Take six friends who are fanatical about sport and put them in a Fantasy Football League that they will do anything to win and you have The League. It's is simply one of the best, funniest, smartest shows anywhere and now that it has ended, all seven seasons are available to stream on Netflix. If you haven't seen it then you are missing an absolute treat.
Unlike some scripted sitcoms, The League is semi ad-libbed so essentially the funniest outcome of any scene was the one that made the cut and the result is hilarious. The cast are incredible and each character is well rounded and developed and easily identifiable as somebody you probably already know. Each has their own good and bad points, his or her own backstory and their everyday lives are beautifully mixed in with their all consuming need to win the league. And what does the winner of each season get? They get ‘The Shiva', a trophy named after Shivakamini Somakandarkram, their high school valedictorian to whom Kevin lost his virginity in Pete's mother's car while listening to Aerosmith.
The dialogue in The League is not for everybody. If you're not partial to crass or crude interactions this may not be for you, in fact it's probably best if you swerve it because most of it is completely inappropriate. If however, this does not bother you in the least then grab the popcorn and settle in for what is going to be a marathon of tv binge watching.
There are 84 episodes in total so you'll definitely get mileage out of it and even if you know nothing about American Football it won't make a jot of difference because it's not really about the football per say, it's about the league and how Pete, Kevin, Ruxin, Andre, Jenny and Taco play it. It's genius and with four out of five stars from over 37k IMDB reviews, I'm not the only one who thinks so.
Update: Unfortunately, The League is no longer available on Netflix. You can buy it on Amazon but it is not included with the Prime subscription.