That’s right! The much anticipated “Insecure” doesn’t actually premiere until Sunday, October 9, at 10:30pm, but HBO has released the first episode early, which means you can watch it right now, via HBO’s various on-demand platforms: HBO Now, HBO Go, and HBO On Demand.
I just subscribed to HBO Now, the network’s stand-alone streaming option, and I’ll be watching episode 1 of “Insecure” as soon as I finish typing this post. Watch Issa Rae deliver the news in the video below.
Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, the comedy series launches its eight-episode first season, starring Issa and Yvonne Orji as 2 friends (who also happen to be black women, which could be a first for HBO – a series centered around the lives of 2 young black women) navigating relationships, uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations.
Over the course of the season, Issa attempts to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey. Molly (Orji), a corporate attorney who appears to have everything together professionally, struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life. Meanwhile, Issa’s boyfriend, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), who has fallen victim to complacency, works to get his own act together. Frieda (Lisa Joyce), Issa’s overeager white co-worker, whose enthusiasm is both annoying and endearing, is at the crux of Issa’s racial frustrations at work.
Earlier this month, Issa Rae inked a 2-year first-look production deal with HBO which will see Ms. Rae develop new programming for all of HBO’s platforms, with an emphasis on diverse voices.
Created and executive produced by Issa Rae, this series is also executive produced by Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Beck, Jonathan Berry, and Larry Wilmore as a consultant.
So go now and watch episode 1.
Here’s Issa Rae with the announcement: