TKO'd in March, after 13 episodes on FX,
may never rank with Freaks and Geeks among TV's most grievous one-and-dones. But the ambitious drama about a former boxing champ (Holt McCallany) forced into a comeback nailed the spirit of its subject—which most sports-themed shows fail miserably to do—making it the best-wrought account of life after the bell since Requiem for a Heavyweight. Sadly, viewership dropped from 1.5 million for the pilot to half that when it was canceled—which is too bad; the most rewarding episodes came in the later rounds. Good thing boxing is all about second chances. This one is must-see when it hits DVD.
—Bryan Armen Graham
21 A League of Their Own
FX's painfully underappreciated fantasy football comedy, The League, is now in its third—and best—season. As the show winds to a Dec. 22 season finale, SI's Alexandra Fenwick grilled castmates Paul Scheer (above, right) and Nick Kroll about athlete cameos, the NFL lockout and their real-life league.
You guys all really play. How competitive is The League's league?
PS: There are only bragging rights in our league, which is probably better than any sort of money. It's all about humiliating each other.
The trash talk on the show is pretty creative.
PS: [The insults were] all written by sweatshop workers.
NK: We outsource them to India, all the insults.
Undisputed highlight of the season: Nick's Super Bowl Shuffle parody.