Freeform's Black-ish spinoff and Issa Rae's HBO comedy revolve around Black females of different ages, but they do have some more commonalities. "The distance between generations and life experiences are definitely significant," says Mekeisha Madden Toby. "But take a closer look at the way both examine friendship, romance and professional aspirations and listen to the music, you’ll find that these two series definitely share an orbit — and quite a few behind-the-scenes connections." Shahidi adds: "In many ways… there is a connection. Larry Wilmore, who helped set up black-ish, went over to help set up Insecure, and I can only begin to count the ways in which Issa Rae has knocked down doors. Not only by being a lead actress, but being a producer and a writer that has really helped blossom everyone’s opportunities from what she’s done and been able to achieve."