10 TV Shows like The Legend of Vox Machina you must watch

By Adam Lock
Published: January 31, 2023 (Last updated: last month)
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We discuss 10 TV shows like The Legend of Vox Machina you must watch. Keep this list of brilliant recommendations handy. 

Prime Video’s adult animated series The Legend of Vox Machina has returned for a glorious second season, bringing with it more raunchy comedy shenanigans and fantastical action-packed misadventures to enjoy.

The dysfunctional gang first appeared via a Critical Role web series back in 2015, where fans of Dungeons & Dragons could follow their favorite campaigns online. This quickly grew into a huge following, which has also thankfully transferred over into the TV realm as well. If you are a die-hard fan or new to the brutally brilliant world of Tal’Dorei, then here are ten shows of a similar ilk to binge-watch next.

10 TV Shows like The Legend of Vox Machina you must watch

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (2022 – present)

Prime Video’s first foray into Middle-Earth wasn’t for everyone, but it won over most of its fans with in-depth world-building and impressive visual effects. The Legend of Vox Machina borrows heavily from Tolkien’s world, whilst also poking fun at the fantasy epic on numerous occasions. The tone and humor may be at odds with this The Lord of the Rings spin-off series, but both rely upon mythology and expansive worlds to tell stories of grand missions and bloody war.

Castlevania (2017 – 2021)

This dark fantasy series from Netflix is also based on a piece of cult property and like The Legend of Vox Machina, both shows are exquisitely animated. Castlevania is set in a fantasy world where the nation of Wallachia is attacked by Dracula himself and his ungodly army. The series boasts an impressive voice cast, including Richard Armitage, Jason Isaacs, Bill Nighy, and Lance Reddick, who is also joining The Legend of Vox Machina voice cast in 2023. There are many parallels between both projects and fans of one should definitely check out the other, if they haven’t already.

Critical Role (2015 – present)

When reviewing The Legend of Vox Machina back in early 2022, I had never even heard of Critical Role, but it is a web series with an almighty following regardless of my ignorance. The web series which The Legend of Vox Machina is based upon, launched back in 2015, quickly finding a home on Twitch and YouTube. The show brings together a team of professional voice actors, who play Dungeons & Dragons with hilarious results. It’s an inspirational tale really, a series that started with such humble beginnings, becoming the huge franchise that it is in the present day, with a second Prime Video series, Mighty Nein, also on the way. If you enjoy this series, then of course Critical Role is worth seeking out too.

Horrible Histories (2009 – 2014)

Wait, wait, wait, just hear me out on this one. Horrible Histories is a behemoth in the educational world. The series of kids’ books allowed children across the world to digest and enjoy history in a new and fresh way. This highly successful franchise then made the leap onto the small screen, where it took on a life of its own. Like The Legend of Vox Machina, Horrible Histories revels in the bloody, violent history of war, finding immature hilarity in the downright disgusting. Both are set in the past, with comedic songs and a childish spirit that is pretty contagious.

House of the Dragon (2022 – present)

If fantasy epics are your guilty pleasure, then look no further than Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon for more depraved, gory goodness. The HBO hit works as a prequel to the aforementioned TV titan, effortlessly ignoring that show’s best-forgotten final season, whilst working within the same world. Comparisons are plenty, but House of the Dragon managed to re-energize a dawdling franchise in impressive style.

Arcane (2021 – present)

Netflix adult animated series Arcane was met with universal acclaim on its release in 2021. Set within the League of Legends fictional universe, the show focuses on sisters Vi (Hailee Steinfeld) and Jinx (Ella Purnell), who are on either side of a growing conflict between the utopian city of Piltover and the undercity of Zaun. Showcasing dazzling animation through superb world-building, this is a show like no other. Heralded as one of the best video game adaptations of all time, Arcane may be a much more serious affair, but it is certainly worth your time.

Mythic Quest (2020 – present)

The Legend of Vox Machina plays a little like a video game, with enthralling fight sequences and many quests to be completed. Apple Original, Mythic Quest explores the office environment of those that make these types of video games into a reality. It’s a hilarious, geeky comedy series from the makers of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Charlie Day, Megan Ganz, and co-star Rob McElhenney). Made with the same love and attention, both of these comedy shows champion the nerdier side to pop culture, addressing friendships and rivalries with vigor.

Blackadder (1983 – 1989)

One of the best British sitcoms of all time, Blackadder explores British history through four distinct seasons and four different time periods. The cast members remain the same throughout and star Rowan Atkinson portrays the same, cowardly Blackadder in each season, yet the settings alter. An endlessly re-watchable comedy series that finishes with a heart-wrenching finale, Blackadder is a stone-cold classic. The Legend of Vox Machina specializes in a similar sarcastic humor and makes the most of its historic settings. I wouldn’t be surprised if Matthew Mercer and the gang were inspired by this show.

Hit-Monkey (2021)

Hulu’s adult animated series Hit-Monkey centers on an assassin, who happens to also be a Japanese macaque. This bizarre comic book adaptation includes voice work from Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso), who portrays Hit-Monkey’s ghostly mentor. The cast also features Olivia Munn and George Takei. It was praised for its vibrant animation and entertaining narrative. Available on Disney+ in the UK.

The Umbrella Academy (2019 – present)   

The dysfunctional group of misfits and anti-heroes has become a staple of the sci-fi fantasy genre in recent years. The Vox Machina are just the latest iteration of bloodthirsty mercenaries, wisecracking and swearing whilst idly killing their enemies. Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy may be the most popular of the genre in the modern TV landscape, with the gang ending multiple apocalypses whilst bickering and bantering with comedic aplomb. Steve Blackman’s superhero masterclass includes a killer cast and plenty of visual flair. And that wicked sense of humor is just top-notch in this bonkers comic book series.

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