Celebrating the laughs and learnings over five seasons of HBO’s ‘Insecure’

The powerful takeaway from the ‘Insecure’ Finale is an inspiration.

Yvonne Orji (left), and Issa Rae headline the series finale of HBO’s ‘Insecure.’ Photo by Merie Wallace for HBO.

Issa Dee’s (Jo-Issa Rae Diop AKA Issa Rae) awkwardness is consistent over five seasons of the standout HBO comedy series Insecure, which wraps December 26. It involves past and present boyfriends (Jay Ellis and Kendrick Sampson). She’s self-conscious about the apartment management work and Lyft driving that pays her bills and nervous about the civic arts startup that fuels her shaky self-esteem.

Issa’s frequent bouts of discomfort and embarrassment connect her stories with the show’s million-plus, loyal viewers.

Think about the personal and professional goals in your lives. Now, just like Issa, reflect on the times you allow Imposter syndrome to get in your way. We feel what Issa feels. Good risks and emotional stumbles are frequently hard to manage.

Other universal themes bind us to Issa and the rest of the Insecure community. Authenticity. Culture. Diversity. Inclusion. Issa’s misadventures make you laugh and help you learn. Insecure is anything but slapstick comedy. Its laughs are heartfelt.

Issa and her longtime friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) are thirty-something black women with professional ups and personal downs. There’s evident growth in the characters and performances. There’s growth for audiences, too. Some of our Insecure education leans on the pop culture side. We discover longstanding L.A. restaurants like Margarita’s Mexican Café and the vibrancy of South L.A. neighborhoods, including Crenshaw. More importantly, we experience the intelligence of Issa, Molly, and their friends working to make a difference in L.A. and beyond. They’re impressive and inspirational.

Forget individual spoilers when discussing the series finale, written by Rae and appropriately named “Everything Gonna Be, Okay?” What’s worth sharing is a poignant drive around South L.A. that delivers a final look at significant places and people from the series. A narrative jump into the future showcases the happiness in store for Issa, Molly, and their friends.

There are feelings of growth, happiness, and inspiration behind the Insecure cameras, too. Remember how Rae started her storytelling on the Kickstarter-funded, YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl. Think about Rae rising from YouTube to Insecure and a multi-year T.V. and film deal with WarnerMedia. Embrace her inspirational story and imagine what’s next for you. That’s a powerful takeaway for a T.V. show.

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