Tonight is not only the season 5 finale of The Fosters on Freeform, but it marks 100 episodes of the show.
The series has done extremely well for the network, and tonight’s episode will leave viewers wanting more. Stef and Lena head on a couples retreat, while Brandon and Grace begin a road trip that’ll lead to them learning a lot about one another. Meanwhile, Mariana and Emma will be battling for the same internship.
Don’t have access to a TV tonight? Watching a live stream of Freeform has never been easier.
If you don’t have a cable subscription or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch shows like “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Fosters” and “Young & Hungry” via over-the-top streaming services, which allow you to watch a handful of channels on your computer, phone or other device for a monthly fee.
And with the steady rise of these services, cable-cutters have plenty of different options to choose from: Sling TV is my personal recommendation due to its cheap price point, but services such as DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue also offer different pros and cons. And all offer a free trial if you’re on the fence.
Here’s a rundown of what these live streaming services provide, and how to sign up to start watching Freeform:
Cheapest Option: Sling TV
If price is your No. 1 concern with a streaming service, there’s no doubt that Sling TV is the way to go. Freeform is included in the “Sling Orange” bundle, which comes in at just $20 per month.
Another pro for Sling TV is the ability to customize your package. While other services offer more channels in their base bundles, Sling has a variety of different add-on bundles for just $5 or $10 extra per month.
With that in mind, here’s a rundown of “Sling Orange”:
Total Channels Included: 25-plus, depending on local channels available. You can find the complete channel list right here
Price: $20 per month
Extras: Watch on one different device at once (with Sling Orange+Blue–$40 per month, also includes Freeform–you can watch on four different devices at once); 50 hours of cloud DVR is $5 per month extra
Free Trial: 7 days
How to Sign Up & Watch:
1. Click here to go to the Sling TV website
2. Click on “Watch Now 7 Days Free” and then create an account
3. Select the channel package you want. “Sling Orange” includes Freeform
4. Enter your payment information. The “Sling Orange” package costs $20 per month. If you cancel your subscription within seven days of signing up, you will not be charged
5. Download the Sling app on your computer or mobile device and begin watching TV. If you’re interested in watching Sling TV on a mobile or streaming device, you can do so via their app, which is free to download. You can click here for a full list of compatible devices
Most Channels + Fire TV Offer: DirecTV Now
DirecTV Now’s cheapest bundle, “Live a Little”, comes in at $35 per month, but if you’re more concerned with a larger channel lineup and are willing to pay a little extra, this is certainly the way to go.
In addition to the larger channel lineup, DirecTV is also offering an Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months.
The lack of DVR has previously been the biggest drawback, but with that in the Beta stage and coming soon, there’s a lot to like here.
Here’s a complete rundown of DirecTV Now’s “Live a Little” bundle:
Total Channels Included: 60-plus, depending on local channels available. You can find the complete channel list right here
Price: $35 per month
Extras: Watch on two different devices at the same time; DVR is in Beta stage; free Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months
Free Trial: 7 days
How to Sign Up & Watch:
1. Click here to go to the DirecTV Now website
2. Click on “Start your free trial now” and then create an account
3. Select the channel package you want. Whatever base bundle you pick will include Freeform. You can add the Fire TV on the next step if you want
4. Enter your payment information. The “Live a Little” package is the cheapest at $35 per month, while there are other options at $50, $60 or $70 per month. If you cancel your subscription within seven days of signing up, you will not be charged
5. Return to the DirecTV Now website to start watching on your desktop. You can also watch via the DirecTV Now, which is available via a handful of different mobile or streaming devices. You can click here for the complete list of compatible devices
Most Streams At Once: PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue’s cheapest bundle, “Access”, is more expensive ($39.99 per month) than both Sling TV and DirecTV Now, and it includes less channels than the latter, but it does have some compelling advantages, including DVR and the ability for users to watch five separate streams at once.
Here’s a look at the “Access” bundle:
Total Channels Included: 45-plus, depending on local channels available. You can find the complete channel list here
Extras: Watch on five different devices at once; cloud DVR (restrictions with certain channels)
Free Trial: 5 days
How to Sign Up & Watch:
1. Click here to go to the PlayStation Vue website
2. Click on “Start Free Trial” and then create an account
3. Select the channel package you want. There are four different options, all of which include Freeform
4. Enter your payment information. “Access” is the cheapest at $39.99 per month, while there are other options at $44.99, $54.99 or $74.99 per month. If you cancel your subscription within five days of signing up, you will not be charged
5. Return to the PlayStation Vue website to start watching on your desktop. You can also watch via the PlayStation Vue app, which is available via a handful of different mobile or streaming devices. You can click here for the complete list of compatible devices
In an interview with Variety, series creators Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg reflected on the show’s success. Discussing its initial conception, the pair spoke about how they really wanted to push the lines when it came to an untraditional family. “What’s it like to be the younger brother of a golden boy has been in every drama that’s ever been, but what’s it like to be the younger, adopted brother of a biological golden boy?”
They said that at first, they were a bit daunted on how to sell the idea. “It really made us take a step back and think as business people, not just as creatives, and make a package,” according to Bredeweg.
The show has actually grown in ratings in its fifth season, due to delayed viewing from Netflix. EVP of programming and development Karey Burke tells Variety, “We couldn’t have guessed the show would grow in ratings in its fifth season… A show that continues to be relevant and continues to top itself with its relevance and authenticity and currency is rare, and it’s been a delight to see.”
And while fans of the show may be in tears with its looming ending, they should be aware that the show will be coming back this summer for a three-episode “event series”. In the words of Deadline, this will “offer some last minute closure and introduce a spinoff.” All that is known at this point is that Maya Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez are attached.