A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Positive Role Models
The main character makes some mistakes but, overall, is an intelligent and independent role model who's balancing stress on multiple fronts: divorce, child-rearing, career. She also holds her own professionally in a traditionally male industry. There's also good modeling of communication between three generations of women in the family.
Violence & Scariness
On-the-field action includes shots of hard tackles, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo, implied sex (with bare skin but no sensitive body parts shown), and sexually charged terms like "hooker," "banging," and "pop your cherry."
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Audible words include "damn," "hell," "bitch," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking in bars, clubs, and restaurants.
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Parents Need to Know
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.
Is It Any Good?
While Necessary Roughness lacks the instantaneous snap of the character-driven USA dramas White Collar, Suits, and Fairly Legal, it's definitely got the drive to deliver. Although sometimes it feels like the female lead is trying a little too hard to convince us of her Long Island-laced, working mother street cred with lines like, "My specialties include chicken parmesan, cognitive behavior therapies, hypnotherapy, and kicking patients' butts." We get it, Dr. Dani: You're sassy.
A few lame lines aside, the show's premise is pretty intriguing. And Dr. Dani doesn't limit her hypnotic influence to the world of professional sports, but also takes on troubled politicians and news anchors.
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