Insecure: Season 1 (2016)

Season 1

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Insecure uses star Issa Rae's breakout web series Awkward Black Girl as the basis for an insightful, raunchy, and hilarious journey through the life of a twentysomething black woman that cuts through stereotypes with sharp wit and an effusive spirit.



Critic Ratings: 66


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User Ratings: 742

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Air date: Oct 9, 2016

Two black women who are best friends navigate the pitfalls of their personal and professional lives in south Los Angeles in this comedy, which begins with Issa wondering if her relationship with her boyfriend is still worth the effort, while Molly's success as an attorney barely masks her dissatisfaction with her romantic prospects.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2016

Molly lines up a date with a promising prospect after treating herself to a day at the salon. Meanwhile, Issa isn't sure how she feels about Lawrence, who tries to make amends for forgetting her birthday.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2016

Jared meets Molly's friends; Issa confronts her coworkers' lack of confidence in her; Lawrence is taken aback by a headhunter's remarks; Molly's pep talk to a new summer associate at work fails to connect.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2016

Issa seeks Daniel's help for Career Day even though she and Lawrence are getting along just fine. Meanwhile, a partner puts Molly in an awkward position with another employee; and Lawrence finds a way to deal with his downer of a new job.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2016

Issa is mortified when a video of her profanity-laced rap at an open-mike night goes viral.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2016

Issa tries to hide her guilt from Lawrence, who reiterates his love for her. Meanwhile, Molly dives into a new romance, but has second thoughts about the future after learning unsavory details about her new boyfriend's past.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2016

Issa preps for a fund-raiser, but has trouble staying focused. Meanwhile, Lawrence mulls a job opportunity; and Molly learns something new from an old friend.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2016

In the Season 1 finale, Molly and Issa's trip could be undone by lingering tension between them; and Lawrence catches up with his friends.

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Tv Season Info

Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, this HBO half-hour series stars Rae and Yvonne Orji as two young black women living their everyday lives amidst a series of complicated, often uncomfortable racial experiences. Shot on location in the Los Angeles area, "Insecure" closely follows Molly (Orji) and Issa's friendship as they cope with their own flaws, relationship troubles, and the general difficulties of young adulthood.

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Critic Reviews for Insecure Season 1

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (40)

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

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Clearly rooted in experience, Insecure finds the funny in Issa's spirited -- often raunchy -- chats with her best pal (Yvonne Orji), and in scenes where she raps out confidence-building affirmations in front of her bathroom mirror.

Sep 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Rae has produced a series that feels revolutionary just by poking fun at the life of an average, twentysomething black woman.

Aug 2, 2016 | Full Review…

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

Oct 7, 2016 | Full Review…

The characters get more and more likable, and the balance between comedy and drama is perfectly tuned in that we laugh but also get to know these people.

Oct 7, 2016 | Full Review…

The new HBO show Insecure is anything but. It is smart, funny, alive and complex and seems to know precisely what it wants to be.

Oct 7, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Insecure is indeed a much-needed oasis, and we're all the better for Issa Rae's mirror raps.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Beyond moments of brilliant writing, standout acting, and skilled direction, the show represents something that feels like a bigger, more intangible exaction -- an expression of creative freedom rarely granted to black artists.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Insecure may not necessarily be blazing trails in its storytelling, but it's hard to deny the freshness of its style.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

While her onscreen proxy is barely holding it together, Rae bears the burden of running Insecure with ease, finding a fresh perspective and flawlessly expanding upon the world of her Internet series with wit and refinement to spare.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Insecure is not "trying to tell every black woman's story," Rae says-an obviously impossible task, but one that nonwhite TV creators commonly face.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

[Issa] Rae has a way of making even the most mundane of activities interesting, and there's a relatable sincerity present that should not be missed.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Insecure: Season 1

  • Feb 15, 2021
    I'm not gonna lie, the first few episodes I had to hold on with my fingers crossed and I'm so happy I didn't give up. This is a show that works up to better and better as you go along. Issa Rae has earned my respect big time. I absolutely love this show and cannot wait til season 5.
  • Apr 18, 2020
    Why are u stupid Issa?? you let lawrence go
  • Jan 16, 2020
    You had me at "Broken Pussy", Issa.
  • Sep 16, 2019
    This is a solid watch that's earned a spot in my rotation
  • Sep 19, 2018
    One underrated but amazing and relevant show.
  • Aug 30, 2018
    I can NOT get enough! It’s so real, relatable, and funny. The characters are very well developed and I love the personal touch each brings, its amazing.Get some popcorn and give it a try, you won’t be able to stop watching.I want to hang out with ‘Issa’! Let me know if you need a roommate girl! We could totally split that $750 rent in I-wood. Stay up Issa!
  • Aug 03, 2018
    Issa Rae's comical prowess receives an insightful treatment in a show that manages to deal with real people in relatable situations and the result is funny and tender.
  • Apr 05, 2018
    her youtube show is wayyyy funnier
  • Mar 02, 2018
    Maybe I'm just too old, but I don't like this show at all. I tried really hard because of all the hype, but after three episodes I was out. She lives a life I have no ability to understand.
  • Feb 07, 2018
    one of the shortest TV series to come out in a while but rising star Issa Rae utilizes her comedic timing and charisma to great effect lots of laughs and simple drama covering the life of an average black woman in America while rustling through the many stereotypes, misconceptions, and oxymorons Issa plays a woman with a great boyfriend, a best friend, a great job and a strong passion for rapping a lot of it pours from the stuff going on in her personal life; some of it affects her in unique ways, other times it tears it down significantly in this part of California Issa is a woman trying to stabilize love, work, and her happiness all the other players are very likeable and each carry their own brand of personal issues that this woman doesn't know about the finale is sad to say the least but even a journey like hers doesn't end immediately a raunchy, laugh-filled and insightful first season

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