There’s always a “but” with Issa. Life’s good … but shouldn’t it be better? This relatable series catered for millennials is back for a fourth season of the highly-acclaimed American dramedy about Issa Dee (Issa Rae) and her girlfriends, all trying to navigate their jobs, lives and love in LA. And we know we are in for a truly remarkable new season when Issa quips while looking at her own reflection in the mirror on the show’s trailer: “Like your life, but worse”.
Very few TV shows come this close to perfection as a sure-fire hit. The dramedy is “guaranteed fresh” with a 97 % rating on Rotten Tomatoes where neither the TV critics nor viewers have anything bad to say about the highly-relatable story that depicts the personal and professional experiences of black women in the south of Los Angeles.
Where we left off and where we are going
As Issa and her friends continue to evaluate their personal and professional relationships – both old and new – they try to figure out the current and next phase of their lives, like Issa who quit and said goodbye to the non-profit We Got Y’All despite her financial struggles, while also being ghosted (when someone you date cuts off all communication without an explanation) by her new boyfriend Nathan. In season four, Issa struggles to find a new job but it’s got nothing on her ex-boyfriend Lawrence flashing his new boo in her face – remember that Issa cheated on Lawrence back in season one with her hunky former flame David.
Issa has a new assistant named Sapphire and some trouble is brewing with Issa and her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) – we can only imagine what’s to come. Meanwhile, new mom Tiffany (Amanda Seales) is back in the friendship circle after growing tired of the mommy group she’s joined since becoming a mother.
“The 4 season is going to be lit.” – Issa Rae
10 episodes full of entertainment
In season one, every episode’s title ended with As F&*%; season two every episode started with Hella and season three saw every episode end with -Like (Fresh-Like; High-Like) and season four follows the same formula as each episode starts with Lowkey, think Lowkey Happy and Lowkey Movin. It’s a clue to what Issa is focusing on: This season Issa decides to commit more time to her professional life rather than her love life, although she still struggles to let go of the past – the people she ghosted and those who’ve ghosted her. She slightly moves dating to the background and is more focused on her various friendships and what’s really important for her. No job? No man? No problem … mostly.
The people have spoken
Described as Hollywood’s busiest TV darling, Issa promises that “the 4th season is going to be lit”. “There's nothing I can do about what people say about the show or what they think about the show; all I can do is just tell the story that I want to tell. If it's not for you, then it's just not for you,” she says. But – and there’s always a but – with that 97% fresh score, you won’t find a better show about life’s relationship complexities in 2020, than with Issa and Insecure.
Insecure S4 starts on Monday 13 April on 1Magic (103) at 21:30
Binge-watch seasons 1 to 3 on Showmax.