The League
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GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes84 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Jeff Schaffer
  • Jackie Schaffer
Running time20–30 minutes
Production companies
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original network
  • FX (2009–2012)
  • FXX (2013–15)
Original releaseOctober 29, 2009 (2009-10-29) –
December 9, 2015 (2015-12-09)

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]

Premise

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.

Episodes

Main article: List of The League episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
16October 29, 2009 (2009-10-29)December 10, 2009 (2009-12-10)FX
213September 16, 2010 (2010-09-16)December 9, 2010 (2010-12-09)
313October 6, 2011 (2011-10-06)December 22, 2011 (2011-12-22)
413October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11)December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20)
513September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04)November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)FXX
613September 3, 2014 (2014-09-03)November 19, 2014 (2014-11-19)
713September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)December 9, 2015 (2015-12-09)

Cast

Main characters

Recurring characters

Notable guest stars

Notable NFL players and analysts as guest stars

The League's fictional league

Teams

BOLD means current league member.

Season-by-season results

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
2 2010 6 Ruxin Jenny Andre† Las Vegas
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.
6 2014 10 Andre§ Ruxin Taco Ted's funeral
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

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

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.

Production

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.[3]

The League was given a series order on August 20, 2009 with six episodes.[4] A 13-episode second 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]

Home media

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

References

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  2. ^ "The League (TV Series 2009–2015)". 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. ^ "FX Renews The League For A Fifth Season". Seat42f. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  10. ^ "'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Renewed For Season 10 And 'The League' For Season 6 On FX". Huffington Post. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  11. ^ "'The League' to end in late 2015". Entertainment Weekly. 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.