|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||38 (list of episodes)|
|Original network||USA Network|
|Original release||June 29, 2011 –|
August 21, 2013
Necessary Roughness is an American drama television series starring Callie Thorne and Scott Cohen that aired from June 29, 2011 to August 21, 2013. The second season premiered on June 6, 2012. The one-hour drama series was picked up for 12 episodes on January 19, 2011. On January 7, 2013, USA Network announced the series was renewed for a 10-episode third season, which began on June 12, 2013. On November 19, 2013, USA canceled the series after three seasons.
Main article: List of Necessary Roughness characters
Main article: List of Necessary Roughness episodes
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||# Ep.||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Viewers|
|1||Wednesday 10:00 p.m.||12||
June 29, 2011
September 14, 2011
June 6, 2012
February 20, 2013
June 12, 2013
August 21, 2013
The series is based on the true story of a female psychologist Dr. Donna Dannenfelser who worked for the New York Jets. Initially titled Dr. Donna, the show first appeared on the USA Network's development slate in December 2009. In May 2010, the network placed a cast-contingent pilot order under the new name Necessary Roughness. Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro wrote the pilot script, and Kevin Dowling was set to direct the pilot.
Casting announcements began in mid-September. First to be cast was Callie Thorne, who plays the lead role as Danielle "Dani" Santino. Next to join the project was Marc Blucas, who was cast as the football team's athletic trainer and a romantic interest for Danielle. Scott Cohen and Mehcad Brooks came on board in October. Cohen portrays a football team colleague of Dani's, and Brooks is one of her clients.
Cast as guest stars were Amanda Detmer, as Dani's best friend, Jeanette, and Concetta Tomei, who portrays Dani's mother. In early November, Craig Bierko was added to the cast as Dani's estranged husband.
The pilot episode was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia in November and December 2010, with the Georgia Dome being used for exterior and some interior shots of game day scenes. The network greenlighted the series on January 19, 2011. The series was renewed for a second season by USA Network on September 15, 2011. The series was renewed for a third 10-episode season by USA Networks on January 7, 2013 
On June 19, 2013, USA Network announced it will debut a webisode series, called TK Gets Real, that will feature Terrance "TK" King (Mehcad Brooks) as he seeks to become a reality star. The web series will last six weeks. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Shereé Whitfield will appear in the web series alongside Brooks and new cast member Karissa Lee Staples.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment released all 3 seasons on DVD in Region 1 between 2012-2014. On July 1, 2016, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment has acquired the rights to the series in Region 1 and rereleased all 3 seasons on September 6.
|2012||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama||Callie Thorne||Nominated|||
|2013||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actor||Patrick Johnson||Nominated|||