Necessary Roughness 3 Seasons 2011

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10. A Wing and a Player TV-PG CC

Dani helps the Hawks and their suicidal mascot get over the playoff curse that's haunted them for six years. Meanwhile, TK meets his match off the field and Dani's relationship with J.D. heats up. Guest Stars: Jason Gedrick, Jamie Lee Kirchner and Austin Basis.

Starring:
Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
August 31, 2011

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A Wing and a Player

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It just keeps getting better and better with every episode.
Dr. P. Phillips
Great character development and lots of story lines to keep my interest.
Knit Wit
Very great cast of characters that are believable and relatable!
Gida Hammami

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Format: DVD
If you're looking for dramatic realism in the representation of psychotherapy, the lightweight (but amiable) "Necessary Roughness" may not be your cup of tea. For a more serious contemplation of the topic, I might suggest HBO's sublime "In Therapy." Instead, this USA Channel original series aims for the same type of escapism as many of the networks other offerings with its closest cousin being "Royal Pains." The premise, admittedly, is a bit thin. If, however, you can get past this initial contrivance--there is a deft and appealing cast at work here that really sells the show despite any intellectual reservations you may have. Front and center is the immensely likable Callie Thorne (who garnered a Golden Globe nod). Having watched Thorne in numerous guest spots as well as supporting turns in "The Wire" and "Rescue Me," it seemed inevitable that someone would have the good sense to cast her in a lead role. Much of the show's success rests squarely on her shoulders and she capably handles both the dramatic and comedic aspects that define the program.

Thorne plays a newly single mother who must contend with a difficult separation and typically precocious TV teens. Through the magic of Hollywood fantasy, she lands a cushy gig as the team psychologist for the local pro football team. In addition to this prime assignment, most of which revolves around a spoiled star (an infectiously entertaining Mehcad Brooks), she also consults on other sport related cases (a golfer, a boxer, a poker player, skateboarder, race driver, etc.). Of course, this being TV--a difficult case can usually be cleared up in one episode, there's nothing too deep or particularly believable here! And yet the show wisely develops a number of other characters to downplay the expected case of the week formula.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catlady2 on September 1, 2011
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I was pleasantly surprised by this show. I am not a lover of football so I was surprised to find I thoroughly enjoyed this show. I LOVE the main character as she she a therepist but human, with faults like everybody else. In the middle of a nasty divorce she struggles with raising two kids on her own. The character development is wonderful and the casting is perfect. Good story line that is easy to relate to. I highly recommend this show to women AND men as there is something for both. Check it out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady Raven RAVE! VINE VOICE on July 15, 2011
This show is based around a Long Island divorcee who, needs to make ends meet, she can't even pay for her divorce. So she gets a job as a therapist for a professional football team. Her career begins to take off when athletes, musicians, politicians and other celebrities start to request her tough love therapy. She must learn to balance her new career with being a single mother.

Very good show. I thought it would be some drama blindside thing, but I really really liked it. It has humor and a woman struggling with her husband's infidelity. She is one tough lady though, she goes head to head with these guys who gives her a hard time, she holds her own. I have to say when I first heard about the series I thought it was based on the actually movie with the same title, but it's not so if you know what movie I'm talking about it's not based on that.

PS: as a female I have to say T.K and Nico are hot.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kohout Jr. on May 20, 2012
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Not sure if this show would work as well October - May. However, I start thinking about football in July. The upcoming selection video my FFL does every year, running hundreds of mock drafts, the trip to LV for the actual draft and loading up my offshore account for the first weekend of NFL.

The point to my rambling tangent is that this show is first and foremost about the relationship that Dani has with a football player ("T.K" King) and a football team. Someone once said "life is all about timing".

What this show does well is to go behind scenes into the life of unbalanced players and their collective sense of entitlement.

The show is not overly thought provoking, nor is it an adrenaline rush. What this show is-is light hearted summer fare, which happens to be broadcast during the network "dead zone".
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If you're looking for dramatic realism in the representation of psychotherapy, the lightweight (but amiable) "Necessary Roughness" may not be your cup of tea. For a more serious contemplation of the topic, I might suggest HBO's sublime "In Therapy." Instead, this USA Channel original series aims for the same type of escapism as many of the networks other offerings with its closest cousin being "Royal Pains." The premise, admittedly, is a bit thin. If, however, you can get past this initial contrivance--there is a deft and appealing cast at work here that really sells the show despite any intellectual reservations you may have. Front and center is the immensely likable Callie Thorne (who garnered a Golden Globe nod). Having watched Thorne in numerous guest spots as well as supporting turns in "The Wire" and "Rescue Me," it seemed inevitable that someone would have the good sense to cast her in a lead role. Much of the show's success rests squarely on her shoulders and she capably handles both the dramatic and comedic aspects that define the program.

Thorne plays a newly single mother who must contend with a difficult separation and typically precocious TV teens. Through the magic of Hollywood fantasy, she lands a cushy gig as the team psychologist for the local pro football team. In addition to this prime assignment, most of which revolves around a spoiled star (an infectiously entertaining Mehcad Brooks), she also consults on other sport related cases (a golfer, a boxer, a poker player, skateboarder, race driver, etc.). Of course, this being TV--a difficult case can usually be cleared up in one episode, there's nothing too deep or particularly believable here! And yet the show wisely develops a number of other characters to downplay the expected case of the week formula.
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