Necessary Roughness

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  • TV-PG
  • 2011
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.0  (7,727)

Necessary Roughness is a television drama series that aired on USA network from 2011 to 2013. The show is set in the world of professional sports and follows the life of a recently divorced single mother and psychotherapist named Dr. Danielle Santino (Callie Thorne).

Dr. Santino finds herself thrown into the fast-paced life of professional sports after being hired by the fictional New York Hawks football team to help their troubled star wide receiver, Terrence “T.K.” King (Mehcad Brooks), who is struggling both on and off the field. With a no-nonsense approach, Dr. Santino quickly becomes known as the go-to therapist for high-profile athletes in need of help.

As the series progresses, Dr. Santino navigates the ups and downs of her personal and professional life while trying to help her clients deal with their issues. Along the way, she crosses paths with various athletes, including quarterbacks, coaches, and even a tennis player.

Dr. Santino also becomes involved with the team’s enigmatic trainer, Nico (Scott Cohen), who is both charismatic and mysterious. Their relationship becomes a central part of the series and adds an element of romantic tension to the storyline.

Additional characters include Matthew Donnelly (Marc Blucas), an attorney who becomes Dr. Santino’s friend and confidant, Lindsay Santino (Hannah Marks), Dr. Santino’s teenage daughter who struggles with her father’s infidelity and the family’s resulting divorce, and Juliette Pittman (Danielle Panabaker), T.K.’s on-again-off-again girlfriend and a rising sports reporter.

Throughout the series, the characters deal with a range of issues, including addiction, family problems, and performance anxiety. The show also addresses social issues, such as sexism in sports and the struggle for LGBTQ+ athletes to come out.

The show is both dramatic and humorous, and the performances are strong across the board. Thorne is particularly standout as the tough and empathetic therapist who is always looking out for her clients’ best interests. Brooks brings depth to the character of T.K., who is initially portrayed as a brash and entitled athlete but develops into a more complex and sympathetic figure over the course of the series.

Despite strong critical reception, the show was cancelled after three seasons, leaving some storylines unresolved. However, it remains a favorite among fans of sports dramas and psychological thrillers.

Overall, Necessary Roughness is a compelling drama that addresses the unique challenges faced by high-profile athletes and their support staff. With a talented cast and complex characters, it provides an engaging look at the inner workings of the sports world and the people who strive to succeed in it.

Necessary Roughness is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (38 episodes). The series first aired on June 29, 2011.

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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.
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.
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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 Peacock Premium, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 29, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (7,727)