The League is an American sitcom created by Jackie and Jeff Schaffer (Seinfeld) 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. 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.
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.
The main cast includes:
- Mark Duplass (The Mindy Project, Togetherness) as Peter “Pete” Eckhart: Three-time league champion who separates from his wife Meegan (Leslie Bibb, Popular) in the pilot episode. Several episodes revolve around his interaction with women. Pete is known for tricking his gullible friends (particularly Taco and Andre) into making poor fantasy football trades (called “trade rapes”).
- Stephen Rannazzisi (Big Day, Samantha Who?) as Kevin MacArthur: An assistant district attorney, Kevin is also the league commissioner from Seasons 1–3 as well as Pete’s best friend. He returns to commissioner in season 5. Because he has difficulty competing in the league on his own, he often takes football knowledge from his wife, Jenny.
- Nick Kroll (Parks and Recreation) as Rodney Ruxin: A Jewish product-liability attorney, he is just as ruthless and obnoxious in the league as he is in the courtroom. He “out-kicked his coverage” with his wife, and therefore goes to great lengths to please her. He is constantly torn between his need to please his wife and his desire to crush his league opponents.
- Paul Scheer (Electric City) as Dr. Andre Nowzick: A bald, rich plastic surgeon whose naïveté makes him the brunt of many jokes. He wears what he believes to be trendy clothing, for which he is mercilessly mocked by his friends. He tries to be cool by using current slang, particularly the jargon of hip-hop culture, but he is constantly rebuked by his friends and others, such as professional football player Chad Johnson.
- Jon Lajoie as Taco MacArthur: Kevin’s younger brother, a perpetually-stoned, unemployed musician. He doesn’t care or know much about football, evident by his attempts to draft Canadian football players and his tendency to draft placekickers.
- Katie Aselton (Revolution) as Jenny Banger: Kevin’s wife, who helps him run his team and has as much enthusiasm for the league as the actual members do during season 1.