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Necessary Roughness

3 Seasons

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (70) IMDb 7/10

Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) seems to have it all figured out: she's got a beautiful home, a successful husband, two great kids, and a satisfying career as a psychotherapist. But when she catches her husband cheating, Dani's perfect world begins to unravel. Fortunately, Dani's counseling skills soon land her a gig as the team therapist for the local football franchise, the New York Hawks, and before she can say "Hail Mary" Dani has managed to help the team's star wide receiver and become the most sought-after therapist on Long Island, with high-profile clients from athletes to entertainers clamoring for her unique brand of therapy.

Starring:
Scott Cohen, Callie Thorne

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Season 1

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1. Necessary Roughness Pilot

A tough, sexy Long Island divorcee becomes the therapist for a professional football team in order to make ends meet.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 1 hour, 4 minutes Release date: June 29, 2011
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2. Anchor Management

Dr. Dani treats a news anchor whose career is on the chopping block following an on-air crack up. TK takes on the team when Matt won't clear him to play on Sunday. Lindsay dates a boy who seems too good to be true. Guest star: Nicholas Bishop.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 6, 2011
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3. Spinning Out

Dr. Dani treats a NASCAR driver who can't get back behind the wheel after a crash. TK gets into a fight with the team's rookie wide receiver. Lindsay and RJ throw a party that gets out of hand. Guest star: Matt Barr.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 13, 2011
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4. Habit Forming

Fullback Randy Boozler's rookie year will be his last if Dr. Dani can't figure out why he keeps failing to show up for practice. Meanwhile sensitive information concerning Dani's patients is leaked and Matt is visited by an old friend with bad habits.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 20, 2011
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5. Poker Face

Professional poker player Jason Coogan wants Dani to uncover the "tell" that's destroying his career, but there's more to Coogan's problem than meets the eye. The Hawks hire high-powered publicist Laura Radcliffe to improve TK's public image. Laura and Matt have history.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 27, 2011
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6. Dream On

Tyler Paxton -- an extreme sports star and entrepreneur -- appears fearless, but recurrent nightmares are starting to threaten his success. Dani attends her high school reunion, knowing Ray Sr. will be there. TK finds that there is such a thing as too much attention

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: August 3, 2011
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7. Whose Team Are You On?

Dani intervenes when infighting among the player's wives and girlfriends goes viral. TK's doctor/patient relationship with Dani is tested. Nico must track down a damaging video tape before it's leaked to the press. Guest star: Andrea Anders.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 10, 2011
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8. Losing Your Swing

Dani treats a rising golf star with the "yips." TK gets a new therapist. A former professor of Dani's sparks her interest. Guest Stars: Orlando Jones, Patrick Heusinger, Amanda Detmer.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: August 17, 2011
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9. Forget Me Not

Dani takes on a successful female boxer who's inexplicably losing fights and her memory. Also, Matt receives an enticing offer... and not just from Laura. Guest Stars: Orlando Jones, Jason Gedrick, Andrea Anders and Alyssa Diaz.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 24, 2011
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10. A Wing and a Player

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.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 31, 2011
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11. Baggage Claim

A lifestyle media mogul's own lifestyle threatens her empire. Dani faces her first anniversary since the divorce. TK tries to figure out what he really wants in his love life. Guest Stars: Evander Holyfield (as Himself), Gail O'Grady, Jamie Lee Kirschner.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: September 7, 2011
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12. Goal Line

As the Hawks head into the playoffs, Dani takes on an unexpected new client and TK must face his biggest rival. Nico has to decide where his loyalties lie. Guest Star: Terrell Owens (T.O.)

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: September 14, 2011
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Bonus: Necessary Roughness Sneak Peek

Necessary Roughness stars Callie Thorne as Dr. Dani Santino, a newly single mother of two whose career is reenergized when she becomes a therapist for high-profile clients like athletes, entertainers, politicians and others living in the spotlight who need a little of her tough love.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 2 minutes Release date: June 15, 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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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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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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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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Part of what makes a series good to me is, if you are able to buy into the characters or into the plot line or into the relationships. I had trouble with the main characters, particularly Callie, as being a psychologist who just happens to fall into a job psychoanalyzing football players and their coaches. It seemed more like a tv approach to psychoanalysis.

Sometimes, the unrealism of the plot line and characters can be forgiven if the relationships are interesting, the people are interesting and/or you wonder what is going to happen in the next episode (for instance, "Pretty Little Liars" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). Personally, I did not find any of the characters compelling. Part of the suspense was supposed to be, I guess, who would show up next at Callie's door with a problem. It never surprised or amused me.

A lot of these problems can be overlooked if there is some well-done humor intermixed with the rest of the show. I could probably pick out the things which were supposed to be humorous, but none of them caused me to laugh.

At this point, I think I may have not watched the second-to-the-last disk. It is not worth it to me to stick it into my DVD player to determine if I saw those episodes or not.

I don't recommend it. Characters were not believable or interesting to me. Plot lines not interesting or believable. It wasn't funny. I left the series without the slightest interest as to what happens next to these people (unlike, say, "Sports Night" where I feel cheated that I could not follow these characters any further into their lives).

How this series has more than one season and how "Sports Night" only had two seasons is inexplicable.
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