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The League - Season 3 Jeff Schaffer, Jackie Marcus Schaffer
The League - Season 3 Paranoia engulfs the league as chicanery is taken to the next level. Unable to stomach giving reigning champion Rodney Ruxin (Nick Kroll) the top pick, Andre (Paul Scheer), Jenny (Katie Aselton), Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi), Pete (Mark Duplass), and Taco (Jonathan Lajoie) fix the draft. The season is played under a cloud of suspicion. Taco, Kevin, Jenny, and Andre make the playoffs while Pete throws a game so as to beat Ruxin in the Sacko Bowl. Taco, maybe saved by his own cluelessness, has had enough with the backstabbing and declares the season null and void.

Another funny season for The League. Recurring characters Sofia (Nadine Velazquez), Shiva (Janina Gavankar), Ellie (Alina Foley), and Rafi (Jason Mantzoukas) make appearances. While the show continues to have a recurring plot line, there’s not much distinction from episode to episode or season to season.
 
30 minutes
This product was released around October 2011 by FX
I consumed this around October 2011
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Posted by: Jeff Egnaczyk at: 6/4/2012 10:22:04 PM
 
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The League - Season 2 Jeff Schaffer, Jackie Marcus Schaffer
The League - Season 2 The League did not turn out to be hit or miss like I suspected. The players are at all times inappropriate, backstabbing, paranoid, and somewhat pathetic. The writers pull it off.

Ruxin (Nick Kroll) kills it this year. Jenny (Katie Aselton) joins the league and she brings it. Rafi (Jason Mantzoukas), the brother of Sofia (Nadine Velazquez), joins the team in Vegas to bolster the gross humor element. Shiva (Janina Gavankar), the inspiration for the “Shiva Bowl”, makes an appearance. Andre (Paul Scheer) hits new lows. Pete (Mark Duplass) chugs along. Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi) loses it. Taco (Jonathan Lajoie) is funny, but his singing and rapping bits have to go.

There’s unfortunately an awkward race relations episode. For some reason every comedy show with a majority white cast feels the need to do this. On the other hand there’s a reunion episode - a trope that is usually terrible on most shows - that is actually good. Season two hits on all cylinders.
 
30 minutes
This product was released around September 2010 by FX
I consumed this around 2011
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Posted by: Jeff Egnaczyk at: 5/9/2012 9:56:33 PM
 
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The League - Season 1 Jeff Schaffer, Jackie Marcus Schaffer
The League - Season 1 As I see it The League has several pitfalls it must avoid to be a successful show. A six episode first season is tough to evaluate. The wives cannot be wet blankets. Jenny (Katie Aselton) looks like a solid contributor that will probably join the league, as she’s already setting Kevin’s (Stephen Rannazzisi) team. They quickly jettisoned Pete’s (Mark Duplass) wife (Leslie Bibb), an obvious wet blanket. Ruxin’s wife Sofia (Nadine Velazquez, of My Name Is Earl is fame) is going to stay, and will probably act as one for the length of the show. Ruxin (Nick Kroll) is an insidious liar and generally a bad person, but realizes he married way over his attractiveness.

Next, Andre (Paul Scheer) is an obvious target for ridicule, but he can’t just be a punching bag. Conversely, Pete needs to be the object of jokes. Right now the show seems to rotate who gets the upper hand each week. Pete is the most confident, but just got divorced. The gap-toothed, poorly dressed Andre wins the “Shiva Bowl”. Kevin is married with a kid (little Alina Foley), but gets to act childish with the group - plus, Jenny is cool. Taco (Jonathan Lajoie) is clueless but has some innate ability to get laid. Ruxin is insidious but usually gets played every couple of episodes.

Finally, the show can’t miss. There’s no sincerity so every minute of the show requires raunchy humor. Obviously the writers are going to miss sometimes, but missing on even 25% of their jokes means a full quarter of the show is bad. Right now the show is avoiding this and all of the other potential mistakes.
 
30 minutes
This product was released around October 2009 by FX
I consumed this around 2011
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Posted by: Jeff Egnaczyk at: 5/9/2012 9:48:52 PM
 
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