The Fosters understood that blood relation was not required to make a family. Instead, the Adams-Foster family was defined by love, not DNA. The spin-off, Good Trouble, continues to understand that with its chosen family dynamic at the Coterie.
Relatives are not the only type of family a person can have. Good Trouble opens Mariana and Callie’s circle to portray a chosen family with their friends. While the Coterie members are not related in the same way the Adams-Fosters are, that does not make their relationships any less significant.
Although there may be a mixture of siblings and romances throughout the Coterie residents, plenty of the show’s heart relies on the friendships and character dynamics.
Every relationship is distinct and unique. While some may not be as close as others, Good Trouble always makes sure to show the group bonding, spending time together, and helping each other. Sometimes, the group can be even more supportive of each other than their relatives have been toward them.
Stef, Lena, and the rest of the Adams-Foster family show up occasionally, but the feeling of a family does not disappear when they are not around. Although the vibe is different, that is not a bad thing. It reinforces the differences in how Callie and Mariana are with their parents compared to their friends while showing the close relationships the women have with the Coterie members.
During “Lunar New Year,” Alice hosts the holiday at the Coterie so that her friends can experience the event alongside her parents and brother, allowing for Alice to have everyone she cares about in one spot as they celebrate something important to her.
Since its beginning, the chosen family dynamic has been ingrained into the show and has only improved as the bonds have strengthened over time. Over the seasons, Good Trouble has continued to develop the friendships at the Coterie, making them more complex and exciting.