Special Edition: TV Show Review of “The League”

Bhaskar Chanda Movie ReviewsThe National Football League has finally made its long awaited return and our Sunday schedules are officially booked up. With the return of the NFL regular season inevitably comes Fantasy Football. It is hard to deny Fantasy Football’s powerful presence in American culture right now. Once you have experienced a Fantasy League with close friends, it is easy to see why its popularity has grown to such heights.

The popular TV show The League just began its sixth season, and has garnered a strong following throughout the country. Why? Creators Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus have tapped into America’s newfound obsession, and turned it into an exaggerated depiction of life hijacked by Fantasy Football. The League explores the lives of a group of friends who obsessively compete over fantasy football, all while mercilessly ridiculing each other.

I was drawn to this show by frequent recommendations and finally decided to give it a chance. Looking for strong plot lines and phenomenal acting performances? The League is probably not for you, and you may want to consider Orange is the New Black. Like many, I assumed prior knowledge of NFL players and fantasy football was a necessity, but the show quickly navigates that expectation by rooting the stories in the daily lives of friends to which anyone can relate. Of course, knowing the game and it’s players, who make frequent cameos, will only heighten your experience.

If you want a show that will make you laugh and remind you it is okay to goof around now and then despite living as a responsible adult, then The League just might be for you. Your expectations may dictate whether you find it enjoyable and funny, or just completely tasteless and stupid. Lacking political correctness nor concern for hurting feelings, The League has one goal – to make you laugh. The League draws you in with its charismatic cast and strong onscreen chemistry. Call it crass, mindless, bro humor, but there is no doubt these characters will make you laugh. It may not be your particular tastes, but something is to be said for a comedy that is in its 6th season. 4/5 Stars

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