Seven years ago, The League debuted on FX. It starred a cast of mostly unknowns and it was built on a premise that no one thought would work: a sitcom about fantasy football. As it turned out, however, fantasy football had really begun to take off in America, so much so that seven years later, ESPN’s coverage of the NFL is actually slanted toward the fantasy football fan. (For better or worse, but mostly for the worse.) Now everyone — even the most casual NFL fan — has a fantasy football team, and most people have more than one. It’s ruined civilized conversation in America during football season.
Turns out, there’s also a lot of relatable material to cover with fantasy football, mostly revolving around how fantasy football affects the friendship and relationships of those in a league. (In the case of The League, it’s a crappy eight-person snake-draft league.) FX’s The League covered most of the relatable material in the first couple of seasons, and it has since only loosely revolved around actual fantasy football while featuring the occasional NFL cameo. The series unfortunately has also been sputtering creatively for a few seasons, shedding viewers along the way. Last night, The League limped away quietly, but like a dying dog, it still had some bite left in it. In its series finale, The League offered up the best episode of the season, and fittingly bid farewell to each of the characters.
So what happened in the series finale?
As in each season finale, the Shiva and the Sacko were handed out. Ruxin faced off against The Coin (a team in which all managerial choices were made by the flip of a coin) in the Shiva Bowl. Ruxin also discovered that Meegan — who had reunited with Andre — was pregnant with Pete’s baby during a baby gender party. (This was the first of two baby gender parties last night on FX. One also served as the setting for You’re the Worst.) Meegan insisted that Ruxin keep the secret from Andre, and Ruxin fought with himself over whether to reveal it or not. He was visited by his future self — played, appropriately, by Larry David — in a dream, who said that if Ruxin revealed the secret, Kevin would die and Taco and Jenny would end up together, but that if he didn’t reveal the secret, he’d end up sleeping with Shiva and winning the Shiva Bowl.
Ruxin took future Ruxin’s advice, but he didn’t win. Future Ruxin screwed him. The Shiva Bowl ended in a tie, and the winner was determined by the flip of a coin. The coin won.