Necessary Roughness

Necessary Roughness

  • TV-PG
  • 2011
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.0  (7,077)

Necessary Roughness is a sports based drama commissioned and shown in the U.S. on the USA network. Two seasons of the show have been completed consisting of 23 episodes based on the life of fictional character Dr. Danni Santino, played by Callie Thorne. The idea for the drama was a real life psychotherapist called Dr. Donna Dannenfelser, who became the therapist for the New York Jets football team. The premise of Necessary Roughness is the new career choices forced on Dr. Santino when she discovers her husband has been cheating on her. Forced to provide for her teenage children, Dr. Santino finds a job with the New York Hawks football team as a psychotherapist treating star wide receiver Terence TK King, played by Mehcad Brooks. Santino also finds a new relationship with the athletic trainer of the Hawks, Matt Donnally played by Marc Blucas. As the series progresses the focus of Santino's work shifts from King to a series of professional athletes and celebrities from the Long Island area. One of the most interesting characters in the show is the mysterious fixer for the New York Hawks, Nico Charles played by Gilmore Girls actor Scott Cohen. Nico Charles uses his Navy SEAL experience to find information on the employees of the New York Hawks; his intelligence gathering techniques include bugging the team and breaking into the homes of the Hawks employees. Necessary Roughness's cast is made of actors with a large amount of experience performing on TV and film. Callie Thorne, who plays Dr. Santino is known as a recurring cast member in Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire and Rescue Me. Marc Blucas, who plays Matt Donnally is best known for his role as Riley in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mehcad Brooks, who plays TK King is a former Calvin Klein underwear model who has appeared in network TV shows including Desperate Housewives.

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Seasons
Sympathy For The Devil
10. Sympathy For The Devil
August 21, 2013
In the third season finale, Dani searches for her missing client as the V3 scandal reaches its boiling point. T.K. may have to sit out a very important game; and Nico receives a surprise visitor.
Sucker Punch
9. Sucker Punch
August 14, 2013
Dr. Dani exchanges blows with a championship boxer who wants to get back in the ring. TK seeks treatment at the V3 clinic, and Nico ends up there as well.
The Game's Afoot
8. The Game's Afoot
August 7, 2013
Dr. Dani treats two track stars with severe sibling rivalry. TK's quest for his first championship ring is threatened. Nico is on the lookout for a washed-out athlete, who just might be the missing piece to the V3 puzzle.
Bringing the Heat
7. Bringing the Heat
July 31, 2013
Connor asks Dr. Dani to resume a course of therapy with her very first V3 client. TK can't seem to steer clear of Sheera after their break-up. Nico continues to work behind the scenes for the FBI to investigate the scandal at V3.
Good Will Haunting
6. Good Will Haunting
July 24, 2013
Dani counsels a famed fantasy writer. A sex tape scandal threatens to ruin TK's career and Connor is on damage control. Nico possesses explosive information that could shake up V3.
V3 for Vendetta
5. V3 for Vendetta
July 17, 2013
An unwelcome surprise has Connor searching for a mole at V3. Dani counsels an accountant who's harboring a secret. Paloma wants to get on the fast track. TK's new relationship with Sheera heats up.
Snap Out of It
4. Snap Out of It
July 10, 2013
Dani tries to offer advice to a self-help guru who doesn't believe in talk therapy. TK meets his match in Sheera. Nico gathers inside information on V3.
Swimming with Sharks
3. Swimming with Sharks
June 26, 2013
Dani intervenes to help a star basketball player's career. Connor goes to war with a rival management company. TK might be the war's first casualty.
Gimme Some Lovin'
2. Gimme Some Lovin'
June 19, 2013
Dani works with a former child star whose career is suffering; Connor plans an image makeover for T.K. in hopes of landing an endorsement deal; and Nico and Dani butt heads.
Ch-Ch-Changes
1. Ch-Ch-Changes
June 12, 2013
Dani's world gets turned upside down by the new management at the Hawks, the return of Nico and an alluring offer from a powerful businessman. Also, TK deals with a difficult new head coach.
Description

Necessary Roughness is a sports based drama commissioned and shown in the U.S. on the USA network. Two seasons of the show have been completed consisting of 23 episodes based on the life of fictional character Dr. Danni Santino, played by Callie Thorne. The idea for the drama was a real life psychotherapist called Dr. Donna Dannenfelser, who became the therapist for the New York Jets football team.

The premise of Necessary Roughness is the new career choices forced on Dr. Santino when she discovers her husband has been cheating on her. Forced to provide for her teenage children, Dr. Santino finds a job with the New York Hawks football team as a psychotherapist treating star wide receiver Terence TK King, played by Mehcad Brooks. Santino also finds a new relationship with the athletic trainer of the Hawks, Matt Donnally played by Marc Blucas. As the series progresses the focus of Santino's work shifts from King to a series of professional athletes and celebrities from the Long Island area.

One of the most interesting characters in the show is the mysterious fixer for the New York Hawks, Nico Charles played by Gilmore Girls actor Scott Cohen. Nico Charles uses his Navy SEAL experience to find information on the employees of the New York Hawks; his intelligence gathering techniques include bugging the team and breaking into the homes of the Hawks employees.

Necessary Roughness's cast is made of actors with a large amount of experience performing on TV and film. Callie Thorne, who plays Dr. Santino is known as a recurring cast member in Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire and Rescue Me. Marc Blucas, who plays Matt Donnally is best known for his role as Riley in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mehcad Brooks, who plays TK King is a former Calvin Klein underwear model who has appeared in network TV shows including Desperate Housewives.Necessary Roughness is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (38 episodes). The series first aired on June 29, 2011.

Where to Watch Necessary Roughness

Necessary Roughness is available for streaming on the USA website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Necessary Roughness on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and Peacock.

  • Premiere Date
    June 29, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (7,077)