Necessary Roughness

2011 NR 3 seasons

Necessary Roughness

2011 NR 3 seasons
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Inspired by a true story, this quirky dramedy follows Dr. Dani Santino, a Long Island psychotherapist who struggles to balance work and family life when her tough-love approach makes her the go-to counselor for athletes, politicians and celebrities.
Callie Thorne, Scott Cohen, Mehcad Brooks, Marc Blucas, Hannah Marks, Gregory Alan Williams, Amanda Detmer, Karissa Staples, John Stamos, Patrick Johnson
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (2011) - 3 discs

No-nonsense Long Island therapist and single mom Dr. Dani Santino takes a job counseling a pro football team, and soon becomes the tough-talking shrink of choice for famous musicians, politicians and other celebrities in this USA Network drama.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that, although this primetime drama features a pair of secondary teen characters, it's mostly targeting adults with adult problems. That said, there's positive messaging and role modeling to be had if older teens tune in. Sexual content is mostly suggested, although the main character has an unintentional one-night stand (but notably regrets it), and one character frequents a strip club, etc. Audible language includes sexually charged terms like "hooker" and "banging," along with words like "damn," "hell," "bitch," etc. There's also some sports-oriented violence and social drinking.

Sexual Content

Sexual innuendo, implied sex (with bare skin but no sensitive body parts shown), and sexually charged terms like "hooker," "banging," and "pop your cherry."


On-the-field action includes shots of hard tackles, etc.


Audible words include "damn," "hell," "bitch," etc.

Social Behavior

There's an attempt to drive home positive messages like self-reliance and independence, along with morals like "Nobody defines our worth unless we let them," etc. The concept of family (particularly parent-child relationships) is also an important part of the plot.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking in bars, clubs, and restaurants.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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