- The fifth and final season of “Insecure” premieres on October 24.
- The popular HBO comedy was written and created by Issa Rae.
- Keep reading below to find a list of shows to watch next if you love “Insecure.”
Whitney (Amber Stevens West), Sondi (Corbin Reid), Renee (Bresha Webb), and Ella (Andrea Bordeaux) are an exemplary group of friends, but they aren’t perfect. They’re navigating personal issues like career changes, divorce, pseudo-stepparenthood, and affairs.
But when they come together to vent about it all, the depth of their sisterhood proves why we need to see more Black female friendships on TV.
“Run the World” creator Leigh Davenport has gifted women everywhere with a squad that rivals Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker), especially where authenticity is concerned. Issa Dee (Issa Rae) and Molly Carter (Yvonne Orji) would fit right in with these Harlem queens once everyone got over the polite chit-chat and started getting real.
The first season of “Run the World” is currently available to stream via the Starz streaming app, or the Starz add-on for Hulu and Amazon Prime.
The show, which ran until 2008 with over 170 episodes and introduced the world to the now multiple-Emmy award-winning Tracee Ellis Ross, tracks the professional lives and personal relationships of four young Black women who also happen to be best girlfriends. And it is through their eyes that the show explores interesting and complex cultural conversations around racism, colorism, feminism, and identity.
But “Girlfriends” is never didactic or earnest. Writer Mara Brock Akil created a masterful formula that makes all eight seasons entertaining — even on a rewatch.
Watch all eight seasons of “Girlfriends” on Netflix.
Much of the series doesn’t hold up today, but it’s still considered a classic for a reason.
No matter if you are single, divorced, or newly-married, women everywhere need to curl up with a glass of wine once a week and watch brave fictional characters speak taboo truths about the injustices of baby showers, the most appalling hook-ups imaginable, and how downright impossible it can be to find a decent partner in any city.
Carrie really did walk slowly in Manolo Blahniks so that Issa Dee could run in whatever sneakers she wants to. For that, we raise a cosmopolitan to creator Darren Starr and “Sex and the City.”
The entire series is available to stream on HBO Max.
Indeed, “Atlanta” is tricky and elusive like David Lynch’s legendary crime drama and it’s also shaped by the same type of surrealism, innovative direction, and clever writing. But the most compelling part about Glover’s “Atlanta” is the friendship between Earnest Marks (Glover), a college dropout who starts to manage his cousin Alfred’s (Brian Tyree Henry) rap career. The duo attempt to navigate the pitfalls of the Atlanta rap scene with their eccentric companion Darius (Lakeith Stanfield).
Seasons one and two of “Atlanta” are currently available to stream on Hulu.
The series is an honest and often humorous look at the struggles Ashley and her loved ones face as they try to better their lives — or just survive.
With her partner serving a longer sentence than anticipated within a broken prison system, Ashley struggles with the fact that she has to tell their young son Sean (Atticus Woodward) where his dad is.
She only sometimes has Miles’ face and voice in her head to help guide her through issues like the fact that she cannot get along with Trish — who is determined to start her own stripping business right under little Sean’s nose.
“Blindspotting” is full of whimsy and the levity of “Insecure,” but both are telling important stories that the world needs to see. Your heart will break for Ashley’s neighbor Earl (Benjamin Earl Turner) while he’s trying to survive life on parole on “Blindspotting” just as much as it did when Lawrence (Jay Ellis) got that news from Condola (Christina Elmore) on “Insecure.”
The first season of “Blindspotting” is currently available to stream via the Starz streaming app, or the Starz add-on for Hulu and Amazon Prime.
“We knew we had already been doing that,” Queen Latifah told Andy Cohen while speaking about the similarity between the two shows in a 2017 interview on “Watch What Happens Live.”
“It was one of those things where it was a guy called Warren Littlefield that used to run NBC,” she said. “And they asked him when all the new shows came out, they said, ‘If there’s any show you could have, which one would it be?’ And he said ‘Living Single.’ And then he created ‘Friends.'”
All five seasons of “Living Single” are available to stream on Hulu.
Lyn and Emma are polar opposites and struggle to agree on the next steps forward as secrets of their mom’s life are revealed that might keep the Henandez sisters home for longer than expected. People from their past also emerge to challenge any plans they thought they had for their own lives.
“Vida” takes an in-depth look at topics like gentrification and prejudice that queer people face in the Mexican community. But there are also plenty of light, sexy moments that the characters deserve.
The half-hour series is more dramatic than comedic, but creator Tanya Saracho is hopefully blazing a similar trail in the TV industry for Latinx women that Rae is for Black women.
All three seasons of “Vida” are currently available to stream via the Starz streaming app, or with the Starz channel add-on for Hulu and Amazon Prime.
And like Rae’s “Insecure,” the show is a sharp advertisement and critique of Black life in Los Angeles.
In later seasons, Norwood’s brother Ray J also starred.
Watch all six seasons of “Moesha” on Hulu.
But on season two of “Love Life,” the anthology series’ new lead character proves that the dating lives of men are not as smooth as some like to pretend they are. From the trailer alone, it’s clear that this season’s case study, Marcus Watkins (William Jackson Harper), struggles hard to find “real” love after his divorce.
We’re pretty sure a dating app might lead him to a one-night stand in a college dorm room, which is making us blush just to think about. Perhaps Marcus needs that drink more than Issa or Darby.
The first three episodes of “Love Life” season 2 will be available to stream on HBO Max October 28. The entire first season is also currently available on the streamer.
Rachelle Williams was brought on as coshowrunner for the new season alongside series creator Sam Boyd and executive producer Bridget Bedard.
Robin Thede, its creator, told Deadline that she came up with the idea for the show and managed to sell it to HBO after her short-lived BET talk show “The Rundown with Robin Thede” was canceled and Rae called her to collaborate on a new idea.
“When that got canceled, Issa Rae, who is a dear friend of mine, called me and said, ‘OK, now is the time we get to work together,'” Thede said.
Rae is now an executive producer alongside Angela Bassett and Laverne Cox.
As the title suggests, “A Black Lady Sketch Show” is a sketch comedy show in the vein of “SNL” or, more accurately, “Mad TV.” And all of the sketches, which take aim at everything from Black nationalists to Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk,” are performed by a talented and eclectic cast of Black women.
Earlier this year, “A Black Lady Sketch Show” made history by winning an Emmy for editing, becoming the first all women of color editing team to be nominated or win in the category.
Both seasons are currently available to stream on HBO Max.
The sitcom starring Abbi Jacobson as Abbi Abrams and Ilana Glazer as Ilana Wexler ran for five seasons on television. It shares more in common with “Insecure” than the fact that the characters’ first names are the same as the names of its stars.
“Broad City” also focuses on female friendships between millennials in a big city — the only difference is that the show follows Jewish women in New York City instead of Black women in Los Angeles. Both shows also highlight the career aspirations of their female leads, though Ilana and Abbi interject more bathroom humor into their lives than Issa or Molly would ever dare.
All five seasons of “Broad City” are available on Hulu.
They are both dramedies set in Los Angeles that focus on the experiences of marginalized characters. Monsé, Ruby, Cesar, and Jamal are dealing with puppy love problems when compared to the pregnancy that might change Issa’s life forever. But the crew’s issues are sometimes nothing to laugh at. Issa has never lost a friend to gang violence, for example.
Both dramedies focus on different aspects of LA that are equally important for the world to see and understand. But the fact that “On My Block” and “Insecure” similarly know how to balance serious storylines with laughs should be recognized and commended.
We know Issa Dee would love the “On My Block” crew if she ever crossed paths with them while working at We Got Y’all.
The fourth and final season of “On My Block” premiered on Netflix on October 4. All four seasons are currently available to stream.