Necessary Roughness focuses on a tough, sexy Long Island divorcee Dani (Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne) who re-energizes her life and career when she becomes a therapist for a professional football team. Underestimated at every turn, she succeeds beyond all expectations and soon finds herself the most sought-after therapist for high-profile clients. Athletes, musicians, politicians and others living in the spotlight – all in a moment of crisis – clamor for her unique brand of tough love therapy. As a newly single mom raising two teenagers, her start-up practice wreaks havoc on her life. But recognizing that she’s changing people’s lives for the better, she is determined to make her new career work by striking a balance between her personal and professional worlds.

Tackling issues has never been so entertaining as it is here with the entire, three-season series presented uninterrupted on six DVDs.


What We Thought:

Necessary Roughness was a show I watched from time to time when I remembered it was on. I watched other USA shows at the time, but never really paid attention to this one.

I don’t know why because I did like the show. I liked Callie Thorne on Rescue Me and I should have gone out of my way to watch this show more. I was so behind on it I didn’t realize John Stamos had joined the cast towards the end.

Watching the series now, there were a lot of people I never realized were on the show. I sort of remember Craig Bierko early on, but didn’t remember anything about him. Autumn Reeser and David Anders were on the final season of the show. The Flash‘s Danielle Panabaker made a few appearances over the series. Even Mark Cuban showed up once as himself.

It was never groundbreaking TV, but it was usually pretty funny. Thorne is charming and witty and it was a perfect role for her. She handled her new found fame as a therapist to athletes and more while dealing with being a single mom after her husband was found cheating on her. It was sort of like Royal Pains in that kind of “fish-out-of-water” element. She wasn’t used to the spotlight and having politicians, athletes and the like coming to her.

The whole series is only 38 episodes so you can pretty much binge Necessary Roughness over a few days. I did. If you liked the USA shows over the past ten years, Psych, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, etc., and never gave this a chance, pick up the entire series, you should like it.


Cast & Crew:

  • Callie Thorne
  • Scott Cohen
  • Mehcad Brooks
  • Marc Blucas
  • John Stamos

Recommended If You Like

  • Psych
  • Royal Pains
  • Callie Thorne

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