Critical Role

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Critical Role is an American web series in which a group of professional voice actors plays Dungeons & Dragons. The show started streaming partway through the cast's first campaign in March 2015. Campaign one ended in October 2017 after 115 episodes, and campaign two started in January 2018 and ended in June 2021 after 141 episodes. A number of one-shots were aired in the hiatus between the two campaigns. After campaign two was completed, the spin-off limited series Exandria Unlimited aired from June 2021 to August 2021. The third campaign premiered on October 21, 2021.

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The Critical Role logo in a dark blue-gray color. Horizontal and central is the text "Critical Role", which uses an all-caps, serif font and the first letter of each word is sized larger than the rest of the word. Vertical and central is the silhouette of a sword, which bisects the text element. This sword replaces the letter T within critical, and passes through the letter O of role. Surrounding these elements is the outline of a twenty sided die. The logo has been placed on a background that resembles an antique, hand-drawn map that is cream in color with text and illustrations of rivers and forests both in a light gray color.
Based onDungeons & Dragons 5th edition
Theme music composer
Opening theme
  • "Critical Role Theme Song"
  • (C1)
  • "Critical Role Too"
  • (C2, episodes 1–43)
  • "Your Turn to Roll"
  • (C2, episodes 44–141)
  • "It's Thursday Night"
  • (C3)
Ending theme
  • "Twin Elms"
  • "Welcome to Wildemount" (C2)
  • "Welcome to Marquet"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes (list of episodes)
Production locationsLos Angeles, California
Running timeApproximately 180–300 minutes per episode[1]
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseMarch 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) 

The series is broadcast on Thursdays at 19:00 PT on the Critical Role Twitch and YouTube channels, with the video on demand (VOD) becoming available to Twitch subscribers immediately after the broadcast. The VODs are made available for the public on Critical Role's website and uploaded to their YouTube channel on the Monday after the live stream. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show had broadcast live, but has been pre-recorded since its return for episode 100 of Campaign Two.

The cast own the intellectual property from the show, and the show also lends its name to the studio owned by the cast—Critical Role Productions. The studio has produced Critical Role since 2018. A number of licensed works based on the show have been released, such as several comic books and two official campaign setting guides. The Legend of Vox Machina, the animated series based on the first campaign of Critical Role, premiered January 28, 2022 on Amazon Prime Video. Mighty Nein, an upcoming animated series based on the second campaign, was announced in January 2023.

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