List of Rocko's Modern Life episodes

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The following is an episode list for the Nickelodeon animated television series Rocko's Modern Life. The series began on September 18, 1993, and ended on November 24, 1996, totalling 52 episodes. A typical, half-hour episode of Rocko's Modern Life featured two twelve-minute stories with a commercial break in between. Occasionally, one story would be told over the half-hour time slot as Part I and Part II.

The Rocko's Modern Life team produced all of the episodes except for one in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, United States.[1] Series creator Joe Murray produced the pilot episode, "Trash-O-Madness", at his studio in Saratoga, California; Murray animated half of the episode, and the production occurred entirely in the United States, with animation in Saratoga and processing in San Francisco.[2]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot 1992
1 13 September 18, 1993 (1993-09-18) December 5, 1993 (1993-12-05)
2 13 September 25, 1994 (1994-09-25) March 12, 1995 (1995-03-12)
3 13 October 22, 1995 (1995-10-22) April 21, 1996 (1996-04-21)
4 13 July 8, 1996 (1996-07-08) November 24, 1996 (1996-11-24)


Pilot (1992)[edit]

Rocko's Modern Life pilot episode
Title Original air date
"Trash-O-Madness" 1992

Rocko scrambles to gather up his trash and put it out, since he's missed garbage day for the past few months. Not to make things any easier, the local mad dog, Earl, is on the loose, and he seems intent on destroying both Chinese food trash and Rocko.

Murray produced the pilot episode at Joe Murray Studio in Saratoga, California, United States.

Season 1 (1993)[edit]

Rocko's Modern Life season 1 episodes
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Title Original air date Production
1 1 "No Pain, No Gain/Who Gives A Buck" September 18, 1993 (1993-09-18) 007a

No Pain, No Gain: Rocko and Heffer Wolfe join an exclusive exercise clinic, where they keep losing points for their actions by the Chameleon brothers, Chuck and Leon.

Who Gives a Buck: When Rocko receives a new credit card, Heffer urges Rocko to go on a shopping spree.
2 2 "Leap Frogs / Bedfellows" September 19, 1993 (1993-09-19) 006

Leap Frogs: When Bev Bighead feels unloved by her husband Ed, she invites Rocko over to do chores and tries to seduce him.
Bedfellows: Heffer moves in with Rocko after his parents rent Heffer's room out to vermin to make money after Heffer's dad gets laid off from his job.

Because of the adult content, "Leap Frogs" was banned after its second airing on Nickelodeon. When the series moved to Nicktoons TV, the short was reinstated. [3]
3 3 "Jet Scream / Dirty Dog" September 26, 1993 (1993-09-26) 008

Jet Scream: Heffer, who is afraid of flying, heads to the O-Town Airport with Rocko to board an aircraft flying to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dirty Dog: Spunky needs to be bathed. The first appearance of Bloaty and Squirmy.

Murray described "Jet Scream" as one of his favorite episodes because he often traveled between Los Angeles, New York, South Korea, and other places during the production of the first season of Rocko's Modern Life.[4]
4 4 "Keeping Up With the Bigheads / Skid Marks" October 3, 1993 (1993-10-03) 009

Keeping Up With the Bigheads: After Ed Bighead tries to get Rocko's house condemned, Rocko and Heffer go on a remodeling spree.

Skid Marks: Rocko's car is impounded, so he goes to the DMV to straighten things out.
5 5 "Power Trip / To Heck and Back" October 10, 1993 (1993-10-10) 011

Power Trip: Mr. Smitty, Rocko's tyrannical boss, places Rocko in charge while he leaves town.

To Heck and Back: After Heffer has a near-death experience, he tries to mend his gluttonous ways.
6 6 "The Good, the Bad, and the Wallaby / Trash-O-Madness [2]" October 17, 1993 (1993-10-17) 010

The Good, the Bad, and the Wallaby: Heffer and Rocko spend some time on a farm, prompting Heffer to go native.

Trash-O-Madness: Rocko encounters difficulties on trash day.
7 7 "Spitballs / Popcorn Pandemonium" October 31, 1993 (1993-10-31) 012

Spitballs: After losing Rocko's prized baseball, Rocko and Heffer go to a local baseball game in hopes of catching a new one.

Popcorn Pandemonium: Rocko and Heffer are off to the local movie theater complex.
8 8 "A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic / Canned" October 31, 1993 (1993-10-31) 002

A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic: After watching an infomercial, Rocko buys a vacuum cleaner that is more than he bargained for.

Canned: Rocko loses his job at the mega-comic store. After a variety of jobs, he finally decides to work at the local comic store.
9 9 "Carnival Knowledge / Sand in Your Navel" November 7, 1993 (1993-11-07) 001

Carnival Knowledge: Heffer and Rocko attend a carnival full of hazardous rides and shady carnival games.

Sand in Your Navel: Rocko and Spunky try to spend a nice day at the beach.
10 10 "Cabin Fever / Rinse & Spit" November 14, 1993 (1993-11-14) 013

Cabin Fever: Rocko and Heff end up sharing a camping cabin with the Bigheads.

Rinse & Spit: Filburt recruits Rocko to help him pass his dentists exam.
11 11 "Rocko's Happy Sack / Flu-In-U-Enza" November 21, 1993 (1993-11-21) 003

Rocko's Happy Sack: Being broke and hungry, a 99% sale sounds like the cure for Rocko.

Flu-In-U-Enza: Rocko has tickets to the big wrestling match, but he suddenly falls ill.
12 12 "Who's For Dinner? / Love Spanked" November 28, 1993 (1993-11-28) 004

Who's For Dinner?: Rocko, who is unaware of Heffer's family life, is invited over to dinner at Heffer's house.
Love Spanked: Heffer plays the cupid, arranging a number of blind dates.

One of Murray's favorite episodes is "Who's For Dinner?" because Murray enjoyed the premise and the development of the concept of adoption. Murray partially based Heffer on an adopted friend and used his friend's emotions to sculpt Heffer's role and actions. [4]
13 13 "Clean Lovin' / Unbalanced Load" December 5, 1993 (1993-12-05) 005

Clean Lovin': Spunky has an unnatural attraction to a mop.
Unbalanced Load: When his clothes start to spontaneously move of their own power, Rocko decides it's time to do laundry.

Production of Clean Lovin': Murray wrote the "Spunky falls in love with a mop" idea for his original series pitch; the focus groups adored the idea. When Murray created the episode, he believed that the creation was "more challenging than I thought. It sounded funny though." [3]

Season 2 (1994–95)[edit]

Rocko's Modern Life season 2 episodes
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Title Original air date Production
14 1 "I Have No Son" September 25, 1994 (1994-09-25) 014

This 30 minute episode introduces Ed Bighead's Son, Ralph Bighead. Ralph is estranged from his family due to being a cartoonist, instead of being a corporate man like his father wanted.

Murray described "I Have No Son" as one of his favorite episodes because it addressed issues affecting Murray, the directors, and the writers. Murray also cites the presence of The Fatheads, created by Doug Lawrence. [4]
15 2 "Pipe Dreams / Tickled Pinky" October 2, 1994 (1994-10-02) 015

Pipe Dreams: Rocko has a plumbing problem – a goldfish that he flushed down the toilet.

Tickled Pinky: Having a bout of appendicitis causes Rocko to experience hallucinations about his soon-to-be-departed appendix.
16 3 "The Lounge Singer / She's the Toad" October 9, 1994 (1994-10-09) 016

The Lounge Singer: Filburt realizes his dream of being a lounge singer and hits the big time.

She's the Toad: On the eve of a huge proposal at work, Ed Bighead is stricken ill, so Beverly fills his position at Conglom-O.
17 4 "Down the Hatch / Road Rash" October 23, 1994 (1994-10-23) 017

Down the Hatch: When Spunky swallows a vitamin pill, our favorite parasites Bloaty and Squirmy think they've discovered an ancient and mysterious object.

Road Rash: Flem Rock is about to be bulldozed, so Rocko and Heffer go on a road trip to see it one last time.
18 5 "Boob Tubed / Commuted Sentence" November 6, 1994 (1994-11-06) 018

Boob Tubed: Sitting too close to the television causes Heffer to lose his mind. Rocko and Filburt travel to TV Central to rescue it.

Commuted Sentence: A traffic jam and Heffer unwillingly join forces to cause Rocko to lose his job.
19 6 "Rocko's Modern Christmas" December 1, 1994 (1994-12-01) 019
Rocko invites everyone, including the Elves, over for Christmas, but Ed Bighead spreads rumors about the Elves, which ruins the party.
20 7 "Hut Sut Raw / Kiss Me I'm Foreign" December 4, 1994 (1994-12-04) 020

Hut Sut Raw: Rocko, Heffer and Filburt go camping.

Kiss Me I'm Foreign: With Rocko on the verge of being deported, Filburt poses as his spouse.
21 8 "Cruisin'" January 1, 1995 (1995-01-01) 021
Heffer and Rocko say Bon Voyage to Heffer's Grandfather, who's going on a cruise vacation. When Heffer and Rocko miss the call to debark, they learn a little more respect for the eldery.
22 9 "Born to Spawn / Uniform Behavior" January 22, 1995 (1995-01-22) 022

Born to Spawn: Filburt's 21st birthday approaches, and the ancient breeding ground of Kerplopitgoes calls.

Uniform Behavior: Heffer gets a little taste of authority when he is hired as a security guard.
23 10 "Hair Licked / Gutter Balls" January 29, 1995 (1995-01-29) 023

Hair Licked: On the day he is supposed to pose for a newspaper photograph, Rocko is having a very bad hair day.

Gutter Balls: Ed Bighead's obsession with winning a bowling trophy has him disqualified from a bowling tournament.
24 11 "Junk Junkies / Day of the Flecko" February 12, 1995 (1995-02-12) 024

Junk Junkies: Rocko needs to pay off the pizza man, so he organizes a garage sale.

Day of the Flecko: After pulling overtime at his job, a housefly named Flecko disrupts Rocko's sleep.
25 12 "Snowballs / Frog's Best Friend" February 26, 1995 (1995-02-26) 025

Snowballs: On their way to deliver comic books, Rocko and Heffer are distracted by a ski resort.

Frog's Best Friend: Beverly adopts the neighborhoods stray dog, a vicious cur named Earl.
26 13 "Short Story / Eyes Capades" March 2, 1995 (1995-03-02) 026

Short Story: Feeling inadequate due to short stature, Really Really Big Man gives Rocko a vertical boost.

Eyes Capades: Rocko's new glasses break just before the big jackhammer competition.

Season 3 (1995–96)[edit]

Rocko's Modern Life season 3 episodes
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Title Original air date Production
27 1 "Bye, Bye Birdie / Belch of Destiny" October 22, 1995 (1995-10-22) 029

Bye, Bye Birdie: Heffer accidentally kills Filburt's pet bird, Turdy.

Belch of Destiny: Heffer has a unique talent which embarrasses Heffer's father.
George Maestri, a writer, described "Bye, Bye Birdie" as "a real story." At age 12, Maestri babysat a bird belonging to a family neighboring his. The bird died two days after the neighbors left. [5]

Murray described "Belch of Destiny" as one of his favorite episodes because the episode supported his theory to "let kids be kids". In addition Murray recalled the memories of himself, Steve Hillenburg, and Mark O'Hare laughing after listening to the "belch talking" track created by a Warner Brothers producer. Prior to the production of the tape, Murray and his crew arranged a meeting with the producer. During that period, the producer could not belch talk, even after Murray bought him beer and spaghetti. The belch talking tape arrived several days afterwards.[4]
28 2 "The Emperor's New Joe / Schnit-heads" October 29, 1995 (1995-10-29) 028

The Emperor's New Joe: The story of the Chameleon Brothers and their coffee scandal in the old country of Balzack.

Schnit-heads: Heffer falls into a sausage-worshiping cult.
27 3 "Sugar Frosted Frights / Ed is Dead" October 31, 1995 (1995-10-31) 027

Sugar Frosted Frights: Filburt fights his fear of Halloween.

Ed is Dead: Rocko suspects Beverly of murdering Ed.
30 4 "Fish-N-Chumps / Camera Shy" November 12, 1995 (1995-11-12) 030

Fish-N-Chumps: Rocko, Heffer and Filburt go on a fishing trip, unsuspecting that they are the prey.

Camera Shy: Heffer and Filburt secretly video tape Rocko, and the movie turns into an underground hit, even winning an award at a film festival.
31 5 "Nothing to Sneeze At / Old Fogey Froggy" November 19, 1995 (1995-11-19) 031

Nothing to Sneeze At: A mistake at the hospital endows Beverly with a nose, but the stench of her husband Ed is making her sick.

Old Fogey Froggy: When Ed feels youth slipping away, he tries to become friends with Rocko, Heffer and Filburt.
32 6 "Manic Mechanic / Rocko's Happy Vermin" December 3, 1995 (1995-12-03) 032

Manic Mechanic: Rocko's car breaks down, but Filburt can bring it back to life.

Rocko's Happy Vermin: When Rocko helps the bugs escape from Ed's prison, they become unwelcome guests.
33 7 "I See London, I See France / The Fat Lands" December 10, 1995 (1995-12-10) 033

I See London, I See France: On a trip to France, Rocko falls in love.

The Fat Lands: Bloaty and Squirmy return, this time living on an obese Spunky, as Rocko tries to get Spunky to lose weight.
34 8 "Fortune Cookie / Dear John" December 17, 1995 (1995-12-17) 034

Fortune Cookie: Every fortune cookie which Filburt opens predicts dire consequences for Filburt.

Dear John: Rocko hires TV host Bob "Bucky" Taylor to repair his destroyed kitchen, but finds out that Bucky can only build bathrooms.
35 9 "Speaking Terms / Tooth and Nail" December 31, 1995 (1995-12-31) 035

Speaking Terms: Heffer and Rocko appear on television after getting into an argument.

Tooth and Nail: Rocko tries to overcome his nail-biting addition.
36 10 "Wacky Deli" January 21, 1996 (1996-01-21) 036

Ralph Bighead wants to leave the world of television animation, so he gives Rocko, Filburt and Heffer free rein in creating a new television show, hoping that their ineptitude will get Ralph's contract canceled.

Murray described "Wacky Deli" as one of his favorite episodes because it addressed issues affecting Murray, the directors, and the writers. [4]

Murray and Richard Leroy filmed the live-action meatloaf scene on Murray's patio with a wind-up camera to capture the colors of early 1960s films. Murray cooked the meatloaf and Carol Wyatt, the color supervisor, placed press-on nails on her hand and used her hands in the scene. At first the camera did not work. When Murray decided to end the shoot, the camera functioned, allowing for the shoot to continue. During the filming, two flies landed on the meatloaf. Leroy believed that the flies spoiled the shoot, while Murray believed that the flies enhanced the shoot. Murray used the plates involved in the production of the scene until he accidentally broke the plates; Murray discarded the plates. [6]
37 11 "The Big Question / The Big Answer" January 28, 1996 (1996-01-28) 037

The Big Question: The first part of a two-part episode has Filburt finally asking Doctor Hutchison to marry him.

The Big Answer: A huge fight breaks out at the wedding, threatening Filburt and Hutch's marriage.

Murray described the episode as one of his favorite episodes. [3]
38 12 "An Elk for Heffer / Scrubbin' Down Under" February 11, 1996 (1996-02-11) 038

An Elk for Heffer: In order to be considered an adult, the Wolves tell Heffer to bring elk home for dinner, but ends up falling in love with it.

Scrubbin' Down Under: Rocko becomes a celebrity thanks to a little bit of spinach stuck in his teeth.
39 13 "Zanzibar / Fatal Contraption" April 21, 1996 (1996-04-21) 039

Zanzibar: This musical-style episode has the Rocko pitting the town citizens against Conglom-O and their pollution.

Fatal Contraption: Rocko becomes the owner of a possessed food processor.

Season 4 (1996)[edit]

Rocko's Modern Life season 4 episodes
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Title Original air date Production
40 1 "With Friends Like These / Sailing the Seven Zzz's" July 8, 1996 (1996-07-08) 040

With Friends Like These: Rocko must choose between Filburt and Heffer to invite to a wrestling match.

Sailing the Seven Zzz's: Mr. Bighead, while sleepwalking, believes that he is a pirate and tries repeatedly to obtain a treasure map from Rocko.
41 2 "Pranksters / From Here to Maternity" July 9, 1996 (1996-07-09) 041

Pranksters: April Fool's day arrives in O-Town and Filburt becomes the butt of Rocko and Heffer's pranks. But things change when a relative of Rocko's is expected to visit.

From Here to Maternity: Filburt and Hutch are expecting babies!
42 3 "Ed Good, Rocko Bad / Teed Off" July 10, 1996 (1996-07-10) 042

Ed Good, Rocko Bad: Ed Bighead and Rocko campaign against each other for city dog catcher.

Teed Off: Ed's boss invites Ed to a game of golf. Ed is told to let Mr. Dupette win, but Heffer has other ideas.
43 4 "Wimp on the Barby / Yarnbenders" July 11, 1996 (1996-07-11) 043

Wimp on the Barby: Rocko's old grade-school bully stops by for a visit.

Yarnbenders: Filburt is ill, so Rocko and Heffer spin up some wild fairy tales to help him feel better.
44 5 "Mama's Boy / Feisty Geist" July 12, 1996 (1996-07-12) 044

Mama's Boy: Heffer moves out and gets a job, but he soon learns that his roommates wild lifestyle is having a negative influence.

Feisty Geist: After a visit to a spirit reader, Heffer is plagued by a spirit of his own.
45 6 "S.W.A.K. / Magic Meatball" July 15, 1996 (1996-07-15) 045

S.W.A.K.: Rocko sends a love letter, but when he thinks she has a boyfriend, he tries to get it back.

Magic Meatball: Ed Bighead, under pressure at the job, turns to using a Magic 8-Ball to make executive decisions.
46 7 "Closet Clown / Seat to Stardom" July 16, 1996 (1996-07-16) 046

Closet Clown: Ed Bighead tries to hide his secret identity, Ed the Clown.

Seat to Stardom: Rocko becomes a famous underwear model, "Wedgie Boy." The lack of free time strains his friendship with Heffer.
47 8 "The High Five of Doom / Fly Burgers" July 17, 1996 (1996-07-17) 047

The High Five of Doom: Filburt is suspected of being an alien.

Fly Burgers: Flecko the fly sues Rocko.
48 9 "Heff in a Handbasket / Wallaby on Wheels" July 18, 1996 (1996-07-18) 048

Heff in a Handbasket: Heffer once again meets up with that inept devil, Peaches, after Heffer sells his soul to be on a game show.

Wallaby on Wheels: Falling in love with a roller-skater, Rocko tries to impress her by running a dangerous obstacle course.
49 10 "Dumbells / Rug Birds" July 19, 1996 (1996-07-19) 049

Dumbells: Rocko and Gladys the Hippo lady get arrested after a game of Ding Dong Ditch gets out of hand.

Rug Birds: Filburt takes Rocko on a bird wig-snatching hunt.
50 11 "Hypno-Puppy Luv / Driving Mrs. Wolfe" October 8, 1996 (1996-10-08) 050

Hypno-Puppy Luv: Heffer hypnotizes Rocko.

Driving Mrs. Wolfe: Virginia Wolfe, Heffer's mother, asks Rocko to teach her to drive.
51 12 "Put to Pasture / Future Schlock" October 10, 1996 (1996-10-10) 051

Put to Pasture: With Heffer seriously ill, Rocko flashes back to their youth.

Future Schlock: 17 years into the future, Filburt's children ask Filburt the meaning of a banana which they found in a refrigerator.
52 13 "Turkey Time / Floundering Fathers" November 24, 1996 (1996-11-24) 052

Turkey Time: Thanksgiving in O-Town, and Rocko tries to save the turkeys.

Floundering Fathers: The group spin tales about who really founded O-Town.