Radar: Rocko's Modern Life

Sadly, this one only got in three seasons past the radar...
Because it is a children's cartoon show from the mid 1990s, Rocko's Modern Life had a virtual laundry list of "adult" jokes and innuendo that, for the most part, got by without the censors intervening. This show did a better, subtler job of getting away with these kind of jokes than its contemporary at the time (John Kricfalusi's The Ren & Stimpy Show) and is a forerunner to how most Cartoon Network shows get away with dubious content in their shows.

Here is the video of this site's Top 40 past the radar jokes.
  • In the episode where Rocko and Heffer go to the gym (the first episode of the show after its pilot), there's a scene where Heffer was sitting at a weight training station with his back to the camera. All we see is his arms moving back and forth. A woman comes up and asks if he needs any help, to which he replies. "Yeah" then holds up a plate, a pair of chopsticks, and says, "These plastic things can't cut my burrito."
    • The same episode also has Rocko using a virtual rowing machine. Rocko chose The African Queen, but the machine immediately went to Deliverance, complete with "Now, we're gonna make you squeal, piggy!" (thankfully on RML, it was making a pig laugh by tickling it with a feather).
    • At the gym, there's a scene where a guy lifts weights, but since they're too heavy, we get a wonderful graphic, gory shot of his arms falling off, complete with blood and bones.
  • One episode involved Rocko chasing a bird that kidnapped Spunky. The bird flies over a nude beach. Rocko slips out of his swim trunks and goes in (but not before a blue-shaded censor slaps a black box over his butt).
  • In "Bedfellows," Heffer throws a nudist party with Bev taking a perverted interest in it (and even had her own at the end of the episode).
  • In the episode "To Heck and Back," Heffer goes to Hell. In Hell, there is a sign that has the word "HECK" on it. Underneath the C and the K, there are Ls. Then, when Heffer corrects Peaches about where he is, Peaches slaps a hand over Heffer's mouth and says, "Censors!".
  • "Flu-in-You-Enza" featured a scene in a hospital, where a call for "Doctor Philiac, Doctor Ned Crow-Philiac" is heard.
    • Also in this episode, the crazy doctor Ben Dova (who, according to the hippo nurse, is a mental patient who was supposed to be strapped to the bed) cupping Rocko's eyeballs (as one would do with testicles) and asking him to cough, then doing something to him that involved a rubber glove and ended with Rocko walking shakily out of the doctor's office. Later, Dr. Dova appears as a pro wrestler, and is introduced as "the proctologist of pain".
    • The bluejay smoking in the waiting room, then coughing up his heart and dying on "Flu-In-U-Enza." The radar pretty much said, "Screw it!" — and this was only in the third episode.
  • In the premiere episode "Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic," right after Rocko, Heffer, and Spunky leave the house, there are naked fairies flying around some flowers. When the Suck-O-Matic sucks it up, a fat, shaved gopher in underwear is seen holding binoculars, looking up and panting.
    • One bit has Rocko pointing at a rebus-like design that shows a dog minus two baseballs as he says, "We'll try the neutering function later."
    • The episode starts out with Heffer watching a Presidential motorcade that ends up being shot at by a gunman. He then turns the TV off stating it was boring.
  • In the episode "Carnival Knowledge", there was also a ride called "Elevator to Hell." The "Hell" wasn't crossed out and replaced with "Heck" or "Hades," nor was "Hell" obscured by something strategically-placed. In fact, the reruns of it didn't edit the scene or alter the sign at all.
  • In the episode where Rocko tries to get a good picture of himself for the newspaper (to get a promotion at his job), he enlists Filburt to take the picture of him. Before Rocko and Heffer enter Filburt's trailer, several women leave (and all that's shown are their legs). When Heffer comes in, he says, whilst blushing: "I spilled my puffies..."
    • It didn't help that said women's legs had the uber-high, Jessica Rabbit-esque high heels... and they were followed out by a pair of bare rabbit legs.
  • Hef's grandfather's insistence that Rocko is a beaver, particularly in this line: "Ah, 'coyote', eh? Well, ya can't fool me. I can smell a beaver from 30 miles away — beaver."
    • At the dinner table he yells, "I say we eat the beaver!"
  • There was also the recurring joke of Heffer's stepbrother, Peter, being Ambiguously Gay— like in his introduction episode, where he is seen going to cheerleader practice dressed in a female cheerleader's outfit, and his father screams while his mom says, "We were afraid to tell you." Then on the episode where Heffer is chosen to go through his manhood rite of passage, Heffer asks his dad, George, why Peter can't do it. Peter sarcastically replies, "Oh, yeah, like I'm really gonna do it," then adds, "I'm going out." George suspiciously says, "Where are you going?" Cut to Peter in a tutu and ballet tights, grumbling, "Here we go again: judge, judge, judge."
  • On one of the DVD sets' during the "How to Draw" feature for Filburt, Joe Murray states that Filburt wears glasses because "He touched himself too much when he was younger."
  • While nearly the entire episode "Leap Frogs" was this trope (at least before it was pulled from rotation, though it's now on the Shout! Factory DVD set)note , pay attention to the nature documentary Bev and Rocko watch near the beginning. The female frog in that show has breasts with nipples in plain sight.
    • When Rocko and Bev are in her bedroom, Rocko gets accidently thrown into the ceiling fan, getting his fur shaved clean off. When Bev catches him after he falls down, she looks at him seductively and says:" You shaved...for me?" Now...what does that remind you of?
    • Also, there's the scene of Rocko walking around in underwear and Bev walking around in a bath robe. Just as Bev is going to pay him for doing chores for her, Mr. Bighead comes home, as Bev is quick to kiss Rocko at that moment, wanting him to get the wrong idea. Rocko then literally falls apart in pieces as he nervously try to convince him that it's "not what he thinks". Yeesh. No wonder this episode got pulled off the air.
    • One had Bev ask Rocko what he thinks about her eyes. Guess what the eyes are supposed to be stand-in for?
    Bev: Rocko, what do you think about my eyes? Hmmm? (cartoonishly shoves eyes at Rocko)
    Rocko: Yeah, they're...lovely.
    Bev: Touch them!
    Rocko: (so he does) Yes...very soft and...veiny.
  • Throughout the series, the main characters' favorite fast food chain is called "Chokey Chicken" — until season four, episode 9, when the censors finally caught on and changed it to "Chewy Chicken."
  • In the episode "Canned," one of the jobs Rocko takes on is that of a "specialty phone operator", which turns out to be a phone sex line, portrayed by him on the phone saying "Oh baby, oh baby, oh baby" in an unenthusiastic monotone to somebody on the other end. This was made even clearer by a poster hanging in Rocko's cubicle reading "Be hot, be naughty, be courteous", and made clearer still when they showed both his and Mrs. Bighead's Oh Crap! reaction when they recognized each other's voices (and with them both immediately hanging up).
    • On the episode "Canned," Rocko's first job after he gets fired from Super-Lot-O-Comics is a tattoo artist where he gets swallowed by a rhino known as Mr. Horny note . Yeah, that doesn't sound wrong out of context...
  • "Closet Clown" was just one big Does This Remind You of Anything? that shows Ed's clown obsession as either an allegory of being a cross-dresser or being a homosexual.
    • The others aren't quite so happy about the fact that Rocko likes Rainbows, though.
  • In once scene from the camping episode ("Hut Sut Raw"), Rocko is seen picking berries from a bush and then accidentally grabs a bear's genitals. Sadly, this was one of many innuendos that only made it past the radar the first time around. The reruns in America have the scene cut just as Rocko is about to pick the berries from the bush, but a lot of overseas airings (some of which from countries where the censorship is a lot tighter than what America dishes out — i.e., the UK and Australianote ) have the scene uncut.
    • In the same episode, Filburt goes to a lake to get some water when he sees a bunch of fish about ready to kiss. It then cuts to Filburt looking very embarrassed. A few minutes later, Filburt returns to the group and tells them not to drink the water since the "fish are dating" in it.
  • The episode "Schnit Heads" (which, much like "Who Gives a Buck"note  and "Carnival Knowledge"note , is a very dubious pun that no sane kids' show would consider using for humor) is basically the writers saying, "Hey, how much sausage innuendo can we get past before the censors notice?" as well as an old-school Simpsons-style satire on organized religion (or cults).
  • The Credit Card Plot episode "Who Gives a Buck?" — of which the title itself is questionable at best — features Heffer watching a television channel called 'The All Scottish Show'. When the name of the show appears on the screen, the acronym it forms can clearly be seen.
    • In the same episode, when Rocko has to buy Spunky a new dog bowl, the sleazy salesman invites he and Heffer to take a ride on a train through the store with the stipulation that they must "sit" "Doggy Style."
  • In "Rocko's Happy Sack," during Rocko's tirade about how he went through hell to beat the supermarket sale deadline and should pay the $1.50 for groceries instead of $150.00, one of the things he mentioned is being "threatened by your Gestapo security guards" (even though that scene never appeared in the episode). Kinda tame, but these days, you'd never see a Nickelodeon cartoon make a light reference to Nazi Germany (the Gestapo were Hitler's secret police force).
    • There's also Rocko speaking to a customer, who unknowingly has Spunky in his shopping cart, cased in plastic. The customer goes on a speech that the "world would be much better without sea mammals". Another customer hears this and beats him up, because his wife is a sea mammal.
  • In the episode where all of Ed's bugs crash at Rocko's house, there is a scene where a female caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Her boyfriend then turns into a screw, symbolizing that he got "screwed" over.
  • In the episode where Rocko watches Filburt's bird, the bird snatches off Mrs. Bighead's bikini top, causing her to smile suggestively and say, "Such a naughty bird".
  • In "The Big Question", Hutchison's mother, the widow Hutchison, doesn't want a turtle and cat together, paralleling some people's disdain for any marriage that isn't considered "traditional" or "normal" (interracial, homosexual, inter-religious, etc).
    • The same goes for Grandpa Wolfe's "racism" toward the "beaver" (Rocko) (and how Heffer can't tell Grandpa Wolfe that Rocko is a wallaby, because Grandpa Wolfe hates wallabies as much as beavers), reflecting the inbred racism in old folks.
  • In, "The Emperor's New Joe," the Chameleon Brothers tell Rocko about their past as servants for a mighty czar in a kingdom known as Balzak. Just say that to yourself over and over again.
  • In the episode "Gutter Balls", upon being asked by Ed Bighead if Rocko and his friends would like to go bowling, Rocko tells him that they are already playing a game. Rocko shows him a paddle, and the camera pans over to a board game with a monkey in the middle of it. They were literally playing Spank The Monkey.
  • In "The Good, The Bad, The Wallaby", a guy puts on a milking machine on Heffer, and he recieves very sexual pleasure out of it. At the climax, he gets stars in his eyes and he falls backwards. In the original version, he had hearts in his eyes, but Nickelodeon didn't allow it. In fact, they had no real problem with the scene itself. They just made the suggestion of using stars instead of hearts. The overall scene was later cut in America for reruns and is unfortunately not on the DVD.
  • "Road Rashed" has Rocko and Heffer going on a road trip, and eventually find themselves at a No Tell Motel (named No Tell Motel, no less) to spend the night. When Rocko requests a room for the night, the clerk asks "The whole night?" then whistles in amazement. The next shot shows the outside of the hotel, with Heffer dreaming about Sheila, and the sounds of bed springs rocking. Rocko angrily calls his name in annoyance. note 
  • In "The Emperor's New Joe" Rocko walks past a fountain of a naked man who is built to look like he's peeing out the water, except that his genital is covered by a flyer for the new cafe.
  • What? No one has mentioned "Clean Lovin'" yet? In it, Rocko's dog, Spunky, feels attracted to a mop, and when he first sees it, he approaches it while dragging his butt on the floor. While he does this, a couple of scenes are cut in-between; the first is a train entering a tunnel, and the second is someone putting white-ish creamy butter on a piece of toast. Yeah, he really likes that mop...
    • When Rocko later looks for Spunky, he hears grunting and panting from a closet. Upon opening it, he sees Spunky having a very satisfied look on his face, embracing the mop. What makes it worse is that he made a bottle of detergent nearby tip over and stain the floor, making it look like a puddle of sperm beneath him. Rocko berates him for this.
    Rocko: What were you doing in there? No, don't tell me. It's sick, it's wrong! Do you know what I've mopped up with that thing?!
  • In "Popcorn Pandimonium" as Rocko and Heffer run out of the entrance because of the movie theaters getting flooded with popcorn, there's a sign above which says: "666".
  • "Power Trip" when Rocko becomes a corrupted boss and is being mean to Filburt. The one who helps him snap out of it is a comic book hero named "Really Really Big Man". He tells him to "look into the nipples of the future", as he shoves his super nipples into Rocko's eye sockets, like mentioning nipples wasn't already bad enough. Then when Rocko is cured and thanks him:
    Rocko: Thanks, Really Really Big Man. We have all been touched by your bigness.
  • In one episode, Rocko enters a romantic game show. Long story short, he gets to choose between four women, who all appear in silhouettes, and they're each introduced individually. The last silhouette is that of a very attractive woman, which makes Rocko a little too eager. As he tries to run towards her, his thought bubble is that of a jackhammer rapidly hitting the ground. Throbbing manhood, much?
  • In "Cabin Fever" Rocko, Heffer and Bev decide to play a card game. The next shot you see them they're wearing lesser garments. Any adult can figure that they're playing strip poker.
  • One episode is called "I see London, I see France", which is slang for accidently seeing someone's underwear.
  • In one episode, a donut shop called Felch Donuts can be seen in the background of O-Town. It would be wise not to Google the name of the donut shop.

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