The League is an American comedy sitcom about fantasy football. The plot of this show revolves around its different characters- main ones are Stephen Rannazzisi as Kevin MacArthur, Nick Kroll as Rodney Ruxin, Paul Scheer as Dr. Andre Nowzick, Jon Lajoie as Taco MacArthur, Katie Aselton as Jenny MacArthur and Mark Duplass as Peter “Pete” Eckhart- a divorced man who likes tricking his gullible friends particularly the characters played by Scheer and Lajoie. The show portrays the life and activities of the people who are into playing fantasy football, according to the director of the show through an interview, the show isn’t really about Fantasy Football, it’s about the people- who are in a fantasy football league. As Schaffer stated on the same interview, if there’s a show about firemen, the probability is that the show wouldn’t only show firemen fighting fires and rescuing, at the same time, it would also show their personal lives, growing mustaches and making chilli- The League is no different.
More of like a reality show, than just television episodes, the sitcom enters and narrates the events each character encounters in every episode. The characters vary differently on their characters, for instance, there’s Rannazzisi’s character Kevin MacArthur, portrayed as an assistant district and Pete’s Best friend- a man who has difficulty on competing on the league that he asks his wife, a more knowledgeable character in terms of football.
On the other hand, Kroll’s character, Rodney Ruxin is an obnoxious and competitive persona. Then there’s Dr. Andre Nowzick, played by Paul Scheer, although rich and successful, this trying-to-look-cool character is still rebuked by his friends. Another gullible character is Jon Lajoie’s Taco MacArthur who is Kevin’s younger brother, an unemployed pseudo musician who in fact couldn’t care less about football. And lastly, Katie Aselton as Jenny MacArthur- Kevin’s wife, she’s supportive and enthusiastic when it comes to the league, even more than the members actually do- her character is also a portrayal, showing that even women can appreciate men’s interest, hence supporting it more than men does.
The show eventually started with men being dominant and relative to the show’s genre- talking about the football sport and all; this however is changed when the sitcom opened to a cross gender appeal- making it interesting and entertaining not only for different types of men, but to women as well. Not only does the show promises a fun packed storyline, following the lives of the gang can make you relate, think and understand a given situation through different point of views.