Claws: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

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Well-acted, visually impressive, and energetically paced, Claws leaves a mark with a strong first season that hints at even greater potential.



Critic Ratings: 33


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User Ratings: 313

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Air date: Jun 11, 2017

Desna (Niecy Nash) gets entangled in a money-laundering scheme in the series premiere of this dark comedy centering on five hardworking yet treacherous manicurists at a Florida nail salon.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2017

Desna and Virginia prepare a cover story to tell the ladies following an entanglement with Roller. Also, Desna's dream salon is falling apart, and Virginia goes missing but returns with a concocted tale that sends Desna on an unforeseen journey.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2017

Virginia's lies deepen as Desna tries to cover their tracks. Meanwhile, Desna is determined to get her dream salon, and Desna and Bryce are in danger of Uncle Daddy's wrath when something goes awry at the clinic.

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Air date: Jul 2, 2017

Desna is haunted by recent events with Roller, which motivates her to try to spring from Uncle Daddy's control. Also, Bryce falls deeper into the Dixie Mafia; Polly reconnects with her former gold-digging friend; and Quiet Ann gets into a lady-mess.

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Air date: Jul 9, 2017

Bryce wrongly accuses Dr. Ken of a crime, and Desna and Jennifer may be Dr. Ken's only hope. Also: Dean sees a disturbing billboard ad, leaving Desna to deal with the fallout; Virginia and Desna must go to Polly for help when Desna's past haunts her.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2017

The ladies go to their fancy new salon for the first time, but they aren't met with the kindness of strangers. Also, the women decide to compete in a nail-design battle; Virginia seeks life's finer things; and Jennifer discovers an agonizing secret.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2017

The aftermath of a nail competition finds Desna having hope that she can escape Uncle Daddy's grasp. Also, Jennifer struggles knowing Desna's dark secret; Polly discovers her maternal instincts; and Dean may have found his first spark of romantic love.

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Air date: Jul 30, 2017

A shocking revelation impacts the crew, and Jennifer finds unforeseen solace in her square-dancing instructor. Also, Polly uses her powers of bad for good; Quiet Ann faces a big decision; and scary times loom for Virginia and Desna.

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Air date: Aug 6, 2017

With the clock ticking, Desna is scrambling to get out of her worst trouble yet. Determined, she goes searching for the truth with her crew right behind her, save for Jennifer, who is learning how to cope as a Dixie Mafia wife.

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Air date: Aug 13, 2017

Desna goes on the run, with Roller close behind and Dean, Polly and Virginia frantically searching for her. Also, Jennifer inches closer to Hank, but her life is close to imploding; and only Desna can save her crew with a sacrifice. The Season 1 finale.

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Season 1 of the drama series follows the lives of the people working at the Nail Artisan Manatee County salon in Florida, where business and organized crime mesh. Desna (Niecy Nash), the owner of the shop, launders money for her boyfriend Roller (Jack Kesy) as means to take care of her autistic brother Dean (Harold Perrineau); Polly (Carrie Preston), an ex-convict con artist, works as a nail-painter and is very protective of Desna; Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes) is the lookout and doorman of the salon; Virginia (Karrueche Tran) is a former prostitute and a relatively new hire; Jennifer (Jenn Lyon), Desna's best friend, wants to keep her husband away from the life of crime his family prepared for him. As Season 1 progresses, the ladies get more and more involved with the Dixie Mafia that controls the town and have to find ways to keep their business afloat.

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Critic Reviews for Claws Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (16)

Claws never lacks for energy, and its premise and cast composition are somewhat novel. But what it too often lacks is dexterity and texture.

Jun 7, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Despite this setting and these tropes and especially despite Nash and the rest of the good supporting cast, Claws doesn't work. The brush strokes are way too broad, the tone too slapdash.

Jun 6, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Niecy Nash gives the performance of her career as Desna.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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This storyline raises the stakes in Claws, but there's plenty of drama and even more heart among the women of Nail Artisans of Manatee County.

Jun 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The nails are fun, and so is Claws, if you like trashy, prettily filmed, sexed-up shows built around the criminal element.

Jun 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The polish on Claws has some noticeable chips in it. But I don't want to remove it, not just yet.

Jun 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The bold and wildly entertaining show follows five diverse manicurists who work at a nail salon in Florida. But a lot more is going on besides manicures and pedicures as the women get involved in the traditionally male world of organised crime...

Apr 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Surprisingly incisive about the dynamics between women, in terms of friendships as well as professional relationships, and utterly unafraid of the female gaze.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

[Claws is] just a fun, entertaining caper that doesn't ask too much of the audience, yet it's anchored by some touching performances and believable character friendships.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The show errs in its audacious moments, which seem crass for the sake of being crass - but there's enough relatable material on Claws to make enduring those moments worthwhile.

Apr 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Sisterhood and strong, complex women anchor dark comedy.

Jun 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's a scene in the second episode of TNT's Claws that sums up this wildly inventive, delightfully surprising show: a funeral unlike any you've ever seen.

Jun 7, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Claws: Season 1

  • Oct 17, 2018
    Thi show is excellent, anyone stating otherwise is crazy. It’s full of laughter, drama and suspense. The actors and actress are amazing. ?????????????????????????????????????? BRING ON SEASON 3. And hurry up.
  • Aug 15, 2018
    Entertaining, dinamic, funny. Intriguing
  • Jul 15, 2018
    Claws had me on the edge of my seat. Excellent plot, excellent characters. Every eposide had a jaw dropping moment. So well done! Perfect cast
  • Jun 26, 2018
    Absolutely love love this show it's my favorite
  • Jun 22, 2018
    It's hard to watch. The casting is distracting. I want to like it but I can't get past the heavy-handed and overly zealous storytelling. Many of the plot points are not believable. The characters are inconsistent. It's well produced in many ways but that makes the issues stand out more.
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  • May 23, 2018
    Was hesitant to watch, thought it was going to be a typical show like the others I’ve quickly lost interest in, won’t name names but all the singing and relationship drama is getting annoying... anyway great show, binged it on HuLu, will be a regular watcher of season 2... yass honey... happened upon finding out Rashida Jones is Exec Producer made me an even bigger fan... The show is thrilling, fresh, fun and keeps you hanging on to your seat... I like it a lot.
  • May 12, 2018
    One of the moSt compell programs On television today.
  • Feb 27, 2018
    "CLAWS" is entertaining, down-to-earth, and is another favorite of mine. Season two cannot come soon enough for me!
  • Feb 06, 2018
    A surprisingly engaging show. Niecy Nash has some acting chops. I knew she could be funny but she really nailed some reactions. I have to rewind it sometimes because I can't believe what I just saw 'cause there's some real bizarre stuff on the show ...and I think I love Troy as much as Uncle Daddy does.

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