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Rocko's Modern Life
Format Animated series, Comedy, Fantasy
Created by Joe Murray
Developed by Nickelodeon
Written by Vince Calandra
Joe Murray
Nick Jennings
George Maestri
Ron Hauge
Nichole Poinski
Martin Olson
Mark O'Hare
Stephen Hillenburg
Tim Hill
Robert McNally-Scull
Doug Lawrence
Jeff Myers
Andy Houts
Veronica Alicino
Directed by Joe Murray
Timothy Berglund
Roger Chiasson
Stephen Hillenburg
Doug Lawrence
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
Mark O'Hare
Robert McNally-Scull
Jeff Myers
Dan Povenmire
Creative director(s) Stephen Hillenburg
Starring Carlos Alazraqui
Tom Kenny
Doug Lawrence
Charles Adler
Linda Wallem
Dee Bradley Baker
Jim Cummings
Theme music composer Sarah Frost-Goetz
Opening theme "Rocko's Modern Life"
Composer(s) Pat Irwin
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Joe Murray
Vanessa Coffey
Mary Harrington
Producer(s) Joe Murray
Running time 22 minutes (11 per episode) (approx.)
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Mono,Tagalog Language (for Nick on TV5)
Original run September 18, 1993 – November 24, 1996

Rocko's Modern Life is an American TV animated series, the fourth of Nickelodeon's Nicktoons, created by Joe Murray and aired for four seasons from 1993 to 1996. Joe Murray is also known for creating the animated show on Cartoon Network called "Camp Lazlo." "Rocko's Modern Life" was based around the surreal, parodic adventures of an anthropomorphic wallaby named Rocko, and his life in the city of O-Town. The program was produced by Joe Murray Productions and Games Productions. The show is laden with double entendres, innuendos, and social commentary, some of which have been edited in rebroadcasts.[citation needed] Rocko's Modern Life ended production in 1996.[1]



Originally, the character Rocko appeared in an unpublished comic book titled Travis. Murray tried selling the comic book in the late 1980s, between illustrating jobs, and did not find success in getting it into production. Many other characters appeared in various sketchbooks. He described the early 1990s animation atmosphere as "ripe for this kind of project. We took some chances that would be hard to do in these current times (the 1990s)".[1] Murray wanted funding for his independent film My Dog Zero, so he wanted Nickelodeon to pre-buy television rights for the series. He presented a pencil test to Nickelodeon Studios, which afterward became interested in buying and airing the show.

Linda Simensky, then in charge of animation development in Nickelodeon, described the Nicktoons lineup and concept to Murray. He originally felt skepticism towards the concept of creating a Nicktoon as he disliked television cartoons. Simensky told him that Nicktoons differed from other cartoons. He told her that he believed that My Dog Zero would not work as a cartoon. He then researched Nickelodeon at the library and found that Nickelodeon's "attitude was different than regular TV." Murray combed through his sketchbooks, developed the Rocko's Modern Life concept, and submitted it to Nickelodeon, believing that the concept would likely be rejected. According to Murray, around three or four months later he had "forgotten about" the concept and was working on My Dog Zero when Simensky informed him that Nickelodeon wanted a pilot episode. Murray said that he was glad that he would get funding for My Dog Zero.[2] On his website he describes My Dog Zero as "that film that Linda Simensky saw which led me to Rocko."[3] "Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic" was originally written as the pilot; the executives decided that Heffer Wolfe, one of the characters, would be "a little too weird for test audiences." Murray, instead of removing Heffer from "Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic," decided to write "Trash-O-Madness" as the pilot episode.[2]

When the series was in development prior to the release of the first episode, the series had the title The Rocko Show.[4]

In 1992, two months prior to the production of season 1 of Rocko's Modern Life, Murray's first wife committed suicide.[5] Murray felt that he had emotional and physical "unresolved issues" when he moved to Los Angeles. He describes the experience as like participating in "marathon with my pants around my ankles." Murray initially believed that he would create one season, move back to the San Francisco Bay Area, and "clean up the loose ends I had left hanging." Murray said that he felt surprised when Nickelodeon approved new seasons;[2] Nickelodeon renewed the series for its second season in December 1993.[6]

After season 3 he decided to hand the project to Stephen Hillenburg, who performed most work for season 4; Murray continued to manage the cartoon.[2] He said that he would completely leave the production after season 4. He said also that he encouraged the network to continue production, but Nickelodeon eventually decided to cancel the series. He described all fifty-two episodes as "top notch", and in his view the quality of a television show may decline as production continues "when you are dealing with volume."[2] On his website he said that, "In some ways it succeeded and in some ways failed. All I know it developed its own flavor and an equally original legion of fans."[1] In a 1997 interview Murray said that he at times wondered if he could re-start the series; he feels the task would be difficult.[2]


Murray's Joe Murray Productions and Games Animation rented office space on Ventura Boulevard in the Studio City neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California.[7] The production moved to a different office building on Vineland Avenue in Studio City. Executives did not share space with the creative team.[8][9] Rough Draft Studios assembled the animation.[10] According to Murray, as Rocko's Modern Life was his first television series, he did not know about the atmosphere of typical animation studios. Murray said that he opted to operate his studio in a similar manner to the operation of his Saratoga, California studio, which he describes as "Very relaxed."[2] His cadre included many veterans who, according to him, described the experience as "the most fun they had ever had!" He, saying that the atmosphere was "not my doing," credited his team members for collectively contributing.[2] Murray described the daily atmosphere at the studio as "very loose," adding that the rules permitted all staff members to use the paging system to make announcements. He stated that one visitor compared the environment of the production studio to "preschool without supervision."[8][9] Murray stated that 70 people in the United States and over 200 people in South Korea animated the series.[2]

Murray produced the pilot episode, "Trash-O-Madness," at his studio in Saratoga; he animated half of the episode, and the production occurred entirely in the United States, with animation in Saratoga and processing in San Francisco.[11] While directing during recording sessions, Murray preferred to be on the stage with the actors instead of "behind glass" in a control room, which he describes as "the norm" while making animated series.[12] He believes that, due to his lack of experience with children, Rocko's Modern Life "skewed kind of older."[13] Murray noted, "There's a lot of big kids out there. People went to see 'Roger Rabbit' and saw all these characters they'd grown up with and said, 'Yeah, why don't they have something like that anymore?'"[14] When he began producing Rocko, he says that his experience in independent films initially led him to attempt to micromanage many details in the production. He said that the approach, when used for production of television shows, was "driving me crazy." This led him to allow for other team members to manage aspects of the Rocko's Modern Life production.[13]

Several members of the Rocko crew would later join Hillenburg in production of another Nicktoon, SpongeBob SquarePants, including SpongeBob voice Tom Kenny, who voiced Heffer Wolfe and other characters on Rocko's Modern Life.

Pat Irwin later went on to work on Pepper Ann & JetCat from KaBlam!

Writing style

The writers aimed to create stories that they describe as "strong" and "funny." The writers, including George Maestri and Martin Olson, often presented ideas to Murray while eating hamburgers at Rocky's, a restaurant formerly located on Lankershim in the North Hollywood section of the San Fernando Valley. He took his team members on "writing trips" to places such as Rocky's, the LaBrea Tar Pits, and the wilderness. If he liked the story premises, the writers produced full outlines from the premises. Outlines approved by both him and Nickelodeon became Rocko's Modern Life episodes. Maestri describes some stories as originating from "real life" and some originating from "thin air."[15][16] Murray stated that each episode of Rocko's Modern Life stemmed from the personal experiences of himself and/or one or more of the directors or writers.[2] He said that he did not intend to use formulaic writing seen in other cartoons; he desired content that "broke new ground" and "did things that rode the edge," and that could be described as "unexpected." He did not hire writers who had previous experience with writing cartoons, instead hiring writers who worked outside of animation, including improv actors and comic artists. He said that story concepts that "ever smacked close to some formula idea that we had all seen before" received rejection.[17]

Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, a storyboard writer, says that writers of Rocko's Modern Life targeted children and adults. He cites Rocky and Bullwinkle as an example of another series that contains references undecipherable by children and understood by adults. Aiming for a similar goal, Marsh described the process as "a hard job." According to him, when censors questioned proposed material, sometimes the team disagreed with the opinions of the censors and sometimes the team agreed with the rationale of the censors. He says that "many people" told him that the team "succeeded in this endevour" [sic] and that "many parents I know really enjoyed watching the show with their kids for just this reason."[18] John Pacenti said the series "seems very much aimed at adults" "for a children's' cartoon."[19] Marsh believes that the material written by Doug Lawrence stands as an example of a "unique sense of humor." For instance, Marsh credits Lawrence with the "pineapple references" adding that Lawrence believed that pineapples seemed humorous.[18]

Animation style

Murray's animation lacked parallel lines and featured many crooked doors. In an interview he stated that his design style contributed to the show's "Wonky bent feel."[2] Jean Prescott of The Sun Herald described the series as "squash-and-stretch."[20] A 1993 Houston Chronicle article described the series's setting as having a "reality that is "squashed and stretched" into a twisted version of real life."[21] The background staff hand-painted backgrounds with Dr. Martin Dyes,[12] while each episode title card consisted of an original painting.[12] Linda Simensky said that she asked the creators of Rocko's Modern Life about why the women in the series were drawn to be "top-heavy," the creators told her that they believed that drawing women "the traditional way" was easier. Simensky described the creators as "talented guys" who formed "a boy's club" and added that "we pushed them to be funny, but a lot of their women are stereotypical."[22]


There are 3 versions of the Rocko's Modern Life theme song. The first and original version can be heard playing throughout season one and was composed by Pat Irwin, who also composed the series' background music. The second version of the theme song was a slightly remixed version of the first and was only used during episodes 8 and 9 of season one. One of the changes included high pitched voices added to the chorus. The third version of the theme song was performed by Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider from The B-52's. They performed the Rocko's Modern Life theme song from Season 2 onwards.

At first Murray wanted Paul Sumares to perform the theme song since Sumares created most of the music found in My Dog Zero. Murray wanted the same style in My Dog Zero exhibited in Rocko's Modern Life. Nickelodeon wanted a person with more experience.[4] According to Sumares, believing for the request to be a long shot, Murray asked for Danny Elfman and felt stunned when Nickelodeon decided to honor his request by asking Elfman to perform.[4] According to Murray, Elfman, his first choice, was booked. Therefore he chose the B-52's, his second choice.[4] According to Sumares Murray decided to use the B-52's instead of Elfman. Murray states that the difference between the stories "could just be a recollection conflict, because Paul is a brilliant amazing guy."[4] Murray also sought Alan Silvestri. According to Sumares Viacom did not want to use Silvestri as the organization wanted a band "slightly older kids could identify with."[4]


The plot follows life of a wallaby, Rocko, who has emigrated to America from Australia. In America, he is faced with various problems and challenges involving his pals who try to teach him what it means to be a good friend. Many of the locations in the television show Rocko's Modern Life have the letter "O" for example O-Town and Conglom-O. When asked about the use of "O" in his show Murray said,

I always got a big kick out of the businesses that were 'House-O-Paint', or 'Ton-O-Noodles', because their names seemed to homogenize what they sold, and strip the products of true individuality and stress volume ... and we all know, the American dream is volume! So what better company to create volume than 'Conglom-O', and since a majority of the town worked at Conglom-O, it should be called 'O' Town. I also wanted the town to be 'anytown' USA, and I used to love sports players with a big ZERO on their back. It was funny to me.[2]

The plot locations included the following:

  • O-Town is the town in which Rocko lives.
  • Chokey Chicken is a favorite restaurant/hang-out place for Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt. Through the first part of the fourth season it was called 'Chewy Chicken,' due to the former name's reference to ion. It's a parody of KFC.
  • Conglom-O Corporation is the biggest company in town; it even runs City Hall. Mr. Dupette, who has very peculiar ways to see if the employees are fit to work there, manages Conglom-O. Conglom-O does not seem to have a specific purpose or product—it is a giant company that manufactures many products. Conglom-O's slogan is always shown beneath its name. The slogan is "We own you," revealing in a later musical episode that they own everything in O-Town. When Ed Bighead was shown to work at Conglom-O in 1961, the slogan stated "We Will Own You" (alluding to the future of megacorporations). The illustration that appears with the logo and on top of the official Conglom-O Corp. skyscraper is a martini glass with the earth in place of an olive.
  • Heck is where "bad people" go when they die. Run by Peaches, it is where Heffer is doomed to eternal suffering.
  • Holl-o-Wood is a town that resembles the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California.
  • Kind of a Lot O' Comics is a comic book store where Rocko works.


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All the characters in the Rocko's Modern Life series are animals and there are a multitude. The vast majority of them are also mentally unstable. Murray said that he matched personalities of his characters to the various animals in the series to form a "social caricature".[13] Rocko, the protagonist, is a wallaby who encounters various dilemmas and situations regarding otherwise mundane aspects of life. His best friend Heffer Wolfe is fat and enthusiastic while Filburt often feels uncomfortable or disturbed.

Kind of a lot O' of comics is a comic store where Rocko works, his boss, is a cruel toad who only concentrates on selling comics. Rocko however is very nice and giving. For example, when a customer sneezed all over a comic, Rocko gave him a fresh copy and did not charge him for the previous comic.



Murray said that the cartoon "resonated" with people because the scenarios depicted in the cartoon involving "the neurosis, the daily chores of everyday life" were based on Murray's own experiences "breaking out into the world" after leaving school.[23] On September 19, 1993, the series's first night of airing, Rocko's Modern Life received a 3.0 in ratings. By January 31, 1994 the series's audience grew by 65%.[6]

Ted Drozdowski of The Boston Phoenix stated in the "Eye pleasers" article that he enjoyed Rocko's Modern Life because of "jovial excitement," "good-hearted outrage," "humanity," and "pushy animated characterizations."[24]

A music video, called "Well, I'm Just a Wallaby" by Lloyd Cole was made for Nickelodeon.[citation needed]


Timothy J. Borquez, Patrick Foley, Michael Giesler, Michael A. Gollorn, William B. Griggs, Tom Jeager, Gregory LaPlante, Timothy Mertens, and Kenneth Young of Rocko's Modern Life received a 1993 Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing."[25]

George Maestri was nominated for a CableACE Award for his Rocko's Modern Life writing.[26][27]

The series won an Environmental Media Award in 1996 for the episode "Zanzibar!".[28] The award was accepted by the episode's writers, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh.[29]


Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly described the series as "a witless rip-off of Ren & Stimpy: mucus jokes without the redeeming surrealism or contempt for authority."[30]

Common Sense Media reviewer Andrea Graham, whose review is posted on, describes Rocko's Modern Life as "somewhat edgy" and gave the series four out of five stars. Graham tells parents to watch for " innuendos."[31]

Other broadcasts

In 1994 the series aired on MTV.[30] In Malaysia Rocko's Modern Life aired in MetroVision around 1996.[32] In the early 2000s Nickelodeon Japan marketed the show along with The Ren and Stimpy Show.[33] In Australia, it was shown on ABC Kids.[34]

Rocko's DVD

Fans have requested that Nickelodeon produce a DVD collection of the series for years. In 2008 Nickelodeon partnered with to allow new and old programming to be made available on DVD through CreateSpace. As part of the deal is responsible for producing the discs (on one time burnable media) on-demand as well as cover and disc art.[35] Two DVDs were released on September 16, 2008.[36][37]

Prior to the official DVD releases, Murray stated that he has not heard of any plans for a DVD release and that there are several illegal DVD releases of the series sold on eBay. He commented, "But at least someone is trying to give Rocko fans what they want. Because Nickelodeon sure isn't doing it."[38] Murray worked with his legal team to regain the rights, so that an official DVD can be released.[39]

The official home video release of the series in the United States was in 1995, when selected episodes were released on VHS by Sony Wonder.[40] Paramount Home Entertainment later re-released the episodes in 1997 and 1998.[41][42]

Select episodes from the first season of the show have been released on Zune and iTunes as part of the Nick Rewind releases. iTunes and zune has a "Best of Vol. 1" collection of 6 Rocko episodes

DVD name Release date Discs Episodes Cover art
Best of...
Volume 1
September 16, 2008 2
Disc 1
Episode 9a – "Carnival Knowledge"
Episode 9b – "Sand In The Navel"
Episode 8a – "A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic"
Episode 8b – "Canned"
Episode 11a – "Rocko's Happy Sack"
Episode 11b – "Flu-in-u-enza"
Disc 2
Episode 12a – "Who's For Dinner"
Episode 12b – "Love Spanked"
Episode 13a – "Clean Lovin"
Episode 13b – "Unbalanced Load"
Episode 2a – "Leap Frogs"
Episode 2b – "Bedfellows"
Best of...
Volume 2
September 16, 2008 2
Disc 1
Episode 1a – "No Pain, No Gain"
Episode 1b – "Who Gives A Buck?"
Episode 3a – "Jet Scream"
Episode 3b – "Dirty Dog"
Episode 4a – "Keeping Up with the Bigheads"
Episode 4b – "Skid Marks"
Disc 2
Episode 6a – "The Good, The Bad, and the Wallaby"
Episode 6b – "Trash-O-Madness"
Episode 5a – "Power Trip"
Episode 5b – "To Heck and Back"
Episode 7a – "Spitballs"
Episode 7b – "Popcorn Pandemonium"
Episode 10a – "Cabin Fever"
Episode 10b – "Rinse And Spit"
  • Bonus feature: a Rocko's Modern Life music video
Best of...
Volume 3
November 24, 2009 2
Disc 1
Episode 23a – "Hair Licked"
Episode 16a – "The Lounge Singer"
Episode 16b – "She's the Toad"
Episode 18a – "Boob Tubed"
Episode 18b – "Commuted Sentence"
Disc 2
Episode 20a – "Hut Sut Raw"
Episode 20b – "Kiss Me I'm Foreign"
Episode 21a – "Cruisin' (Parts 1-2)"
Episode 22a – "Born to Spawn"
Episode 22b – "Uniform Behavior"
Episode 23b – "Gutter Balls"

Marvel Comics series

Episodes and comic book chapters

During Tom DeFalco's Editor-in-Chief career, Marvel Comics produced a seven-issue comic book series based on the television series.[43] Marvel published the series from June 1994 to December 1994 with monthly releases.

Nickelodeon approached Marvel, asking the company to produce comic book series for Rocko's Modern Life and Ren and Stimpy. Marvel purchased the license for Rocko from Nickelodeon. The staff created the comics, and Susan Luposniak, a Nickelodeon employee,[44] examined the comics before they were released.[45] Joe Murray said in a December 2, 2008 blog entry that he drew some of the pages in the comic book series.[46]

The comics contain stories not seen in the television show. In addition, the comic book series omits some television show characters and places, while some original places and characters appear in the comics. John "Lewie" Lewandowski wrote all of the stories except for one; Joey Cavalieri wrote "Beaten by a Club," the second story of Issue #4.

Troy Little, a resident of Monroe, Oregon, wrote to Marvel requesting that the title for the comic's letters column should be "That's Life." In Issue 3, published in August 1994, the editors decided to use the title for the comic's "Letters to the Editor" section.[44][45] In Issue 5, published in October 1994, the editors stated that they still received suggestions for the title for the comic even though the editors had decided on using "That's Life" by Issue 3.[47]


By January 31, 1994 Nickelodeon received ten "licensing partners" for merchandise for the series.[6] Hardee's distributed Rocko toys.[48] Viacom New Media released one game based on the show, Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day, in the United States for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. In addition, Nickelodeon 3-D Movie Maker features various characters from the show. Rocko also appeared in the game Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots. created two free online games featuring Rocko, using Shockwave Flash (which requires the Shockwave plugin).[49][50]

Nickelodeon's website safety guide

In the late 1990s and early-to-mid 2000s[51][52] Nickelodeon used Rocko's Modern Life characters in several short comics collected under the title "A Byte-Size Online Safety Guide" explaining netiquette, internet security, and internet safety to readers of

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Rocko's Modern Life," Joe Murray Studio
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Lisa (Kiczuk) Trainor interviews Joe Murray, creator of Rocko's Modern Life," The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ
  3. ^ "Independent Filmwork," Joe Murray Studio
  4. ^ a b c d e f "A Bit of Trivia From Paul Sumares," The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ
  5. ^ June 16, 2008]." Joe Murray Studio.
  6. ^ a b c Warner, Fara. "Nick Rock(o)s Liscencing Boat." Brandweek. Volume 35, Issue 5. January 31, 1994.
  7. ^ "Animators Feel Free With `Rocko'." The Palm Beach Post
  8. ^ a b "October 24, 2008." Joe Murray Studio. Accessed October 24, 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Where Rocko the series was produced," Joe Murray Studio
  10. ^ Furniss, Maureen. Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics. Indiana University Press. 66.
  11. ^ "How the Pilot was produced," Joe Murray Studio
  12. ^ a b c "Rocko's Modern Life Archives," Joe Murray Studio
  13. ^ a b c "Q & A with Joe Murray," Cartoon Network Pressroom
  14. ^ Zimmerman, Kevin. "Not just for kids anymore." Daily Variety. March 23, 1995.
  15. ^ "Lisa (Kiczuk) Trainor interviews George Maestri, story writer for Rocko's Modern Life," The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ
  16. ^ "Lisa (Kiczuk) Trainor interviews Martin Olson, writer for Rocko's Modern Life," The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ
  17. ^ "August 15, 2008 Excerpt from my new book “Crafting A Cartoon”; From a chapter on “Story”.." Joe Murray Studio. Accessed August 18, 2008.
  18. ^ a b "Dan Abrams' interview with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh," The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ
  19. ^ "Nickelodeon's `Rocko' Revels In Dysfunction." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  20. ^ Prescott, Jean. "Rocko and the Gang Take On Pollution." The Sun Herald. Page M28. April 19, 1996.
  21. ^ "Cartoon choices to animate the mornings." Houston Chronicle. September 18, 1993.
  22. ^ Furniss, Maureen. Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics. Indiana University Press. 240.
  23. ^ "June 3, 2009." Joe Murray Studio Blog. Retrieved on June 5, 2009.
  24. ^ "[http:// . /archive/tv/97/05/TEN_REASONS.html Eye pleasers]," The Boston Phoenix. May 8-15, 1997. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  25. ^ Chase's Annual Events (1995). Published 1994. ISBN 0-8092-3634-6. 515.
  26. ^ "George Maestri." Peachpit Press. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  27. ^ Maestri, George. "Learning to Walk." Jacksonville University. April 1997. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  28. ^ "Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press.." Los Angeles Times. October 15, 1996. Accessed June 20, 2008.
  29. ^ "Dan Povenmire awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  30. ^ a b Tucker, Ken. "Turn the Beat 'Around." Entertainment Weekly. June 17, 1994. Issue 227. 40. 2p, 5c.
  31. ^ "TV Review: Rocko's Modern Life," Common Sense Media on
  32. ^ Proctor, Melanie. "TV bonanza for children." New Straits Times. May 29, 1996. Arts Section, Page 3.
  33. ^ "Ren and Stimpy and Rocko's Modern Life" as of December 14, 2003. Nickelodeon Japan. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  34. ^ "Rocko's Modern Life." ABC Kids. Accessed October 4, 2008.
  35. ^ "Amazon and Nickelodeon/Paramount Strike Deal for Burn-on-Demand Titles". Site News. 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  36. ^ "The Best of Rocko's Modern Life- Volume 1 (2 Disc Set)." Accessed September 18, 2008.
  37. ^ "The Best of Rocko's Modern Life- Volume 2 (2 Disc Set)." Accessed September 18, 2008.
  38. ^ "Answers to Frequently Asked Questions," Joe Murray Studios (January 2008 archive)
  39. ^ "Joe Murray's Journal entry for July 17, 2008". Joe Murray Studios. 
  40. ^ "New video releases for children.(Originated from Knight-Ridder Newspapers)." Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service
  41. ^ "Rocko's Modern Life: With Friends Like These (1993),"
  42. ^ ""Rocko's Modern Life: Modern Love (1993)," Accessed June 20, 2008.
  43. ^ "Rocko's Modern Life" Information, Google Books
  44. ^ a b "That's Life," Rocko's Modern Life. Marvel Comics. Volume 1, Issue 3.
  45. ^ a b "That's Life," Rocko's Modern Life. Marvel Comics. Volume 1, Issue 4.
  46. ^ "December 2, 2008." Joe Murray Studio. Accessed on December 4, 2008.
  47. ^ "That's Life," Rocko's Modern Life. Marvel Comics. Volume 1, Issue 5.
  48. ^ "Nickelodeon at Hardees." Hosted by RetroJunk.
  49. ^ "Nick Games - Rocko's Modern Life: Match Master". Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  50. ^ "Nick Games - Rocko's Modern Life: Slider". Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  51. ^
  52. ^ "A Byte-Size Online Safety Guide" as of April 3, 2005, Nickelodeon

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From Wikiquote

Rocko's Modern Life was an animated series whose four seasons aired from 1993 to 1996.



  • "SPUNKY!!!"
  • X day/night is a very dangerous day/night.
  • You know, Spunky, sometimes grocery day can be a very dangerous day, but at least we got food.
  • "Excuse me, Earl... but garbage and dogs are not part of a balanced diet."
  • "Heh heh, oh my..."
  • "It's Heffer, on TV, playing with sausage!?"
  • "Come on Hef, let's go. I think I'm bleeding internally."
  • "Good as new."
  • "For the love of cake!!! hide me!!!"
  • "What in the hel...lo."
  • If this marriage is going to break up our friendship, I'd rather be deported!
  • I don't want sleep! I don't need sleep! I am the walking living!

Heffer Wolffe

  • "Look, it's the Grim Recycler!"
  • "That was a hoot!"
  • "Look out everyone! He's visually impaired!"
  • "Through the use of sophisticated computer technology, and a box of crayons, we have constructed a likeness of Dingo today."
  • "Chuck? Leon? Is my sausage skitzu ready? Chuuuck? Leeooon!"
  • "Nayyykeyyy."
  • "Maybe We should try new Tropicial Plumber".
  • "Chewey Chicken is people!"
  • "I'm a glutton (pronounced as glue-ton)!"
  • "(imitating Crappie Jack's accent) "So there I was, delirious with scurvy. The only thing standing between me and me treasure was 100 of the ugliest pirates known to Neptune."
  • "I'll make ya walk the poop deck ya big. . poop!"
  • "Man, it was great being old. Without my teeth, I could swallow food whole!"
  • "I don't OWN any spandex!"
  • "If you were a true friend, you'd burn my butt. C'mon, brand me, brand me, brand me."
  • "Hey, Rocko. Which is funnier, bananas or cheese?"
  • "Hey, Rock, do that funny face you make when you're buying eggs."
  • "Go to the petunia at once, corn cob!"
  • "Makes a great meat substitute for undershorts!"
  • "You know, I died once."
  • You'll have to excuse my friend here. He's never been old before.


  • "I'm nauseous, I'm nauseous, I'm nauseous..."
  • "You turn the page, wash your hands. Turn the page, wash your hands. Turn the page, wash your hands..."
  • "Oh fishsticks."
  • "Oh boy!"
  • "Well this is your mom!"
  • "Hey, pal! Get your buns out of my eyes!!
  • "Citizens of Conglom-O, repeat after me. 'Wee-wee!'"
  • "Hey Hef, ask me what time it is."
  • (referring to Rocko getting a glass of milk naked) "And he ain't dressed for the occasion, if ya know what I mean!"
  • Look behind you! A wild pig!
  • High-five?

Ed Bighead

  • "I hate my life."
  • "I HAVE NO SON!"
  • "I'm calling the pound!"
  • "Hey you! Get out of my salmon bushes!"
  • "Ed good Rocko bad!"
  • "That sounded like a clown. I hate clowns..."


(Mr. & Mrs. Fathead on screen...)
Mrs. Fathead: "Guess what I got??"
Mr. Fathead: "A lobotomy!"
Mrs. Fathead: "No silly, Watermelons!"
(Rocko and Filbert are fighting. They open the door.}
Rocko: "What in the hell—"
(It's the deportation officer)
Rocko/Filbert: "—lo..."
[Mr. Dupette and assistant Mr. Noway walking to Ed Bighead's office.]
Noway: "And I think you'll agree: He has a very promising future here at Conglom-O." [opens office door, revealing Ed talking to the "Magic Meatball" dressed in a wedding dress.]
Ed: "Now it wants to call it off!"
Noway: "I'm sorry to waste your time, sir."
Heffer: "Where's the remote?"
Peaches (this show's version of the devil): "Hahahaha, you poor pathetic fool. Still don't know where you are, do you? THERE IS NO REMOTE!"
Heffer: Wait a minute! Heck? Isn't it supposed to be—"
Peaches: (putting hand over Heffer's mouth) "Censors."
Heffer: (riding off into the sunset) Which do you think is funnier Rocko, banana or cheese?
Rocko: Cheese, Heffer, definitely cheese.
[From Zanzibar]
Guy: "And you know what they say..."
Rocko: "It's going to be a song, isn't it?"
Singing Townspeople, in unison: "You can't fight City Hall! You can't fight corporate America, they are big and we are small, you can't fight City Hall..."
[Rocko persuades them to go with him to talk to the board of directors at Conglom-O]
Rocko: "We demand to see to the Board of Directors!"
Security Guard: "And you would be...?"
Heffer: "We're a big unruly mob!"
Singing Townspeople: "We're a big unruly mob..."
Rocko: "Well, actually, we're the concerned citizens of O-Town."
Security Guard: "And you were sent by...?"
Heffer: "A big pile of rotting vegetable matter!"
Singing Townspeople: "A great big rotting pile..."
Rocko: "Well...uh, a compost heap, but the description is accurate."
Security Guard: "And do you have an appointment?"
Rocko: "Uh...this was sort a...spur-of-the-moment spontaneous thing..."
Security Guard: Uh-huh. And how do ya'll know the words?"
Heffer: "Ooh boy, he's got ya there Rock."
Rocko: "I don't know the words..."
Singing Townspeople: "He doesn't know the words...!"
Rocko: "SHUT UP!!!"
Security Guard: "Sorry, you can't get in without an appointment."
Rocko: "Oh..."
Singing Townspeople: "I guess we'll all go home..."
"[After Heffer accidentally reals in Rocko's underwear]"
Heffer: "Filburt..."
Filburt: "Yuck, get those away from me!"
Mr.Cheese:I am the cheese. I am the best character on this show. I am better than the salami and the bologna combined.
Heffer: "Ladies and gentlemen, you're about to witness one of the seven wonders of the world. At about 11:30 eastern-standard time through "this", our buddy Rocko will descend the staircase as he does every night for a glass of milk."
Filburt: "And he ain't dressed for the occasion if ya know what I mean!"
Heffer: "Hehehe yep, you heard right he's completely... "naked!"
Filburt: "With no clothes on!"

"[After Rocko, standing in his house naked, hears Heffer and Filburt spying on him. Heffer and Filburt turn and run.]"

Filburt: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
Ed Bighead: Rocko,what're you doing?
Rocko: [With a paddle in his hand] We're playing spank the monkey.
Heffer: You know, I died once.
Filburt: Really?

[Ed is spying on Rocko's backyard, where a nudist party is being held]

Ed Bighead: Bev! Oh, I can't believe it! Do you know what that *weirdo* next door is up to?
Bev Bighead: Oh, shut up and mind your own business, Ed.
Ed Bighead: But, Bev! They're, well... *Nude*!

[Excited, Bev grabs the binoculars from Ed]

Bev Bighead:Oh, Ed! Oh, you're right! Yes! This is disgusting!

[in whisper]

Bev Bighead: Quick, Ed, get the telescope out of the hall closet!
Peaches: I am the Dark Underlord, the Prince of Doom, the King of Eternal Torment! I am Pain! I am Evil! They call me... Peaches!
Heffer: Peaches?
Peaches: (normal voice) Would ya let me finish? (dark voice) You will rot in torment forever! (laughs)
Heffer: Peaches?
Peaches: (normal voice) Okay. Heffer. Pffffft. Oh, that's a good name, I -- (slaps self) What was I saying? (flips up fiery pit scene to reveal nothing) Just forget it.
Heffer: But wait, I though that --
Peaches: (still in normal voice) Ah, that's for the tourists.
Heffer: Wow, look at all the trees. (reading a sign) "Welcome to O-Town National Forest."
Rocko: (reading another sign) "Enjoy Nature's Splendor."
Rocko and Heffer: (seeing the Conglom-O Mall) Oooooooooooh, splendor.

{Rocko is on subway, which stops abruptly} ANNOUNCER: Passengers we are sorry for the delay, but the train has stopped due to police activity. ROCKO: Police activity? ANNOUNCER: And today's police activity is {cuts to police officers doing arts and crafts} arts and crafts! {train horn sounds} OFFICER: Hey! I'm paintin' eggs here!


  • Spunky: "Ruff, ruff!"
  • Fortune cookie: "Bad luck and (extreme) misfortune will infest your pathetic soul for all eternity."
  • Really Really Big Man: "Look into my nipples of the future."
  • Man on Subway: "WHOOOOO WEEEEEEEEE! Now i got sum swingin' room!"
  • Crappie Jack: "Arr, and then, I heard a scream so loud it could be heard down in Davy Jones' locker. Mickey Dolenz's locker too, and Peter Tork's locker. All the Monkees had lockers..."
  • Crappie Jack: "Wooden legs...Wooden arms... (pulls off eyepatches) WOODEN EYES, TOO!"
  • Mortimer Khan: "Feel the strength of my two-ply!" "Feel the itch of real wool!" "Anglo-Saxon Hun!"
  • O-Town Residents: "R-E-C-Y-C-L-E Recycle! C-O-N-S-E-R-V-E Conserve! Don't you P-O-L-L-U-T-E Pollute the river sky or sea or else you're gonna get what you deserve!"
  • O-Town Residents: "A great big rotting pile!"
  • Captain Compost Heap: "So you see boys and girls, if you're not nice to mother nature, she'll kick our butts."
  • Salesman: "Spoon, from the people who brought you Fork." (trails off) "Coming soon, Knife"
  • Peaches: (playing with a paddleball) "662...663...664...665...!" (misses) "sigh... 1...2...3..."
  • Hippo Lady*: "How dare you?!"
  • Grocery Store Customer: "My wife's a sea mammal!"
  • Reoccuring Wild Pig*: "I'm a wild pig!"
  • Random Person*: "Tamales make my bottom burble!"
  • Son to Father: Son: "My teacher told me, everytime a bell rings an angel gets its wings." Father: "Son, your teacher's full of snot."
  • Leon Chameleon: Holy enchilada!
  • Couch chasing Wedgie Boy: Sit on me!
  • Mr. Ick: YOU'RE FIRED!! I mean, THE END!!

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Rocko's Modern Life is an animated television show that aired on Nickelodeon from 1993 to 1996. A comic book series also named Rocko's Modern Life was made.

Its characters included an Australian wallaby named Rocko, his dog Spunky, his best friend Heffer, a turtle named Filbert who was a big fan of Fishsticks, and his not so friendly neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Bighead. The show's story line was based on Rocko's everyday life, which was anything but normal.

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