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Here's 5 Reasons Why HBO's Insecure is One of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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During its run from 2016-2021, Insecure receved praise for its coming-of-age portrayal of modern life. Issa Rae’s HBO series follows a group of Black women juggling different aspects of their lives while coping with the sometimes triumphant and sometimes awkward, and always relatable, experiences. Partially based on Rae’s hit webseries Awkward Black Girl, Insecure follows Issa (played by Rae herself) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) as they move through adulthood without a clue in the world.

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Some have tried comparing Insecure to Girls, but the only similarities they share are the age of the protagonists and the overall goal of the show. Girls follows a formula and ends with the main character having a baby, seemingly marking the end of her journey of growth and settling into a new life of motherhood where her role is clear. On the other hand, Insecure has no such ending to the growth in sight. Nominated for a plethora of awards, including Rae’s Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy, Insecure has made its way to being considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Here are five reasons why.

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While Insecure is indeed a comedy that has garnered a great deal of attention for the hilarious GIFs that have come out of it, it’s not just a simple sitcom. It covers some of the most difficult topics, from race relations to the invisibility of the Black woman voice, and it manages to do so without making the viewers weary from the level of heaviness that the show brings. The show has been described time and again as poignant and humorous, managing to find the balance between the light-hearted moments and the heaviness of socially-conscious topics.

Things don’t just figure themselves out on their own, and sometimes it takes some weird things to keep ourselves afloat, like Issa’s freestyling pep talks in the mirror. It requires a lot of careful navigation and growth in order to figure things out. Insecure does a marvellous job in explaining that in adulthood, it takes a while to figure things out and sometimes you may never have anything figured out at all. Insecure is wonderfully ambiguous in the way “problem-solving” is handled, which is true to life. Life is not simple, there is no one answer to any question and no one right way to solve a problem, nothing is clear—and Insecure does a wonderful job highlighting this. Part of this may come from the fact that the storylines always come from the writers’ personal lives. Drawing from personal experience is one of the best ways to get across a relatable, authentic story that viewers will be invested in.

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The series follows no formula. Much like modern life, people don’t just get a job, get married, have a baby and then meet a peaceful end. Real-life is far more complicated. Insecure has no concrete milestones for the characters to meet. There is no final goal for Issa and Molly, but rather there is a theme to be covered over each season. Rather than reaching milestones as most expect, the women are faced with circumstances beyond their control, one of which being Issa going broke and being forced to stay on her ex-fling’s couch. Obviously, this was not a part of her plan, but life happens and sometimes it’s a kick to the face and you just need to accept it and try to move forward. This free approach to the show allows for audiences to feel more in line with the characters, it also releases the social pressure that is placed on young adults to be at a certain point and hit certain milestones by a certain age when they may not want that at all.

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There is no need for a passionate love affair or someone to be poisoned by the butler in order for drama to occur. Insecure finds the drama in the small things that most shows would simply ignore, but that is true to real life. The real drama can come from the smallest things, like a relationship that turns sour simply due to growing apart. This is more relatable to the audience as that’s how drama begins; with the tiniest seed of drama being planted where you would least expect it. Like when Kelli gets too rowdy after getting high and starts a fight, eventually leading her to be tased by security. This is a funny situation but is also a dramatic situation that anyone could find themselves in.

Issa’s Insecure follows the lives of Black women, a largely underrepresented group in the entertainment industry. Black women praised the show for breaking the stereotype that black women are strong and confident and can in fact be awkward, giving every Black woman the representation that they deserve. It also targets issues Black women face that no other group may face, raising awareness to race relations or even how big of a role the culture plays in their lifestyle and choices. That said, many of the struggles Molly and Issa face throughout the series are universal to adults in their twenties and thirties. The struggles of young adults navigating the confusing maze of life without any concrete confirmation of the meaning of life or your personal purpose.

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The 12 Best Rom-Coms on Netflix, Ranked

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For decades, romantic comedies have been considered by the film-going masses to be little more than chick flicks, designated as lighter fare that falls more into the guilty-pleasure viewing category than, say, Scorsese’s latest film. But with the modern era of 24-hour news cycles and social media addiction, there’s nothing like watching two people fall in love to briefly quell the existential angst. These movies allow you to get lost in the moment-by-moment nuances of courtship, and supply you with a hefty dose of witty banter, unlike a plot-heavy piece of Oscar bait.

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This article was updated by Jessica Gardner on January 15, 2022. If you are a fan of romantic comedies, you are in luck as this article has been recently updated to reflect titles currently on Netflix.

Despite a lack of movies starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan these days, the genre is experiencing a resurgence, with new movies coming out all the time and old classics finding new audiences. Streaming services are popping out original content faster than it can be consumed, with hidden gems on every platform imaginable. On Netflix alone, there are enough titles to keep you in the world of meet-cutes and quirky dates until you run out of popcorn.

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Luckily for you, we did the heavy lifting to whittle down the list to 12 rom-com picks, including something for every kind of audience-whether you’re a genre devotee or a reluctant viewer, sci-fi fan, or more into teen nostalgia.

Ten Years after Pretty Woman Richard Gere and Julia Roberts star in Runaway Bride. The movie is about Maggie Carpenter who is terrified to get married and becomes tabloid fare after leaving four of her previous fiancé’s at the altar. As such, Maggie is aptly dubbed the runaway bride. While Ike Graham a New York columnist is researching Maggie for an article the two develop feelings for one another. This heartwarming movie might not blow you away, but it is a perfect choice if you’re looking to watch something that you can scroll Instagram during without feeling guilty.

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In Nappily Ever After Violet (Sanaa Lathan) an African-American woman is plagued by deep-seated insecurities of her natural hair. The insecurities stem from her mother’s criticism of her as a child and her insistence on straightening her hair before she went out in public. As a grown woman Violet’s diffidence begins to affect her love life negatively. After a challenging break-up, Violet must learn to accept and love herself, and in turn, she finds love again. According to Roger Ebert, Lathan’s performance in Nappily Ever After is “fearless”.

The premise of two people pretending to be a couple, only to end up falling in love, in the end, predates the existence of filmmaking itself. Spoiler alert: Holidate} is one of those fake-couple-becomes-real-couple movies. But we don’t watch romantic comedies to wonder if the leads will get together in the end, it’s all about seeing the process of how it happens. In this case, Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey play the main characters, who fall in love while pretending to be a couple for the sole purpose of being able to bring someone home for the holidays.

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Indie darling Zoey Deutch is infinitely charming opposite Glen Powell in the clever romantic comedy Set It Up. The movie achieves a unique self-awareness as Deutch and Powell’s characters work together to set up their overbearing bosses, orchestrating meet-cutes and spying on them relentlessly in the hopes of creating a relationship that will get their employers off their backs once and for all. Of course, in the process of scheming to create love where there is none, their organic feelings for one another develop. It might seem formulaic, but the payoff is decidedly worth the watch.

The second high school love story on this list, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before explores a novel premise: what if our crushes knew exactly what we thought of them, down to every last embarrassing detail? In the film, high schooler Lara Jean (Lana Condor) accidentally ends up with a stack of love letters sent out to every boy she’s ever liked. Of course, chaos ensues but also manages to resolve brilliantly in a heartwarming way without veering into the overly corny territory. If you can’t get enough after the first installment of To All The Boys there are two sequels on Netflix as well, To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You, and To All The Boys: Always and Forever

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Rachel McAdams stars in About Time. It is a romantic comedy/science fiction mash-up taking place in a world where time travel exists, as the name suggests. While there are some notable issues with the film-the rules of time travel are a little inconsistent-requiring the viewer to suspend disbelief a little too far, all in all, it’s a refreshing glimpse of what the genre can do, freeing the blend of romance and comedy to untether from reality. It’s about a couple who bonds over a shared love of model Kate Upton, sure, but it’s also about father-son relationships, growing up, and how we can and can’t control the passage of time.

Related: The Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix

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Yes Man is a movie that could have easily been too gimmicky, but the rules of the world and a fantastic performance from Jim Carey elevate it to the next level. It’s one of those movies that entirely hinges on the premise of a world like ours, but with one small caveat-Carrey’s character must say “yes” to everything, from giving strangers money to learning a new language. He also says “yes” to a relationship with Zoe Deschanel’s manic-pixie-dream-girl character, in what is a perfectly quirky courtship.

The romantic comedy genre is one with a notable lack of diversity, which many great filmmakers today are working hard to rectify. So if you’re on Netflix hunting for some silver-screen representation, or simply want to watch a great 80s movie, then look no further than the Spike Lee joint She’s Gotta Have It. So before its time in premise, the movie about a woman exploring the New York City dating pool by dating three guys who have nothing in common has recently been adapted into a television series, also available to watch on Netflix.

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The Wedding Singer centers around, you guessed it, wedding singer Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) who is preparing for the big day himself. When his fiancé Linda leaves him at the altar, Robbie hits rock bottom. A friendly waitress named Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore) helps support Robbie through his pain, as he helps her plan her wedding to Glen Gulia (Matthew Glave). The wedding singer is a top-notch romantic comedy as Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have amazing chemistry together throughout. They also reunited for the films 50 first Dates and Blended.

Another boundary-pushing romantic comedy is the Netflix original Always Be My Maybe which was co-written by and co-stars comedian Ali Wong, who is no stranger to breaking ground, best known for performing her stand-up special Baby Cobra while she was very pregnant. Taking place in San Francisco, the story unfolds when Wong’s character reconnects with her childhood neighbor (Randall Park) when returning home after becoming a successful New York City restaurateur. Only in the Bay Area to open up her latest fine-dining outpost, things get complicated when old feelings are dredged up.

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Related: 50 Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

Safe Haven is based on the Nicolas Sparks novel of the same name starring Juliana Hough as Katie a woman escaping a difficult past. She arrives in the small town of Southport, North Carolina. As she settles into her new life Katie meets the widowed father of two, Alex. The pair quickly form a bond, but Katie’s dark secrets cause a rift in their relationship. When Katie is about to leave town Alex comes to make amends, telling her he is in love with her and convincing her to stay. Shortly after, Katie’s ex-husband shows up and disaster soon follows.

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A love story set during Christmas, The Holiday boasts an all-star cast including Kate Winslet, now retired Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black. When two women seek a change from their current life situations, they agree to swap homes for the holiday season. Amanda Woods is a movie trailer maker from L.A. and Iris Simpkins is a wedding columnist in London. Upon settling into one another’s homes, the two women begin to rediscover themselves and eventually they both find love.

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Scream 5 Directors Discuss Resurrecting the Slasher Franchise

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This year’s Scream has brought the slasher killer Ghostface back to the big screen after eleven years, and duo directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have now discussed their approach and aspirations for the long-awaited horror sequel. Speaking with Variety, Bettinelli-Olpin begins by explaining that they would never have even dreamed of bringing the Scream franchise back if they were not confident they could do justice to the late, great Wes Craven. Something which horror fans will certainly be pleased to hear.

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Far from simply being a cash-grab legacy sequel, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett were adamant about paying homage to the Scream movies passed, as well as reigniting the series with modern audiences. Something which they aimed to achieve using the meta-perspective inherent in the franchise. “So much of the movie is about fandom and what it means to be a fan and how you feel about it,” Bettinelli-Olpin explained. “We have these meta-upon-meta moments, where we’re like, holy sh–, like we are making a fan film about the making of a fan film about one of our favorite franchises. You could spiral.”

Gillett continues, further revealing how the idea of fandom kept them on the right path when re-establishing Ghostface and the slasher world of Scream. “There was really some comfort in that, I think,” the filmmaker said. “Knowing that the movie itself was about fandom, I think that there was, there was an entry point for us that was really, really personal, and really emotional. The love letter of it was really real for us and was really easy for us to connect to.”

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The fifth installment in the beloved slasher series, Scream picks up twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, Scream introduces a new killer, who has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) return to their iconic roles in Scream alongside Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Sonia Ammar.

Scream was theatrically released in the United States on January 14, 2022, by Paramount Pictures. According to the reviews so far, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have seemingly succeeded in what they hoped to achieve with Scream, with critics praising the movie for honoring the legacy of Wes Craven’s and for its use of meta-commentary on the horror genre. So successful has the resurrection of Scream been in fact, that fans are already calling for Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett to return for Scream 6.

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