The new season of FX's hilarious comedy "The League" (9 30 p.m. Thursday, FX; 3.5 stars) is starting later than it would have due to the threatened NFL lockout. The premiere's title, "The Lockout," may have been inspired by real events, but has nothing to do with them.
It's actually related to a porn movie.
If you think that plot line doesn't sound like it belongs in a comedy about friends in a fantasy football league, you haven't watched “The League” in the past. The beauty of this series from husband/wife team Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer is its surprises. You just never know what to expect, except to laugh out loud at all the inappropriate humor.
The season opens with reigning league champion Ruxin (Nick Kroll) choosing to hold the new season’s draft at Andre’s (Paul Scheer) apartment, but with a twist that involves the gang meeting Rafi’s (Jason Mantzoukas) porn-making pal Dirty Randy (guest star Seth Rogen).
To say more would be to spoil, so I’ll only add the in its third season “The League” is sharper and raunchier than ever, and the aforementioned cast members, as well as Mark Duplass, Jon Lajoie, Stephen Rannazzisi and Katie Aselton, score TDs with nearly every line. Some examples:
- “Pile into your clown car of lies …”
- “The dude who looks like an illiterate Wolverine.”
- “Puns are as vital to the porn industry as they are to the pet shop industry and the child hair salon industry.”
- “We’ll have to disagree to agree.”
One thing viewers can agree on: “The League” is a champ.