Rocko's Modern Life was one of the first Nicktoons. It starred Rocko Wallaby as he attempted to cope with everyday life.


  • Rocko- a wallaby (often called Kangaroo Boy) from Australia trying to deal with everyday life. Catchphrases: "Oh my!", "SPUNKYYY!" , "X day is a very dangerous day". He works at a comic book store.
  • Heffer Wolfe- a gluttonous, funloving steer (often mislabeled as a cow) and Rocko's best friend. Catchphrase: "That was a hoot!"
  • The Wolfe family- a pack of wolves who adopted Heffer, originally intending to eat him. Heffer was originally in disbelief that he was adopted (comparable to the film The Jerk).
    • Vriginia Wolfe- Heffer's stepmom. A friendly lady who has a tic where she grinds her teeth. Mispronounces Rocko's name as "Grocko". Appears to have an Upper Midwestern accent. She is named after author Virginia Woolf.
    • Heffer's stepdad- a grouchy, middle-aged man who gets upset easily
    • Heffer's stepbrother- an average teenage boy, who apparently takes cheerleading lessons (strangely crossdressing for the part)
    • Cindy Wolfe- Heffer's stepsister. An average teenage girl
    • Hiram " Willy" Wolfe- Heffer's step-grandfather. A very cranky, nearsighted old man who hates wallabies but mistakes Rocko for a beaver
  • Filbert Turtle- a clumsy, nerdy turtle who is obsessed with comics. He is in love with Dr. Hutchinson. Catchphrases: "Turn the page, wash your hands." , "I'm nauseous, I'm nauseous.", "Oh fishsticks".
  • Dr. Paula Hutchinson- A cat of many trades, usually a dentist or a surgeon. She has a hook for her right hand. When her daughter was born, she had a hook also, indicating that Dr. Hutchinson was born with hers. She has a tic where she cocks her head so it creaks. She is in love with Filbert.
  • Mrs. Hutchinson- Dr. Hutchinson's mom. She and her family are mortal enemies with turtles, and she disapproves of her daughter marrying Filbert. She also possesses the tic that her daughter has, but once hurt herself by twisting her head upside-down.
  • Edward Bighead- an average middle-aged man working in a cubicle at Conglom-O. He doesn't like Spunky eating from his salmon bushes. In early episodes, he was the CEO of Conglom-O
  • Beverly Bighead- a kindly lady who is dear to Rocko
  • Ralf Bighead- son of Ed and Bev Bighead, creator of cartoon "The Fatheads", a parody of his parents.
  • Really Really Big Man- the superhero of the show, who has such powers as "nipples of the future"
  • The Fat Lady- a fat, hippo lady who is extremely insulted when touched the wrong way, prompting her to boot whoever does so. Normally has a Southern accent, but uses a deeper voice when insluted. Catchphrase: "How DARE you!"
  • Mr. Smithy- Rocko's grouchy boss who cannot tolerate anyone being even a second late. He refuses to give raises. He became the way he is after pressing the red button on the manager's chair.
  • Mr. Dupett- Ed Bighead's boss. He's a casual type, but often picks on his employees. Has a bad habit of picking his nose.
  • The Chameleon Bothers- Twin foreign chameleons who have many different jobs including a cafe. Both are always naked.


  • Scenes from certain episodes were removed due to sexual innuendo. The episode "Leap Frogs" was removed from the air because Bev Bighead seduces Rocko in the episode. The episode was retained in the DVD release. However, all other episodes on the DVD releases remained censored.
  • The fast food franchise "Chokey Chicken" was renamed "Chewy Chicken" because to "choke the chicken" has sexual connotations. The "Chokey Chicken" episodes, however were never removed from circulation.
  • In the road trip episode, a scene where Rocko and Heffer book a hotel room was removed because it was revealed to be a brothel.
  • In "The Good, The Bad, And The Wallaby", Heffer is confused for a cow and is milked. He is first seen shocked, and then later enjoying it. The scene was not edited out.
  • In a scene of "Hut Sut Raw", Rocko starts gathering some berries. He grabs one, which causes a loud roar and a bear holding its testicles to leap out of the bush. The scene was edited to end with the loud roar.
  • In one episode, Rocko is seen having phone sex (albeit in an inexperienced fashion) as one of his occupations after he is fired from the comic book store. One of the "rules" posted on the wall is "Be naughty". This scene was not removed from the episode, however.
  • In one episode, Heffer and Filburt film Rocko while he's naked. This episode was never removed from circulation. The episode also features Rocko's house becoming a popular nudist attraction, with Bev Bighead becoming excitedly interested in spying on the party. Rocko is never depicted with genitals.
  • In one episode, superhero Really Really Big Man is exposed to an evil power which causes his nipples to cover his eyes and be unremovable, giving him "nipple blindness". This episode was not removed from circulation.
    • His nipples also foretell the future in this way, although he can usually remove them at will. No episode featuring this was ever removed from circulation.
  • Filburt's catchphrase "Oh fishsticks" is a euphemism for the F word.
  • At the end of one episode, everyone is revealing their embarrassing secrets. Doctor Hutchinson keeps a babboon heart under her pillow. Filburt is wearing European style undergarments. However, when Rocko reveals that he's always liked rainbows, everyone is disgusted. This episode was never removed from circulation.
  • The Fat Lady gets insulted when touched the wrong way

Video GamesEdit

A Rocko's Modern Life video game was released for the Super Nintendo, entitled Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day. The game was criticized by popular YouTube game review show Classic Game Room for being entirely comprised of escort missions and for its bad controls. The game, strangely, was in development before the show even debuted, meaning the developers only had concept artwork to go on. The game was developed in just under a year.


Amazon has released Rocko's Modern Life onto DVD as part of a burn-on-demand service.

Film Edit

An untitled Rocko's Modern Life special is in the works


The show is available on iTunes


Pop Culture AllusionsEdit

  • Popular new wave band The B-52s performed the original intro.
  • In one episode, Rocko enters a game show called "Win A Kitchen" in order to replace his devastated kitchen. His first prize is a spoon from Fleagle, a parody of the Speagle catalog.
  • Dr. Phil appears as a plumber in one episode, where he gets a morbidly obese goldfish out of Rocko's plumbing
  • In one episode, Heffer, Filburt, and Rocko are watching various shows on their new Habachi super-deluxe big screen TV (purchased by accident due to a malfunction in the ordering machine).
    • Habachi is a parody of Hitatchi, an actual electronics company
    • One TV show is done in Spanish. It is meant to look like a sappy telenovela, but the dialogue "María, este libro está tarde. Voy a la biblioteca" means "Mary, this book is late. I'm going to the library".
    • Heffer mentions that they will pay "a dollar a month for the next 632 years". This means that the TV is about $7,584.
  • In one episode, Rocko and the citizens of O-Town are pushing for a major recycling program. When meeting Captain Compost Heap, Heffer at first sees Murky the Bear. This is a reference to Smokey the Bear, a spokesman for preventing wildfires (then "forest fires").
  • In one episode, Heffer becomes the first customer at a hot dog restaurant to eat the Nachtwurst Nightmare Platter.
    • He wins Rice A Rooney, the San Fernando Treat. This refers to Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco Treat. A copy of their home game, a common game show consolation prize. And the Weeniemobile, a reference to the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile.
    • In the same episode, they listen to the biggest disco hits of the seventies played (much to Rocko's dismay) on bagpipes. One of them is Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees.
    • Also in the episode, Heffer paraphrases popular Steppenwolf hard rock song Born to Be Wild.
  • In one episode, Rocko is looking for a new dish for Spunky. One of the suggestions is the "Super Bowl", which is designed to look like a football field.
  • In one episode, Heffer suggests a melted GI Jimbo action figure for Rocko's garage sale. This is a reference to popular toyline GI Joe.
  • A tick and a ringworm live on Spunky's back, and are depicted in an Odd Couple fashion.
    • Inside the tick are a couple of germs who are depicted as a parody of famous 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy (a regular on Nickelodeon classic television block Nick at Nite).
  • In one episode, Rocko is running for city dog catcher against Ed Bighead. Ed's campaign ad accuses Rocko of causing "the sinking of the Titanic" (which happened in the early twentieth century) and the failure of the "1958 Edsel". The Edsel is shown brand new with a wheel falling off. This is a reference to the urban legend that the Edsel brand failed because the cars were lemons. In actuality, the brand failed because the cars were too big, too expensive, and too ugly.
    • In another episode, Heffer is viewing his past lives through the crystal ball of a mystic. One of his past lives was aboard the "Hindenburger", which he caused to crash due to his weight. This is a reference to the horrifically tragic crash of the Hindenburg airship (which actually occurred as the Hindenburg was trying to dock with its mooring mast, causing the mast to tear the ship and make it explode).
      • It is also shown that Heffer was responsible for the mystic spending the rest of his life as a muckraker (literally raking muck). An actual muckraker is "one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)".
  • In one episode, Ralph Bighead is trying to create a bad show so he can get out of his producing contract. He, Rocko, Heffer, and Filbert create a rather bizarre show called Wacky Deli. In the entirely random first episode, the Goofy Holler "YAAAA-hoo-hoo-hoo-eee!" can be heard.
  • In one episode, Heffer is dragged from Chewy Chicken screaming "Chewy Chicken is people!". This is a paraphrase of a famous line from science fiction dystopian horror film Soylent Green.
  • In the road trip episode, Rocko and Heffer stay at the "Baits Motel". A scream can be heard from the motel. This is an allusion to the Bates Motel in the iconic horror film Psycho.
  • In one episode, Rocko becomes a contestant on a game show similar to The Dating Game. One of the bachelorettes is described as "enjoying pina coladas and getting caught in the rain", taking lyrics from the hit song Escape by Rupert Holmes.
  • In one episode, Dr. Hutchinson's hook kills a giant monster. Dr. Hutchinson says "Well, the hook killed him". Filburt then replies "No. It wasn't the hook. 'Twas tartar killed the beast.", a paraphrase of the 1933 film King Kong.
  • One episode has Filburt paraphrase a sketch from Monty Python


  • Although the show is set in the present, the cars depicted are mostly in a fifties style (e.g. circular headlights, fins, etc). The appliances are also depicted in a fifties style, having an art deco design popular in the middle twentieth century.
  • Although Heffer is a steer, the word "heifer" is a name for a calf.
  • In one episode, Rocko and his friends create a mock funeral for a depressed Mr. Bighead. They sing "Here Comes the Bride", indicating that they don't know the tune "Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, op. 35" by Chopin.
  • In one episode, the local supermarket has everything 99% off until noon. This is an allusion to Black Friday, where many stores have major discounts on several items until noon as after-Thanksgiving sales. Despite this major sale, however, the store has barely any people in it. Also, such a sale would be more appropriate for a "going out of business" event.
  • One episode has Rocko fall in love with a wallaby named Melba Toast. Melba toast is also the name of an appetizer.
  • In one episode, Rocko joins Ed Bighead's bowling team. It is revealed that Ed lost a bowling tournament because he failed to get the one winning pin. However, he loses the tournament despite knocking down nine pins, indicating that he'd have won had he bowled a strike. This means that the tournament would've actually resulted in a tie if nine pins didn't result in a win.
  • In one episode, it is revealed that Rocko is nearsighted. After glasses fail to work, Rocko settles on contacts. His idol jackhammering competitor is also revealed to wear contacts, but only when he's jackhammering, otherwise wearing glasses, which make him look intellectual. This attracts a college student with questions about Nietzsche, a German philosopher, poet, composer and classical philologist.
  • In one episode, heffer joins a cult centered around the worship of hot dogs. He is hired as a spokesman for sausage commercials, which his boss refers to as "schnitzel". This derives from the name "wienerschnitzel" as a name for "hot dog". This results in the common usage of the word "weenie" (a common synonym for hot dog) throughout the episode. "Schnitzel" is in fact German for a cut of meat rather than a sausage. The proper term for sausage is "wurst" (pronounced "vurst"). The actual origin of the nickname is wienerwurst (Vienna sausage).
  • In one episode, Rocko and heffer are visiting France. heffer interrupts Rocko's daydream about a French wallaby he once met by reciting the phrase "Donnez-moi un peu de papier de toilette" ("give me some toilet paper" in French). Incidentally, he mispronounces "toilette". It should be "twa-LAY", not "toy-LET".
  • In one episode, heffer chokes to death and goes to "Heck" (censored, as indicated by "Peaches", the episode's equivalent of Satan). It is revealed that heffer is guilty of the deadly sin of "gluttony". At the end of the episode, Peaches is "cursed" to have his own show called "Peaches' Modern Life".
  • Despite living a "modern life", Rocko lacks many modern amenities. These include cable television, a washer, and a dryer.

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