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'The Fosters' spotlight: 5 times Mariana Adams Foster was a queen

If you ask a parent to name her favorite child, the typical response is something along the lines of, “I love them all differently, but equally. I don’t have a favorite!” I’m sure Lena (Sherri Saum) and Stef (Teri Polo) on ABC Family’s The Fosters would have a similar response if asked to choose between their five kids. Well, I’m not a parent. None of the Adams Foster brood belong to me. I can choose a favorite, and I choose Mariana (Cierra Ramirez).

Not that I don’t love all of the Adams Foster kids. Brandon (David Lambert) makes beautiful music and questionable life choices. Callie (Maia Mitchell) is basically one of those puppies in the Sarah McLachlan commercials—you can’t help but want to hold her close. Judicorn (Hayden Byerly) is the bravest kid in town. Even Jesus (Jake T. Austin) redeemed himself post-Hayley branding, with the kindness he showed Ana (Alexandra Barreto) as she tried to make amends. See? I love them all, in different but equal ways.

I just love Mariana more.

Mariana is incredibly smart, but kind of vain. She’s tough and opinionated, but insecure and sensitive. She’s sassy but loving. She’s funny but—no, there’s no counter to that: Mariana is flat-out hilarious. All of Mariana’s contradictions are why I find her so endearing. Is she perfect? LAWD, no! I mean, she was about to pick that Chase character over sweet little Zac—a horrible decision, for sure. She makes mistakes (a lot) and learns from them (sometimes). She feels like a real live teenager. It makes this old lady happy to know that there are teens out there who are lucky enough to have such a strong, complex female role model.

Please, dear God, let this make them all forget Bella Swan. Bella Swan is the WORST.


 5 Times Mariana Adams Foster Was a Queen:

1. That time Mariana defeated the mean girls through the mystical powers of dance and science.

Throughout season 2B, we—including Mariana herself—discovered that our little poodle princess was actually a math genius. This caused some problems at first; mainly, Mariana was embarrassed to tell her boyfriend Mat (Jordan Rodrigues) that she’s smarter than he is. Luckily, Lena stepped in and informed her daughter that for someone so smart, she was being a real dummy. Eventually, Mariana embraced her brain, joined S.T.E.M., and ended up using computer coding to shut down Horrible Hayley and the Evil Dance Squad and win the big dance competition. These days, dancing is all about isos and html.


2. That time Mariana owned everyone at a pharm party.

Mariana isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right. I guess she’s like a superhero that way—a really cute, well-groomed superhero. When she arrives to a shady pharm-not-farm party and gets lip from a misogynistic bouncer, she doesn’t hesitate in calling him out. At the same party, when she happens upon a passed-out girl, her first instinct is to call 911, regardless of what her fellow party-goers will think. She’s mature enough to realize a person’s life is much more important than her cool factor. And oh my God, I sound so old. But seriously, kids: Save lives, not parties!

3. That time Mariana rocked a questionable dye job.

I get it—blond Mariana was a means for the teen to work out some identity issues with her heritage and her birth mom. But let’s be real: Mariana’s excellent sense of style (that nail-polish game is LEGIT) aside, the blond was a terrible decision that had no right looking as good as it did. Somehow, though, Mariana (and Cierra Ramirez) rocked the hell out of it. There is only one answer to this mystery: confidence. Sister friend walked around with that blond head of hair as if she had been doing it her whole life. Get it, girl.


4. That time Mariana showed Mat her vulnerable side, even though it was hella scary. 

It’s hard for anyone to be vulnerable in a relationship, especially a girl who puts up walls to protect herself from being hurt. As Mariana and Mat’s relationship grew, Mariana was forced to grow along with it. Revealing her true feelings about her birth mother, owning her smarts, and even finding the courage to say “I love you” for the first time were all scary and embarrassing for Mariana. She did it anyway, proving that being vulnerable and strong go hand in hand. Oh, and newsflash: Life is scary and embarrassing, SO GET USED TO IT.


5. That time Mariana fiercely loved her family—oh, wait, that’s every time.

Mariana is basically a walking master class in sass-giving, but she also has the biggest heart of anyone sitting around the Foster Kitchen Island of Breakfast Goodies and Lessons Learned. Whether it’s offering friendship and sisterhood to Callie, opening up to her twin brother, Jesus, or protecting her baby-sister-to-be, it’s clear Mariana loves her family.


Share your favorite Mariana moment below, then prepare yourself for more when season three of The Fosters premieres on ABC Family on Monday, June 8, at 8/7C. You just know Mariana will be a total badass boss queen—the girl can’t help it.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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