|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||84 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||20–30 minutes|
|Original release||October 29, 2009 –|
December 9, 2015
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. The series, set in Chicago, Illinois, is a semi-improvised comedy show about a fantasy football league, its members, and their everyday lives.
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.
Main article: List of The League episodes
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||6||October 29, 2009||December 10, 2009||FX|
|2||13||September 16, 2010||December 9, 2010|
|3||13||October 6, 2011||December 22, 2011|
|4||13||October 11, 2012||December 20, 2012|
|5||13||September 4, 2013||November 20, 2013||FXX|
|6||13||September 3, 2014||November 19, 2014|
|7||13||September 9, 2015||December 9, 2015|
BOLD means current league member.
|Show season||NFL season||League season||Shiva Bowl winner||Shiva Bowl loser||Sacko Bowl loser ‡||Draft location|
|(back story)||2005||1||Pete||Ruxin||N/A||Pete and Meegan's House|
|(back story)||2006||2||Taco||Pete||N/A||Pool near Kevin's House|
|(back story)||2007||3||Pete||Andre||N/A||Ruxin's House|
|(back story)||2008||4||Pete||Ruxin||N/A||Pete and Meegan's House|
|1||2009||5||Andre**||Pete||N/A||Andre's new downtown Chicago loft|
|3||2011||7 *||Kevin*||Taco||Ruxin (Andre running Ruxin's team)‡||Andre's Metrosexual Loft|
|4||2012||8||Ted||Pete||Ruxin||Jenny's hospital room|
|5||2013||9||Jenny||Andre||Kevin||Andre's Bachelor Party in L.A.|
|7||2015||11||The Coin||Ruxin||Pete||Restaurant (1890s Themed Draft)|
– ‡ The Sacko Bowl was not introduced until the sixth season of league play or season two of the actual TV show. Whoever loses the Sacko Bowl wins the Sacko trophy, meaning they placed last.
– ** Andre won the Shiva Bowl in 2009 with the help of Ruxin, whose name is with Andre's on the trophy.
- † Taco "won" the Sacko the first season, but it was overruled after the points had been counted, meaning that Andre was the first to win the Sacko, which started the trend "First to Worst."
- * Because Ruxin discovered that the League colluded to keep him from getting the top draft pick and because he won the Sacko, Kevin was stripped of his championship and the 2011 season of The League was declared null and void, to be sent off by a Norse funeral. However, before the 2012 season, Kevin got his championship reinstated by trading his role as commissioner to Ruxin along with naming rights to his and Jenny's son. Ruxin did not receive Sacko punishment because his stroke, induced by discovery of the collusion, was seen as punishment enough. Ruxin later traded the naming rights to Taco in exchange for Taco's first-round draft pick. Jenny gave birth and Taco announces the name "Chalupa Batman MacArthur," which was quickly changed to "Christopher Benjamin." Later in season 5, it was referenced that Kevin earned back his commissioner role.
- § Ruxin failed to press the "Set Lineup" button before the first game of the week started, so Andre won by default.
- Note: Playoff format doesn't reseed.
The Shiva is the name of the trophy given annually to the winner of the fantasy football league. The award is named after Shivakamini Somakandarkram, their high school valedictorian to whom Kevin lost his virginity in Pete's mother's car while listening to Aerosmith.
The Sacko is the name of the trophy given to the loser of the Sacko Bowl as a booby prize. The 'winner' of the Sacko is also required to do a Sacko Punishment.
The League was given a pilot order on July 15, 2009, with the pilot written and directed by Jeff Schaffer, with Jackie Schaffer co-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.
The League was given a series order on August 20, 2009 with six episodes. A 13-episode second season of The League premiered on September 16, 2010 on FX. On January 15, 2011, it was announced that the series had been picked up for a third season, which premiered on October 6, 2011.
On December 13, 2011, the series was renewed for a fourth season of 13 episodes which premiered on October 11, 2012.
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.
On March 28, 2013, it was announced that The League was renewed for a sixth season which premiered on September 3, 2014.
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.
|DVD name||Region 1 release date||Region 2 release date||Region 4 release date||Ep #||Discs||Additional information|
|Season One||September 14, 2010||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||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||TBA||TBA||13||2||Extended Episodes, Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel, "Alt Nation" and "Taco Tones"|
|Season Four||September 10, 2013||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||TBA||TBA||13||2||Extended Episodes, Gag Reel, Alt Nation, Taco Tones, The Von Nowzick Wedding Invite, Deleted Scenes|
|Season Six||September 1, 2015||TBA||TBA||13||2||Extended Episodes, Gag Reel, Alt Nation, Taco Tones, Deleted Scenes|
|Season Seven||June 14, 2016||TBA||TBA||13||2||Extended Episodes, Gag Reel, Alt Nation, Taco Tones, Deleted Scenes|