- 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 was designed, written and paced like a Saturday Morning Cartoon. This was in stark contrast to the show it was competing with, then known for taking chances in deconstructing conventional cartoon and sitcom tropes, while Critters and it's fellow Dueling Shows played them straight.
- Awesome Art: The show has some gorgeous, fluid character animation and lovingly detailed background design.
- Awesome Music: The show took great advantage of having a live orchestra to perform its 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 and furries.
- 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).
- 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.
- Retroactive Recognition: Felix shares a voice actor (Patric Zimmerman) with Revolver Ocelot.
- Surprisingly Similar Characters: Jammet is markedly similar to Chicken. Not only does Charlie Adler give the same voice to both characters, but they're both greedy, rude, selfish Jerkasses who hide their hearts of gold well.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped
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."
- While "The Rat To Bear Arms" doesn't take a stance on guns themselves, it does have a straightforward message about how guns alone don't solve problems.
Juror: "Ok, so he's (Jammet) a liar and he started a fight. What he did was wrong, but what we're doing is worse."Judge: "But he deserved it."Juror: "He deserved a fair trial! And he didn't get one! Don't you see? You don't want to punish him because he broke the law, you want to punish him because you hate him! But what if the next one we decide to hate is innocent? If they're found guilty, then we might as well not have a justice system at all!" note
- "The Bug House" has one about the importance of having fair trials in a justice system:
- Values Resonance: Many of the topics discussed in the show, such as gun control and fair trials, are still being discussed years after the show's cancelation.
- 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 to 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. Cartoon Network airing the show during the morning/afternoon time didn't help its adult appeal either.
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