The Netflix Files: September 29, 2011

 The Netflix Files works to find the hidden gems of Netflix’s Watch Instantly feature, the films and TV shows that have gone largely unnoticed by the streaming community. We do not cover Qwikster, but we will point you in the direction of Acme Video if you buy us booze at Campus Fine Wines on your way there.

FX (or, as three people on campus like to call it, Channel 046 on IPTV) has recently emerged as the AMC of television comedy. It all started back in 2004, when Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, three struggling young actors, brought their pilot (shot for a meager $200) in to the network. FX saw potential in the three guys, revamped the pilot and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was born. Since then, FX has placed faith in low-cost, high-quality comedies — namely Wilfred, Louie and Archer (the latter two are also available on Watch Instantly). The best of them all might just be The League.

Although the series centers around a fantasy football league, zero knowledge of football is required. The League is essentially a show about five slightly imbalanced, otherwise normal guys having a good time. It’s vulgar, crude, testosterone-fueled… and a hell of a lot of fun. Imagine if the Wolf Pack from The Hangover had a weekly television show. And never made you hate them by going to Bangkok.

The cast is comprised of relatively unknown actors — the most famous being Paul Scheer (Aziz Ansari’s gap-toothed counterpart on MTV’s Human Giant) and Nick Kroll (Bobby Bottleservice, of The Ed Hardy Boyz). The rest hail from low-budget mumblecore movies or, in the character Taco’s case, YouTube’s Canadian output. The League brings these diverse talents together and then allows them to run wild. Some of the results include, but are not limited to:

– The concoction of the term “vaginal hubris
Mr. McGibblets, a children’s doll with a butcher knife
NFL legend Terry Bradshaw, in his best acting role since the naked dad in Failure to Launch (I watched the hyperlink so you don’t have to)

Check out Season One on Watch Instantly. Or just, like, check out something on Watch Instantly. If you don’t, Reed Hastings will send Mr. McGibblets after you. Once you’re caught up, the latest season of the show is slated to premiere one week from today — Thursday, October 6, 10:30 pm, on FX.

Oh, and there’s this birthday song.

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