The League

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The League
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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 seasons6
No. of episodes71 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jeff Schaffer
Jackie Schaffer
Running time20–23 minutes (Seasons 1-5); 25-30 minutes (Season 6)
Production company(s)Chicken Sticks
FX Productions
Distributor20th Television
Broadcast
Original channelFX (2009–2012)
FXX (2013–present)
Original runOctober 29, 2009 – present
External links
Website
 
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The League
TheLeagueintertitle.png
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 seasons6
No. of episodes71 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jeff Schaffer
Jackie Schaffer
Running time20–23 minutes (Seasons 1-5); 25-30 minutes (Season 6)
Production company(s)Chicken Sticks
FX Productions
Distributor20th Television
Broadcast
Original channelFX (2009–2012)
FXX (2013–present)
Original runOctober 29, 2009 – present
External links
Website

The League is an American sitcom that premiered on FX on October 29, 2009. The series, set in Chicago, Illinois, is a semi-improvised comedy about a fantasy football league, its members, and their everyday lives.[1] The sixth season premiered on September 3, 2014. FXX renewed the series for a seventh and final season, set to air in the fall of 2015.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

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

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Notable guest stars[edit]

Notable NFL players and analysts as guest stars[edit]

Leagues[edit]

The League '​s fictional league[edit]

Teams[edit]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Show seasonNFL seasonLeague seasonShiva Bowl winnerShiva Bowl loserSacko Bowl loser**Draft location
(back story)20051PeteRuxinN/APete and Meegan's House
(back story)20062TacoPeteN/APool near Kevin's House
(back story)20073PeteAndreN/ARuxin's House
(back story)20084PeteRuxinN/APete and Meegan's House
120095Andre****PeteN/AAndre's new downtown Chicago loft
220106RuxinJennyAndre***Las Vegas
320117 *Kevin*TacoRuxin (Andre running Ruxin's team)*Andre's Metrosexual Loft
420128TedPeteRuxinJenny's hospital room
520139JennyAndreKevinAndre's Bachelor Party in L.A.
6201410AndreRuxinTacoTed's funeral

– * Due to Ruxin discovering 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 and because Ruxin had a stroke due to the fact that the league was colluding is the reason he had no Sacko punishment because the stroke was punishment enough. Ruxin later traded the naming rights to Taco in exchange for Taco's first round draft pick. Jenny gives birth to their son, 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 his commissioner role back.

– ** 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 came in last place.

- *** 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".

- **** Andre won the Shiva bowl in 2009 with the help of Ruxin, whose name is with Andre's on the trophy.

-*****Playoff format doesn't reseed.

The Shiva[edit]

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, a high school classmate to whom Kevin lost his virginity.

Production[edit]

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 League was renewed for a fourth season of 13 episodes which premiered on October 11, 2012.[8]

On December 20, 2012, The League 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 upcoming seventh season of The League, set to premiere in late 2015, will be the final season of the series.[11]

DVD releases[edit]

DVD nameRegion 1 release dateRegion 2 release dateRegion 4 release dateEp #DiscsAdditional information
Season OneSeptember 14, 2010[12]TBATBA62Extended 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 TwoOctober 4, 2011[13]TBATBA132Extended 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 ThreeOctober 9, 2012[14]TBATBA132Extended Episodes, Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel, "Alt Nation" and "Taco Tones."
Season FourSeptember 10, 2013[15]TBATBA132Extended Episodes, Deleted Scenes, "Taco Tones", "Rafi's Helpful Holiday Hints", "Witchy Woman Podcast", "Alt Nation", and a Gag Reel
Season FiveSeptember 2, 2014[16]TBATBA132TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ johncammies. "The League (TV Series 2009– )". IMDb. 
  2. ^ http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/12/08/fxx-final-season-the-league/.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  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. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  13. ^ "The League – Fox Announces that 'Season 2' is Huddling Up for DVD and Blu-ray Release". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  14. ^ "The League DVD news: Announcement for The League – Season 3". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  15. ^ "The League - Early Info about 'Season 4' on DVD, Blu-ray Disc". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  16. ^ "The League - Early Info about 'Season 5' on DVD, Blu-ray Disc". newdvdreleasedates.com. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 

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