About Insecure:

Insecure is a dream created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore. The HBO series is based on Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl. The series first premiered online on September 23, 2016, before airing on HBO from October 9, 2016. On November 14, 2016, HBO renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on July 23, 2017. On August 8, 2017, HBO renewed the show for a third season, which premiered on August 12, 2018. On September 6, 2018, HBO renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on April 12, 2020. In May 2020, the series was renewed for a fifth season.

Fans and critics praise insecure since the show's debut in 2016. The American Film Institute selected the series as one of the top 10 television programs in 2017. In 2020, the series received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations for its fourth season, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Rae has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy for her performance on the series. Also, to two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Yvonne Orji received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series to act in the TV series.

Issa Rae started working on a comedy series pilot with the show’s co-creator in 2013. The show was supposed to be about the awkward experiences of modern African-American women. The duo eventually landed on the title of Insecure. HBO picked up the pilot in early 2015, and it was greenly for production.

The first season centered around the story of the black female experience from two different views. Issa Rae and Molly (Yvonne Orji), who have been best friends since college. Both in their late 20s, they navigate their career and relationships while in their hometown of Los Angeles. The two are close and throughout the show, they deal with struggles between themselves and others. Issa works at a non-profit that helps middle-schooled students from underserved populations. She struggles to keep up the relationship with her boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis), who has become lazy after his start-up failed. Molly is a corporate attorney who is successful but struggles to date men. The 30-minute series explores social and racial issues that impact the black experience.


Insecure Cast:

  • Issa Rae as Issa Dee
  • Jay Ellis as Martin Lawrence Walker
  • Yvonne Orji as Molly Carter
  • Lisa Joyce as Frieda 
  • Natasha Rothwell as Kelli Prenny
  • Amanda Seales as Tiffany DuBois
  • Y'lan Noel as Daniel King 
  • Alexander Hodge as Andrew
  • Kendrick Sampson as Nathan Campbell 
  • Neil Brown Jr. as Chad Kerr
  • Catherine Curtin as Joanne 
  • Mason McCulley as Ken 
  • Veronica Mannion as Kitty
  • Sujata Day as Sarah
  • Wade Allain-Marcus as Derek DuBois
  • Langston Kerman as Jared
  • Dominique Perry as Tasha
  • Kathreen Khavari as Patricia
  • Tristen J. Winger as Thug Yoda
  • Maya Erskine as Diane Nakamura
  • Heather Mazur as Hannah Richards-Foster
  • Tiana Le as Dayniece
  • Denise Dowse as Dr. Rhonda Pine
  • Sarunas J. Jackson as Alejandro 'Dro' Peña
  • Spencer Garrett as John Merrill
  • Jean Elie as Ahmal Dee
  • Lil Rel Howery as Quentin
  • Jasmine Kaur as Aparna
  • Leon Thomas as Eddie
  • Samantha Cope as Brooke
  • Don Franklin as Malcolm
  • Leonard Robinson as Taurean Jackson
  • Christina Elmore as Condola Hayes