointed.

You can catch up on Good Trouble now on Hulu, and be sure to watch the Season 3 premiere on Freeform on Feb. 17 at 10 p.m. ET or the next day on Hulu.

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