TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Raunchy, funny comedy explores stereotypes, black culture.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series addresses a number of stereotypes about black and the diversity within the black community. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Issa gives back to her community, is a loyal friend. 


Occasional arguments, yelling. 


Strong sexual innuendo; crude references. 


Endless cursing including "f--k," "s--t;" many uses of the "N word."


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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (beer, hard alcohol). 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the YouTube spinoff Insecure is a mature comedy about a black woman entering her thirties. It features strong, continuous cursing (including the N-word), lots of sexual innuendo, some arguing, and lots of drinking. Positive themes include giving back to the community, friendship, and why it's important to address racial stereotyping. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byWoofLab1 April 17, 2019


This show is very smart and timely. It deals with important real world issues. But there is a fair bit of nudity and sex is important to the plot.
Adult Written byMagun S. July 24, 2017
Love it!!!!
Teen, 15 years old Written byDerpyGuyness April 24, 2018

A Funny Addictive Show

Hear Me Out! I am now 15 years old and ill be giving a simple rundown of one of my favorite show. Let me start off by saying this show is hilarious. With a show... Continue reading

What's the story?

INSECURE is a HBO series starring YouTube celebrity Issa Rae as Issa, a 29-year-old woman trying to figure out her life as she lives it. After years of working in the non-profit world and staying in a dead-end relationship with boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis), she’s thinking more about where she wants to be in her thirties. Meanwhile, friends like high-achieving friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) struggle with their own issues. As she navigates her way through awkward hookups, relationship woes, and career drama, Issa also showcases how she defines her life as a black woman in Los Angeles. 

Is it any good?

This series, inspired by Rae’s online series, Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, offers a humorous-but-insightful point of view on what it means to be a black woman today. It also rejects the notion that all black people want the same things, define their community the same way, or hold the same beliefs about themselves and the world around them. 

The fact that black culture is as diverse as it is rich is successfully woven throughout the relationship mishaps, girlfriend-to-girlfriend exchanges, and work conflicts featured here. Not all viewers of Insecure will easily identify and appreciate this message, but those who do will enjoy a series that's both funny and insightful. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Insecure uses swear words and other strong content to be funny. Can the show’s point of view be revealed without it? Would it make it less funny?

  • Where do stereotypes come from? Why are they so frequently used to define people in the media? 

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