Necessary Roughness

Series Summary
Picking up the pieces from a messy divorce, Dr. Dani Santino dives headfirst into her Long Island psychotherapy practice. She eventually lands a career-turning gig as the team therapist for the New York Hawks, the local pro football franchise, and begins the challenge of rehabbing its resident bad boy, star wide receiver Terrence King. When King shows progress on and off the field, word spreads about Dr. Dani's successful tough-love therapy, and it's not long before the good doctor is an in-demand counselor-to-the-stars, working with athletes, entertainers, politicians and other high-profile clients. She also works on her home life as a single mom to two teenagers and re-enters the dating scene.

Air Dates: 2011 - Present

Genres: Drama

Network: USA

  • Season 3, Ep. 10 : Sympathy for the DevilAug 21, 2013

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    Dr. Dani searches for her missing client; the V3 scandal comes to a head; TK may be benched for the big game; Nico has a surprise visitor.

  • Season 3, Ep. 9 : Sucker PunchAug 14, 2013

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    Dr. Dani treats a boxer who wants to get back in the ring; TK seeks treatment at the V3 clinic; Nico follows a new lead.

  • Season 3, Ep. 8 : The Game's AfootAug 7, 2013

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    Dr. Dani treats track stars with sibling rivalry; TK's quest for a championship ring is threatened; Nico searches for a washed-out athlete.

  • Season 3, Ep. 7 : Bringing the HeatJul 31, 2013

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    Connor asks Dani to resume treating her first V3 client; TK tries to get rid of Sheera; Nico works for the FBI to investigate V3.

  • Season 3, Ep. 6 : Good Will HauntingJul 24, 2013

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    Dani helps a fantasy writer; a sex tape scandal threatens TK's career; Connor works on damage control; Nico has information that could shake up V3.

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  • The Necessary Roughness pilot was enjoyable enough, but half the fun may have come from seeing Dani's adjustment to the big money, high-stakes world of professional sports. Can this show go the distance? It isn't clear yet, but at this admittedly early stage, the latest addition to the USA roster appears to be a promising rookie. Show More

  • Despite some cliched dialogue and scenes (she tosses her lecherous husband's designer duds and pricey suitcase out their bedroom window--fresh!), her presence is reason enough to watch--and reason enough to hope this series turns out to be something worth watching week after week. Show More

  • USA's newest series, Necessary Roughness is a charming and clever dramedy. Show More

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