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"You look like the oldest boy band ever, and Ruxin, you look like their creepy gay manager...."
Fox / 281 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: September 3, 2013
What continues to be so refreshing and often brittle about The League is that it presents dudes acting, well, like dudes: there are no sitcom archetypes here, no silver linings, no Afterschool Special moral ribbon-tying to mention. In The League: The Complete Season 4, six men in varying stages of maturity, relationship status and intellectual capacity meet for obsessive, passionate football watching - and player-by-player league competition among themselves – as well as lovingly off-color trash talk.
That being said, the show isn’t quite what it once was. Season openers have become star-studded destination affairs that are just as needless as ever, and while The League is certainly still likely to inspire a belly laugh once an episode, sometimes it doesn’t offer up much more than that. But it’s fun to just head to the land of The League – watching Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzi, Paul Scheer, Jonathan Lajoie (as well as, of course, Katie Aselton) make jokes about every facet of their friends’ shortcomings makes for diverting (if sometimes thin) entertainment.
And here’s the reality of the situation for those who have already succumbed to the douchebag merits of The League: you ain’t goin’ nowhere. There are better comedies on the air, and the fall season offers up many chores and activities that we could be doing around the house, but even if it’s a shell of what it once was, it’s fun to check in with The League every now and then. And with a box set like this one, you can blast through a season in a night or two. It’s a great way to waste some time. Trust me.