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Insecure focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman through the eyes of Issa Dee, played by Issa Rae. Jay Ellis will play Lawrence, Issa's depressed and unemployed boyfriend, who has been getting his act together for four years. Yvonne Orji is Molly, Issa's best friend. While very successful in her corporate work life, she is very unsuccessful in her love life.

 
Status: Running
TV Channel: HBO
  • David Sims

    Rae’s triumph on Insecure is in making a smart, funny show about issues both universal and specific. It’s a brilliant commentary on love and friendship that manages to bring a fresh vision to the table, and that by itself feels quietly revolutionary.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Fearless, relatable, goofy and charmingly awkward, she’s just a joy to watch. She has a strong voice, too.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Danette Chavez

    There’s no capital-letter message here, but Rae’s portrayal of a black woman’s life is still revolutionary.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    A fresh, sharp-edged comedy that swerves past nearly every cliché.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Insecure is simple, funny and authentic.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Caroline Framke

    In other words: they’re actual, believable people. It’s easy to root for them even as it hurts to watch them stumble--a combination that makes Insecure an immediate force to be reckoned with.

    Vox.com Full Review
  • Amber Dowling

    It’s an honest, unflinching look at dating, relationships and life, told from a refreshing and hilarious perspective.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Insecure is a show with great confidence--Rae immediately sweeps you up and carries you along on her journey of false starts, little triumphs, and big disappointments.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Like “Louie,” “Atlanta,” and “Better Things,” the show operates more as a slice of life than as a plotted story. It’s an extraordinary portrait of an ordinary, relatable, and delightful person.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    Its larger accomplishment of showcasing Rae’s talents and underrepresented characters in a sublime comedy is worth celebrating.

    Salon Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    A show that cannot help but carry with it the burden of being a standard-bearer for diverse voices on television, even as it attempts to be, you know, funny. Insecure proves to be ably up to the challenge. The show marries specific issues with universal questions to create situations that are both precise and affecting. ... Issa herself is a profane, brilliant lead character.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Like FX's Atlanta, the season’s best new comedy, Insecure is fighting, and winning, a two-front war: Exploring what's different about the black experience while reminding us that much of that experience is shared by us all. There’s nothing limited or limiting about Insecure.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Some of Rae’s best moments during the six episodes made available or review are when her character squares off with herself in a mirror and rehearses what she should or shouldn’t say in big moments.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Tom Long

    Yes, Issa, Molly and Lawrence are all a bit insecure; heck, the world itself is insecure. But this show is strong in the face of it all.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Insecure is less inherently dramatic than some of the other Comedies In Theory, which makes the infrequency of laugh-out-loud moments a bigger issue than on, say, Casual, but Rae is a really engaging writer and performer, and the series is charming and compulsively watchable.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    More experimentation occurs in later episodes and works to varying degrees. Time-lapse videos are implemented to great effect, while at least one dream sequence feels like a dangerously distracting red herring. These evolving ideas and developing structures speak to how Insecure is still finding itself, just like Issa.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Who is the real Issa? Neither... or more likely both. That’s the series, and also the wellspring of the humor, which tends to be fleeting, subtle or, in a few instances, flat-out funny.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It’s a professionalized version of Rae's homely original that maintains her voice while sharpening everything that surrounds and supports it.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Issa the character may be a work in progress, but the woman writing and playing her knows exactly what she's doing.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    Insecure might lose ground to other shows in the straight-up laughs department, but after just six episodes it already feels among the top of the pack in terms of effective, richly detailed stories delivered with a razor sharp and deeply human edge.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Issa’s troubles--and Insecure itself--feel authentic even if the series is only intermittently funny.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    At first, the relative inexperience of the cast shows, but they settle in over subsequent episodes, and the writing starts strong and gets better. Insecure is a remarkably observant show about “big issues” like race, class and education, but they’re woven into the fabric of a character study.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Insecure could be seen as another iteration of the "Girls" generation from an African-American perspective. But Rae brings a completely distinctive voice to it, and the show can be quite funny.

    CNN Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Its stories of buppie frustration and romance, set in Los Angeles, aren’t revolutionary, but they’re funny and moving, powered by Ms. Rae’s ear for dialogue of a kind of crystalline, pitch-perfect profanity.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Few series have conveyed such a clear sense of all the different people that black professional women are required to be, and none has done such a fine job of conveying this visually as well as in performance and dialogue.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    What stands out most about Insecure is not its matter-of-fact approach to race but its matter-of-fact approach to wanting a romantic partner.

    Slate Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Insecure comes off as insightful, witty, and sincerely delightful, even as its narrative backbone is formed by tremendous philosophical concepts.

    Collider Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Insecure is brazenly confident in its comic, profane authenticity. [3-9 Oct 2016, p.23]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Everything about Insecure, though, is not just palatable but completely charming, thanks to Rae’s relatable honesty and irrepressible humor.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    It's a smart and often funny look at young people looking for love and professional satisfaction in Los Angeles, which is about as common a genre as TV has to offer these days. But taken in the totality of the TV landscape, Rae's voice is one that wasn't being heard and that voice is what makes Insecure stand out, not necessarily as better than the Emmy winners or critical favorites in the field, but as gratifyingly distinguishable.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    It’s a funny, well-written and well-acted series about appealing young men and women at a point in their lives between carefree youth and accepting adult responsibilities.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    The character dynamics are genuine and refreshing and also quite funny; although Insecure features its share of angst from its main characters, it never loses sight of the comedy, which often comes from the way that Issa and Molly feel slightly out of place among all of their supposed peer groups. The show stumbles when it focuses on a love triangle.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Seems less a sitcom than a character study inflected by melancholy humor and hip-hop idioms. It sometimes tries a bit too hard to flash its street credentials (the episodes all have titles like "Messy as Fuck" and "Thirsty as Fuck"), but that's more than compensated for by its obdurate refusal to bill itself as the master narrative of black women. It's content to be the piquant story of two confused friends trying to navigate the uncertainties of the young-adult world.

    Reason.com Full Review
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