YMMV: Capitol Critters

  • Animation Age Ghetto: Arguably what killed the show. Despite having some very mature themes and being marketed and conceived as a prime-time series for older audiences, it still looked and felt like a Saturday Morning Cartoon.
  • Awesome Music: The show took great advantage of having a live orchestra to perform it's score, something more and more shows were beginning to do in the wake of Tiny Toon Adventures's success.
  • Cult Classic: It has a small but dedicated fanbase. Its reruns on Cartoon Network earned it something of a "I (vaguely) remember this show exists" reputation among 90s kids.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Muggle and VP Cat are very well-liked by the small fanbase. To a lesser extent, Felix as well.
    • The show itself.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Max X Miko.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The president elected in 1992 (Bill Clinton), when this show first ran, was the first President to actually have a cat (Socks).
    • The fact that there's a character named Muggle, which would later be associated with the Harry Potter franchise.
  • Iron Woobie: Max definitely qualifies, being rather level-headed and sane for someone who just watched his own family gassed to death and was nearly murdered by a drug dealer.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Jammet, he's an obnoxious, loud, self-centered prick but when you see the episode where he gets a girlfriend and has to break up with her, you'll want to hug him yourself when you see him crying in his mother's arms.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The drug dealers in "Opie's Choice" cross this when they try to force Max into an overdose.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Within the first few minutes of the pilot episode, Max's whole family is brutally killed by exterminators. Sleep well, kiddies.
    • When Max is mistaken for a doped up squirrel's drug pusher, a pair of rats decide to retaliate by force feeding him enough caffeine to induce an overdose and you see him barely conscious afterward and he almost dies.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "The Rat To Bear Arms" has a surprisingly straightforward message about guns control.
    Jammet: "If I ever find another [gun], that cat is toast!"
    Max: Then they'll just get a bigger cat, then you'll get a bigger gun, and the roaches'll get a bigger gun, it'll just go on and on, Jammet. It's not the answer."
  • The Woobie: Max, he watched his entire family die in the first episode and in another episode he almost dies from a forced drug overdose. Poor little guy.
    • Muggle becomes one in the episode The Kilowatts Riots.
    • Berkeley has her moment in The Lady Doth Protest Munch.
    • Opie and his family in Opie's Choice.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: From all outward appearances, it looks like something that should have aired on Saturday morning. In reality, this was one of three early 1990s cartoons (joining Family Dog and Fish Police) that was made for primetime and had adult content as a competitor to The Simpsons.