Along with some of the other Nickelodeon classics, I used to watch Rocko’s Modern Life every chance I got back in the 90’s. Me and my friends would either sit and watch it together, or talk and laugh on the phone while watching it. I’ve always wanted to watch the show again from beginning to end, though that proved tougher than I thought possible in this world of streaming video.
Thankfully, our friends at Nickelodeon have made the impossible possible with the Rocko’s Modern Life: The Complete Series box set. This is a genuinely fun collection that will gives fans and newcomers alike the chance to enjoy the life of Rocko and his many misadventures.
These eight DVDs are packed with 20 hours of zany comedy and also includes brand-new cover art by series creator Joe Murray. Anyone can watch and enjoy every episode that aired on Nickelodeon from 1993 to 1996, and I’m happy to say they hold up extremely well as they’re just as funny as I remember. I loved seeing episodes again such as one dealing with Rocko getting a new vacuum cleaner after his old one literally dies (while poking fun at Citizen Kane’s Rosebud at that), or his best friend Heffer eating too many Pasture Puffies with scary consequences, and an episode dealing with Filburt trying to stay alive after reading a “misfortune” cookie.
As with all of the Nickelodeon’s shows, I’d prefer to see a high-definition Blu-ray release, but the DVD transfer here looks and sound about as good as the medium allows. There’s also special features to extend your fun with Rocko and company, such as the original pilot version of the episode “Trash-O-Madness”, and some nice “Behind the Characters” extras featuring series creator Joe Murray discussing Rocko, Heffer, Filburt, and two of my personal favorites, The Bigheads. There’s even a pretty cool live reading of the episode “Wacky Delly” from 2012 that’s a sweet bonus.
Fans of the show and those who enjoy wacky and crazy cartoons will want to hop on over to the nearest store and pick up the Rocko’s Modern Life: The Complete Series set. If Nickelodeon ever does go ahead with their planned reboot this might be a great starting point for newcomers to the series, which is great as the comedy holds up extremely well after all these years, and there’s some nice special features included that show Rocko’s zany life isn’t so modern after all.