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Clockwise from midnight: Cal, Rita, Jessie, Nitz, Rocko, Gimpy, Kimmy, and Mump.

Undergrads was a short lived animated series from 2001, made for MTV. Like other MTV cartoons, such as Daria and Beavis And Butthead, it was adult-oriented and contained very mature content. And like every MTV cartoon not called Daria or Beavis And Butt-Head, it only lasted a handful of episodes, ending on a cliffhanger.

The show is about four lifelong friends and their experiences during their first year at college. Nitz, the protagonist, is an Everyman who constantly lets college life stress him out. Cal, his roommate, is a ditzy Dumb Blonde with an inexplicably rich sex life. Rocko is part of a fraternity and is obsessed with girls, booze and Wacky Fratboy Hijinx, to the annoyance of his frat mates. The fourth, Gimpy (called G-Prime by his peers), is a tech geek who attends an MIT-like university and develops a personal cult due to his hacking prowess. He stays connected to the others mainly via the internet, though they all still live in the same city.


At the start of the year, two major people are introduced to the audience: Jessie, a hip, punk-ish girl who befriends Nitz and helps him learn the ropes (and later develops a crush on him), and Kimmy, a beautiful drama student with whom Nitz is smitten (and has been since high school). There are other recurring characters as well, including Rocko's frat "friends", Nitz and Cal's hippie-like Residential Assistant The Duggler, Jessie's friends (Brody, a film student with an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and old movies, Kruger, a profanity-spewing chain smoker, and Dan, a geek who just laughs), Kimmy's (unbeknownst to her, gay) friend Mark, and Gimpy's minions.

Although the show is set in college, the characters are never shown in class; episodes mainly focus on other aspects of campus life, like dealing with roommates, fitting in with groups, attending mixers, getting student loans, and figuring out what to do in life. Oh, and girls and booze, naturally.


On September 24th, 2018, a Kickstarter was launched seeking funding for Undergrads: The Movie. It reached its funding goal on October the 27th of that year.

Undergrads provides examples of:

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Kimmy to Mark, Nitz to Kimmy, Jessie to Nitz... Hell, in one episode Nitz to Jessie. That's right, they both manage to have unrequited love towards each other. Why she never bothered to reciprocate (or have mixed feelings) about this when he was openly crushing on her wasn't explained.
    • It could be that Jessie's earlier rejection of Nitz was meant to show that she knew he wasn't really into her because he liked her, but because he had accidentally seen her naked.
    • When Nitz initially proposes they go out (and then 'get in the same bed'), Jessie doesn't flat-out reject him - all she says is that she can't because she has a previous commitment that night to work on a project with her classmates. If Nitz hadn't subsequently made a big show of asking Jessie out in public, disrupting her plans and embarrassing her, she might well have reciprocated.
  • Ambiguously Gay: All we know about Dan, besides the fact that he laughs a lot, is that he also kissed Nitz in one scene.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After Gimpy's antics cause some explosions in his dormitory, his RA does a quick inspection of his room with the following observations:
    RA: "Thirty plugs going into one socket, broken windows, severe water damage illegal hot plate!"note 
  • The Art of Bra Removal: One of the many girls Cal hooks up with breaks up with him because he can't figure out how to get it off her. It does beg the question of why she's wearing underwear while showering with him.
  • Author Appeal: The Thompson Twins song "Hold Me Now" shows up a few times in the background in an instrumental version. It's also Gimpy's go-to karaoke song.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Jessie's preferred dress style.
  • Berserk Button: Don't tell The Duggler to go to Hell!
  • Betty and Veronica: Played with to a more complex level. Kimmy is nice like Betty, but her concept is "The Unattainable Girl" like a Veronica, while Jessie is more cynical and mean like Veronica, but is the "pal" like a Betty.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Nitz, Jessie, Brodie, Kruger & Dan play this role... in a team deathmatch when they arrive to help an outgunned Gimpy defeat Spud in a contest to decide if Star Wars or Star Trek is to be the dominant force in their dorms.
  • Big "NO!": In Slow Motion, when Rocko "rescues" Nitz from alcohol.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: They take pot shots at Good Charlotte, who wrote the theme song.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • Gimpy's first love is She-Prime, a girl online. At the end of the episode it's revealed that their dorm rooms are located right next to each other. And neither of them ever found out.
    • The entire series ended on this note. Kimmy and Nitz got together. Things work out well for the other three, and the only thing that went wrong was that Jessie and Nitz aren't on easy terms now.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted when the gang plays a video game. Rocko uses all his ammo by firing wildly and shooting Cal, then has his character's rifle disappear, forcing him to use karate chops instead.
  • Brainless Beauty: Cal.
  • Brick Joke: About halfway through "Virgins," Rocko eats a banana without realizing that it had a condom on it. Toward the end of the episode, he coughs it up after being on the receiving end of a Groin Attack.
  • Bros Before Hoes: Nitz is often accused of violating this rule by putting his infatuation over Kimmy above his friends.
  • Buffy Speak: Mump: "I'm just to absorb all of your ill will like some kind of ill will absorbing...absorber?"
  • Butt-Monkey: Cal. In one episode, Rocko tries to start a college rivalry with State U by beating up Cal after he becomes their mascot... A manatee. However, this doesn't have the desired effect, as nobody really liked the mascot anyway so they just start cheering Cal getting his ass kicked. Lampshaded at the end of the episode, when the characters remark on what they've learned...
    Rocko: "I shouldn't hit Cal up 'cause he's the State U Manatee... I should hit him 'cause he's Cal."
  • Camp Straight: Cal is fond of wearing short-shorts and singing, and speaks with a high pitched lisp, but he is an absurdly unstoppable lady's man.
  • Cathartic Scream: In the last episode, Brody and Kruger are studying for exam week, when the social and academic pressures become too much for Brody. He opens up a window and starts screaming. Kruger declares it brilliant, and joins in, sparking a chain reaction which eventually causes the entire city to erupt in a massive chorus of screams.note 
  • Celibate Hero: Nitz until the last episode.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: In a homage to the ending of A New Hope, Nitz joins Gimpy's Quake game against the Trekkies at the last minute and the gang wins.
  • Chick Magnet: Cal. Women flock to him without him even trying.
  • Cliffhanger: On the last day of first year, Nitz and Kimmy have a drunken makeout session and afterwards, Jessie chews Nitz out for not realizing she's been in love with him the whole year, and then... the show ends. Forever.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Pretty much everything Kruger says.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: After spending the night in the drunk tank and waking up with a wicked hangover, Rocko goes to a church and swears off alcohol, only for the priest to offer him a drink from his hip flask. Rocko goes back to his frat house to find it's Alpha-Alpha's "Drink All Day Day".
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Cal decides to become an RA for the following school year, he reads the handbook and finds an RA can't have sex with anyone on their floor.
    Cal: "Guess I'll just have to have sex on my bed."
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: After Gimpy's rival, Spud, takes control of the dorm, he takes revenge on Gimpy by prying his eyes open Clockwork Orange-style, and forcing him to watch every episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: "New Friends".
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • Rocko's book of "Things Cal Does That Make Me Want To Kill Him Dead Dead Dead Dead Dead."
    • Rocko trying to find a place for him and his friends to live next semester.
      Rocko: "Okay, there needs to be a bar in the basement, Gimpy needs a T1 line, and Cal requested a bi... det, whatever that is. And there needs to be a bar in the basement."
  • Did They or Didn't They?: In the last episode, it's was never made clear just how far Nitz got with Kimmie.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Jessie to Nitz in the final episode.
  • Disco Dan: The Duggler is a '60s hippy (the whole reason he joined the school newspaper is so he can pretend he's a student activist) decades after The '60s ended. Kimmy has her moments, what with her role in campus protests.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Gimpy's rival/love interest is a female hacker known only as She-Prime.
  • The Ditz: Cal, though Kimmy has traces as well.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Two of the three sunbathing girls Cal applies suntan lotion to in "Risk". One owns nothing but one bikini, the other changes into regular clothes but still does not wear shoes.
  • Dominatrix: The female RA at Tekerson Tech dressed like this while Cal was visiting her, taking geek chic to a whole new level. See She Cleans Up Nicely.
  • Doing It for the Art: In-universe: Gimpy treats his creation of fake IDs as this. Naturally, he doesn't take it too well when his "customers" don't take time to appreciate them.
  • Dramatic Wind: The first time we meet Kimmy (bonus points because she is indoors).
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Even lampshaded by Rocko when he comes up with an idea his friends don't think is a bad one for once:
    Nitz: "Wow, Rocko. That's actually a great idea."
    Rocko: "Eh, law of averages."
  • Dumb Blonde: Cal.
  • Easily Forgiven: A Running Gag with Cal is how quickly women will forgive him after he does something to annoy or anger them. After going on how much of a jerk he is, they'll then say: "Call me."
  • The Everyman: Nitz.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Parker Walsh and Justin Taylor are always addressed as "Nitz" and "Gimpy", respectively. By pretty much everyone. Finding out their real names is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it detail that you'd easily forget they even have a different name. Nitz is even written on his financial aid cheques and the birthday cake sent by his mom.
  • Explosive Instrumentation: Gimpy's keyboard explodes and injures Mump in "New Friends". Gimpy responds that Mump gets injured every week and doesn't seem that concerned about it.
  • Face Palm: Nitz has been waiting for Kimmy to show up at a party. When she calls, Cal answers and tells her she doesn't have to show up because there are plenty of other pretty ladies there. Cue Face Palm, first by Nitz, then by everyone else at the party.
  • Fan Disservice: Toward the end of "Traditions," Gimpy strips naked to remove the evidence on his clothes that he had gone outside to prank the RA. When she goes into his room to confront him, she is notably squicked at his appearance.
  • The Fool: Cal, again. Everything always turns out the best for him, except the episode "Identity Crisis" that ends with him forgotten and stuck in a tree in the middle of winter.
  • Foreshadowing: Jessie opens up the beginning of the last episode with this saying: "The 'Walk of Shame' is particularly prevalent during Screw Week, that unique time of the year when the collegian finally put the moves on their close friend of the opposite sex before summer break." She doesn't get a chance to "put the moves on" Nitz, but she does effectively reveal her feelings for him...after he irreparably screws up everything between them .
  • For Inconvenience, Press "1": Nitz attempting to reach the school's Financial Aid office. The first two options make sense, but after that, it first directs him to a line for registering for a class on Ancient Mayan History, then a ticket office for buying tickets to Annie Get Your Gun. It then asks him to hold to talk to the next available operator, and simply disconnects the call.
  • Fratbro: Rocko. He's so prone to Wacky Fratboy Hijinks that he hazes himself when the frat doesn't. He spends the rest of his time drinking and being a perv. He's such a fratbro that he joined a fraternity even though he goes to community college.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: None of the main gang really seem to like Cal all that much. Nitz tolerates him at best, Gimpy seems indifferent, and Rocko flat out hates him.
  • Generation Xerox: In the grand tradition of animation, Gimpy's parents both have his trademark weird eyes, and his dad looks pretty much like an older version of him in a slightly-more realistic style.
  • The Generic Guy: Nitz is an in-universe example of this. He manages to make many friends over the first semester, but after winter, no one on campus even remembers him.
  • Gibberish of Love: Whenever he talks to Kimmy, most of what Nitz tries to say will come out as "Bluh."
  • Gilligan Cut: In "New Friends".
    Nitz: "Eh, I'm sure the clique doesn't need my help."
    Rocko: "Man, we could sure use Nitz's help!"
  • Go-Getter Girl: Kimmy seems to participate in just about every service, club and event at State U, including taking on multiple jobs at the Spring Fling. Deconstructed in that she seems perpetually stressed and hurried because of it.
    Kimmy: "Oh my God! I'm late for...something!"
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: In "Identity Crisis," Rocko instantly loses his grip on reality when he realizes he actually kind of likes Cal (or at least, turned him into someone he could stand).
  • Gonk: Gimpy.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Gimpy, who firmly believes that, besides Agent Scully, all women are the enemy.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Kimmy, the object of Nitz's infatuation.
  • Hikikomori:
    • Gimpy, natch. He'll go to extreme lengths to avoid leaving his room, going so far as to send Mump poorly disguised as him to his home on Christmas vacation.
      Gimpy: "I'm out of the will, but it's worth it."
    • In "Identity Crisis," Nitz gets fed up with his status as the Generic Guy on campus and isolates himself in his room. Subsequently, he becomes more popular at that point as legends begin to build up around the mysterious "Room Guy."
  • Hollywood Hacking: When She-Prime infects Gimpy's computer.
  • The Hyena: Dan. All he does is laugh.
  • I Am Spartacus: Parodied: When the RA asks who has been pulling pranks around campus, all Gimpy's minions stand up and claim to be the man responsible. In a supreme act of Comically Missing the Point, Gimpy gets angry with them, assuming they are all trying to mooch in on his fame. One of said minions even specifically says "I am Spartacus!"
  • Incoming Ham: Gimpy usually pops up on Nitz's computer on his webcam saying "Did someone just say my name?" On some episodes it works, in others it doesn't.
  • Initiation Ceremony: Subverted with Rocko's fraternity. The college banned embarrassing hazing rituals, so they just have a get-together party. Rocko refuses to believe there is no hazing, believing it all to be a Secret Test of Character, so he goes out and does several bizarre, humiliating acts in the name of his frat.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: According to the commentary on the last episode, just about everything about Jessie, from her personality to her character design, is based off of her voice actress (who is also the lady Jessie is based on).
  • Innocently Insensitive: Cal's stupidity causes him to annoy his buddies or hurt the feelings of his girlfriends without realizing it.
  • Jerk Jock: Rocko has this persona, despite not being an athlete. He is quite burly, though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rocko does legitimately care about his friends (besides possibly Cal), though.
  • Kavorka Man: While Cal is attractive and good-natured, the sheer amount of women he attracts is obscene.
  • Kick the Dog: This is how Rocko dumped his ex. He tells her that he's breaking up with her so he can hook up with tons of girls when he goes to college. To make things worse, he did it while they were at the prom. And it was also her birthday.
  • Le Film Artistique: The film Nitz watches with Jessie and her friends which is a parody of The Thin Red Line in particular and The Vietnam War movies in general (although the former is actually a World War II movie).
  • Limited Wardrobe: Pretty much everyone. Nitz however favors the "closet full of the same outfit" version of the trope, as shown in the last episode when Cal gives out his clothes to girls after sleeping with them. Taken Up to Eleven with one girl in "Risk" who literally owns nothing but one bikini, and spends most of the episode covering her boobs with her hands, looking for her missing top (Cal has it).
  • Malaproper: Rocko really seems to think the phrase "quid pro quo" is pronounced "skid row bro," even after Nitz corrects him.
  • Matrix Raining Code: Seen on Gimpy's computer in "New Friends".
  • Minor with Fake I.D.: In "Drunks", Nitz can't get into a bar because he's too young. Jessie shows him her fake ID and suggests he ask Gimpy, who then starts a business making fake IDs. Rocko, meanwhile, has a fake ID that is just a piece of cardboard with his photo and "I Am 21 so Drinking is Yes" written in pencil, which somehow works (or the bouncers don't really care).
  • Morality Pet: Nitz would qualify as this for Rocko. The latter is often utterly obnoxious to just about everyone, but he always looks out for Nitz.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The probable reasoning behind the eXposed eXpo, when freshmen run around naked during the first snowfall.
  • Nice Hat: Nitz's cap seldom ever leaves his head.
  • Noodle Incident:
    Jessie: "Have you been walking around blindfolded again?"
    Nitz: "Uh, not since "the incident"."
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Some characters look more realistically drawn, such as Rocko, Kimmy, and Nitz. Others look much more cartoony, like Mump, Cal, and Gimpy, who almost seems like he's from a different show entirely. Several characters have giant heads (Nitz, Gimpy, Kimmy), while others are more-or-less realistically-proportioned (most background characters).
  • Not So Above It All: Nitz thinks he's the Only Sane Man in his circle of friends, but he has plenty of moments of craziness and stupidity himself.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Jessie was never really that subtle about her feelings for Nitz, not that he ever got the message.
    • Ditto for Kimmy. She just never realizes Nitz's crush on her.
  • One of the Boys: Jessie's the only girl in her circle of friends. She even lampshades this by describing herself as "a sarcastic cool girl who hangs out with dorks."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Nitz's real name is Parker Walsh. It's mentioned a select few times. Nitz mentions in the pilot he's forgotten how and why he acquired the name. Gimpy's real name is Justin Taylor, but like Nitz the story is never revealed. It's unknown if Mump is a nickname or his real name.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: While not an actual disguise, Rocko's fake ID is just a piece of cardboard with his picture stapled to it and the words "I am 21 so drinking is yes" written on it in pencil. Nevertheless, it works flawlessly.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: It's like no one at this college goes to class. This is lampshaded in the final episode.
    Brody: "I feel like I haven't cracked a textbook or seen the inside of a classroom all year."
  • Poe's Law: In "Virgins," Nitz's genuine attempts to seduce Kimmy in the health center are so over-the-top that she thinks he's auditioning as a date rape actor. He probably shouldnt have taken his pick-up ideas from blax/sexploitation movies from the 70's.
  • Poor Man's Porn: At one point Rocko starts reading Cosmo, but only for the pictures.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: Gimpy and his nerd friends do it the most.
  • Really Gets Around: Cal has a ridiculous amount of sex with the girls on campus. In the final episode, he mentions that he's had sex with all the pretty girls on campus, and even some of the not-so-pretty ones.
  • Really 17 Years Old: In "Drunks", Gimpy makes fake IDs for everyone to get into bars. Rocko already has his own fake ID though.
  • Redundant Romance Attempt: During the mid-season episode where Nitz has feelings for Jessie, his attempts to woo the girl who already has feelings for him go poorly because he's trying so hard.
  • The Resenter: As the series goes on, Jessie grows increasingly more spiteful toward Kimmy as a result of Nitz's continual obsession with her, and becomes much less subtle about her frustration when talking to him.
  • Right Behind Me: Nitz says right after calling Rocko a terrible friend.
  • Ring Ring Crunch: In one episode, Nitz stupidly promises Kimmy that he has a travel clock with an assload of features. While he's trying to find a clock to buy on the internet Rocko shows up and has nowhere else to go. Rocko decides the two of them should spend Friday night getting wasted rather than looking for a clock. Nitz doesn't drink and spends the whole night worrying about the clock. When he wakes up an hour before he meets Kimmy to give it to her he realizes he's fucked and Gimpy tells him to relax and it's on its way. When it arrives he goes to get ready to meet Kimmy. But since it's a travel clock designed for different timezones the alarm goes off waking up a hungover Rocko. Nitz returns to the room to find Rocko smashing it with a bat. Later, when Gimpy messages for help over the computer, Rocko holds up the same bat and say "Smash?"
    • In "Risk", Rocko is woken from his stupor by an annoying noise, and angrily smashes his alarm clock... only to realize he doesnt own an alarm clock. It then shows that Rocko actually smashed his computer keyboard, and the noise was coming from downstairs.
  • Serious Business: For Gimpy, Star Wars, The X-Files and Quake. For all of the gang, Risk.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When Gimpy introduces Cal to his RA we suddenly see her with no glasses, hair down, in a cut-off shirt and daisy dukes. Later in the episode she takes geek chic to a whole new level.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Many, mostly to Star Wars. The episode "New Friends" in particular, which focuses on a Star Trek versus Star Wars conflict in Gimpy's university.
    • Some to The X-Files and The Matrix (Gimpy's screensavers).
    • "Roommates" has a Shout-Out to Daria and Star Trek II.
    • The final episode had a shout out towards Majora's Mask with the constant "X hours remaining" being pretty much the same.
    • The show's theme song is the Good Charlotte song "The Click" - At one point in the series, they're playing a show at State U & when Nitz is told this, he questions where he knows them from.
    • One of the girls in "Drunks" is wearing Ulala's costume.
    • In "New Friends", one of the weapons used in the Quake game is the pulse rifle from Aliens.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Gimpy and She-Prime form a relationship after they spend a straight 14 hours insulting each other online.
  • Slice of Life
  • Soapbox Sadie: Kimmy, especially in the episode "Financial Aid". She wants to make a difference, but the only problem is that she doesn't seem to know of any actual problems to protest.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Duggler.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Charity towards Rocko, and pretty much any guy.
  • Surprise Creepy: When Gimpy is training Rocko and Cal to help him win in a video game, he briefly finds Cal in the bathroom with his joystick. When Gimpy demands to know why he's wasting time, Cal just says in a very creepy way "Hey, Guy. I'm mastering my joystick." Gimpy then slowly backs away from Cal. Gets even creepier when you realize this is a reference to the "Gomer Pyle" suicide scene from Full Metal Jacket.
  • Take That!: Rocko has a homoerotic dream about Cal. When Nitz starts to say that it may not have been homoerotic, Rocko immediately asserts that Keanu Reeves was there.
  • There Are No Girls on the Internet: Gimpy's belief until he encounters She-Prime.
  • Those Two Guys: Brody and Kruger usually fit this role.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Jessie and Kimmy.
  • Transparent Closet: Mark, a drama student whom Kimmy carries a torch for. It's obvious to everyone that he's gay...except for Kimmy and Nitz.
  • Unknown Rival: Rocko effectively becomes this for State U as a whole in "Rivalries," when he tries to start a rivalry between his school and the State U. It doesn't work because his college doesn't even have an athletics department and everyone finds his antics more amusing than offensive.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: For almost every episode of the series, Jessie has a crush on Nitz. For one mid-season episode, he has feelings for her and she doesn't reciprocate. Though that was mostly because his way of approach was completely wrong.
  • Verbal Tic: Cal's "Guy" and slurping. Kruger's bleeped-out swearing. Spud's "Schmah." Gimpy's "...the hell?" might count.
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid: Kimmy and Charity (Rocko's girlfriend during "Virgins"). Nitz briefly, if only because he got obsessed with the idea after Jessy told him you can tell if someone's a virgin just by looking at them. He snaps out of it by the end of the episode.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Rocko and Cal are a Type 1. Rocko absolutely cannot stand Cal, and never hesitates to abuse him, verbally and physically. Cal, however, is oblivious to his outright hostility, and still considers Rocko his friend despite it all.
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: Rocko believes this is what fraternities are all about. The other members of his fraternity... not so much.
  • Way Past the Expiration Date: Rocko drinks clam juice that expired in 1978. He then hallucinates the Great Gazoo.
  • Weight Woe: In one episode Nitz plans to join in on a annual streaking event held at the college, only to be horrified when he realizes he's gained the freshman fifteen. He begins to frantically work out to lose the weight in time, but winds up streaking anyway since it's too foggy for anyone to see his slightly pudgy build (though he didnt know that at the time he changed his mind, having decided that crazy memories of college is more important than worrying about passing embarassment).
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: In one episode, the disciplinary RC at Tekerson Tech (Gimpy's school) is removed from the picture after her introduction to Cal. Chaos ensues amongst the students and soon Gimpy decides that they need the RC back.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Nitz gets this frequently — usually because he was ignoring his friends to chase Kimmy. Jessie gives him one of these frequently (and literally at least once), and the rest of his gang also mock him for bailing on them.
    • Mump calls Gimpy out on his making of fake IDs that would allow for underage students to drink illegally.
    • Gimpy's fellow students all turn on him after Mump is injured and Gimpy seems to show no regard for him. This leads to former Techerson Tech top dog Spud attempting to reclaim his former throne.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The colleges the characters go to give no indication for the location, such as the delightfully impossible "State University", though they seem to have New York State IDs, while Mump dresses as a California Highway Patrolman to spy on Rocko. There are also several references to University of Vermont with traditions such as a naked run, Ben & Jerry's Day, and Spring Fling, plus a New England climate.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • Rocko thinks he's about to enter a wacky fratboy movie akin to Animal House. Turns out that's not how his frat actually works.
    • Gimpy in the first episode thinks that he and Rocko won't be able to continue being friends because frat boys and nerds can never get along. He then tries to sabotage Rocko's attempts to get into the fraternity by sending his nerd pals in... who actually get along very well with the guys thanks to their tech know-how.
  • Younger Than They Look: Rocko, who hardly looks like he needs a fake ID.


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