|Created by||Tom Ruegger|
|Written by||Tom Ruegger|
|Directed by||Herb Moore|
Kevin Michael Richardson
|Theme music composer||Richard Stone|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer||Tom Ruegger|
|Running time||30 minutes (with commercials)|
|Production company||Warner Bros. Television Animation|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Domestic Pay-TV, Cable & Network Features Distribution|
|Original network||Kids' WB|
Nine Network (Australia)
|Original release||September 7, 1996 –|
February 22, 1997
Road Rovers is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation that premiered on Kids' WB on September 7, 1996, and ended after one season on February 22, 1997. It was later shown on Cartoon Network from February 7, 1998 until 2000.
The show follows the adventures of the Road Rovers, a team of five super-powered crime-fighting anthropomorphic dogs, known as "cano-sapiens". The characters all live with world leaders, including the President of the United States, the British Prime Minister, the Chancellor of Germany and the Swiss President, with one dog living in the Kremlin.
In the town of Socorro, New Mexico, Professor Shepherd was forced to relinquish an experimental transdogmafier technology to General Parvo in exchange for his lost dog, but instead Parvo gives him a bomb that destroys his laboratory. One year later, as normal dogs begin to mutate into monsters, Shephard, who miraculously survived the attack, takes measures to stop Parvo who is behind this.
Shepherd selects five different dogs and in his new, secret underground lab, he uses his new transdogmifier on the five, turning them into "Cano-sapiens". These dogs are the pets of world leaders and when called to action they are a team of crime fighters known as the "Road Rovers".
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||13||September 7, 1996||February 22, 1997||Kids' WB|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Let's Hit the Road"||Herb Moore||Tom Ruegger and Mark Seidenberg||September 7, 1996|
|The Road Rovers meet for the first time.|
|2||"Storm from the Pacific"||Jon McClenahan||Earl Kress and Tom Ruegger||September 14, 1996|
|Disgraced captain Zachary Storm seeks revenge on the United States for his court-martial.|
|3||"A Hair of the Dog That Bit You"||Scott Jeralds||John Ludin and Mark Seidenberg||September 21, 1996|
|Packs of werewolves take over London, and Exile seems to have gotten bitten (or scratched), which puts him under watch. Ultimately, it turns out Colleen was the one who turned into a werewolf, they seek help from the wise Confusus who gives them a riddle to cure werewolf bites. During the week of August 25-31, 1997, a teaser was played on Kids' WB that the episode would be replayed on August 31 with extended footage. However, due to the death of Princess Diana on August 31 (who incidentally makes a cameo in the episode), the original was aired instead and the extended version has never been aired.|
|4||"Where Dare"||Herb Moore||Brian Chin and Tom Ruegger||October 12, 1996|
|The nations of Eisneria and Katzenstok (named after the CEOs of Disney and DreamWorks) are preparing to go to war over an ancient scepter. This episode featured a reference to Disney at the end of the episode, complete with the silhouette of Mickey Mouse's head.|
|5||"Let Dogs Lie"||Blair Peters||Nick Dubois||October 26, 1996|
|The Road Rovers must protect ancient artifacts from unknown ninjas (belonging to Parvo).|
|6||"The Dog Who Knew Too Much"||Jon McClenahan||Earl Kress and Tom Ruegger||November 2, 1996|
|One dog, Sport, has the answers to a rash of human and canine kidnappings and becomes a temporary Road Rover so he can testify. However, he had somewhat of a big mouth and tried talking himself out of certain situations. This episode's title is a play on the title "The Man Who Knew Too Much".|
|7||"Hunter's Heroes"||Scott Jeralds||John Ludin and Mark Seidenberg||November 9, 1996|
|Parvo and his cano-mutants are at it again. This time, it's a high-tech, heavily armed concentration camp to keep thousands of dogs in captivity. This is for shipping armies of cano-mutants out to the major cities of the world so Parvo can take over militarily. The episode's title is likely a play on the old TV show Hogan's Heroes, which centered on American POWs held in Nazi Germany.|
|8||"Dawn of the Groomer"||Herb Moore||Mark Seidenberg||November 16, 1996|
|The Groomer gets delusions of grandeur involved taking over the world with cats, otherwise known as Felo-Mutants.|
|9||"Still a Few Bugs in the System"||Brad Neave||Nick Dubois||November 23, 1996|
|A biologist named Dr. Eugene Atwater does some research on the survival of bugs over the years of their survival. However, General Parvo turns his research subjects into life-size giants using an attachment from his Cano-Mutator. The bugs now plan on making a nuclear winter, since they know that only they will survive it.|
|10||"Reigning Cats and Dogs"||Herb Moore||Tom Ruegger and Mark Seidenberg||February 1, 1997|
|General Parvo builds a successful time machine so then he could stop Prof. Shepherd from creating the Road Rovers. An accident reverts him back to his original form of an alley cat, but the Rovers still have to follow him back to ensure their creation. As with "Hunter's Heroes" and "The Dog Who Knew Too Much", this episode's title featured a play on words, this time a reference to the old phrase 'raining cats and dogs'.|
|11||"Gold and Retrievers"||Jon McClenahan||Jeff Kwitny and Tom Ruegger||February 8, 1997|
|Gold begins to flood the world's markets at an alarming rate. The source is traced to South America, where a blind boy named Luca leads them to an ancient golden pyramid. The episode's title is a partial pun on Hunter's breed of dog, the Golden Retriever.|
|12||"Take Me to Your Leader"||Brian Chin and Scott Jeralds||Nick Dubois and Mark Seidenberg||February 15, 1997|
|Zachary Storm is back again, and hires alien-like recruits to start a nuclear war - off screen cameo from The Brain (from Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain).|
|13||"A Day in the Life"||Scott Jeralds||Tom Ruegger||February 22, 1997|
|An ordinary day for the Rovers. "Ms. Flameel" from Animaniacs is mentioned in this episode. Song: Russian Names Song|
A multi-region DVD of the entire series was announced on February 4, 2015, by Warner Archive and was released on February 10, 2015. All of the episodes can be purchased digitally on Amazon Prime, Google Play Movies and TV, Apple TV, and YouTube.
Hunter made a cameo appearance as a background statue in The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries fourth season premiere episode, "The Stilted Perch / A Game of Cat and Monster!".
The Road Rovers made a cameo appearance in the Teen Titans Go! sixth season episode, "Huggbees".