The League is one of those shows that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s about a group of friends whose love of football knows no bounds and they express that love for their beloved sport by playing fantasy football. The rules of fantast football are not entirely obvious to the viewer, there is a board where players are picked from the NFL to create a fantasy team by each league member and somehow, by the end of the season someone wins the sought after league trophy: The Shiva. This game is all a stage for the interactions between these very funny characters. Not least of which is Mark Duplass he plays league member Pete and you may recognize him from the underrated and very funny 2009 film Humpday. This show doesn’t just feature funny guys screaming about how over or underrated Peyton Manning is. The League is all about how willing grown men are to create any reason to compete with one another and glorify sports that they themselves have no physical ability or desire to play. That being said, The League is a stand out among less original and much less funny comedies currently on television.
The brief six episode first season of The League aired last year and not to spoil anything but Andre took home the coveted Shiva trophy. And in the season two premiere the champion does the unthinkable. You see, the league champion is given the privilege to hold onto to the trophy during the off season as a sign of his virility and football knowhow. Andre played by Paul Scheer goes right ahead and changes the longstanding league Shiva trophy which featured a high school photo of Shivakamini Somakandarkram A.K.A. Shiva (a girl the league members went to school with) and replaced it with a tiny bronzed statuette of himself wearing a unitard, a bowler hat while holding a football in one hand and a trophy in the other. So, essentially Andre turned the long standing Shiva trophy and topped it with a small godlike idol in his own image and named it The Dre or as it was quickly renamed by the other disapproving members of the league the She Dre. Needless to say, the guy seems to be proud of winning the trophy last year and you can only imagine what lengths he and his fellow league members are willing to go to in order to out smart and out play each other. The dialogue in The League is quick, witty and always just the right amount of mean, the exploits of the new season should make for some memorable TV viewing. Make no mistake The League was overlooked last year but this year it should make its mark as one of the better comedies on American television.