Critically acclaimed HBO comedy Insecure will end production after its upcoming fifth season according to a report from Deadline News. Co-creator and series star, Issa Rae, tweeted, “Very excited to film our fifth and final season! We couldn’t have told a complete story without the tremendous support of our audience and the faith of HBO. See y’all soon!” when news of the shows final season broke. Fortunately for Rae, the show ended as planned rather than being cancelled as she told Deadline, “We always planned to tell this story through five seasons…I feel blessed beyond measure to bring our characters’ stories to an end, on-screen at least.”
It’s well known Insecure is largely autobiographical and based on Rae’s Youtube web series Awkward Black Girl before it was acquired by HBO in 2016. Since then, Insecure has received ten NAACP Image Award nominations (winning one in 2018 for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series), two Golden Globe nominations, ten Primetime Emmy Nominations (winning one for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series), and winning a Peabody Award in 2018.
The same respect Insecure commands from critics, also comes from the casual audience on websites like IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes where the show is rated 7.9/10 and 96%, respectively.
Unlike network sitcoms, which rush to produce 100 episodes to secure syndication deals, HBO rarely broadcasts more than fifty episode of any series, and routinely cancels shows after one or two seasons if audiences are left wanting in terms of value, so the fact that Insecure made it to five seasons is a kind of affirmation of the shows overall quality. For Rae and the series cast and crew to successfully reach the fifty episode mark inducts insecure into the canon of HBO comedies including The Chris Rock Show and Sex and the City.
Head of comedy programming at HBO, Amy Gravitt, conveyed this very sentiment when she said, “Issa has turned insecurity into an iconic form of comedy. The show is as incisive as it is heartfelt, and it has resonated strongly with its audience because of the deeply personal work that Issa, Prentice Penny (executive producer), Melina Matsoukas (executive producer), the cast and the writers have put into it. This talented team has conceived a brilliant final season for Insecure and we look forward to having many more stories to tell with this singular group of collaborators.”
Fans of Issa Rae, however, don’t have to worry about enjoying her performances on screen in the future, as another HBO comedy, also produced by Rae, ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’, which she occasionally guest stars in, was renewed for a second season in August 2019.