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HBO's 'Insecure' Says Goodbye After Five Seasons

It's a sad day for Issa Rae fans.

Insecure had a good run on HBO. The dramedy made audiences fall in love with the character of Issa Dee. Her story as a black woman living in America alongside best pal, Molly Carter, draws awareness to the deep-rooted insecurities that many black women face in a system that works to devalue and discredit them.

The show highlights the contemporary black experience by showcasing various sociocultural issues afflicting black communities in such a nuanced way. Insecure touches on friendship fallouts, toxic relationships, and the struggle with unemployment. The music in the series is predominantly indie and from artists of color who are underrepresented in mainstream music. These choices in the show's development contribute to an authentic and realistic experience for viewers at home.

The TV friends, played by actresses Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji, must say their final goodbyes to Los Angeles, where the show takes place. The series was originally inspired by Rae's online series, Awkward Black Girl.

In May of 2020, the drama-comedy's fifth season was renewed, with many fans excited to continue Issa Rae's journey.

The cast will return to set to film their fifth season later this month which is slated to debut later this year. HBO Programming Executive Vice President, Amy Gravitt, reports:

"Issa has turned insecurity into an iconic form of comedy. The show is as incisive as it is heartfelt, and it has resonated strongly with its audience...This talented team has conceived a brilliant final season for 'Insecure' and we look forward to having many more stories to tell with this singular group of collaborators."

Rae not only worked as an actress of the series, but also served as a co-creator and executive producer. Writer and comic Larry Wilmore teamed up with the main character as the other creator of the series. Along with Rae, executive producers include Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky, Jonathan Berry, Amy Aniobi, and Jim Kleverweis. Other high-profile stars of the show include Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell, and Amanda Seales.

Insecure maintained a 95% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and won many acclaimed awards at the NAACP Awards, Satellite Awards, and Peabody Awards. The series also received 11 Emmy nominations.

The news first broke to Deadline on Wednesday in a statement from Issa Rae herself.

"Prentice and I are so grateful that HBO believed in our show from the beginning and kept faith in us to see our vision through the end...We always planned to tell this story through five seasons, but we couldn't have made it this far without the tremendous support of our audience."

Season Four Trailer

Watch all four seasons of Insecure streaming on HBO Max.

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