The end is in sight for a series that is described as “one of television’s raunchiest shows” by The New York Times. The FXX comedy “The League” launches its seventh and final season tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.
The story poses the question of whether the show — a partially improvised sitcom about the members of a fantasy football league — will be able to come up with anything truly shocking during its last season.
“This is, after all, a show that began last season by having a character with AIDS, whose disease had already been the subject of numerous jokes, struck and killed by a car while in mid-video conference,” the story notes. “’At least he died doing what he loved,’ Ruxin (Nick Kroll) said moments after the fatal impact. ‘Making fun of you, Kevin.’ Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi) had finished last in the fantasy league the year before.”
The piece says the insider feel of the show, and the long list of NFL personalities who have made cameos — Terry Bradshaw, Marshawn Lynch and Deion Sanders are just a few of the many — make “The League” the “‘Coach’ or ‘Arliss’ of this decade.
The show “also has one of today’s best ensemble casts, every character well defined,” The Times piece adds. “That cast, which includes Jonathan Lajoie and husband-and-wife Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton, makes you believe that these characters are lifelong friends but also that they would cut one another’s throats for a chance at the Shiva, the league’s championship trophy.”
The new season bows tonight at 10 p.m. on FXX.