|Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends|
|Created by||Craig McCracken|
|Written by||Craig McCracken|
|Creative director(s)|| Director:|
Rob Renzetti (1 episode)
|Starring|| Keith Ferguson|
|Country of origin|| United States
|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|
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.