11. The League
Stars: Mark Duplass, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Katie Aselton, Stephen Rannazzisi, Jon LaJoie
One sign of a winning comedy series is if you’d actually want to hang out with its characters in real-life or not. Far too commonly, so-called “funny people” on sitcoms and wannabe hilarious shows try so hard to be humorous that they’re ultimately cheese grating (case in point, NBC’s painful Whitney). So it says a lot that we’d gladly knock back a 24-pack of beers with the guys on FX’s criminally underrated The League.
Sticking with relatable set-ups, The League mines laughs out of everyday idiocy, common awkwardness, and the types of buddy-on-buddy insults that can only be deemed tolerable by years’ worth of friendship. In its third season, the fantasy football-centered laugh fest also offered up some of the year’s funniest guest star appearances, including Eliza Dushku’s as a grabby self-defense instructor and Seth Rogen as the awesomely named porn filmmaker Dirty Randy.