Review of “Insecure”

By Victoria Dubuis

“Insecure” made its debut on HBO in October of 2016 with its pilot titled “Insecure As Fuck”.

Being a woman, and previously having knowledge of the show’s wonderful creator and lead role, Issa Ray, I knew it was bound to be a delight. When I was done with the show in its entirety (I binged watched the shit out of it, obviously), not only was I ridiculously excited to tell of my friends all about it, but I was thirsty to discuss it with everyone I knew who had seen it as well.

I feel as though the main beauty of the show is the mere fact that the ideas, problems, frustrations that the characters aren’t revolutionary by any means. The main focus of the show is primarily negotiating love, lust, work, and other routine circumstances one undergoes in their mid to late twenties. That said, Issa manages, with her writing, to truly bring a funny and moving aspect to these situations. “Insecure” has a certain “newness” to it that is hard to express and through Issa’s impeccable, light-hearted writing, these typically hopelessly played out storylines are given something truly unique.

Issa lives with her boyfriend, Lawrence. Lawrence has a degree and can’t seem to find a suitable job which leaves Issa to maintain the household financially through her job working at a non-profit for underprivileged children. This causes an obvious strain in the relationship and develops unexpectedly throughout the entirety of the show. One of the more prevelant themes in the show is how the show manages to address race. Issa and her best friend are the only WOC at their workplaces. Issa truly punctuates the uncomfortable and vulnerable moments that arise from these situations (coworkers bringing up slavery excessively, Issa’s fear that her coworkers are sending “secret white e-mails”). Issa’s best friend is the “token single one.” She focuses a lot (and I mean, A LOT) of her energy on dating, but seems to be constantly coming up short when it comes to males due to her type-A personality and inability to forgive the faults in others around her.

Navigating adulthood, honest sex scenes, infidelity, hilarious one-liners, “Insecure” truly has it all and I firmly do trust that Issa will make a treasured impact on TV culture with her beautiful work of art. (She was also just nominated for a Golden Globe! Yay!) So, if you’re looking for something entertaining, relatable, and in many ways, educational to watch, I highly recommend it. It isn’t about being black or being a woman, but it is just so much more rich and dazzling because of those things.

“Insecure” is just so brilliant, I don’t know why its title isn’t Confident as Fuck instead.


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