Necessary Roughness: Season 1 (2011)

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Necessary Roughness

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Necessary Roughness is unchallenging TV with bouts of whimsy to keep the mood even lighter.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2011

Therapist Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) lands a job with a local football team in the premiere of this drama following the feisty divorcée as she counsels high-profile clients and struggles to maintain a balance between work and family.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2011

Dani works with a newsanchor whose career is in jeopardy following an on-air gaffe. Elsewhere, Matt refuses to clear T.K. to play a game; and Lindsay dates a guy who seems too perfect.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2011

A NASCAR driver needs help getting back behind the wheel after a crash. Elsewhere, T.K. clashes with a rookie wide receiver; and Lindsay and R.J. lose control of a party they're throwing.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2011

Dani works with rookie Randall Boozler (James Earl), who continues to skip practices.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2011

A poker pro wants Dani to identify his "tell," which is damaging his career, but Dani thinks there is more behind his problems.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2011

An extreme-sports star has nightmares that begin to affect his performance. Elsewhere, Dani prepares for her high-school reunion even though her ex will also be there; T.K. receives too much attention.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2011

Danni steps in to help the wife of a Hawks player with a shoplifting problem. Nico tries to stop damaging footage from reaching the media.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2011

An up-and-coming golf star develops a case of the yips and needs Dani's help. Elsewhere, T.K. works with a new therapist; and Dani takes an interest in her former professor.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2011

Dani tries to help a female boxer who's losing her memory, along with several boxing matches. Elsewhere, T.K.'s therapy intensifies; and Matt receives an attractive offer.

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Air date: Aug 31, 2011

Dani is preoccupied with the Hawks' six-year playoffs 'curse', and their mascot seems hell-bent on self-destruction.

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No-nonsense therapist and recent divorcée Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) takes a job with the New York Hawks football team in order to gain some stability following the major shakeup in her life. Though she treats patients from a variety of high-profile fields, her main focus is on the talented-but-troubled Hawks wide receiver T.K. King (Mehcad Brooks). Marc Blucas and Scott Cohen also star.

Cast & Crew

Marc Blucas
Matthew Donnally
Scott Cohen
Nico Careles
Mehcad Brooks
Terrence King
Hannah Marks
Lindsay Santino
Callie Thorne
Dani Santino
Patrick Johnson
Ray Santino Jr
Patrick Johnson
Ray Santino Jr
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Critic Reviews for Necessary Roughness Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (13)

Further sanding, preferably followed by a power-washing, is required on USA's Necessary Roughness.

Jun 29, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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My heart tells me that any show that revolves around an honest-to-goodness native of Commack deserves an A+. My head tells me this one deserves a C.

Jun 29, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Like all mothers on TV dramas, Angela starts out annoying. That means we can probably count on her to say something wise at just the moment we least expect it.

Jun 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The show is just an undemanding, entertaining, and sometimes whimsical ride. Yup, it's likable.

Jun 29, 2011 | Full Review…

A fine summer show is launched, slick but with feeling, and all the orange-and-red football-season foliage on-screen contributes to a diverting brisk breeziness.

Jun 29, 2011 | Full Review…
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We get it -- she's tough. But, mostly, it just seems like she yells a lot. The series needs more than her toughness.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Like the game itself, its over-the-top formulations are worth enduring for some stand-out performers. In this case it is Callie Thorn as the lead.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Necessary Roughness has a great cast and plenty of potentially intriguing characters. If the story can keep up with them, I think we can look forward to various sessions each week.

Apr 8, 2020 | Rating: 4.1/5 | Full Review…

Basic cable is known for carving out niche audiences, but it's hard to imagine this "Friday Night Lights Shrink" will score with many.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

While Necessary Roughness lacks the instantaneous snap of the character-driven USA dramas White Collar, Suits, and Fairly Legal, it's definitely got the drive to deliver.

Apr 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's In Treatment interrupted with blasts of air horn and vuvuzela.

Jun 29, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

I think there's potential in this idea. But the execution and/or the network aren't right for the idea.

Jun 29, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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