A funny Nickelodeon cartoon that ran for four seasons (1993-1997), followed by reruns on that network. There were fifty-two episodes. It details the life of an average joe-type wallaby from Australia (accent included) and his day to day existence with his friends and his job working at a comic book store in O-Town. The character and show were created by Joe Murray, who also provided one of the voices.

Main Characters:

  • Rocko: wallaby who came to the United States from Australia. He works at Kind-Of-A-Lot-O-Comics. Wears shoes and a blue Hawaiian-type shirt with triangles on it. A regular laid back sort of guy with a good heart.
  • Spunky: Rocko's dog. Unlike many cartoon dogs, Spunky is not really clever or intelligent (in one episode he falls in love with a mop) and will eat just about anything no matter how disgusting.
  • Heffer: bovine best friend of Rocko. A terrible glutton and not very bright. Was adopted and raised by a somewhat dysfunctional family of wolves (which Heffer didn't realize until he was told).
  • Filburt: a shy, neurotic turtle who is another of Rocko's best friends.
  • Ed and Bev Bighead: Rocko's next door neighbors. They are toads. The husband seriously dislikes Rocko and is in constant conflict with him (in fact, he doesn't really like anyone). They have a son whose voice was done by creator Joe Murray.

Rocko's Modern Life


Rocko is a wallaby with an Australian accent. Each episode shows a struggle through his average, yet modern life; he has pesky neighbors (two frogs), a dangerously malfunctioning vacuum, and a love for his best friends (a turtle and a cow). Though cartoons are typically considered childish, Rocko's Modern Life is refreshingly smart. Creator Joe Murray said that he and his writers wrote each episode not for a target audience, but to make themselves laugh. You'll find childish humor, adult humor, and even some irony/satire to entertain all audiences. The show was originally born out of a short film made by the creator about a man and his dysfunctional dog. Hence, the main characters Rocko and his semi-blind, dumb dog Spunky were created. Today this classic is for the most part discarded, though Nickelodeon will air some cheap re-runs during the holidays. Do not worry; you can still purchase all of the episodes contained on 8 DVD's on eBay. Each 30-minute block on Nickelodeon consisted of two episodes.


Carlos Alazraqui - Rocko, Spunky, Rabbit

Tom Kenny - Heffer Wolfe, Mr. Smitty, Peaches

Mr. Lawrence - Filburt, Heffer's Mom

Charlie Adler - Ed and Bev Bighead, Hippo Lady, Heffer's Dad, Fatheads, Grandpa Wolfe, Mr. Dupette

Joe Murray - Ralph Bighead

Linda Wallem - Dr. Hutchison, Virginia Wolfe, Winnifred Wolfe

Kevin Meaney - Widow Hutchison

Detailed Episode Guide (Date first aired, title)

Season 1

1. 18-Sep-1993 No Pain, No Gain / Who Gives a Buck?

2. 19-Sep-1993 Leap Frogs / Bedfellows

3. 26-Sep-1993 Jet Scream / Dirty Dog

4. 03-Oct-1993 Keeping Up With the Bigheads / Skid Marks

5. 10-Oct-1993 Power Trip / To Heck and Back

6. 17-Oct-1993 The Good, the Bad, and the Wallaby / Trash-O-Madness

7. 24-Oct-1993 Spitballs / Popcorn Pandemonium

8. 31-Oct-1993 A Sucker For the Suck-O-Matic / Canned

9. 07-Nov-1993 Carnival Knowledge / Sand In Your Navel

10. 14-Nov-1993 Cabin Fever / Rinse and Spit

11. 21-Nov-1993 Rocko's Happy Sack / Flu-In-U-Enza

12. 28-Nov-1993 Who's For Dinner? / Love Spanked

13. 05-Dec-1993 Clean Lovin' / Unbalanced Load

Season 2

14. 25-Sep-1994 I Have No Son!

15. 02-Oct-1994 Pipe Dreams / Tickled Pinky

16. 09-Oct-1994 The Lounge Singer / She's the Toad

17. 23-Oct-1994 Down the Hatch / Road Rash

18. 06-Nov-1994 Boob Tubed / Commuted Sentence

19. 01-Dec-1994 Rocko's Modern Christmas

20. 04-Dec-1994 Hut Sut Raw / Kiss Me, I'm Foreign

21. 01-Jan-1995 Cruisin'

22. 22-Jan-1995 Born to Spawn / Uniform Behavior

23. 29-Jan-1995 Hair Licked / Gutter Balls

24. 12-Feb-1995 Junk Junkies / Day of the Flecko

25. 26-Feb-1995 Snowballs / Frog's Best Friend

26. 12-Mar-1995 Short Story / Eyes Capades

Season 3

27. 22-Oct-1995 Bye, Bye Birdie / Belch of Destiny

28. 29-Oct-1995 The Emperor's New Joe / Schnit-Heads

29. 31-Oct-1995 Sugar-Frosted Frights / Ed is Dead: A Thriller!

30. 12-Nov-1995 Fish-N-Chumps / Camera Shy

31. 19-Nov-1995 Nothing to Sneeze At / Old Fogey Froggy

32. 03-Dec-1995 Maniac Mechanic / Rocko's Happy Vermin

33. 10-Dec-1995 I See London, I See France / The Fatlands

34. 17-Dec-1995 Fortune Cookie / Dear John

35. 31-Dec-1995 Speaking Terms / Tooth and Nail

36. 21-Jan-1996 Wacky Delly

37. 28-Jan-1996 The Big Question / The Big Answer

38. 11-Feb-1996 An Elk for Heffer / Scrubbin' Down Under

39. 21-Apr-1996 Zanzibar! / Fatal Contraption

Season 4

40. 08-Jul-1996 With Friends Like These / Sailing the Seven Zzzz's

41. 09-Jul-1996 Pranksters / From Here to Maternity

42. 10-Jul-1996 Ed Good, Rocko Bad / Teed Off

43. 11-Jul-1996 Wimp on the Barbie / Yarnbenders

44. 12-Jul-1996 Mama's Boy / Feisy Geist

45. 15-Jul-1996 S.W.A.K. / Magic Meatball

46. 16-Jul-1996 Closet Clown / Seat to Stardom

47. 17-Jul-1996 The High-Five of Doom / Fly Burgers

48. 18-Jul-1996 Heff in a Handbasket / Wallaby on Wheels

49. 19-Jul-1996 Dumbells / Rug Birds

50. 08-Oct-1996 Hypno-Puppy Luv / Driving Mrs. Wolfe

51. 10-Oct-1996 Put Out to Pasture / Future Schlock

52. 24-Nov-1996 Turkey Time / Floundering Fathers

Some Notable Minor Characters

Dr. Hutchenson - The doctor/dentist girlfriend of Filbert. She has a hook for hand and is pleasant.

The Chameleon Brothers - Chame and Leon are executives working for Conglom-o

Wolfe Family - Disfunctional family that raised Heffer

Peaches - Equivalent to the devil. He appears in To Heck and Back. He is the king of heck.

Ralph Bighead - The son of the Bigheads who created his own cartoon (The Fatheads) and is very distant from his parents.

Really Really Big Man - The super hero of O-Town who hides under the alias of Lois Lane. His powers include his nipples of the future.

Hippo Lady - This large and hilarious lady usually makes Rocko uncomfortable. Her famous phrase is, "How dare you!"

Bloaty and Squirmy - A sitcom within Rocko's Modern Life includes two parasites who live on Rocko's dog Spunky's back.


Besides the theme song recorded by the B-52's, there are other notable songs that can be heard in various episodes. Here are some lyrics:

"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"

"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 rivers sky or sea, or else you're going to get what you deserve"

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