Capitol Critters
GenreAnimated sitcom
Created byNat Mauldin
Steven Bochco
Michael Wagner
Directed byRobert Alvarez
StarringNeil Patrick Harris
Charlie Adler
Patti Deutsch
Jennifer Darling
Dorian Harewood
Bobcat Goldthwait
Frank Welker
Theme music composerBruce Broughton
ComposersDon Davis
Steven Bramson
J.A.C. Redford
Bruce Broughton
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producersNat Mauldin
David Kirschner
ProducersDayna Kalins
Steven Bochco
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesSteven Bochco Productions
Hanna-Barbera, Inc.
20th Century Fox Television
Animation servicesWang Film Productions
Jaime Diaz Productions
Original release
NetworkABC (1992)
Cartoon Network (1995-1996)
ReleaseJanuary 28, 1992 (1992-01-28) –
September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)

Capitol Critters is an American animated series and sitcom produced by Steven Bochco Productions and Hanna-Barbera in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The show is about the lives of mice, rats and roaches who reside in the basement and walls of the White House in Washington, D.C.[1] Seven out of the show's 13 episodes were aired on ABC from January 28 to March 14, 1992.[2] Cartoon Network later aired all 13 episodes (including the unaired episodes) from 1995 through 1996. 20th Television currently holds the rights to the show.

The series was part of a spate of attempts by major networks to develop prime time animated shows to compete with the success of Fox's The Simpsons, alongside CBS's Fish Police and Family Dog.[3] The latter two, along with Capitol Critters, proved unsuccessful and were quickly cancelled.


A young mouse named Max is forced to flee his home on a farm in Nebraska after his family is killed by exterminators. He travels to Washington, D.C. to live with his hippie cousin Berkley, rebellious rat Jammett, and Jammett's mother Trixie. Max also befriends a hip cockroach named Moze and a former laboratory rat named Muggle who still suffers from the side effects of the experiments he is put through that often have him exploding.

The group has to deal with the White House's resident cats, which are caricatures of then-President George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. The episodes' themes reference current issues of the day, including gun control and drug abuse.


Additional voices


No.TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Max Goes to Washington"Nat MauldinJanuary 28, 1992 (1992-01-28)ORO125.1[4]
After Max the mouse's family is murdered by pest control workers, he moves to Washington, D.C. to live with his cousin Berkley.
2"Of Thee I Sting"Nat MauldinJanuary 31, 1992 (1992-01-31)ORO320.6[4]
Max gets trapped in the briefcase of a charismatic but crooked politician.
3"The Rat to Bear Arms"Nat MauldinFebruary 1, 1992 (1992-02-01)ORO411.1[4]
Jammett finds a gun and plans to obliterate the presidential cats to avenge the death of a young rat named Felix, who was killed by one of the cats.
4"Hat & Mouse"Nat MauldinFebruary 8, 1992 (1992-02-08)ORO211.6[5]
Moze shows up to return Max's hat, but Max's fellow rodents don't take kindly to a cockroach in their midst.
5"A Little Romance"Nat MauldinFebruary 15, 1992 (1992-02-15)ORO510.4[6]
When a stowaway family of Japanese mice arrive at the White House, Max rescues their daughter from the presidential cat and falls in love with her.
6"Opie's Choice"Nat MauldinFebruary 29, 1992 (1992-02-29)ORO610.6[7]
Jammett begins supplying Opie the squirrel with caffeine pills.
7"An Embarrassment of Roaches"Nat MauldinMarch 14, 1992 (1992-03-14)ORO78.9[8]
Max encourages his friends to let an elderly cockroach couple move in next door, but soon the rodents are up to their ears in baby roaches.
8"Into the Woods"Nat MauldinSeptember 15, 1995 (1995-09-15) (on Cartoon Network)ORO8N/A
Trixie mistakes one of Jammett's marbles as a grape and bites into it, causing a massive toothache. Meanwhile, Jammett tries to help an owl who's in danger of losing his home when a crew shows up to tear down the forest and erect a shopping mall.
9"Gimme Shelter"Nat MauldinSeptember 22, 1995 (1995-09-22) (on Cartoon Network)ORO9N/A
Max discovers a rat and a cockroach who've been living in a fallout shelter for 30 years.
10"The KiloWatts Riots"Rob CohenSeptember 29, 1995 (1995-09-29) (on Cartoon Network)ORO12N/A
When the power goes out below the White House, Jammett begins doling out extension cords in return for favors. Meanwhile, Muggle tries to devise an alternative power source.
11"The Bug House"Nat MauldinSeptember 3, 1996 (1996-09-03) (on Cartoon Network)ORO11N/A
Jammett's attempt at cheating during a baseball game lands him, Max and Moze in Roach Prison.
12"The Lady Doth Protest to Munch"Nat MauldinSeptember 10, 1996 (1996-09-10) (on Cartoon Network)ORO10N/A
When an important bill is vetoed, Berkley protests by going on a hunger strike. Of course temptation lies around every corner.
13"If Lovin' You Is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Rat"Karl Fink & Roberto BenabibSeptember 17, 1996 (1996-09-17) (on Cartoon Network)ORO13N/A
When the president's grandchildren visit the White House, Jammett falls in love with their pet hamster.


Capitol Critters was cancelled after less than two months.[9] In its short run, the series dealt with such topics as politics, racial segregation, drug addiction, and mortality.[10] In his review of the series, Variety critic Brian Lowry wrote that "at its best, the show seems to ape the work of film director Ralph Bakshi by using an animated setting to explore adult themes", and that "the bland central character and cartoonish elements [...] will likely be off-putting to many adults, who won't find the political satire biting enough to merit their continued attention. Similarly, kids probably won't be as smitten with the cartoon aspects or look".[10] Capitol Critters had their own Burger King Kids Club toys in 1992, which featured Jammet, Max, Muggle, and a Presidential Cat sitting on or emerging from miniature Washington, D.C., monuments.


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