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The Best Episodes of The Fosters

Every episode of The Fosters ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Fosters!

Stef Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams, a school vice principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef's biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins, Mariana and Jesus. Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie, a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef welcome Callie and her brother, Jude, into their home thinking it's just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found. But life has something else in store for the Fosters.

Genre:Drama

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Fosters" is "I Do", rated 8.8/10 from 446 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "I Do" aired on 8/5/2013 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Many Roads".

  • I Do
    8.8/10 446 votes

    #1 - I Do

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-08-05

    The Fosters are getting married, but Stef is not as involved as a stressed out Lena would like.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Many Roads
    8.8/10 226 votes

    #2 - Many Roads

    Season 5 Episode 19 - Aired 2018-03-13

    It’s graduation day for Callie and Brandon, but after some shocking news, the family wonders whether they will make it to the ceremony.

    Director: Peter Paige

    Writer: Bradley Bredeweg, Peter Paige

  • Padre
    8.7/10 349 votes

    #3 - Padre

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2014-02-10

    A family gathering brings Callie back into the Fosters' home for the first time since she ran away.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Show
    8.6/10 392 votes

    #4 - The Show

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 2016-03-21

    As Brandon debuts his “Romeo and Juliet” rock musical, moments in the production are hitting home for the Adams Foster family, causing them to look back at recent events.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Vigil
    8.5/10 353 votes

    #5 - Vigil

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-07-29

    Mariana and Jesus deal with the repercussions of their actions.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Adoption Day
    8.5/10 284 votes

    #6 - Adoption Day

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2014-03-24

    Stef and Mike deal with the fallout from a shocking revelation; Brandon makes another bad decision.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Now Hear This
    8.5/10 292 votes

    #7 - Now Hear This

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2015-03-02

    Mariana finds it difficult to deal with impending changes at home and focuses her attention on organizing a student protest over an administrative incident at school. Meanwhile, when she learns Kiara is back in town and on the streets, Callie is willing to do anything she can in order to help her friend, even if that means disobeying Stef’s orders and putting herself in danger. Jude finally confronts Connor over the mixed messages he’s been sending, leading to a make-or-break moment in their friendship.

    Director: Rob Morrow

    Writer: N/A

  • The End of the Beginning
    8.5/10 297 votes

    #8 - The End of the Beginning

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2015-03-23

    Callie meets her grandfather, which gives her a new perspective on Robert. Meanwhile, Mariana gets ready for a crucial dance-team showdown; and Jude stands up for a friend.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Potential Energy
    8.5/10 351 votes

    #9 - Potential Energy

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-06-20

    Callie admits her past relationship with Brandon to her moms. But before Stef and Lena can even process the information, the school goes into a “Code Blue” lockdown when it’s discovered Mariana’s boyfriend Nick showed up with his father’s gun after seeing her kiss her ex-boyfriend Mat.

    Director: Rob Morrow

    Writer: Bradley Bredeweg, Peter Paige

  • Where the Heart Is
    8.5/10 191 votes

    #10 - Where the Heart Is

    Season 5 Episode 22 - Aired 2018-06-06

    After a turbulent few days in Turks & Caicos, the family starts to question if the wedding will actually take place. The moms make a huge decision that will change the family forever.

    Director: Joanna Johnson

    Writer: Joanna Johnson

  • House and Home
    8.4/10 328 votes

    #11 - House and Home

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2014-01-20

    Callie meets a woman who works in the foster care system; Brandon reveals why Callie ran away.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Someone's Little Sister
    8.3/10 277 votes

    #12 - Someone's Little Sister

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-08-18

    Callie asks her biological father for a favor; Connor is pressured to end his friendship with Jude.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Idyllwild
    8.3/10 298 votes

    #13 - Idyllwild

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-08-10

    The family heads to Idyllwild for Brandon’s music competition where long-held feelings are revealed and life-changing secrets are unveiled.

    Director: Joanna Johnson

    Writer: Joanna Johnson

  • Until Tomorrow
    8.3/10 174 votes

    #14 - Until Tomorrow

    Season 4 Episode 20 - Aired 2017-04-11

    Callie faces a life-changing decision to take a plea deal and go to jail for three years, or go to trial and risk an even longer sentence. Even though Callie struggles with her own situation, she tries to help Diamond out of hers which becomes extremely dangerous. With only 24 hours to make a difference in Callie’s case, Stef and Mike ramp up their investigation into the Martha Johnson murder bringing in as many leads as possible. Lena confronts Drew about his campaign to make a major change at Anchor Beach Community Charter School, while Mariana rallies her fellow students to protest. Meanwhile, Jesus starts to put together the pieces about Emma.

    Director: Peter Paige

    Writer: Bradley Bredeweg, Peter Paige

  • Quinceanera
    8.2/10 384 votes

    #15 - Quinceanera

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2013-06-24

    Everyone is celebrating Mariana's quinceanera, and the secret Jesus has been hiding comes to light, which causes tension between Mariana and Lexi.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Morning After
    8.2/10 360 votes

    #16 - The Morning After

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2013-07-01

    Stef and Lena try to find time to work on their relationship, while Lexi and Jesus have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

    Director: Bethany Rooney

    Writer: Marissa Jo Cerar, Paul Sciarrotta

  • The Fallout
    8.2/10 342 votes

    #17 - The Fallout

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2013-07-15

    Lexi's parents punish her when they find out the truth about Lexi and Jesus.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Family Day
    8.2/10 292 votes

    #18 - Family Day

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2014-02-03

    Stef and Lena visit Callie; Jude must decide if he wants to be a part of the Foster family.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Metropolis
    8.2/10 279 votes

    #19 - Metropolis

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2014-03-17

    Mariana and Jesus worry about dates as the Winter Ball approaches; Zac's mother visits Lena.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Play
    8.2/10 268 votes

    #20 - Play

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-06-30

    While Lena and Stef are away on a babymoon, the kids throw a party that gets out of hand.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Mother
    8.2/10 274 votes

    #21 - Mother

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-07-21

    Lena learns about a medical issue affecting her pregnancy. Stef confronts Mike about Ana.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Over/Under
    8.2/10 250 votes

    #22 - Over/Under

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2015-01-19

    Stef and Lena take different sides on several issues; Brandon is invited to attend a music program.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Mother Nature
    8.2/10 253 votes

    #23 - Mother Nature

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 2015-02-02

    The Adams fosters kids are not very excited to head out to the wilderness for a family camping trip, but Jesus shakes things up when he can no longer hold onto his secrets and gets a surprise visit. Callie and Brandon awkwardly navigate their relationship while Jude gets fed up with the way he’s being treated. Meanwhile, Mike asks Ana to move in with him.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Not That Kind of Girl
    8.2/10 262 votes

    #24 - Not That Kind of Girl

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 2015-03-16

    Callie confronts demons from the past; Mariana worries about the future of Ana's baby; Jude deals with the repercussions of his poor decision; Lena discusses her domestic troubles with Monte.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Collateral Damage
    8.2/10 238 votes

    #25 - Collateral Damage

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-08-29

    Callie and the family set up a “Justice for Jack” booth at a music festival in order to gather signatures to stop Justina’s foster care bill, but Callie’s persistence in advocating for both Jack and Kyle lands her in a dangerous situation. Additionally, Callie’s efforts are sidelined when the tensions between her boyfriend AJ and her friend Aaron come to a head. Mariana, still taking Jesus’ ADHD prescription medication, sees Nick and runs away from the festival, sending the family into a frantic search for her. Meanwhile, Stef discovers that her inquiries into Kyle’s case will have repercussions at her job.

    Director: Peter Paige

    Writer: Bradley Bredeweg, Peter Paige