Help, I've Been Peak TV'd!

Peak TV Treasure: Insecure

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INSECURE

NETWORK | HBO

CREATED BY | Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore

NUMBER OF EPISODES | 8

EPISODE LENGTH | 30 mins.

PREMISE | Based on Rae’s Awkward Black Girl web series, Insecure stars Rae as Issa, a young black woman working at a L.A. non-profit and struggling to find her place in the world. Her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) has a successful law career, but an unfulfilling love life — one that Issa chronicles in a spontaneous open-mike rap entitled “Broken P—y.” Plus, Issa’s live-in boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis) is currently unemployed and generally uninspiring… which leads her eye to wander in the direction of old flame Daniel (Y’lan Noel).

WORTH YOUR TIME IF YOU ENJOY… | Fresh depictions of the modern African-American experience; smart jokes about dumb racial stereotypes; slow-burning rom-coms with serious emotional payoff; freestyle raps about malfunctioning vaginas.

YOU SHOULD PROBABLY ALSO KNOW… | The culture-clash comedy of Issa and her white co-workers is a bit broad at first, but actually deepens when she bonds with eager colleague Frieda (Lisa Joyce). The true heart of Insecure, though, lies in the complicated love triangle of Issa, Lawrence and Daniel. Issa and Lawrence’s relationship is the epitome of bored-but-comfortable domesticity; Episode 3 contains an achingly beautiful montage of all the moments they’ve shared, good and bad, on their apartment’s couch. (That’s the moment I fell in love with this show, for the record.) But impulsive choices lead to deep-felt heartbreak — for the characters, and for us.

IS IT COMING BACK? | Yes! Insecure was renewed for a second season back in November. Just last week, executive producer/showrunner Prentice Penny posted a video on Instagram of him and Rae celebrating after they finished writing Season 2 (debuting Sunday, July 23):

WHERE CAN I WATCH IT? | All eight Season 1 episodes are available to stream via HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO On Demand.