The League: Season 2
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Suit up for Season 2 of The League, the hilarious fantasy football comedy that elevates humiliation to an art form. After a wild road trip to Vegas to kick off the draft, the season hits its stride as Taco finds a toilet seat made out of cocaine, Ruxin goes to outrageous lengths to meet an NFL player, and Pete fashions a league loser's trophy from a bull's privates. Keep your head on a swivel for guest stars like Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Suggs and Josh Cribbs - plus unrated bonus features that go so far out of bounds, the censor must have swallowed his whistle!
Season two of The League finds our gleeful and endlessly petty competitors launching into a new football season--and because well-to-do nebbish Andre (Paul Scheer of comedy troupe Human Giant) won the last Shiva Bowl, he takes schemer Pete (mumblecore auteur Mark Duplass), hapless Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi), insecure Ruxin (Nick Kroll), and dimwitted Taco (Jonathan Lajoie) to Vegas, where he has pimped out their trophy in his own image. Kevin's wife Jenny (Katie Aselton) follows, demanding to be let into the league, which the men resist. But the series (now increased to 19 episodes) quickly returns to its natural environment of the urban and suburban wilds of Chicago, where everyone tries to undermine and take advantage of everyone else in the name of winning. Season two has found its groove, nicely balancing league skullduggery with other storylines, ranging from Kevin and Jenny's daughter developing a potty mouth to a monkey stolen from a petting zoo to a high school reunion. The show occasionally veers into antics that are just a little too absurd (a sequence in which Ruxin drags Andre into a trial as an expert witness stretches credulity); it's much more effective when the it digs into the well-observed social interplay, such as when Pete grandly lets Ruxin choose his lineup for an impending match, sending Ruxin into a frenzy of second-guessing. Also, the writers have a knack for coining terms and phrases that genuinely sound like the in-jokes of close friends, such as "rosterbating" and "chameleon boyfriend" (to mention some of the more printable ones). It's hard to comprehend why these reprehensible people are engaging to watch, but somehow they are. The League will give you no understanding of how fantasy football leagues work, but you will come away with a play-by-play diagram of the male ego. --Bret Fetzer
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My only slight beef is this is kind of pricey for what you get. Like many people, I love to gang watch shows. Typically it's the quality dramas (Mad Men, The Wire, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, etc.)...with those it's 42 or 55 or more minutes an episode. Here we're talking about 21-22 min an episode. I basically watched this entire season in part of a day. I guess this is nit picking. I'll definitely watch this again. Perhaps it's just different with comedies.
The characters are all horrible, self centered people. Then there's Taco, the 30-something "self-employed," pot-smoking friend who never knows whats going on. On the rare occasions when the show gets dry, they shove Taco it the scene for completely not-related hilarity. In one episode, he showed up at a children's playground with a 6 foot long spear and showed it off to his friends by swinging it around. In another [SPOILER ALERT], Taco took a toilet seat from a dumpster and got addicted to sitting on it, realizing the seat was made of cocaine.
All the characters bring something unique to the show. They each insult each other in their own way, but still hang out all the time. The dialog makes the show. It is all very natural sounding, like they improvise the script. I would give It's Always Sunny 5 out of 5 stars, but The League is even better. It's one of the best, most consistently funny shows I've seen.
The season kicks off with hilarity at the Vegas Draft, and has fantastic cameos from players like Ochocinco.
I catch myself laughing out loud to this sitcom often as it is well written, edgey, and has great characters.
Can't wait for next season to arrive.
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