Claws Recap

Claws Series Premiere: Are You Digging TNT's Polished Crime Dramedy?

After upholding the law (to varying degrees of success) for more than a decade on the small screen, Niecy Nash is finally playing by her own rules in TNT’s Claws — and she’s having a blast.

A boss in every sense of the word, Nash’s Desna Simms spends her days making Florida’s Manatee County — or at least the fingernails of its citizens — more beautiful, while spending her nights laundering money for a colorful character named “Uncle Daddy” (Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris). But as we saw in Sunday’s series premiere, Desna isn’t in it for the long haul; all she needs is $20,000 to open her own salon and start a better life for herself and Dean, her brother with unspecified special needs.

She’s also a mother figure to her salon associates: Polly (The Good Wife‘s Carrie Preston), a prom dress-rocking jailbird with a heart of gold; Jennifer (Justified‘s Jenn Lyon), a married mother of two with an appropriately short temper; and Quiet Ann (Scrubs‘ Judy Reyes), a real lady’s lady with about as much dialogue in the premiere as Vanna White gets during any given Wheel of Fortune episode.

And then there’s newcomer Virginia (The Bay‘s Karrueche Tran), a former “dancer” with severe boundary issues — unless someone told her it was a good idea to sleep with her boss’ sidepiece Roller (The Strain‘s Jack Kesy) and rub it in Desna’s face. That behavior, as expected, got her literally tossed out of the nail salon. (“I gave you a chance, bitch!” Desna yelled between blasts to Virginia’s face in the parking lot. “I taught you a trade, bitch!”)

Little did Desna know, her dynamic with Virginia was about to change big time. When a visit to Roller’s new mansion turned sour — Desna wasn’t thrilled with her meager $3,000 bonus, Roller told her to shut up, she tried to kill him, etc. — Virginia delivered a bullet to Roller’s head, saving Desna’s life. (Well, whatever’s left of it, anyway.)

Your thoughts on the Claws premiere? Grade it below, then drop a comment with your full review.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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40 Comments
  1. Rocky says:

    I will definitely “CLAW” my way back for next week’s episode. Started off slow but it picked up in the middle half. I’m hooked.

  2. ladyluck527 says:

    Loved it! This is gonna be my favorite new summer show!!

  3. laurelnev says:

    Okay…our local tourism bureau is having a fit! They are NOT in Miami! The show is set in Palmetto, aka Palm-ghetto, and the “posh” scenes are supposed to be Sarasota. He did not move to Gulf Drive, but rather Gulf of Mex Drive, where Michael Kors just built a play-pen. Other than that, the locale is unrecognizable, as it was shot in Nola, but the ensemble amd its Palmetto setting is why I tuned in. 1st ep was very meh, but I hear it’s not until about 3 in that it hits its stride. I live in Manatee County, and this show has gotten QUITE the buzz because of its Suncoast setting, )referred to in the Pill Mill’s name.) About 5 years ago, Palmetto was the pill mill center of the Universe, but they’ve cracked down, which is why all the former pill heads are dying of heroin ODs. And before it got so trendy, Manatee County had an even MORE checkered history than Miami…they just kept things quiet here.

    • Mark says:

      Lol. Based on how incomprehensible I found this post to be, are you suffering withdrawal yourself?

    • AptLifeView says:

      I understood everything you said, ignore them.

      • laurelnev says:

        Thank you. :)

      • laurelnev says:

        Oh, and incidentally, the only OTHER real pop-culture reference to Palmetto is the film, which did film in Sarasota and Manatee County, and kind of portrayed the seedier side of the County. It starred Gina Gershon and Woody Harrelson, and was NOT a great film. But the Palmetto setting has been made a REAL big deal in these parts. :) (And Palmetto is not on the Gulf; it’s on a river and a bay, so the BF moving to the Gulf from Palm-ghetto was supposed to be especially symbollic of him just screwing her over.)

    • Billy Bob Johnson says:

      Did I miss something? I see no references to Miami in this article. Beyond that, I think your comment borders on TMI.

    • felicia says:

      Ok the comment clearly states ” so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV! Thats excatly what you did with your comment… Dam

    • Leila says:

      With the drug fueled, corrupt and murderous history Miami has you want to insult Palmetto? Your money is STILL covered in cocaine. LMAO (and no I don’t even live in Florida, let alone Palmetto).

      Watched the second episode first, so I had to go back and watch the premiere episode. Interesting show. My hubby hates it, but it could definitely be my new guilty pleasure.

  4. jason says:

    it was better than I thought it would be, although I worry about it in the long run because of the time slot

  5. Haz says:

    It seems like a decent summer show but it doesn’t really mesh with anything else on TNT. The main reason Rizzoli and Isles was cancelled was due to TNT going in a different direction. This seems like a show that would have been better suited for Bravo or maybe E. Over the past couple of years both USA and TNT have made some very interesting decisions.

  6. Antwon303 says:

    The first half was rather slow and if it weren’t for Niecy…I would have been bored. She is good in this. The second half was much better. I was a little disappointed when it appeared that she murdered him. I thought for sure they missed and opportunity for self-defense because dude was a @sshat. I liked the twist of the tart saving her after that had such a huge fallout. I am curious to see what happens next..so I put it on series record.

  7. Cheyenne says:

    I was looking for a show to fill up the gap on Sunday nights since Shades of Blue is on hiatus for the summer. This one will do nicely.

  8. The Beach says:

    I guess since Niecy Nash was so funny in Reno 411 and Scream Queens and Carrie Preston was hilarious in True Blood, I was expecting this to be much more of a comedy when actually it was more drama. Oh well.

  9. Kiwi3 says:

    It’s like a great trashy beach book! Over the top, gaudy, campy, filled with sex and violence à la Jackie Collins best, perfect for the season!

    • Bwine says:

      Yasssss!! You hit the nail on the head!! Claws is everything a summer nighttime soap is supposed to be. I loved it!

  10. Joann says:

    Was pleasantly surprised! I love the grit of this show, and the sisterhood shown by Niecy Nash and her main core of ladies. In the past there really wasn’t anything to watch on a Sunday night during the summer, this is a very good addition.

  11. Corky says:

    No. Just no.

  12. Ninamags says:

    The show was on at 7 PM local time and I thought it was a little too raw. Now, I’m not a prude and I really liked the show and will tune in again but I thought the content was questionable for 7 PM.

    I love the guy that plays Jennifer’s husband. Where have I seen him before?

  13. I enjoyed “Claws.” Different vibe and Niecy Nash is great in it.

  14. Temmere says:

    I liked it and will keep watching, but I was a little confused about the end. What was she doing to Roller’s face, with the thread?

  15. Davida Y WATKINS says:

    off the chain .love this show

  16. Ray says:

    Loved it. Was smiling from the promo spot at the beginning. This will be addictive.

  17. Linda Couture says:

    This show should be aired much later than 9 p.m. It is borderline to pornography and is just plain disgusting!

  18. fiberlicious says:

    I lasted about 10 minutes. Couldn’t shut the TV off fast enough to avoid the cringeworthy graphic sex in the nail booth scene. Blech.

  19. Jenny says:

    I really liked it too, was thoroughly surprised because I thought it did start off slow for me also….
    I do agree with some people that it should air later because of some of the partial nudity and aggressive sexual scenes in it, even though the scenes themselves don’t actually bother me.
    I had a question though, see if anyone else wondered this…. her employee/friend Jen, who’s married to roller’s brother, they had 2 white kids and 1 black… with no word on a different dad or adoption or anything… I was just curious if anyone else had any theories on this. I just got nuts and went maybe it’s Desna’s brother’s kid…. LOL

    (and no, I don’t have a problem with them having the kids or anything, for some reason I just see plots everywhere hehehe)

  20. CurlyGurly says:

    Was the premiere an hour or an hour and a half, because my DVR only recorded an hour. It seemed to cut it off before it was finished. The last part I saw was where Desna was threading Roller’s eyebrows. It seemed like something was about to happen, but that was the last scene I saw. So what happened???? The recap said Virginia saved Desna’s life by killing Roller?

  21. Ediva says:

    I love it. It has all the sass and trash I need to escape into this fun, creative fresh show. Hell yeah ! Claws keep the episodes coming!