Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jul 9, 2013
    It's epic, hilarious and totally tasteless.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 9, 2013
    Drunk History is a good-natured show with no inflated aspirations. But like a drunk in a game of darts, it doesn’t hit the target very often.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jul 9, 2013
    Some will find it offensive, immoral, irresponsible--a highly defensible position. It's also very funny, a thing of twisted genius and, for the next eight weeks possibly the most original comedy on television.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 9, 2013
    The whole exercise has a distinct homemovie feel to it--a small-ball mentality suited to short bursts on the Web, perhaps, but an utter waste of empty, dimwitted calories blown up and out for television.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 9, 2013
    The wit of the historical re-creations, along with the excellence of the many guest actors in them (including, this season, Connie Britton, Kristen Wiig, Aubrey Plaza, Owen Wilson, and Jack McBrayer) helps to overcome the repetitiveness and slightness of the formula.
  6. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jul 9, 2013
    How funny you find all this basically depends on how funny you find drunk people. And not fake-movie drunk people, but realistically drunk people: a little confused, no longer so good with words, and very sleepy.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 9, 2013
    When you have talent like Adam Scott (John Wilkes Booth), Bob Odenkirk (Nixon) and Jack Black (Elvis) on hand, why not let them improv their own material? They're wasted as puppets trapped in this sad, thin vaudeville.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 8, 2013
    More often than not, watching Drunk History is like being the only sober person at a party where none of the people present are your friends.
  9. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 8, 2013
    Comedy Central has been able to take a can’t-miss idea and move it from short online sketches to a series of sketches that fill a half hour of television with a unified theme and increased production value, while bringing the brilliant idea to a wider audience.
  10. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jul 8, 2013
    Just as people either drink or don't, you'll get it or you won't.
  11. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 8, 2013
    There’s a chuckle here and a chuckle there, but it’s impossible to escape the feeling that you’ve just been forwarded a stale Internet meme from your dad.
  12. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Jul 2, 2013
    If you're thinking about how long it'll be before this joke gets old, then you are not alone. Until then, Drunk History is a high-concept riot.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Aug 14, 2013
    Oh man...this show is spectacular. The first few episodes are a little off if you were a fan of the series. By the 4th episode, it really takes off with Winona Ryder, Jason Ritter (in a star turn), Bob Oedenkirk and Nick Offerman. And the storytellers keep getting more and more bizarre.

    This has to be picked up for a second season but, knowing Comedy Central nowadays, it probably won't.

    When you see an internet "thing" become a TV show, you prepare yourself for the worst. But this stays true to the original concept and builds on it to make for a well-rounded show that can only get more entertaining as it figures out what it is and what it could possibly grow into.
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  2. Jul 31, 2014
    This is a creative concept for a show and everything is funny except the fake drunk acting. These guys are professional actors, they should be more believable and maybe even really get drunk. They make getting drunk look so painful and pitiful. Except for the American Music episode. When Eric REALLY drinks the other guys giggle like little school girls who havent gotten really drunk IN A LONG TIME! Full Review »
  3. Jul 15, 2014
    This would probably be hilarious if the actors didn't all sound like Dee Reynolds when she is wasted, which by the way, is a really **** portrayal of a drunk person. I think the concept of the show is good, but the execution is very poor. I was actually pretty excited when I first saw the commercials for the show, but when I got to watch it, it was just a let down. The actors slur their words and talk in a monotone voice, that's about it. THe only real compliments I have, is that Drunk History is at least slightly better than the Kroll Show Full Review »