Insecure is an HBO original comedy series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, which is partially based on Rae's web series Awkward Black Girl. Issa Rae is still an Awkward Black Girl in the trailer for HBO’s Insecure (2016-06-23). WATCH: Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ Trailer Is Everything ‘Awkward Black Girl’ Was But Better (2016-06-24). CNN, Lisa Respers France. Issa Rae's 'Insecure' may already be a hit. The series is slated to debut on October 9, 2016.? Andreeva, Nellie (October 15, 2015). Issa Rae Comedy 'Insecure' Gets HBO Series Order. The first episode premiered online on September 23, 2016, via HBO Now and HBO Go.
In 2013, Rae began working on a comedy series pilot with Larry Wilmore about the awkward experiences of a contemporary African-American woman, in which she will be starring, eventually titled Insecure. Issa Rae & Larry Wilmore To Create 'Non-Prophet' For HBO. vibe.com (August 6, 2013). Retrieved on December 12, 2013. HBO picked up the pilot in early 2015 and it was subsequently greenlit, scheduled for a fall 2016 release. Issa Rae Comedy 'Insecure' Gets HBO Series Order (en-US). Retrieved on January 9, 2016.
At HBO’s 2016 Television Critics Association session, which featured Rae, showrunner Prentice Penny, and executive producer Melina Matsoukas, Rae spoke about the show, saying that the series will examine "the complexities of 'blackness' and the reality that you can’t escape being black." Rae also said, in regards to the potential mainstream reaction to the series:
We’re just trying to convey that people of color are relatable. This is not a hood story. This is about regular people living life. ?
According to IndieWire, the eight-episode first season explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way. Issa, like many of us, tries to figure out what – and who – she wants in life, and how to take control of it. Meanwhile, Molly is a successful corporate attorney who appears to have it all but struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life. Aside from following the duo’s entertaining lives, the half-hour series also includes a variety of hip music from indie and well-known artists, as well as touches on social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience. Calvario, Liz (2016-08-26). ‘Insecure’ Teaser: Issa Rae Is Torn Between Two Lovers In New HBO Comedy (en-US).
Reception and release
The show is scheduled for an October 9, 2016 release on HBO. HBO sets premiere dates for Westworld and more Vulture.com said "There will inevitably be comparisons to HBO’s other female-driven millennial comedy Girls, but the network's new series Insecure bears little resemblance to Lena Dunham’s show." The LA Times wrote: "The half-hour series explores the friendship between two African American women who deal with their sometimes stormy relationship while also grappling with conflicts inside and outside black culture. Much of the humor has a raw flavor, and does not hold back on sexually frank situations and dialogue."Times, Los Angeles. Issa Rae takes HBO from white 'Girls' to black women with 'Insecure'.