It’s summer time again (rainy season is about to end by God’s grace because climate change is real) which means all our favorite summer TV shows are back! Insecure is one of them, it just got renewed for its fourth season and just concluded airing its third one.
Insecure has been buzzing since it’s launch in 2016 on HBO. The HBO Original comedy television series has garnered a large following of steady fans. It is partially based on YouTube series titled, Awkward Black Girl created by Issa Rae who is also the lead character and creator of Insecure alongside Larry Wilmore. Honestly, Awkward Black Girl is one of the funniest series I have ever watched, anywhere. It is so funny, that I can ugly-laugh (the weirdly loud embarrassing type) through out an entire episode.
Also, coincidentally I discovered Awkward Black Girl after watching the trailer for Insecure season 1 that was the beginning of my love for Issa Rae first, then everything Insecure as well. Which is why I’m so certain that my love for Insecure, was meant to be. Insecure is one show that gets me very happy and excited. You cannot imagine the countless reasons I have that on, why I know you should totally watch Insecure. However, I’m going to take deep breaths. Relax and bump to this Insecure playlist that I am currently listening to as I try to limit it to just five reasons why you should start watching Insecure.
Insecure is an American comedy-drama television series centered around the lives of best friends, Issa and Molly. Two contemporary African-American women in their late 20’s navigating life, work, sex, relationships and all. Set in LA, California it shows us the real, regular and messy sides of life that any adult can relate to.
Sometimes it feels like I’m watching a music video, because of the amazing cinematography and great song choices. But there is also a very everyday-realistic tone it has, like a drama that isn’t too dramatic but still real.
I would like to call it a black show but it really isn’t. Although, it pretty much has an all-black cast and seeing as I have to think really hard to remember the white cast mates. It is more like a millennial show because of the way it sets issues in such a spectrum that anyone can identify with it. Because it depicts how regular people are living life, it also paints people of colour in a relatable way that isn’t stereotypical or hood. Anyone can relate to.
Now, before I go into anymore detail be warned that there might be a few spoilers in this post, but, BUT. The spoilers shall be crafted without context and detail. This means, I shall be doing no name-dropping so you would still need to watch it and be hooked just like I am.
Let’s get into why you should add Insecure to your
summer go-to list of TV series to watch.
1. Real experiences and real issues.
REAL is one thing that show is. This is because any adult can relate to the experiences and issues the characters go through. Almost like you can see bits of yourselves in the different characters. We can all relate to being broke, heartbroken, lonely, unfulfilled, lost and yes, insecure at certain points. That is what makes Insecure real.
From Lawrence dealing with unemployment for bit, to Issa feeling out of place in her work place, to Molly being selfish in her career and trying to find the man of her dreams. Daily experiences like dealing with annoying neighbours, crazy friends, working with difficult people, trying to find your passion and all that.
It also highlights issues that are relevant to adults, like how do you handle cheating or being cheated on? How do you to draw the line between not being “too picky” and just having standards as a guy or girl? The struggle of online dating and just regular dating, having to put your self out there. Watching your friends get hitched, have kids and while you’re still juggling in’s and out’s of situationships. Looking for love in the wrong places, running from love and commitment because of fears and insecurities.
Being a woman in a male-dominated corporate world, being the only person of color in your workplace, accepting you might need therapy, being in between jobs or just feeling stuck. Can you see what I mean by REAL now? Yes, I tend to get very triggered whilst watching the shows because I’m like THIS IS ME! And this isn’t just a female-focused show we also get to know a lot male perspective here. I have debates with my male and female friends about this show all the time. There is always a new question it has us asking and contemplating.
2. The Music on Insecure is everything! It is the truth.
Insecure adds value, because just from watching Insecure, I have discovered so many great songs and artists. The music is actually too good. This is one of the main reasons I look forward to watching every episode of Insecure. Just so you know how deep it is, after watching it. I actually looked for all the songs used in each season and created a playlist for songs from Insecure season 1 and Insecure season 2 on Soundcloud. Would I be creating one for Insecure season 3? Definitely!
Another reason, I’m so hooked on the music selection is I realized how much it made me enjoy watching the show more. The music is also selected in a way that it suits the exact feeling, moment, mood or situation in each scene. Kier Lehman, Music Supervisor for Insecure, is an actual genius and so are Issa Rae and Melina Matsoukas (Executive producer and Director for Insecure) as they are all very involved in this crucial process. The songs feature a variety of underground, new young artists, with some old school tracks as well. Some artists like SZA, Bryson Tiller, Jasmine Sullivan have even made some tracks for the official soundtrack of the show.
If you love RnB, Hip hop, rap, trap, alternative and soul, then the song choices would be right up your alley. What beats discovering new good music? Not much else to be honest. Do yourself a well-needed favour and better start watching Insecure on HBO!
3. The characters on Insecure are us and we are them.
Mainstream media tends to depict most black women in a stereotypical way. But I love how the representation here, aims to proffer a different perspective. Even for the men as well, men are always tagged the “cheaters” but what of women?
Issa is funny, extremely awkward African-American, that is just dodging in and out of awkward scenarios. From her rapping in front of the mirror about her daily problems or imagining very dramatic scenarios of what she would really like to do or say in some situations. I actually feel Issa is my spirit animal many times. Molly (Yvonne Orji) is the sexy, ambitious career woman, with not the best of luck with men. She rides hard for her friends, can be selfish and stubborn in her choices too (but aren’t we all?)
Lawrence (Jay Ellis), the fine and sexy ass nerd, loyal, has a mind of his own, has had his fair share or being lost and trying to find himself. The thing about this show is no character is perfect, everyone has their flaws, doubts and makes mistakes that are very relatable. You would be able to identify with different parts of each character’s personality. Is it the hoe-side in Kelli (Nathasha Rothwell) or the “Mrs Perfect” persona of Tiffany (Amanda Seales)? Point is you either laugh in can’t relate or cringe in “that is me”?
4. Insecure would stand the test of time
Now I wouldn’t be riding hard for this show if I wasn’t engaged. The character development, story line and overall humor in this show is just right and always keeps me entertained. Insecure is not a very predictable show, the characters can get very messy and do the most at times. But in reality, aren’t we all like that sometimes?
Being a fan of many TV shows, one thing that is extremely annoying is getting invested in a show that is bound to get cancelled. Nothing beats that heartbreak, trust me. This is why I don’t joke with my series choices, if I know a show has a fickle story line that would probably not last. You would not catch me checking for it or even following it religiously.
However, HBO is known for some top-notch quality shows like a world favorite such as Game of Thrones, Westworld, Girls, Big Little Lies, Ballers and more. This makes me feel more secure in this prophecy I am about to make. Which might be jumping the gun and talking really big but Insecure has that long-stay quality.
You know those comedy shows we still watch up-to-date like FRIENDS, How I Met Your Mother, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Girlfriends. Watching any of those shows now, I still as funny, entertaining and relevant. I totally see myself watching Insecure years from now and still laughing as hard or cringing as hard.
The last time we got really interesting and high quality black comedy series was in the 90’s and early 2000’s. I’m glad Insecure is feeling that much needed void. A conscious, funny show that portrays black people in a positive and “not struggle” light is what I am here for and stan for. We need more shows trying to be like Insecure.
Finally, I hope with all these reasons laid out, you would do the needful and start watching Insecure. Like honestly, you need to. When next season comes out, don’t be that person that still says they haven’t watched Insecure. Rather be on the right team as we Insecure fans.
I am always more than ready to talk about this show Insecure, so tell me your best and most annoying parts of the show. Who is your favourite character? Are you looking forward to season 4? Let’s Talk!