Cast of Claws

TNT's series premiere of its dark comedy Claws hit social media like a stick of dynamite on Sunday night. The reviews from bewildered viewers were a mix of awe and confusion.

Claws is about a tight knit group of nail artisans who work at a Palmetto, Florida nail salon that fronts as a prescription drug laundering operation.

Many viewers were shocked by the raunchy, no-holds-barred sex scenes that were better suited for HBO or Showtime than a basic cable channel.

"I didn't know TNT acted up like this. Thought this was a family channel," tweeted @kidlightyear. Another user, Natasha Lewis, tweeted: "This show has a LOT going on for 9pm".

Niecy Nash plays Desna, the salon owner who is also a mother figure to the nail techs, including newcomer Karrueche Tran, who plays Virginia, a naive but shameless gold digger who goes straight for Desna's man, Roller (played by Jack Kesy).

Karrueche's steamy codependency issues left her fans stunned and thrilled at the same time.

The series also stars Carrie Preston as Polly (The Good Wife), Jenn Lyon (Devious Maids) plays Jennifer, a single mother of two who always has Desna's back; and Judy Reyes (Scrubs) plays Quiet Ann, a stud lesbian whose serious daddy issues renders her practically mute.

Twittter.com reacts to TNT's Series Premiere of Claws:









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  • Kanyade

    Since when has TNT been a "family channel"? With shows like "Animal Kingdom" and "Murder in the First"?

    That Tweeter must've been thinking of TBS.

    I thought the show was slow-going at first but by the end of it I was nodding my head. I get it. I like that it is an all-female cast. I like the dirty and the gritty of it. I thought Karrauche did a good job and I loved the redhead lady and of course Niecy pulling the dramatical acting out on us. Good stuff. Nail technicians take on organized crime while murder and mayhem ensue in the swampy bottom of Palmetto, Florida (or wherever they are).

    Also, the actor portraying Niecy's character's boyfriend should be sick of that character. The character is just gross as is "Uncle-Daddy". Gross, vulgar, just base human beings. It's a solid C+ for me. I look forward to future episodes.

  • YES I SAID IT…

    Neicy Nash looks really good! I didn't watch it last night bcuz my daughters were awake and I don't think this show was a good look for me to be watching while my girls were up and about so thanks Auntie for posting it here, I will watch it and hopefully its not too much for my eyes bcuz U know these shows these days being doing the most lol!

  • ThottyPippen

    I think this is the best that Kae has acted, which isn't saying much, because she was horrid in some of her other projects. I need to see how the rest of the season progresses because the story line was all over the place.

  • Junkanoo

    Niecy Nash always has a job how does she do it? Ilike her hustle but find her acting one dimensional she's the same person no matter what character she's playing

  • tynamight

    I've liked Niecy Nash ever since Reno 911. I'm not gone be able to watch this show though. What happened to her show w/ Cedric the Entertainer?

  • Yoni7

    All I kept seeing were repeats from last week. I didn't see a new episode after "Virginia" shot Roller.

  • Yoni7

    Many viewers were shocked by the raunchy, no-holds-barred sex scenes that were better suited for HBO or Showtime than a basic cable channel.
    ____________________
    Tis true. I didn't even want my daughter watching it......and she's 22.............and pregnant.

  • Kanyade

    LOL Really? It's definitely gritty and um, "real". I was one of many who was somewhat caught off guard by the gratuitousness of it all; but I stayed tuned in and watched it all. It is good that there is a bigger picture (or plot) to all of this craziness; otherwise, I'd turn it off.

  • JV

    I don't understand why they think sex scenes, especially really explicit ones, are so necessary for shows. It's not -- it's filler, and unnecessary. I'm only watching for the plot, acting, etc.

  • Kanyade

    Well i think in this case the scenes with both Niecy's character and Karrauche's character were necessary. i.e. the "choking" thing. It comes up at the end of the episode. Also, both scenes show how much of a base animal Roller is/was/is.

  • Kanyade

    I agree to a certain extent. I saw her acting chops stretch in "Getting On" and in this episode.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Sons of Anarchy was worse than this and came on cable television!! Lol

  • TheWildChild

    Also the character role of her brother with special needs was rather compelling. I'm going to be tuning in this summer while watching Power and hopefully "Black Jesus" if it returns. ?

  • Mister Fantastic

    Stop it. I am SURE your pregnant daughter doing more than that scene ever could lol. Don't be delusion...

  • Tammie Reed

    I tried to watch and follow along, too much going on and I didn't get the storyline, oh well!

  • TheWildChild

    Ha ? I've been a fan of hers since them Reno 911 days.

  • softness1

    This is a good show..I'm here for it..

  • Tammie Reed

    She has a good agent management team but pay a lot for that though lol!

  • JV

    I understand what you're saying -- that some scenes they include for characterization purposes (or the guise of that at least). But even then I feel like they take their liberties. I think it gets really ridiculous when it feels like they just put in a sex scene just because they needed to fill up an hour and didn't feel like writing dialogue. "Just show naked bodies for ten minutes, we're on a budget people!"

  • kennedy campbell

    it probably isn't needed but for those of us that like plots. but but but ...lol there is a market for everything and there is an audience that likes it and will want to watch more of the shows because of it.

  • Yoni7

    Delusion or delusional? Uhm, it was a joke. Sorry you didn't get it.

  • Yoni7

    What time did the 2nd episode come on? I seen the 1st episode back to back.

  • JV

    They should give you the option of being able to watch shows you like without the x-rated material. Especially streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu. I remember I was at my parents once and an episode of Homeland came on, and there was a sex scene I totally forgot about.. I wanted to die in that moment it was so awkward!!!

    The consumer should have more control over content. I want more control over where, what, when, and how I watch. Isn't that the main selling point of "cutting the cord"?

  • Kanyade

    I only saw the first episode back to back, too. Website says episode 2 will be on 6/18/17.

  • Mister Fantastic

    Oh my bad. It's Monday and read this in a pre-caffeinated state and took it as all too real...

  • JV

    "Delusion or delusional?"

    He doesn't think you exist.. He was getting really deep. Existential reality and such ;)

  • Yoni7

    I guess. He can find out tho'.

  • Yoni7

    Excuses. Smexcuses. Spare me.

  • Yoni7

    So I'm not crazy? LOL

  • Mister Fantastic

    Lol, but yoooou the one using your pregnant daughter (maybe) for a flat arse joke, that no one got, on a random site. Please STOP IT 0_O

  • Yoni7

    YOOOOOUUUU seem to be the ONLY one that didn't get. YOOOOOUU were the only one that commented on it. If other people got it or not, they moved around like yoooooouuu should/could have. Don't TRY to speak for everyone else because YOOOOOOUU misunderstood it and got called out on it. Flat or not, it got YOUR attention, FAN.

    And your "(maybe)" is supposed to mean what exactly? I got time today, ma'am.

  • Kanyade

    no you're good.

  • Look@m3

    Im good! Ill wait for POWER and The Have and the Have Nots and the Exorcist...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    That money will run out soon. The Kardashians are already has-beens.

  • bemetoo

    This actually does happen in miami

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I was lost too. If the promos didn't mention money laundering, I never would have guessed that's what the show was about. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I'm glad I missed that. ?

  • Tammie Reed

    AGREED!

  • Tammie Reed

    It was ALL over the place and those sex scenes was not called for, horrible show!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I think Virginia and Roller were male and female versions of the same character. The sex scenes in this show were over-the-top and rapey.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I thought I saw everything on TV, but this show shocked me. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    My mom can see the TV when she walks to the kitchen. So I kept my hand on the remote to change the station, just in case. ?

  • Kanyade

    Definitely hardcore/violent sex, but I think that was to show the type character Roller is/was/is. I agree to them being the versions of the same character. She is definitely more sympathetic than Roller's nasty tail.

  • Kanyade

    I can imagine it does and for that I like the nitty gritty of it all. I thought maybe the series is based on a book or something; 'coz I'd like to read it. But I don't think it is. Still, I'm interested in what happens next. It was originally designated for HBO as a 10-episode show, but wound up on TNT. (Thanks Wikipedia). :)

  • IAmLegend

    I already got Power, Game of Thrones, Queen Sugar, Haves and Have Nots, Mary Jane and at least one other show I can't think of lined up to watch this summer. No thanks! #NoNewShows

  • Yoni7

    Shew! *wipes brow, blows bangs* LOL

  • Yardgirl

    "Getting On" was her best work!! It was stark (cast went without makeup) and understated. I am not sure if I am going to be there for this show. After watching I deleted the series recording and "may" go back and watch OnDemand when the season ends. Very small "may" lol

  • Gigi

    Just watched it. It's a hit.

  • sherri2016

    Didn't watch

  • AlwaysPi7

    Too vulgar for me.

  • AlwaysPi7

    Too vulgar for me.

  • http://KeyaunaChantel.com/ KeyaunaChantel

    Right! I don't know why everyone seems so shocked.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I enjoyed the show!

  • Guess Who

    Well alrighty then!

  • Cie Be

    Glad I passed on this one.....tired of seeing grown women acting childish and foolish on these reality shows just for some cash, there seems to be no longevity in this type of acting, it is only a set up for an actor to not get any real movie roles...besides, I'm waiting for "Power," It seems to keep it more real!

  • Phyllis

    Wowsers!!! I'm a fan??????

  • Phyllis

    Black Jesus is my show. ??

  • TheWildChild

    Can't wait for Season 3 ???

  • Yardgirl

    The website says it definitely go renewed. I am so excited for Season 3, yippee!!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I'll pass I only watch Power.

  • Junkanoo

    The Exorcist ? is that a new show? I need some new tv shows to watch.

  • Desiree

    Hahahahahaha, you sounded exactly like me. I can't! My DVR is booked to capacity lol

  • Desiree

    LOL! We do the same at our house when watching a show with sex scenes in them....

  • Look@m3

    No. Season 1 aired last year and I think they got renewed for season 2 so Im anxiously waiting for it. Add that to your list and catch up before the new season comes on. Also Shots Fired was a really good show to but its unfortunate that they didn't get renewed. So you can catch those 2 on demand if its there. Exorcist my give you a lil chills and freak you out a lil bit but man that show is really good!

  • Look@m3

    CAN NOT WAIT FOR HAVE AND HAVE NOTS....TEAMCRAYCRAYVERONICA

  • Junkanoo

    Ok ,Thanks for the info

  • Shira Harding-James

    I know lol

  • Shira Harding-James

    Yep

  • Wreckognize Game

    Try Animal Kingdom

  • Lorna

    Surprisingly decent! I'd watch again.

  • Jay

    Drug money killing. Just how it happen in real life. I like this show. Sarasota is beautiful.

  • MsChocCookie

    I really tried to watch this show. However, it could not keep my attention, even with all it's antics. The show, drags, and drags, and drags, and drags. Poor acting, and just down right stupid! There is, so much going on, the story line gets lost, due to all its shenanigans. It's just too much. Hard to believe, the show was picked up for another season!

  • abby500

    I actually liked it...so far.

  • Kayke

    That's "illusion".

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    One of the best shoes I seen in a long time. It's got star beat thats for sure

  • Owww76

    Very good show! Niecy Nash body is crazy and that scene when she punched Karate Chop LMFAOOO!

  • Mister Fantastic

    Have you checked my reply upvotes? People did agree with me. YOOOOOU are seeking attention and it fell FLAT. Was gonna lay off you but you just kept it going huh?

  • TeamTewMurch

    I really liked the show and will be watching.

  • Yoni7

    WHY would I check your reply upvotes? You're not that important for me to do so. WHO checks other people's upvotes? YOU do that dumb lame shit? Wow. And when I stated "I got time today, ma'am." Yes, that's means I'll keep going for as long as it takes.

  • NIA

    GARBAGE...... and shouldn't be on TNT

  • Catherine Moss

    This is SO MUCH not for TV....It uses the Lord's name. Please consider the values that would be best for our nation. Drugs, sexual promiscuity, ugly language; we have an obligation to exhibit good value television. Even adults need not to put this kind of values in their psyche.
    I'm not a hater! Just seems like the same people who want to save our planet and "go green" don't understand we (as a people) might need to be saved ourselves and "go clean" (spiritually). Think about it!