“I just want to be more confident.” HBO has released the official trailer and new details for their upcoming series Insecure.
Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, the comedy stars Rae as a young woman trying “to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey.” The cast also includes Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, and Lisa Joyce.
Insecure debuts on October 9th at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Watch the trailer and read more details below:
Modern-day black women are usually portrayed as strong, confident and “flawless.” But Issa and Molly are definitely not “killing it.” These best friends must deal with their own real-life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.
Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, the comedy series INSECURE launches its eight-episode season SUNDAY, OCT. 9 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Rae stars as Issa and Yvonne Orji stars as Molly on the show, which explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way.
Over the course of the season, Issa attempts to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey. Molly, a corporate attorney who appears to have everything together professionally, struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life.
Meanwhile, Issa’s boyfriend, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), who has fallen victim to complacency, works to get his own act together. Frieda (Lisa Joyce), Issa’s overeager white co-worker, whose enthusiasm is both annoying and endearing, is at the crux of Issa’s racial frustrations at work.
Shot in and around South Los Angeles, INSECURE incorporates the music of both indie and established artists of color, and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.
Episode #1: “Insecure as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCT. 9 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 9 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 11 (midnight), 12 (3:05 a.m.), 13 (10:45 p.m.) and 15 (10:05 p.m., 2:20 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 10 (9:30 p.m.), 12 (8:30 p.m.) and 14 (8:00 p.m.)
In the wake of her 29th birthday, Issa Dee (Issa Rae) reconsiders her dead-end relationship with Lawrence (Jay Ellis), her live-in boyfriend. Meanwhile, Issa’s best friend, Molly (Yvonne Orji), mourns her singledom and the state of her “lady parts.” Later, Issa uses an open-mic night as an excuse to reconnect with an ex.
Written by Issa Rae & Larry Wilmore; directed by Melina Matsoukas.
Episode #2: “Messy as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCT. 16 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 16 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 17 (12:45 a.m.), 18 (11:45 p.m.), 20 (10:30 p.m.), 21 (3:15 a.m.) and 22 (4:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 17 (9:30 p.m.), 19 (8:30 p.m.) and 21 (8:00 p.m.)
After the unexpected events of the previous night, Issa (Issa Rae) tries to decide what to do about Lawrence (Jay Ellis), while sticking to her plan to embrace a bolder side of herself. Molly (Yvonne Orji) treats herself to a “fancy day” and goes on a promising date. Lawrence gets advice from an unexpected source.
Written by Issa Rae; directed by Cecile Emeke.
Episode #3: “Racist as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCT. 23 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 23 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 25 (11:00 p.m.), 27 (10:45 p.m.) and 29 (12:40 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 24 (9:30 p.m.), 26 (8:30 p.m.) and 29 (8:00 p.m.)
Issa (Issa Rae) and Lawrence (Jay Ellis) try to move past their issues at home, as she deals with her colleagues’ doubts and he gets a reality check from a head hunter. Molly (Yvonne Orji) introduces Jared (Langston Kerman) to her friends, and later struggles to give words of wisdom to a new summer associate at work.
Written by Dayna Lynne North; directed by Melina Matsoukas.
Episode #4: “Thirsty as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCT. 30 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 30 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.) and Nov. 1 (11:30 p.m.), 3 (10:30 p.m.) and 5 (1:50 a.m.)
HBO2 playdate: Oct. 31 (9:30 p.m.)
Although things are better than ever with Lawrence (Jay Ellis), Issa (Issa Rae) turns to Daniel (Y’lan Noel) for help during Career Day. Molly (Yvonne Orji) finds herself in a tough position when a partner asks her to give Rasheeda (Gail Bean) a talking-to. Facing disappointment at his new job, Lawrence bonds with a surprising confidante.
Written by Laura Kittrell; directed by Kevin Bray.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Issa Rae? Will you watch Insecure?