|Created by||Nat Mauldin|
|Directed by||Robert Alvarez|
|Starring||Neil Patrick Harris|
|Theme music composer||Bruce Broughton|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer||Nat Mauldin|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production companies||Steven Bochco Productions|
Hanna Barbera, Inc.
Wang Film Productions
20th Century Fox Television
|Distributor||20th Century Fox Television|
|Original release||January 28 –|
March 14, 1992
Capitol Critters is an American animated sitcom about the lives of mice, rats and roaches who reside in the basement and walls of the White House in Washington, D.C. The series was produced by Steven Bochco Productions and Hanna-Barbera in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC, which aired seven out of the show's 13 episodes from January 28 to March 14, 1992. Cartoon Network later aired all 13 episodes in 1995.
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. 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.
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.
|No.||Title||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Max Goes to Washington"||Nat Mauldin||January 28, 1992||ORO1|
|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 Mauldin||January 31, 1992||ORO3|
|Max gets trapped in the briefcase of a charismatic but crooked politician.|
|3||"The Rat to Bear Arms"||Nat Mauldin||February 1, 1992||ORO4|
|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 Mauldin||February 8, 1992||ORO2|
|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 Mauldin||February 15, 1992||ORO5|
|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 Mauldin||February 29, 1992||ORO6|
|Jammett begins supplying Opie the squirrel with caffeine pills.|
|7||"An Embarrassment of Roaches"||Nat Mauldin||March 14, 1992||ORO7|
|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 Mauldin||1995||ORO8|
|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 Mauldin||1995||ORO9|
|Max discovers a rat and a cockroach who've been living in a fallout shelter for 30 years.|
|10||"The KiloWatts Riots"||Rob Cohen||1995||ORO12|
|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 Mauldin||1995||ORO11|
|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 Mauldin||1995||ORO10|
|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 Benabib||1995||ORO13|
|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. In its short run, the series dealt with such topics as politics, racial segregation, drug addiction, and mortality. 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." Despite the show's short run, Capitol Critters inspired 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. Also in 1992, Nintendo planned to adapt the TV series into a video game for the Super NES, but the game was cancelled for unknown reasons.