Issa and Daniel find their rhythm in a slow-paced Insecure

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“Familiar-like” is a slower episode of Insecure. Last week’s premiere got us right back into the action and dealt with some major blow-ups. Episode two takes time to set a mood for the season. The issues at the center of this episode feel pretty familiar. There’s Daniel and Issa’s usual relationship drama. There’s…

Spend this late-night Trailer Happy Hour with Matthew McConaughey, The Ranch, and Insecure 

It may seem a little late for happy hour, but it’s never too late for Trailer Happy Hour, the semi-regular A.V. Club feature where we post some trailers that didn’t get their own story earlier in the day. Today we’ve got Matthew McConaughey playing a retro bad dad in White Boy Rick, a teaser for season three of HBO’s …

An uneven Insecure hits on everything from open relationships to police tension

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“Hella LA” is a hella weird episode of Insecure. It feels disjointed and forces together a few educational moments in a way that feels distracting. While the biggest takeaway from “Hella LA” is the reintroduction of Daniel, the episode also opens up new possibilities for Molly and gives Lawrence more of a character…

Issa Rae and Jerrod Carmichael made a black version of Friends for JAY-Z

It’s been more than a month since JAY-Z’s latest album, 4:44, broke onto the music scene, and while we’ve grown accustomed to the weekly release of Tidal-exclusive visuals supporting the album, this week’s release carries an extra satirical/nostalgic punch. Starring Issa Rae, Jerrod Carmichael, Tessa Howard, Tiffany…

Insecure puts on its big girl panties and sets this season into motion

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Is Lawrence a good guy? While ”Hella Questions” actually provides a lot of answers––Lawrence and Issa’s 12-pump sex romp is definitively in the “fuck you fuck” column and their relationship is, at least for now, officially over––there’s still a lot of uncertainity when it comes to Lawrence’s actions. Sure, Insecure…

Meme becomes reality as Netflix orders Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna’s con artist movie

Here’s some surprising news for 2017: It turns out that good things actually can happen, but only if everybody involved is really cool and talented. Today’s good thing is that Netflix has actually picked up some kind of con artist movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o, with Selma’s Ava DuVernay directing and …

The 35 best TV performances of 2016 (and one worst)

With more scripted television programs in production than ever before, it follows that there are now a wider range of opportunities for television actors. Looking back at the performances that caught The A.V. Club’s eyes in 2016 confirms that hypothesis: While some of our favorite character actors found new facets of…

Insecure dedicates itself to black female friendships in a strong finale

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“Broken As Fuck” is a declarative end for Insecure’s first season. While the show has been picked up for a second season, the finale brings some relationships to definitive conclusions. Issa may be a character plagued by her inability to make decisions, but Insecure’s first season has made it clear that her…

Issa and Molly block their blessings in a heartbreaking Insecure

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It was only a matter of time before Lawrence found out about Daniel and Insecure nails the reveal in “Real As Fuck.” The episode bridges Issa’s relationships with her job, coworkers, Daniel, Lawrence and Molly while highlighting the successes and failures of each with a realistic and urgent tone. At the beginning of…

Black male sexuality is explored in a quick and guilty episode of Insecure

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“Guilty As Fuck” is an odd episode of Insecure. It quickly unravels tensions and emotions that have been building all season without a clear endgame. Molly, Issa, and Lawrence all seem to overcome the inner-conflicts they’ve wrestled with in mere moments; leaving nothing but guilt as the driving factor of the episode.…

Issa and Molly make bad decisions in an emotional Insecure

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Well, I guess if we were sick of watching Issa weigh the pros and cons of her actual relationship with Lawrence and a theoretical relationship with her longtime crush Daniel, “Shady As Fuck” finally makes Issa’s mirror sex fantasy a reality. I can’t say I was shocked when Daniel and Issa finally gave in and had sex. …

Issa loses momentum in a stagnant Insecure

B

“Thirsty As Fuck” is a funny episode of Insecure, but feels as though it’s taking two steps forward and one step back. While Issa sees improvements when it comes to her dating and career prospects, Laura Kittrell’s script does little to add nuance to those conflicts. This doesn’t make “Thirsty As Fuck” a bad episode,…

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