Rocko’s Modern Life (1993 – 1996)
Cartoons play a large part in the lives of many children, but Rocko’s Modern Life – featuring an impetuous wallaby and his group of often neurotic, anthropomorphic friends – didn’t even begin broadcasting until I was seventeen. In fact, in a sombre kiss with history, I was watching an episode when the news of Princess Diana’s death broke, on the 31st August, 1997, and interrupted the show.
With the exception of one other television show – which I will get to later in this series – Rocko’s Modern Life was the only cartoon that I followed when I was, well… too old to really be following cartoons. The thing that appealed to me about Rocko and his buddies is that their target audience was never children. Sure, it was an original Nickelodeon production, but the crudely drawn characters and rough-around-the-edges animation fed into some adult humour that was often filled with innuendo and suggestion. Unfortunately, because of that, its mainstream success was ultimately limited.
It was very clever, at a time when that kind of thing was hard to find. Even now, twenty years later, there really isn’t anything like it. If you haven’t seen it, and you are in the mood for a little animated subversion, you could do a lot worse than this cult classic.