about the show

The thing about Critical Role is that it's not an easy show to describe. It's a show about a band of brave adventurers (or idiots, take your pick) fighting monsters and exploring dungeons, rescuing towns and saving prisoners, and searching for powerful legendary artifacts. It's a show about family, whether it's reconnecting with estranged relatives, avenging the dead, or forming new bonds. It's a show about loss, from things ripped away in an instant to slow acceptance. And it's a show about love, in every shape and color — familial, romantic, platonic, fraternal.

It's also a show about watching people play Dungeons & Dragons.

Like a good book, most of the action takes place in your imagination, and perhaps that's the best way to describe it. While there are maps and models to give a visual sense of the playing field during encounters, much of the story is simply visualizing what's going on — and because the players are all talented voice actors, it's very easy to get immersed in the story. There is really nothing I can compare it to, because there's nothing quite like it. Roleplaying games are pretty cool that way.

Critical Role airs every Thursday at 7 PM Pacific on Twitch; episodes are put on Youtube the following Monday.

Some frequently asked questions:

Whoa, wait a second, why are the episodes so long? It's a D&D game. If you've never played, it's not exactly a fast-paced game.

Okay, so should I skip to the most recent episode? No. Do not do this. This is a heavily plot-driven show, and one of the best things about it are the plot twists. Don't ruin the experience for yourself. You wouldn't start watching Game of Thrones on the final episode, would you?

More importantly, Critical Role finished its first campaign in October 2017 — episodes 1 through 115 cover this storyline. The second campaign ran from 2018 to 2021, and covers 141 episodes. Look at it like this: you can take as much time as you want to watch the earlier campaigns. (If you're not familiar with tabletop games, a new campaign means that the players play brand-new characters, though in the case of this show, it still takes place in the same world.) As of this writing, the third campaign has more recently begun, and can be found here. By the time I update this website again, the fourth campaign will probably be underway.

The point is, pick a campaign and start from the beginning. You really can't go wrong with any of them. There are some references to previous campaigns, but they're relatively self-contained and can be viewed without knowledge of the other series.

I heard there was a cartoon? There is! The Legend of Vox Machina aired on Prime in 2022, and is a great introduction to the series. It follows an early arc from campaign 1 (along with a pre-campaign introduction) and serves as a wonderful primer to the characters and setting. Highly recommended.

I don't have time to watch it, I'd rather just listen to it. You can get it as a podcast instead!

Is it Thursday yet? No ☹️

In fact, we’ll be keeping your weapons, your armor, and, I believe, your pride. Percy