“Insecure” ending after Season 5

Anyae Johns | Staff Writer

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Yes, all good things come to an end, but why Insecure? Many fans are saddened by Issa Rae’s recent announcement that the beloved HBO comedy series will end after Season 5. The first four seasons were such a hit that many didn’t anticipate the series ending one season later.

Insecure is ending, and I don’t know how to feel about it,” said Tayliour Mart, a Hampton University first-year chemistry major from Austin, Texas. “I hope each episode is one to two hours now.” 

This series put her on the map. Rae often talks about being awkward and Black in the industry, and she decided to market it. With many viewers in the African American community relating to being awkward, she introduced something to Hollywood that no one knew was needed. Rae thrives off of telling Black stories from the Black perspective. She made her own seat at the table after hearing many no’s.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl was self-written, and she also starred in it as J, a Black woman who finds herself in embarrassingly awkward positions in every area of life. The viral series lasted for two seasons. It became the foundation of the award-winning Insecure.

October 9, 2016, the hit show Insecure was born, thanks to its two creators, Rae and Larry Wilmore. The groundbreaking HBO half-hour series stars Rae and Yvonne Orji as two educated Black women living their everyday lives despite a handful of complicated Los Angeles experiences. Insecure closely follows Molly (Orji) and Issa’s friendship as they deal with their own company, insecurities, relationship troubles and the general difficulties of being adults.

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The show has four great seasons with outstanding ratings. Fans took to Twitter to express their complete disbelief for the show ending when Rae announced it by retweeting her interview with Deadline.

“Very excited to film our fifth and final season!” Rae tweeted. “We couldn’t have told a complete story without the tremendous support of our audience and the faith of [HBO]. See y’all soon! #InsecureHBO.”

The show has received positive feedback and awards for its comedic relief and honest portrayal of the Black experience through Issa and Molly’s perspective. Throughout the show’s run, Rae has received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and two Golden Globe nods for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. In Season 4, Insecure was nominated at the 2020 Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Yvonne Orji was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. 

“I’m really sad about Insecure ending, but I know all good things come to an end with time,” said Romari Black, an HU junior journalism major from Baltimore, Maryland. “I just really hope Issa and the writers end it well and I’m not mad the last episode.” 

Season 5 is tentatively scheduled to be released around May.

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