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What's Streaming: 'CLAWS': Only in Florida

Can you imagine if Jeff Foxworthy did his redneck bit but with a Florida spin?

“You might be a redneck if you get your nails done and buy your drugs at the same place. ...” Confused? Welcome to TNT’s drama/dark comedy “Claws.”

The setting of “Claws” is the great state of Florida, specifically Palmetto (despite the fact it’s shot in New Orleans).

There is a great little joke taking place on the world wide web (the internet for those who no longer type “www”). It’s called “Florida Man,” and if you type it in Google, the search results will leave you in hysterics or at least scratching your head at the absurdity and asking if it’s real.

Today’s fare: “Florida man bitten after python slithers out of toilet.”

The show “Claws” has that kind of absurdity.

For example, the character “Uncle Daddy” (played by Dean Norris of “Breaking Bad” fame). He is the Husser family drug lord. His marriage is one of love and devotion, but he has his side booty with a young transsexual and is open about it with everyone. He runs a strip club, deals in drugs from the local pharmacist and launders the money through a nail salon.

You might be saying to yourself, “Wow, but why is his name Uncle Daddy?” and shuddering with the incestuous possibilities. But, luckily, no, the show isn’t going to take you that far. The simple answer is he adopted his nephew, Roller, and the name stuck.

Niecy Nash (of “Reno 911”) plays Desna Simms, the woman who runs the nail salon. While Desna is somewhat normal, her staff is anything but. She desperately wants to leave the drug business and open a high-end nail salon. She wants her staff to follow her dream, but it’s a challenge.

Between her best friend, Jennifer, who is married to Roller’s brother, her long time friend Polly — who is on probation with an ankle bracelet and struggles with mental health issues — her store “muscle” Quite Ann (who is dating a female Florida police detective), and the new comer, Virginia (who is dating Desna’s autistic brother, Dean), Desna has her work cut out for her.

“Claws” is a modern take on the drug drama. High octane emotion with life and death struggles coupled with the notion that nothing is serious, yet everything is at stake. What more could you ask for?

Is your head spinning yet? That’s just the first few episodes. You’ve got two whole seasons to catch up on and little time as the third season is about to start June 9. Where will you watch those seasons? Currently, Hulu carries the dysfunctional stories that are the equivalent to “Dynasty” on acid.

While giving you the rundown of the show you would think it’s been spoiled. Hardly. There are so many twists and turns in “Claws” it transcends the soap opera fair and becomes a thriller. Why is it a comedy? Because we need to tell ourselves there is no way this could be real and get a good chuckle out of the desperate situations everyone falls into.

Still, that python that slithers out of the toilet and bites Florida Man seems like a possibility. That’s why “Claws” has its drawing power. It’s absurd, but it’s possible in the most outlandish ways. And, as always, the good storytelling makes you care for the characters (or at least in the sense of driving by an accident).

“Claws” is a modern take on the drug drama. High octane emotion with life and death struggles coupled with the notion that nothing is serious, yet everything is at stake. What more could you ask for? It’s divine, silly, reverent and touching. It is drama defined.

So, prepare yourself for the coming season over the next few weeks and get acquainted with the girls of the nail salon. Rumor has it there will be more drama than alligators. Only in Florida (or is that New Orleans?).

To reach Brian Fitz-Gerald email him at bfitz-gerald@rosebudmedia.com.

Jennifer and Desna show off their work in "Claws." (TNT)
Desna and the gang cut the rug at the salon in “Claws.” (TNT)