Rocko's Modern Life

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  • TV-Y
  • 1993
  • 8 Seasons
  • 7.9  (21,555)

Rocko's Modern Life is a cartoon show that originally aired on Nickelodeon from 1993-1996, created by Joe Murray. The show follows the life of Rocko, a wallaby who migrates from his native Australia to the United States in search of a better life. The show, which was targeted primarily towards children, has developed a cult following over the years due to its irreverent humor and unique animation style.

Throughout the series, Rocko faces a variety of challenges and obstacles as he navigates life in the fictional town of O-Town. He is accompanied on his journey by a colorful cast of characters, including his best friend Heffer, a cow who is both lazy and gluttonous; Filburt, a shy and neurotic turtle; and his pet dog Spunky.

Rocko's Modern Life is known for its surreal and often absurd humor, which often takes aim at various aspects of American culture. The show is heavily influenced by the work of Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi, and relies on gross-out humor and cartoon violence to entertain its audience.

Despite its humorous tone, Rocko's Modern Life is not without its darker moments. The show often takes on serious issues such as unemployment, environmental pollution, and healthcare access in a tongue-in-cheek manner. These serious themes are often juxtaposed with the show's zany humor, resulting in a unique viewing experience.

One of the show's most beloved features is its quirky animation style. Rocko's Modern Life makes heavy use of vibrant colors, exaggerated character designs, and fluid movements to create a dynamic visual experience. The show's animators often employed surreal imagery and abstract backgrounds, making each episode a feast for the eyes.

The show is also notable for its talented voice cast, which includes industry veterans like Tom Kenny, who would go on to voice Spongebob Squarepants, and Carlos Alazraqui, who would voice various characters in the Rugrats franchise. Charlie Adler provides the voice of the show's main antagonist, Mr. Bighead, and Doug Lawrence voices a variety of characters throughout the series.

Rocko's Modern Life is often cited as one of the most creative and boundary-pushing cartoon shows of its time. Despite its relatively short run on air, it has had a lasting impact on the animated television landscape. Its influence can be seen in shows like Adventure Time and Rick and Morty, which have taken cues from Rocko's surreal humor and visual style.

In conclusion, Rocko's Modern Life is an offbeat and unconventional cartoon show that has earned a dedicated fanbase over the years. Through its use of vivid animation, irreverent humor, and an all-star voice cast, it has cemented its place in the annals of animated television.

Rocko's Modern Life is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (79 episodes). The series first aired on September 18, 1993.

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Bedfellows/Wallaby on Wheels
6. Bedfellows/Wallaby on Wheels
May 21, 1998
Heffer moves in with Rocko./Despite his vow to never do anything crazy to impress a woman, Rocko takes up roller skating after he becomes smitten with Sheila, the Roller Derby Queen.
Put Out to Pasture; Future Schlock
5. Put Out to Pasture; Future Schlock
October 10, 1996
Heffer overdoses on Pasture Puffies and is rushed to the hospital./In the O-Town of the far-flung future, Gilbert and Norbert -- descendants of a now ancient Filburt -- discover the remains of an old banana.
Hypno Puppy Love / Driving Mrs. Wolfe
4. Hypno Puppy Love / Driving Mrs. Wolfe
October 8, 1996
Heffer and Filburt hypnotize Rocko into thinking he's a dog. Before they can snap him out of his trance, Rocko is "adopted" by Bev Bighead./Rocko, after unwittingly being recruited as Mrs. Wolfe's driving instructor, finds himself riding shotgun in a deadly game of chicken against the ultimate demolition derby car.
Dumbbells/Rug Birds
3. Dumbbells/Rug Birds
July 19, 1996
Heffer and Filburt introduce Rocko to the all-American pastime of "Ding-Dong-Ditch."/Filburt, the obsessive collector of bird wigs, takes Rocko along for his biggest score: the wig of an American Balding Eagle!
Turkey Time/Floundering Fathers
2. Turkey Time/Floundering Fathers
November 24, 1996
The special plans for Rocko's first Thanksgiving go awry when the turkey's of O-Town escape and take refuge in Rocko's house./The residents of O-Town engage in an argument about the correct origin of the town after the Grand Marshall of the Founding Father's Day Parade -- Ed Bighead -- forbids foreigners like Rocko from participating.
Closet Clown; Seat to Stardom
1. Closet Clown; Seat to Stardom
July 16, 1996
When a clown's truck breaks down in front of his house, Ed Bighead begins to lead a double life./Rocko's behind earns him a place among the beautiful people of the fashion world when he becomes the spokes-wallaby for "Wedgie Boy" undergarments.
Where to Watch Rocko's Modern Life
Rocko's Modern Life is available for streaming on the Nickelodeon website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Rocko's Modern Life on demand at BET+ and Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 18, 1993
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (21,555)