For five seasons, The Fosters has brought us one of the most diverse families on television. But the show, about a lesbian couple raising their adopted and biological children, will come to an end at the close of Season 5B, which premieres January 9.
The two-hour finale will also mark’s the show 100th episode, but it won’t be the last we’ll see of the Foster clan: A three-episode event later in the summer will introduce a spinoff starring Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez).
According to Deadline, the unnamed offshoot will be set a few years in the future as Callie and Mariana pursue their dreams in Los Angeles—Callie as social worker and Mariana in the tech world. Other Fosters cast members are expected to pop up, either as guest stars or more permanently.
“Now that the kids are growing up, it’s time to take them out into the world, to see them make their way into adulthood, continuing their search for identity and love, and the pursuit of their dreams and purpose in this ever-changing world,” Fosters executive producers Bradley Bredeweg, Peter Paige, and Joanna Johnson told Deadline in a statement.
So touched by the outpouring of #TheFosters love today. It’s been 1 of the great privileges of my life, being a part of this show, this family. We still have a bunch of beautiful episodes for you all, and looking ahead I promise the same personal, progressive, love-filled stories
— Peter Paige (@ThePeterPaige) January 4, 2018
In addition to presenting a rare—if not unique—depiction of a same-sex family at the heart of a weekly drama, The Fosters also gave us TV’s youngest gay male couple: In 2015, 13-year-old Jude Foster (Hayden Byerly) and his classmate Connor (Gavin MacIntosh) began a relationship.
A year later, trans actor Elliot Fletcher was cast in the show for a multiple-episode story arc.
In 2014, The Fosters received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.