i understand that critrole’s length can be super intimidating because there’s just so MUCH of it and it can be easy to want to get caught up as quickly as possible but like
i can’t help but shake my head real hard when people say you should be able to jump into the show at any point past 24 because that’s… very wrong. 24 is when the story arcs become much heavier and intertwined, plus its when character and relationship development really starts going. if you start after the whitestone arc, you miss what’s generally accepted as the best arc in the entire show.
“but the campaign has been going for two years before, so no matter what you’re jumping into the middle of it!“ except, you know, the underdark arc mostly serves as an intro for the audience and shows them the characters and their relationships. the underdark arc has had little impact on the broader story and is literally matt’s way of giving the audience an easy in.
tldr; episode 24 is the latest you should be skipping to, episode 14 is the end of the underdark arc and cuts down a lot of hours+you don’t miss much that’s story-relevant for more than a couple episodes, and episode 1 is always the best place to start