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Claws: Season 1 (2017)




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


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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.


Jenn Lyon
as Jennifer
Judy Reyes
as Quiet Ann
Jack Kesy
as Roller
Jason Antoon
as Dr. Ken Brickman
Dean Norris
as Uncle Daddy
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Critic Reviews for Claws: Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (15)

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

June 7, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

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

June 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.

June 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.

June 8, 2017 | 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.

September 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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