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Insecure is a show about Issa Dee played by Issa Rae, a social worker in her late 20s. At first, when I watched the show I couldn’t really understand why it was called “Insecure’, but then after watching a couple of episodes it became clear to me. 

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Insecure begins with Issa in a classroom trying to convince young students to come and join a program by the non-profit she works for called ‘We Got Y’all.’ But the kids end up berating her and she has to leave feeling discouraged but not destroyed, because it’s something she faces often. 

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She is in a relationship with Lawrence played by Jay Ellis and they are having trouble making their relationship work after so many years of being together. The tension is obvious from the very first scene together. 

The storyline is fast-paced and exciting. Each season has only eight episodes 30 minutes long.

You don’t feel like you need to get to know any of these characters. In fact, it feels like you have known them for a while even from the very first episode.

What makes Insecure such a unique show?

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Issa Freaking Rae.

Issa expresses her thoughts by rapping and this is shown through stolen moments that she has in bathrooms. Any time anyone pisses her off, or frustrates her, she raps. And it’s undeniably hilarious. 

Here’s the trailer of the first season of INSECURE:

Insecure outlines the reality of most modern relationships. When it comes to friendships, it’s not like you are going to see all your friends every single day. You just have a couple who manage to stay close to you. 

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Issa and her best friend Molly Carter played by Yvonne Orji have one of the most real friendships that I have ever seen on television. Even though they have been friends since college their friendship has serious ups and downs that sometimes end up in vicious fights.

Although it may be my ignorance, I haven’t seen many shows the life of an awkward, normal Black American woman, without trying to fit her into the stereotypical box of having to be strong and powerful and the keeper of her man. Issa Dee is a free-spirited, awkward woman, often self-sabotaging and deeply flawed, and Insecure shows the audience that it’s okay to be that way. 

Each of the characters has their flaws but this just proves that the show is authentic and is inspired by real life. 

Insecure by Issa Rae – Honest Series Review

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Set in Los Angeles, Insecure is a show that depicts the lives of Black Americans in the City of Angels. And it was quite amazing for me to finally see modern-day Inglewood, a place that I had only seen or heard about before through Tupac songs.

The rap format through which Issa delivers her innermost thoughts reminded me of the show Fleabag where the protagonist Phoebe Wallerbridge breaks the fourth wall and expresses her thoughts directly to the audience. Funny thing is, the first seasons of both these shows were released within a few months of each other. 

There are three Cs that I consider to be of utmost importance to the success of any show or movie:

Casting

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I think the casting of this show was absolute perfection. Issa Rae portrays the role of an awkward black woman, figuring out her life, with ease and authenticity, Yvonne who plays high-power lawyer Molly Carter plays the supportive best friend (with a dash of clingy desperation) with absolute class and elegance.

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Lawrence, who is Issa’s boyfriend had me crushing on him mid-way through the season but so did her old friend David. Both guys brought something special to the show. There aren’t many shows that make me crush on multiple guys at the same time. In fact, the last one I can remember is Scandal (President Fitzgerald Vs Jake Ballard.)

The characters were created in such a manner that you can’t classify them as good or bad. This is actually a good sign to look out for in shows because it gives the writers and characters to grow and surprise you.

Chemistry

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Issa and Lawrence were believable as a couple whose love has wilted over time due to lack of communication, and insecurities. Initially, I wasn’t able to understand why the two were together in the first place, because they didn’t seem to have anything in common. But over time it became clear that they were just two nerds in a pod.

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Another crucial relationship in the show is the relationship between Issa and her three best friends. The four of them gave off some serious Sex and the City vibes and I love it.

Issa is Carrie Bradshaw without the obsession for fashion, Molly Carter is Miranda Hobbes, Kelli a banker with a ferocious sexual appetite is Samantha Jones and Tiffany Dubois (I am not sure what she did for work) is Charlotte York. 

The show also portrayed some dynamics of female friendships that are not represented in many shows. The main observation made by the writers, which I find to be true is that no matter how many girls there are in a group, there will always be mini-groups usually in twos who are closer with each other than they are with the whole group.

Clothing

I am sorry I watched the show so quickly that I didn’t care for anyone’s wardrobe except for Molly Carter’s. From office wear to party outfits, loungewear to beachwear, Molly gets a 10 across the board. 

Just see for yourself.

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Usually, I only focus on three C’s but this show needed me to add a fourth. And the fourth one is called commentary. 

Commentary

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The show very subtly touched upon the problems faced by the Black community in America. Throughout the four seasons, there are two shows that all the characters seem to be watching. One is about slavery, and how white men (depicted by Scott Foley) often used black women (depicted by Regina Hall)and left them high and dry. The second was titled ‘Finding LaToya’, which was about a black woman who had gone missing and the incompetence and disinterest of the police force in finding her. 

There is also a scene where Lawrence gets pulled over for making a wrong U-turn and gets caught immediately by the cops. Even though there were two cars that did it before him, the police stop him and even asks him if the car he was driving belongs to him. These racist innuendoes are common in police interactions in America, which is what I have understood from the Black Live Matter movement. 

The show is light-hearted and funny but it peppers certain harsh realities that the Black communities have to face on a daily basis, which is a hard feat to achieve. But the writers have accomplished this task spectacularly. The only other show that I have seen that does this well is Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Fin. 

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this show and cannot wait for season 5. I look forward to watching more shows that realistically portray life and relationships. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you want me to review any other shows let me know in the comments below.

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