‘Insecure’ reviews: Issa Rae HBO comedy series is ‘sharp-edged,’ ‘sublime’ & ‘profound’

Judging from the reviews for her new HBO comedy series “Insecure” — debuting on Sunday, October 9, on HBO — Issa Rae is about to become a breakout star. She writes, produces and stars in the comedy this based on her web series “Awkward Black Girl” that tells the story of the experiences of best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) in LA.  As with other comedy auteurs Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Lena Dunham (“Girls”) and Louis C.K. (“Louie”), she could be a major awards contender at the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards,

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“Insecure” has scored 85 on MetaCritic and 100% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes.Check out some of the reviews below, and then make your early Golden Globe predictions and tell industry insiders which shows and performers you have out front to win on January 8. You can keep updating your Golden Globe predictions until just before nominations are announced on December 12 at 5 am PT/8 am ET. But it is important to register your initial predictions now both to lock in those all-important starter odds and let Hollywood know who has the inside track for these kudos. (We will be launching prediction centers for the SAG and Critics’ Choice Awards in the coming days).

Sonia Saraiya (Variety): “One of the chief joys of ‘Insecure’ — HBO’s new half-hour comedy from the mind of co-creator, executive producer, and star Issa Rae — is listening to its characters talk. The dialogue of the show is a combination of cadence, vocabulary, and implication that is both brilliant and not-safe-for-work.”

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Melanie McFarland (Salon): “Giving ‘Insecure’ a prominent home on HBO lends a premium channel that still overwhelmingly caters to a white, upper-class professional demographic some actual diversity cred, which is terrific. Its larger accomplishment of showcasing Rae’s talents and underrepresented characters in a sublime comedy is worth celebrating.”

Leah Greenblatt (Entertainment Weekly): “If the premise of ‘Insecure’ sounds like scant scaffolding to hang a series on in 2016, the execution is something else. Co-creator/co-writer/star Rae, who first gained notice for the excellent web series ‘Awkward Black Girl,’ has delivered a fresh, sharp-edged comedy that swerves past nearly every cliché.”

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Danette Chavez (The A.V. Club): “Even in a world with Shondaland, a series whose star, creator, writer, or executive producer is a black woman remains an exception. With her new HBO series, Issa Rae has become all of those things and more. But that doesn’t mean she’s trying to be all things to all (black) people. Insecure is profound, but mostly for its simplicity.”

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