Necessary Roughness Review: A Premiere with Potential

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There are lots of things to like about USA's new original series, Necessary Roughness, but at the top of my list is seeing Callie Thorne playing a character that isn't a nutcase.

After her stint on Rescue Me and her guest spots on Burn Notice, I know that Thorne is an actress I enjoy watching. It's just nice to see her portray the role of a therapist instead of a person in need of one.

Dani and Matthew

The series premiere showed a lot of promise and kept me engaged despite its hour and fifteen minute length. Dr. Dani (Thorne) has the right balance of grit and vulnerability for a woman divorcing her sleazy husband and starting over.

The supporting cast was also likable, though the characters certainly need more substance. Because you can only pack so much into a pilot episode, I'm willing to give that a pass and see where they take Dani's troublesome teens and vapid best friend.

Her mother also came across as more caricature than character but, again, I'm hoping the role will grow with time.

Dani's soon-to-be ex is so sleazy it's hard to believe a smart woman like Dani remained married with her head in the sand for so many years.

I'm thrilled to see Marc Blucas as Dani's one-time/potential love interest but it's Nico, the team's fixer played by Scott Cohen, who really captures my interest here.

Will he be a competitor for Dani's affections or turn out to be the best friend she didn't know she needed? Either way, there's a unique connection there and I can't wait to see it explored.

The biggest risk for this show is what I saw in the Terrence King storyline. Will Dani's pop psychology be able to fix every problem in 43 minutes or less each week? That can get tiresome, formulaic, and boring.  

Because Terrence is supposed to come back for further sessions I'm hoping the issues get a little more complex.

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.


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Love the show but Dani shuts her eyse too too much. Watch next time. Gets on your nerves once you notice it. Half the time she talks with them closed. Eliminate that and is a great show!


Love the show. The reviews and imput will fine tune.for romance give me dani and nico slowly to savor and yes I do pick up therapy tips.wish the best. To writers and cast.thanks.


Totally in agreement, re: Dani and Nico. A far more interesting pair than Dani and Matt. Scott Cohen is a fabulous actor--it's a shame he is not more recognized than he is!


All of the women wear tight-fitting, low-cut clothes that reveal their perfect bodies and the men sport the tossled hair style (that I don't quite understand) and some have the "half-shave" that reveals what used to be considered the five-o'clock shadows back in the "old days."


Awesome casting, engaging premise, lighthearted but emotionally compelling. The chemistry between Dani and Nico seems thick..look forward to the next episode. A few holes in writing and character development, but overall very promising for a pilot.


is the big guy who babysat for the kids the same guy that played manumana the slender in the movie necessary roughness? Peter Navy something?


Too smart?...Maria Shriver...HELLO!


Great casting, casually funny, easy going dialogue, clever banter and comeback... wonderful recipe for a good show. I just hope the run continues and that the script writers of this new programme are able to maintain its stamina throughout the season and not let it fall into a humdrum of predictability.
Fingers crossed.


It's refreshing to see a female with so much character. It does counter the Bromance's on USA net nicely. I also enjoyed it more than Fairly Legal and In Plain Sight combined. Dr. Dani (Thorne) might not be my idle woman but her sex appeal is undeniable. My only wish is they use story arc's , so it doesn't become just a : This Weeks Problem Procedural.


The concept of the show is wonderful. Looking forward to a full season.

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Necessary Roughness Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

When you are making a living as a hooker, then you can dig this out of storage.


No matter who you are, no matter how much protective gear you wear, at some point you're gonna get the living crap kicked out of you.