A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show perpetuates some traditional gender roles related to sports, namely that girls don't like football, as well as some standard clichés about sex, kids, and marriage. But it also shows a group of longtime male friends who clearly care about each other, despite their near-constant, good-natured teasing.
Positive Role Models
The characters can be immature and selfish. Lying and backstabbing are part of the game; one pair of lawyers even throws some of their draft picks into a suspected criminal's plea-bargain deal. Still, it's clear that the friends have made an effort to stay close as they've grown up and followed different paths.
Violence & Scariness
One character is threatened with a beating, but otherwise there's little violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many sexual references, often with graphic language, but no nudity. Couples are shown fooling around in their underwear and under the covers. Some male characters brag about their conquests and their appreciation of casual sex.
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Constant swearing, including "p---y," "dick," "s--t," "suck," "whore," "boobs," and more. Only variations on "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
A fair amount of product-placement: Bud Light seems to be the beer of choice.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many scenes feature adults drinking at parties and bars, and some people get visibly drunk. One character frequently talks about his fondness for marijuana, and other characters also indulge or talk about being high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this often-crass comedy about a group of longtime male friends pays a fair bit of attention to their fantasy football league, the show's real focus is their relationships -- both with each other and with their wives and girlfriends. The guys constantly talk about sex (the conversations get graphic, and there are a few racy scenes, though not too much in the way of nudity); there's also plenty of swearing (including unbleeped uses of "s--t" and the like) frequent drinking, and plenty of references to marijuana. It's funny, but it's not for kids.
Is It Any Good?
The League is crass, juvenile, and rife with stereotypes, but it also has a tender core thanks to the focus on friendship and relationships. Still, the characters swear constantly and obsess about sex, both the men and the women. The guys are all devoted sports nuts who find it hard to believe that their wives can appreciate football, or even understand it. And the man-children are more concerned with winning the league than just about anything else; Kevin, a district attorney, even agrees to give one of Ruxin's clients a reduced sentence when his league rival sweetens a plea bargain negotiation with a prized player.
It's over the top and crude, but it also has a few funny moments. Of course, that doesn't mean the show is great; it's one-dimensional, and many scenes ramp up the profanity and sex quotient for no reason other than ... to ramp up the profanity and sex. What makes the comedy work, when it does, is the friendships at the heart of the show. These men have been pals since childhood, and the way they interact comes off realistically. There's plenty of trash-talking and good-natured teasing, but it's clear that they care for each other. They know the league is just a game, but its real value is that it also keeps them together.
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