Insecure: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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: 65


Audience Score

User Ratings: 698
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Air date: Oct 9, 2016
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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 (65) | Top Critics (30)

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

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for Insecure: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    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
  • Nov 29, 2017
    This series was such a breath of fresh air! I'm not a young black woman but I related so much with Issa's character. She, may I add, is an absolute doll and I loved watching her character and friends' evolve. And yes, my jaw dropped too during the season finale.
  • Sep 20, 2017
    I was recommended this show from a co-worker, let's call him Josh. He assured me I'd love the show, but I found it odd. I find Josh a little odd so maybe that meets sense.
  • Sep 17, 2017
    most overrated show on television

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