New Shows to Love

HBO has been giving me some much needed life now that we are counting down until the Orange Apocalypse a.k.a. President Clown’s inauguration.  With the addition of Issa Rae’s show Insecure and sci-fi thriller Westworld, I am one happy camper.

Insecure

Issa Rae, of Awkward Black Girl fame, has burst onto the cable scene with her new show, Insecure.  The show is funny, sexy and deals with relationships, both personal and business, that feel all too real.  It didn’t take long for me to become invested in this show and by the finale, I was a wreck.  Ms. Rae has taken her web series and turned it into a smart show that doesn’t sugar coat what it means to be awkward.  The show deals with real-life issues that had many of us talking.

What I love about this show is how it stayed away from stereotypes and shattered taboos.  One particular episode, about the stigma attached to seeing a therapist, was spot on.  Insecure is about many things, but the main theme is the friendship between Issa and Molly, played by Yvonne Orji, which at times can be messy as hell, but for the most part, is a friendship steeped in love, laughs and support for each other.  The cast of Insecure is fantastic (and fine as hell) and I am definitely looking forward to Season 2 of this wonderful series.

While you’re watching, be sure to check out the official podcast called InsecuriTea:  The Insecure Aftershow hosted by Crissle of The Read podcast and Francheska Medina aka HeyFranHey of The Friend Zone podcast.  These two lovely ladies break down each episode and will have you laughing your head off at their commentary.

Westworld

The only thing I will say about Westworld is this:  watch it.  I can’t go too far into details about the show because I am afraid I’ll spoil something.  Know this:  this show is full of twists, turns, lots of sex and violence, and a twist that will make you say, ‘WHATTTTTTTT?!!”  Cuz that was my exact reaction.  The cast is amazing, particularly Thandie Newton as Maeve.  Her lines alone will keep you watching.  But be warned, you have to pay attention or you’ll miss something important.

The show was adapted from Michael Crichton’s 1974 novel of the same name.  A film starring Yul Brynner (look that man up if you don’t know who he is, he’s a legend) and directed by Brynner was released a year earlier, with Crichton later saying how hard it was to find a studio interested in the film.  I’m sure it wasn’t easy to have Westworld greenlit, as it’s a show you can’t describe without it sounding crazy.  But it is smartly done and the wait for Season 2 will be hard for me.

Check out these great shows and tell me what you think of both in the comments.

Photos courtesy of HBO

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