Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends
Genre Comedy/Slapstick
Created by Craig McCracken
Written by Craig McCracken
Creative director(s) Director:
Craig McCracken

Rob Renzetti (1 episode)
Starring Keith Ferguson
Sean Marquette
Phil LaMarr
Tom Kenny
Candi Milo
Grey DeLisle
Tom Kane
Tara Strong
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 77 (79 shows) (List of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episodes)
Executive producer(s) Craig McCracken
Running time approx. 22 mins.
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Warner Bros. (distributor)
Original channel Cartoon Network
First shown August 13, 2004
Original run August 13, 2004 – May 3, 2009
Status Ended
Reruns aired on Boomerang
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is an American animated television series created and produced at Cartoon Network studios created by animator Craig McCracken. It lasted from August 13, 2004 to May 3, 2009. It first appeared on Boomerang on August 11, 2012. It aired on the network again from June 2, 2014 until January 31, 2016. On June 27, 2016, the show returned to Boomerang's line-up as part of Cartoon Network Retro, and left the schedule again when the block ended on April 3, 2017. The series returned to Boomerang's line-up when the block returned on January 2, 2018.


In the Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends universe, Imaginary Friends (or "friends" for short) become physical beings the instant a child imagines them; unlike how the concept often works on other shows, an imaginary friend takes physical and emotional form after a child creates specific details about that character. Unfortunately for them, the children eventually outgrow them around the ages of 7–8. When this happens, the friends are left to fend for themselves. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends was founded by the elderly Madame Foster to provide a foster home for abandoned and imaginary friends.

There are (according to "Setting A President") 1,340 imaginary friends in Foster's; however, at the end of "Emancipation Complication," Madame Foster states that there are 2,038 imaginary friends currently residing in the house, plus Bloo and Mr. Herriman, The House President and Madame Foster's imaginary friend whom she never outgrew. The house motto is "Where good ideas are not forgotten."

The inspiration came when creator Craig McCracken and his wife, Lauren Faust, adopted a pair of dogs from an adoption shelter. McCracken wondered how things would be if there was a similar place for childhood imaginary friends.

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