HOLLYWOOD—As many people know, it’s very rare that I ever and I mean ever binge-watch a TV series. For me it’s difficult to do with my chaotic schedule, and if I’m ever going to dedicate my only off day of the week to binge it better be a hell of a series. Well, let me tell you about the HBO comedy “Insecure” starring Issa Rae. The series was created by Larry Wilmore and Rae, and chronicles the lives of two African-American women Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji), as they navigate love, friendship and work in California. What I think is so fascinating about this comedy series is that it is indeed funny; you have characters that I think ANYONE can identify with, regardless of your race.
Yes, “Insecure” is a comedy series about the lives and struggles that transpires for women of color, and as a male it’s a bit of an eye-opener. You start to question relationships that you have been in, and also see things from a female perspective that raises questions along the way: Is that how they see me? Will my job be perceived as lesser than what I’m aiming for? Do I stay in this relationship even though my mate just cheated on me?
Issa is a character that I honestly believe many women will identify with; struggles about love, how to find love and more importantly how her insecurities impact those relationships and her job endeavors as times progresses. The viewer is allowed to get inside the mind of this character, and hear her monologues about how to handle trivial yet complicated situations. The viewer gets a clear picture of all of Issa insecurities, so it’s nice to have the polar opposite in her pal Molly. Molly is everything that Issa isn’t. Intelligent beyond her years, she works as a corporate attorney; she has an elevated elite status, and is on a constant mission to impress those surrounding her orbit.
While Issa has Lawrence (Jay Ellis) in her life, Molly continues to struggle with the dating arena. She dates guys, but she is looking for that ‘perfect guy.’ I’m so glad this comedy is absolutely tackling this issue, because there are so many women who are desperate to locate the perfect guy who fits EVERY single thing on their checklist. Sorry ladies, that does not happen in real life, and as the series progresses we see Issa and Molly start to come to grips with this false belief.
Issa starts to make in-roads with Lawrence, who has been unemployed for quite some time, but lands a job at Best Buy. While it’s not the job he wants, he realizes he has to do something to bring in revenue. I do believe this was poignant, as it raises an issue for many Americans about that feeling of being stuck at a dead end job that they want to be temporary, but as time progresses it becomes something permanent. Lawrence gets a little pep in his step, after having a conversation with Tasha (Dominique Perry) who tells him not to hold back on going after his dreams.
It is apparent Tasha has an eye for Lawrence, who makes it clear that he has a girlfriend, but as a viewer, we know it’s inevitable and the sparks between these two will definitely transpire. Um, that absolutely happened in the season 2 premiere people. While Issa has Molly to lean on for issues in her relationship, Lawrence gets plenty of advice from his pal Chad (Neil Brown Jr.), who is on the verge of getting married. Issa also gets harsh doses of reality from her pals Kelli (Natasha Rothwell) and Tiffany (Amanda Seales). Kelli is hilarious when she ‘speaks’ her mind, and Tiffany provides guidance as the married wife who thinks she knows everything to keep a man happy.
The chemistry between the four ladies works very well, but it’s the precision in the writing that makes “Insecure” such a witty and clever comedy. Every single episode is like an introduction to a world that some of us are very familiar with, and where some who have no idea about the African-American culture/race receives a bit of an education. If you’re looking for a comedy that is fresh, original, hilarious and starts to get the wheels in your mind churning, you need to watch “Insecure.” “Insecure” airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.