All good things must come to an end.
Issa Rae and HBO’s long-running dramedy Insecure will take its final bow after a successful five-season run. The final curtain call has been on everyone’s minds for the past few weeks, but now that it is really here, Insecure’s end will mark the end of an era for a lot of people.
The Inglewood native showcased a rugged determination to get her dreams out, first through her web series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, which aired on Black & Sexy TV in 2011. Now, a decade later, audiences of millions have resonated with Issa’s depictions, characters like Molly (Yvonne Orji), Lawrence (Jay Ellis), Kelli (Natasha Rothwell), and infectiously toxic storylines. And as she has earned nominations to some of the most significant awards in the entertainment industry, in 2020, Rae remarked on how difficult it was to pitch her series to network executives.
What the white mainstream overlooked, legendary comedy writer and showrunner Larry Wilmore (Black-ish, The Bernie Mac Show) emboldened, joining her and Prentice Penny to develop the concept for Insecure, which would go on to air and receive rave reviews. Insecure, which focuses on the lives of a group of 30-something friends in southern Los Angeles, struck at the right time ahead of a concerted growth of diversity and inclusion on television.
Issa and her writers’ room, which includes names such as Amy Aniobi, Regina Y. Hicks, and Ben Corey Jones, told stories that highlighted our experiences that were rarely seen on the small screen. And while it is undoubtedly going to be a sad night for us all, the creators are giving us the longest episode yet. Clocking in at 41-minutes, the Emmy-winning HBO comedy will take its final bow with its series finale episode — titled “Everything Gonna Be, Okay?!” — which drops tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
With a documentary special about the production of the show titled, Insecure: The End, following the series conclusion, it goes without saying that Black Twitter will definitely be watching this as a family.
In anticipation of “Everything Gonna Be, Okay?!,” we have some of the best reactions from across the Twittersphere for you to wrap your hearts and minds around.
Kevin L. Clark is a screenwriter and entertainment director for BET Digital, who covers the intersection of music, film, pop culture, and social justice. Follow him on @KevitoClark.