I just watched the “Insecure” season 1 finale for the third time and all I can say is that it is that show!
If you haven’t been watching this HBO half-hour comedy then you need to set aside four hours to binge on the first season. (I also suggest that you stay off of social media to avoid any finale spoilers.)
HBO describes “Insecure” as a comedy that explores the “contemporary black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way.” Now, there have been plenty of TV shows, films and other forms of entertainment that promised to authentically tell the black female experience but failed miserably. Fortunately, “Insecure” isn’t one of them.
The brainchild of Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore,” “Insecure” stars Rae and Yvonne Orji as BFFs who juggle their own real-life messes, careers and various cringe-worthy everyday experiences while living in Los Angeles.
Many people are familiar with Rae from her award-winning web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” and other projects she’s worked on. Wilmore, a veteran writer-producer, most recently served as show runner and executive producer for ABC’s “black-ish” and hosted “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” on Comedy Central (Wilmore just signed a multi-year deal with ABC Studios). Those three series alone — “Awkward Black Girl,” “black-ish” and “The Nightly Show”— were a heads up that “Insecure” would serve authenticity and a type of humor that’s need on TV, especially when it comes to showcasing black women. “Insecure” doesn’t speak for or represent every black women (we aren’t a monolith) but its scenarios are relatable, hilarious and raw in a nongratuitous way. These are all reasons why the it continues to garner buzz and accolades.
During its first season, “Insecure” averaged around 3.2 million viewers weekly, on par with other HBO half-hours like “VEEP” and “Girls,” according to an HBO press release. HBO announced earlier this month that it picked up “Insecure” for a second season. While this is great news, it also means that fans will have to wait until next fall to get the 411 on what contributed to the shocking last two minutes of the finale.
Speaking of the finale, I’ve opted to provide a different type of annalysis. Instead of a straight recap, I’ve decided to highlight a few of the verbal exchanges that had me rolling last night. There are plenty of other moments (the guys’ conversation) but these are the family-friendly ones that I can share here. (Also, shoutout to Solange Knowles, who serves as the series music consultant, and everyone else who worked on the soundtrack for this episode. It was live!)
1. Molly and the phone excuse I must use
The lingering tension between Molly (Yvonne Orji) and Issa (Rae) is palpable during this phone call between the two when Issa makes an attempt to make amends. After a few minutes on the phone, an annoyed Molly says,“What was that? Yep! Gotta go,” abruptly interrupting Issa by pretending she’s needed elsewhere.
2. Kelli’s response to the youngin’
Issa and Molly join their girls Kelli (Natasha Rothwell) and Tiffany (Amanda Seales) on a girls getaway. The ladies hit the club and YOLO (or in their case, “We did say!”) it up! A funny exchange ensues when Kelli hits the dance floor with a college student who favors Robert Pattinson.
College Guy: “Are you Jill Scott? You look just like Jill Scott.”
Kelli: “Oh, my God, you look just like ‘Twilight’?”
3. Molly’s baby of a man’s inexperience
Still following the “We did say!” rules, Molly gets attention from another college student and brings him home. Read below to see why Issa’s question to Molly beforehand — “Are you really about to go off with that baby of a man?” — was pretty valid after all.
College Guy No. 2: “So, uh, should I play some music or something like that? I have like a week left on my trial subscription to Tidal”
Molly: “Shut … the … f— up” (Note: Molly then proceeds to kiss him and push him on the bed. You can pretty much guess what happened next. We did say!)
4. Kelli, Kelli, Kelli
Kelli is that friend that either we all have or we know someone who has one like her. She’s funny and smart but just doesn’t always think before she speaks. Issa finds herself questioning her pal after Kelli jumps to all of the wrong conclusions after Issa opens up to her about her relationship woes.
Issa: “Do you listen to yourself?”
Kelli: “All the time. I have a podcast.”
If you missed Sunday’s finale, watch it below! Get to it first before the spoilers get to you! Want to relive the episodes? Binge on it online here or via XFINITY On Demand.
WATCH: “Insecure” season 1 finale