• Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 29, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24

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  1. Jul 9, 2011
    We have to be honest with ourselves here. Yes, we all love Callie Thorne (from Homcide, The Wire, Rescue Me), but the writing on this show is atrocious. And yes, I watch just about every other USA summer show, so I gave it 2 episodes before pulling the plug on this. It's really too bad. If you really need your therapist fix, go for HBO's In Treatment - start with Season 1. And if you want more light USA fare, try Covert Affairs, Suits, or Royals Pains. I know you're already watching Burn Notice, so there's no need to make that argument. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2011
    I have watched almost every show on USA the past several years, but I could not watch Necessary Roughness. Quite simply the show is horribly written. The characters are shallow and contrived. The dialogue is atrocious. And, while Callie Thorne has been good in most everything else she is in, she is hardly convincing as a therapist. Of course, most of this can be blamed on the writers, whom I am not sure even understand what a therapist does! Expand
  3. Jul 18, 2011
    I love Callie Thorne, but a therapist she ain't. Not one that can be taken seriously that is. She brings all her charming mannerisms to the role but the plots are for the prime time junkies. She can't even get her therapy methods straight. She says she is a behavioral counselor, then trots out all the tired cliched interventions known to tinsel town. She basically is a therapist for adolescent males. Sports heroes that is. They all get performance breakdowns, but in the allotted fifty five minutes she has them cured. All except T.K. the football jock who has to be straightened out on a regular basis. Maybe by episode 10 he'll be past his teens! Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2011
    I like the lead and have seen her in other things of course. Overall I thought it was good. Some things were forced and that shows me that this is going to get worse, not better, but I can hope.
  5. Jul 5, 2011
    I was looking forward to this show, because I loved Callie Thorne on "Rescue Me" but after watching the first episode, I'm very "meh" on the whole thing. The show itself isn't that interesting...wow, rich famous people have problems and she helps them...so what? It doesn't have the same comedy as "Royal Pains" which is essentially the same show, except the characters on that show are more likable. I'm going to give it a couple more episodes, and if it doesn't get better, then I'm done. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2011
    saw one episode and it was dumb....shameful how they misrepresent poker as all shows do. and ill tell you one more thing i want holyfield, i want holyfield.
  7. Jul 25, 2011
    I only watched the premiere. The characters were shallow. The acting seemed stiff. The dialogue sounded contrived. The acting was probably stiff because of the lousy writing. There is just so much you do do with a part. These folks have done much better on other shows. Unless the writing team is changed it is hard to imagine this getting better.
  8. Sep 4, 2011
    While I really like Callie Thorne, I had a lot of trouble with this show. The premise seemed very contrived and the show just does not "work" for me.
  9. Jan 31, 2013
    Necessary Roughness is a pretty interesting show, but it doesn't seem to steer clear of usual TV and movie story lines. An example being getting divorced and starting a new life. I don't know if there are any people like this, but TK seems like a larger than life character, I don't really think anyone actually acts like that... I agree with the others, Callie Thorne isn't a very good therapist, but I do like how each show has a different case come in. (I'm a huge fan of medical dramas, crime dramas, I've never seen a show where a psychologist solves cases.) Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Aug 1, 2011
    Necessary Roughness hasn't scored a touchdown yet, but it's early in the game.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jul 5, 2011
    Sins of fathers and mothers not only visit each of the characters, but infest them; the show shimmers with an inner core of volcanic anger that makes it far more interesting than your average family soap.
  3. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Jun 30, 2011
    A fine summer show is launched, slick but with feeling, and all the orange-and-red football-season foliage on-screen contributes to a diverting brisk breeziness.