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Let's Just Say It, Claws Is The Female Breaking Bad With Madder Fashion

With Season 3 wrapping up, now's the perfect time to binge the hell out of it.

When Claws started out on Stan it just seemed like a nice little black comedy about nail artists-cum-money launderers. But over three seasons the ensemble comedy has turned into something else: Claws is a female led Breaking Bad, only with savage nailwork and madder fashion.

Without wanting to give away too much, it’s a smart, self-aware show which focuses on the take-no-guff Desna Simms (Niecy Nash) whose ambitions go from entirely reasonable to oh-dear-god-how-did-we-get-here in a way that Walter White would only hope at.

And the first season’s great, but season two did the classic thing of upping the stakes, and season three – in which Desna and her rag-tag bunch of nail artists finds herself part-owner of a casino and all the drama that goes along with it, and hoo boy: it also dialled up the crazy.

The cast has some impressive credentials too: Nash was one of the stars of the cult comedy series Reno 911!, Carrie Preston’s (Polly Marks) is Elsbeth Tascioni from The Good Wife/The Good Fight, and Judy Reyes (Quiet Ann) was Carla Espinosa in Scrubs – and, pertinently, Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris is downright amazing as Uncle Daddy.

Also, Harold Perrineau (Desna’s brother Dean) was Michael Dawson in Lost, and this season also had Twin Peaks alumnus Michael Horse as casino co-owner Mac. It’s a bunch of people that know what they’re doing, in other words.

But do those Breaking Bad comparisons stand up? Well…

Best intentions going badly awry? Check!

Ensemble cast that could hold a series on their own? Double check.

Violence that knocks you off your chair with its suddenness? Checkity.

Awesomely charismatic villains whose comeuppance you simultaneously want and fear? Oh hells check.

And sure, it might be something of a niche – but if you’ve been looking for a comedy that makes regular left-turns into graphic violence, or a crime drama with a lot of laugh-out-loud dialogue and the occasional 90s r’n’b video pastiche, then this is your series.

The final episode is streaming right now, and at this point it’s not clear whether Claws will get a fourth season or if this is as close to closure as we get, but in either case now is the time to devour the whole damn thing.

Three Current Shows Which Deserve Applause For Knowing When To Bow Out Gracefully

These shows know that it's better to burn out than fade away

Given how much of our time is spent watching television these days, and how many of said shows are old shows making a retooled rebooted return, we should celebrate the those shows that deserve applause for knowing when to bow out gracefully.

After all, there are plenty of series’ which outstayed their welcome because viewer popularity lasted beyond their premise – hi there, US version of The Office! – so it’s always refreshing when a show goes “nah, we’re good”.

Such as these three current (ish) shows:

Fleabag

With a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score and having inspired an entire generation to get horny about priests, Phoebe Waller-Bridges’ magnificently bleak comedy has followed the classic British sitcom model that ensured that people didn’t get tired of shows like The Office, The Young Ones and Fawlty Towers: two short series and out.

What the other shows didn’t have was a final scene which actually reduced grown men (me) to tears, to be fair.

WE’RE NOT CRYING YOU’RE CRYING SHUT UP

Goddamn, has an audience ever been dumped so lovingly? How are we meant to cope with that?

Santa Clarita Diet

You speak for all of us, Ron.

This Netflix series was a surprise sleeper which proved a less-than-promising concept (suburban mum becomes undead cannibal) could work with a great cast and pithy writing.

And sure, it ended on a note which suggested a whole new direction for season four – but maybe it’s for the best that the show was axed (so, admittedly, it didn’t bow out gracefully so much as be elegantly pushed out the window) before we grew tired of the endlessly delightful sight of Drew Barrymore gleefully devouring human flesh.

May we all adapt so well to the changes which life brings us.

The Good Place

Haunting.

The announcement that the upcoming fourth series of the endlessly quotable afterlife comedy would be the show’s last was obviously disappointing in the sense that The Good Place is the best thing on television (FACT) but also kind of a relief. If any of these shows deserve applause for wrapping up on top, it’s this one.

That’s partially because of the premise, but also because each season has contained at least one massive twist and the longer it goes one the harder that becomes to do without people expecting it.

Even though our heart says this.

Even so… god, it’s going to be missed.

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