A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series addresses a number of stereotypes about Black people and the diversity within the Black community.
Positive Role Models
Issa gives back to her community, is a loyal friend.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional arguments, yelling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo; crude references.
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Endless cursing including "f--k," "s--t;" many uses of the "N word."
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer, hard alcohol).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the YouTube spin-off 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.
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.
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