Top 10 Episodes of The League
*Editor's Note: This article was originally written to coincide with the first Monday Night Football game of the season, my apologies to Mr. Mayfield and the readers for the delay in posting, please enjoy...*
And just like that we are mere days away from the wonderful, hard-hitting, somewhat controversial sport of Football. A sport known for bringing strangers together and ripping families and friends apart. Football represents the American Dream. A dream that says if you work hard and do your best, and sacrifice your mind and body, you too can make millions. Though many television shows have documented the sport well, one show stands above the rest when accurately depicting the average American’s response to such a turbulent time as football season. This show was brought to you by the minds of Jackie and Jeff Schaffer (who might be known for their work on the under-appreciated EuroTrip) and it chronicles the hilarious adventures of a group of friends and their search for Fantasy Sports Glory. Here are your Top 10 Episodes of, arguably, the greatest football show of all time, The League!
10. The Light of Genesis (Season 3 Ep. 10) - Aired 12/08/2011
In this wonderful episode Kevin believes that his Krav Maga instructor is hitting on him and Ruxin joins a cult to get fantasy football advice. Throw in some cameos from Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller (Silicon Valley), and Eliza Dushku (Buffy and The New Guy), and you have yourself a great episode.
9. The Lockout (Season 3 Ep 1) - Aired 10/06/2011
The draft episodes are some of the most fun to watch. As Season 3 kicks off, we get to see Andre having to deal with all the punishments that come along with winning the Sacko and the rest of the crew has to deal with the draft party which goes awry.
8. Vegas Draft (Season 2, Ep. 1) - 09/16/2010
Another draft episode? Like I said, they were some of the best. The gang heads to Vegas to draft in style. Chad “OchoCinco” Johnson acts as the master of ceremonies and we get introduced to Rafi for the first time and that is the gift that just keeps on giving.
7. The Kluneberg (Season 2, Ep. 4) - 10/07/2010
The gang’s old friend, who is a sex addict, starts a new league and invites Jenny. Andre buys a brand new painting and everyone else tries to kick Rafi out of The League. Once you throw in Taco getting addicted to cocaine via a toilet seat, you have a recipe for success and hilarity.
6. The Breastalyzer (Season 4. Ep.4) - Aired 11/01/2012
Kevin and Jenny discover that Kristin Cavallari is in their baby class and Ruxin ask Rafi if he can take Baby Geoffrey to swim lessons. Neither situations work out well for those involved but it definitely works out for the viewers as we are given plenty of great Rafi moments.
5. The Expert Witness (Season 2 Ep 9) - Aired 11/11/2010
If we learn anything in this episode it's that Andre is useless under pressure. We also get some comedy gold as the entire crew finds their way into one of Ruxin’s court case.
4. High School Reunion (Season 2 Ep 10) - Aired 11/18/2010
The guys need a name for their last place trophy and what better place for inspiration than their high school reunion? This is also the episode where Taco also looks for inspiration while trying to finish his Vinegar Strokes Masterpiece.
3. Thanksgiving (Season 3 Ep.8) - Aired 11/17/2011
Thanksgiving is a time for family. That being said, most of the gang wishes their out-of-town family members would have just stayed home. A great episode made even better by guest appearances from Sarah Silverman and Jeff Goldblum.
2. Mr. McGibblets (Season 1, Ep. 4) - Aired 11/19/2009
Pete and Andre head off on a romantic getaway for two and Kevin pays Taco to scare his daughter so she stops playing with a dancing toy. It leads to Kevin getting robbed by his own brother and puts Pete in a curious situation. This episode also probably gives you the best summarization of the character dynamics that last throughout the series.
1. Kagel The Elf (Season 2. Ep 12) - Aired 12/9/2010
It’s the holiday season and Kevin and Jenny are both in the playoffs, but will Ellie’s poor behavior and the fact that Pete is dating her teacher, deter their focus? Will a Christmas miracle lead to Kevin’s first appearance in the Shiva Bowl? It has some of the best one-liners and the best ending that this show ever produced, making it the clear #1.
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