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The League is an American sitcom that aired on FX and later FXX from October 29, 2009 to December 9, 2015 for a total of seven seasons.[1] The series, set in Chicago, Illinois, is a semi-improvised comedy show about a fantasy football league, its members, and their everyday lives.[2]

The League
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GenreComedy
Created byJeff Schaffer
Jackie Schaffer
StarringMark Duplass
Nick Kroll
Stephen Rannazzisi
Paul Scheer
Jon Lajoie
Katie Aselton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes84 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jeff Schaffer
Jackie Schaffer
Running time20–30 minutes
Production company(s)Chicken Sticks
FX Productions
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkFX (2009–2012)
FXX (2013–15)
Original releaseOctober 29, 2009 (2009-10-29) – December 9, 2015 (2015-12-09)
External links
Website

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SynopsisEdit

Set in Chicago, the series revolves around six friends who participate in a fantasy football league. The show follows the friends, who would do anything to win, while also dealing with a variety of situations that occur in their everyday lives.

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Network
1 6 October 29, 2009 (2009-10-29) December 10, 2009 (2009-12-10) FX
2 13 September 16, 2010 (2010-09-16) December 9, 2010 (2010-12-09)
3 13 October 6, 2011 (2011-10-06) December 22, 2011 (2011-12-22)
4 13 October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11) December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20)
5 13 September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04) November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20) FXX
6 13 September 3, 2014 (2014-09-03) November 19, 2014 (2014-11-19)
7 13 September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09) December 9, 2015 (2015-12-09)

CastEdit

  • Mark Duplass as Peter "Pete" Eckhart: Three-time league champion who separates from his wife Meegan (Leslie Bibb) in the pilot episode. Several episodes revolve around his interaction with women. Pete is known for tricking his gullible friends (particularly Taco and Andre) into making poor fantasy football trades (called "trade rapes"). He works in a cubicle in sales, avoiding doing actual work as much as possible, though in the season 5 episode "The Automatic Faucet", he declares he is done with fantasy football and focuses solely on work - except for when he helps his boss set his fantasy football lineup, which actually earns him a promotion. In Season 7, he becomes a referee. He creates, and is commissioner of, the "Sacko", the "worst-team" trophy created during the episode "The Reunion". He still holds the North Winnetka High School pole-vault record. He once got a "Fear Boner" when he bought Chicago Bears tickets from a man in the park. In the finale episode, Pete wins 1 million dollars and retires into the sunset, winning the beach house. It is also revealed that Meegan’s child belongs to Pete, not Andre.
  • Stephen Rannazzisi as Kevin MacArthur: An assistant district attorney, Kevin is the league commissioner from Seasons 1–3 as well as Pete's best friend. He returns to commissioner in season 5. Because he has difficulty competing in the league on his own, he often takes football knowledge from his wife, Jenny, for which the rest of the League teases him incessantly. Jenny eventually joins the league herself after Ruxin's brother-in-law Rafi leaves the league. At the beginning of the series, has never won the Shiva, the award given to the league winners (named after Shivakamini Somakandarkram: a high school classmate to whom Kevin lost his virginity). In college, he got a "Fear Boner" when somebody asked for directions who he thought was going to mug him. Kevin wins in the finale of season 3, however the entire season is declared null by Ruxin due to collusion and lies, until Kevin agrees to give Ruxin the role of commissioner and let him have naming rights to his newborn. Kevin has been highnotized (hypnotized under the influence of marijuana) by his brother Taco. His best friend, Pete, and his wife, Jenny, have also similarly programmed him using dog-training techniques. Kevin has a young daughter named Ellie whose foul mouth comes from her parents, and a son born in Season 4's first episode and named Chalupa Batman by his Uncle Taco, but renamed Christopher Benjamin by his parents in the next episode. Rafi, Ruxin's brother-in-law, constantly calls him 'Brian' instead of Kevin.
  • Nick Kroll as Rodney Ruxin: A Jewish product-liability attorney, he is just as ruthless and obnoxious in the league as he is in the courtroom. He "out-kicked his coverage" with his wife, and therefore goes to great lengths to please her. He is constantly torn between his need to please his wife and his desire to crush his league opponents. In many episodes, and all of season 3, Ruxin is extremely paranoid, often thinking that his opponents are "trying to get into his head", or that other members of the league are "in collusion" to cheat him, but his paranoid hunches have been correct on at least two occasions, in "Expert Witness" and "The Lockout". In the episode "The Bounce Test", he describes his own appearance: "I look like a Nazi propaganda cartoon of a Jew." He and Sofia have a son named Geoffrey ("Baby Geoffrey"). He hates being called by his first name, Rodney, preferring to be called Ruxin; his sister Rebecca (Lizzy Caplan) calls him the "Rod-man", and Taco sometimes calls him "Ruspin", two nicknames he finds equally unfavorable. He wins the league championship at the end of season 2. In high school, he had a reputation for dating large women, giving him the nickname "The Herdsman". He inherited his sarcastic nature from his father Rupert (Jeff Goldblum), who also prefers to be called Ruxin. After catching Kevin in his "clown car of lies", he declares season 3 to be null and void and claims himself as winner via default, after miraculously healing (upon catching sight of Shiva) from the after-effects of a stress-induced stroke from discovering the collusion. He then agrees that the events of season 3 of the television show—season 7 of the league itself-—would count in exchange for becoming the new league commissioner and for the naming rights to Kevin and Jenny's newborn, the latter of which he trades to Taco for his #1 draft pick. He is commissioner only in season 4. Ruxin is a graduate of Northwestern University.
  • Paul Scheer as Dr. Andre Nowzick: A bald, rich plastic surgeon whose naïveté makes him the brunt of many jokes. He wears what he believes to be trendy clothing, for which he is mercilessly mocked by his friends. He tries to be cool by using current slang, particularly the jargon of hip-hop culture, but he is constantly rebuked by his friends and others, such as professional football player Chad Johnson. Andre wins the Shiva at the end of season 1 after entering a committed relationship with Shivakamini Somakandarkram (the namesake of the league trophy). In the season 2 premiere, Andre renames the trophy "the Dre" which is quickly renamed by the rest of the crew as "the SheDre" (A hybrid of "Shiva" and "Dre"). The worship of a false god in "the Dre" results in bad luck, which is nicknamed "Draids". His Draids result in the worst record in the league and he quickly falls from first to worst. As the recipient of the Sacko, he is subject to innumerable punishments ranging from embarrassing to cruel. For instance, in the third season, he is locked out of his apartment while Dirty Randy (Seth Rogen) creates a low-budget porno based loosely on Andre's life. Andre's sister Heather (Sarah Silverman) has had sex with everyone in the league except Andre, Jenny, and Ruxin. Andre was engaged to his interior decorator Trixie Von Stein (Jayma Mays) but their marriage is ruined by the other members of the league. Andre also starts a wine bar known as Menage a Cinq with Russell, another member of the league, but this fails when Russell's sex addiction breaks out and he has sex with Manchego cheese. In season 7, Andre begins dating, and then later marries, Pete's ex-wife Meegan.
  • Jon Lajoie as Taco MacArthur: Kevin's younger brother, a perpetually stoned, unemployed musician. He doesn't care or know much about American football, evident by his attempts to draft Canadian football players and his tendency to draft placekickers. He has won the league championship at least once in 2006, evident by his handwritten name on the trophy. He hooks up with women easily, and lives via handouts from his brother Kevin and "Eskimo family tree" (people who have slept with women he has slept with), making his own food (thousand-year-old eggs) and making his own personal hygiene products, such as deodorant. He also makes ringtones (Horse Orgasm or, "Horsegasm"). For one episode, Taco takes martial arts, specializing in use of a naginata (a long pole with a blade at the end) and studies of naginatajutsu. He means well but his acts of kindness usually have disastrous results. He is perhaps the most emotional member of the league, prone to crying when his feelings are hurt. In the unrated version of season 1, Ruxin claimed that the reason Taco is such a "frittata" is because they made him smoke marijuana when he was 8. Between seasons 2 and 3, Taco travels around the world and becomes a soap opera star in Algeria where he plays a stupid American. Taco enjoys keeping bongs (which he calls "guest bongs") in all of his friends' houses for him to use. In season 4, it is revealed that he owns the domain name dallascowboys.com, which Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones purchases for $250,000. In Season 5 he turns his dead uncle's van into multiple unsuccessful small businesses. It is also revealed that when he is not high he is actually very intelligent, probably the most intelligent member of the League. In season 6, his Eskimo-Brother DataBase ends up making him a lot of money and he starts other business ventures after Mark Cuban buys it from him for $1.1 million.
  • Katie Aselton as Jenny MacArthur (née Banger): Kevin's wife, who helps him run his team and has as much enthusiasm for the league as the actual members do during season 1. When Kevin loses a bet to Pete in season 1, Jenny is forced to streak since she is clearly the manager for Kevin's team. In season 2, Jenny wants her own team for the league, but the members vote to give the vacant spot to Ruxin's brother-in-law Rafi; angered, Jenny seeks revenge by helping Ruxin draft instead. She is introduced into the league during that same season to replace Rafi and eventually loses to Ruxin's team in the Shiva Bowl. Her foul mouth is well equal to Kevin's and their daughter Ellie is already taking after them. At the end of Season 3, she tells Kevin that their second child is on the way. She gives birth to a baby boy in the Season-4 premiere. She defeats Andre in Season 5's Shiva Bowl.

Recurring charactersEdit

  • Nadine Velazquez as Sofia Ruxin, Ruxin's Latina wife. She is good friends with Taco—Ruxin's only friend with whom she gets along. Died in preparation for vaginal rejuvenation in Puerto Rico.
  • Jason Mantzoukas as Rafi, Sofia's deranged, obnoxious brother, aka "Bro-lo el Cuñado". Best friend and possible lover of porn director Dirty Randy. He shared a bed with Sofia until she was 18. He was an altar boy as a child, but had to quit after he raped a priest. He always calls Pete "Tall Guy" and believes Kevin's name is Brian. His residence has a large number of "load-bearing chairs" stacked up and has a "toilet-kitchen". Rafi stores a never-ending supply of hotdogs in his pants, referring to them as "pocket-dogs". He is a diabetic. He gets "murder boners" when practicing his MMA skills and gets a "War Boner" when playing paintball. He thinks that he is Baby Geoffrey's true father. Occasionally he has suggested that he and Sofia shared an incestuous relationship in the past (not directly denied by Sofia). Many times when he vomits, he defecates. Many times when he defecates, he orgasms. Ruxin's sarcasm led him to take on the role of Bobbum Man in real life. He is apparently killed by Dirty Randy in a duel. In Season 6's "When Rafi Met Randy", it is revealed Rafi was once a normal family man until Randy's business partner fell to his death on top of Rafi's wife and two sons, killing them all. After numerous suicide attempts, Rafi was checked into a mental asylum along with Randy. An over-zealous nurse subjected them both to shock therapy that would alter their minds to their deranged state. Randy revealed that he was responsible for the deaths of Rafi's family only for Rafi to be subjected to a partial lobotomy that made him forget them completely. It is also revealed how Rafi was returned to life via special means.
  • Alina Foley as Ellie MacArthur, Jenny and Kevin's young daughter. She has inherited her parents' profane language, which got her in trouble with her first grade teacher, Ms. Martin.
  • Janina Gavankar as Shivakamini Somakandarkram, a doctor who was the valedictorian of most of the league members' graduating high-school class. She is a urologist, specializing in genital reconstruction. Usually appears on the penultimate or season finales of the season, given that she is the "patron deity" of their league's trophy. They each present an item to the trophy, which contains a high-school photo of her. The only odd-episode-out is "The High-School Reunion" where she was present with the league, revealing that Pete's mother's windshield wasn't busted by a high-school friend, but rather by Kevin when he lost his virginity to Shiva. Shiva cursed the 2012 season of the league because they would not take her picture off the trophy. She also dated Andre towards the end of season 1.
  • Adam Karchmer as Geoffrey Ruxin, Ruxin and Sofia's son. Ruxin calls him "Baby Geoffrey".
  • Rob Huebel as Dr. Russell Deramo, a doctor and friend of the gang. He first appears in "The Draft", where he attends Andre's party. He returns in "The Kluneberg", where it is revealed that he moved to New York, but returned saying New York was too crowded and too full of "crazy people". He later reveals that he is a sex addict, and invites Jenny to join his league. He later replaces her with Rafi, allowing her to join the league. In Season 5, he is a member of Rafi's Domination League with "Dirty Randy". He is introduced into the league in Season 6 as a replacement for Ted, claiming his sex addiction is gone due to his passion for wine. He starts a wine bar known as Menage a Cinq with Andre, but this fails when his sex addiction relapses.
  • Leslie Bibb as Meegan Eckhart, Pete's abrasive ex-wife. They fought constantly. After she gave away his lucky draft shirt, Pete realized that they were not meant to be together and they separated. They finalized the divorce, and she was left with only the house. She had requested their The Curious Case of Benjamin Button DVD, presumably knowing that it contained a disc with a sex video she had made with Pete, but Pete had already sneaked into her house and stolen it, aided by Kevin; Pete never gives it back. She was later seen dating an older man named Ted. She returns in season 7, where it is revealed that she is now dating Andre, whom she later marries.
  • Seth Rogen as Dirty Randy – Rafi's friend, who works as a librarian and a pornographer. The reason he works at the library is for the infrastructure and says "it's a place where you can find desperate people and you can pay them in drugs and alcohol to work as part of the porn-production team." Before he was a porn director, he was homeless, kicked out of the military, a crack dealer, and a porn-location scout. He met Rafi in an asylum, an experience he describes as "very romantic". He believes that puns "are as vital to the porn business as they are to the pet shop and children's barbershop industries." He directed such movies as the controversial "Shitler's List" (the controversy was that it was shot in black and white), "Toe-Bangers 3" (the SEAL Team Six member who shot Osama bin Laden found a copy of it in the compound, but the Government will not release the footage), "Dr. Andre Nodick", and "12.12.12: The Mayan Cockandlips" (filmed in the loft Deion Sanders bought from Andre). In Season 5, he is also a member of Rafi's "Domination League". He threatens Ruxin with a trident made from dildos. In Season 6's "When Rafi Met Randy", Randy is revealed to have been a successful businessman who accidentally knocked his partner off a construction building where the man crushed the family of a then-normal Rafi. The two were committed to the same mental institution where numerous shock therapy sessions resulted in their deranged states. When Randy realized he was responsible for the deaths of Rafi's family, he used another shock session to make him forget about them.

ProductionEdit

The League was given a pilot order on July 15, 2009, with the pilot written by Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer also directing. The series is executive produced by Jeff Schaffer, Jackie Schaffer and the production company, FX Productions.

When the series was given a pilot order several roles were cast, with Mark Duplass playing Pete Eckhart, Stephen Rannazzisi playing Kevin MacArthur, Nick Kroll playing Rodney Ruxin, Paul Scheer playing Andre Nowzick, Jon Lajoie playing Taco MacArthur and Katie Aselton playing Jenny MacArthur.[3]

The League was given a series order on August 20, 2009 with six episodes.[4] A second 13-episode season of The League premiered on September 16, 2010 on FX.[5] On January 15, 2011, it was announced that the series had been picked up for a third season,[6] which premiered on October 6, 2011.[7]

On December 13, 2011, the series was renewed for a fourth season of 13 episodes which premiered on October 11, 2012.[8]

On December 20, 2012, the series was renewed for a fifth season of 13 episodes and premiered on September 4, 2013 on the new FXX network.[9]

On March 28, 2013, it was announced that The League was renewed for a sixth season which premiered on September 3, 2014.[10]

On December 8, 2014, it was announced that the seventh season of The League, which premiered on September 9, 2015, would be the final season of the series.[11]

DVD releasesEdit

DVD name Region 1 release date Region 2 release date Region 4 release date Ep # Discs Additional information
Season One September 14, 2010[12] TBA TBA 6 2 Extended Episodes, Deleted Scenes, Blooper Reel, "Andre: Dress with Style, Win with Style", "Legalize Kevin's Pubic Smoke", "Alt Nation", "Mr. McGibblets Fun House and Dojo", "Three Penis Wine Infomercial", "Vaginal Hubris Extended", "Birthday Song" and the pilot of Archer.
Season Two October 4, 2011[13] TBA TBA 13 2 Extended Episodes, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, "Taco Tones Productions Presents: Vinegar Strokes", "Taco Tones Productions Presents: I'm Inside Me, Notarize!", "El Notario", "Andre's Extended Fads" and "Ruxin's Wedding Video".
Season Three October 9, 2012[14] TBA TBA 13 2 Extended Episodes, Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel, "Alt Nation" and "Taco Tones"
Season Four September 10, 2013[15] TBA TBA 13 2 Extended Episodes, Deleted Scenes, "Taco Tones", "Rafi's Helpful Holiday Hints", "Witchy Woman Podcast", "Alt Nation", and a Gag Reel
Season Five September 2, 2014[16] TBA TBA 13 2 Extended Episodes, Gag Reel, Alt Nation, Taco Tones, The Von Nowzick Wedding Invite, Deleted Scenes
Season Six September 1, 2015[17] TBA TBA 13 2 Extended Episodes, Gag Reel, Alt Nation, Taco Tones, Deleted Scenes
Season Seven June 14, 2016[18] TBA TBA 13 2 Extended Episodes, Gag Reel, Alt Nation, Taco Tones, Deleted Scenes
  • Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4 were also released on Blu-ray Disc in Region 1.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Snierson, Dan (December 8, 2014). "'The League' to end in late 2015". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  2. ^ johncammies. "The League (TV Series 2009– )". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Breaking News – Development Update: Wednesday, July 15". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  4. ^ "Breaking News – FX Ups Ante in Comedy – Places Series Orders for "The League" and "Louie"". TheFutonCritic.com. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  5. ^ Gorman, Bill. "FX Premiere Dates: 'Sons Of Anarchy' Returns Sept. 7, 'It's Always Sunny' Sept. 16 – Ratings". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  6. ^ Volledige naam. "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  7. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (2011-08-06). "The League Tackles Season 3 with Seth Rogen, Will Forte and Talk of NFL Lockout Scare". TVLine. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  8. ^ "FX Renews 'The League' For Season 4". Aoltv.com. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  9. ^ Seat42f. "FX Renews The League For A Fifth Season". Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  10. ^ "'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Renewed For Season 10 And 'The League' For Season 6 On FX". Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  11. ^ "'The League' to end in late 2015". Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  12. ^ "The League DVD news: Press Release for The League – The Complete 1st Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  13. ^ "The League – Fox Announces that 'Season 2' is Huddling Up for DVD and Blu-ray Release". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  14. ^ "The League DVD news: Announcement for The League – Season 3". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  15. ^ "The League - Early Info about 'Season 4' on DVD, Blu-ray Disc". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-09-27.
  16. ^ "The League - Official 'Season 5' Press Release: Date, Lots of Extras, High-Res Package Art". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2014-06-24. Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  17. ^ "The League - The League - Official Press Release Gives Date, Details for 'Season 6' DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2015-06-09. Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  18. ^ "The League - Fox's Press Release Announces 'Season 7: The Final Fantasy'". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2016-02-12. Archived from the original on 2016-02-18. Retrieved 2016-02-24.

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