On September 18, 1993, Nickelodeon’s fourth original Nicktoon, Rocko’s Modern Life premiered on Nickelodeon. After 4 seasons and 52 episodes, the series ended on November 24, 1996. Joe Murray, Rocko’s originator created the very first 3 seasons of the show after giving the fourth season production to Stephen Hillenburg, a cartoonist who later created SpongeBob SquarePants.
It was not clear whether Nickelodeon had decided to cancel the series after the fourth season. There is evidence that it was partly due to the constant introduction of adult comedy in the series that ran contrary to the more balanced image Nickelodeon is gradually trying to establish at the time.
It is amazing that Rocko lasted for so long. Murray initially intended to create just one season and shared his disappointment when Nickelodeon wanted to extend his contract after the first season.
Will they bring back Rocko’s Modern Life?
Nickelodeon announced plans to revive some of its old cartoons back in 2015, including Rocko’s Modern Life.
After decades of no details on the progress of the project, in May 2019 it was announced that Netflix had purchased the streaming rights for the Television special Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling. The movie is definitely worth the watch. The movie perfectly captures how the 90s kids embraced modernism.