Rocko's Modern Life (1993–1996)

TV Series   |  TV-Y   |    |  Animation, Comedy

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The wacky misadventures of an Australian wallaby and his friends as he finishes his transition to American life.




  • Rocko's Modern Life (1993)
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Joe Murray, Stephen Hillenburg, Mr. Lawrence, Derek Drymon

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23 January 2005 | spazzadder
Games (almost) Redeems Themselves
"Rocko's Modern Life", the product of Joe Murray Studios and Games Productions, was a winner of a show. The first two seasons were jam-packed with innuendo that can be quite shocking when viewed later in life. The animation (especially the angular background drawings) was unique and stylistic. Filburt was a model for Jewish turtles everywhere!

Unfortunately, around mid-Season 3 or so, it started to decline. The series was gussied up- examples are "Chunky Chicken", scenes were censored, a new (inferior) theme song added, etc. This might be attributed to Joe Murray's departure after the first season or so.

My favorite episodes were "Driver's Ed", "Abuse-ment Park", the one where Bev seduces Rocko, the one where where Rocko is filmed naked...Well, there's just too many to name! Great show while it lasted!!

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Did You Know?


Inspiration for the show's characters:

  • Rocko's name is taken from the animal that he's based on: the rock-wallaby native to Australia. His personality is based on a wallaby that Joe Murray witnessed at a Bay Area zoo. According to Murray, the wallaby "was oblivious to the chaos around him."
  • Heffer's name is derived from the word "heifer," meaning a female cow that hasn't borne a calf. He is based on a friend of creator Joe Murray. This friend reportedly had limited social interaction and a voracious appetite. The design of his body was based on the shape of a hamburger, and his face, particularly his mouth, was based on the shape of a hot dog.
  • Filburt was created when Joe Murray decided that a turtle was best for an animal that was "afraid to come out of his shell." His name came from Murray deciding that he was a "nut" with a "shell that needed to be cracked," so he was named after the filbert nut, which is a species of hazelnut.
  • The Bigheads were inspired by two things: a couple of mean-spirited neighbors that Joe Murray grew up around, and the invasion of the cane toads in Australia, which led to ecological breakdowns. The latter of the two may be the inspiration behind the combative relationship between the Bigheads and Rocko, who of course is from Australia.


Heffer: Hey Rock! Do that goofy face you do when you're buying eggs!


Animation error: When Rocko is wearing his normal shirt, he is wearing nothing below his waist. He clearly has no pants/underpants of any sort on. But whenever his shirt is removed, he GAINS a pair of underpants.

Alternate Versions

For a while, Nickelodeon pulled the episodes "Leap Frogs" out of circulation due to sexual innuendo, and paired the cartoon that it originally aired with, "Bedfellows", with "Wallaby on Wheels". As a result, the cartoon that "Wallaby on Wheels" was originally broadcast with, "Heff in a Handbasket", was also temporarily pulled from the network.


Main Title
Composed by
Sarah Frost (as Sarah Frost-Goetz)
Performed by The B-52's


Plot Summary


Animation | Comedy


Release Date:

18 September 1993


Korean, English

Country of Origin

USA, Taiwan, China, South Korea

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