Nickelodeon knows where its bread is buttered, and that nostalgia for all things 1990s is at its peak. To capitalize on this even further, they have announced the return of Rocko's Modern Life after a twenty year absence from the airwaves. Later this year, Rocko will be getting his own brand-new, one hour animated special.
Original creator Joe Murray will executive produce this exciting and sure-to-be hilarious special. There is no air date set just yet, but it's expected to hit later this year, or in early 2017. A casting announcement is expected in the coming months. But the story may be kept under wraps until closer to its debut.
Rocko's Modern Life was set in the fictional Midwestern city of O-Town. It followed the surrealistic adventures of Rocko, an Australian wallaby immigrant, and his best buddy Heffer Wolfe, who happened to be a steer, and Filbert the turtle. Together, they attempted to take on young adulthood in a series of harrowing and often very funny adventures. Though it was a kids' show, the episodes never shied away from the fear of death, which was a very common theme.
Rocko also tackled other big issues such as the power thrown behind major corporations, money problems and romantic woes. Rocko was never financially stable, holding down a job at the local comic book store. The original run of the show only lasted 52 episodes, and was on the air from 1993 to 1996. The show was known for having many jokes aimed at adults, which soared over most children's heads. Some of these subversive pokes at the world even got past network censors, who were none the wiser.
There was an infamous KFC parody called The Chokey Chicken, which was later retitled The Chewy Chicken once the higher ups realized the joke. In a statement by Joe Murray, about the return of Rocko, the creator had this to say to Deadline.
"I'm very happy to be rejoining Rocko and my friends from O-Town again. What I have found by bringing these characters back is that it's not so much about nostalgia, but a sense that they still feel relevant and fresh to me, and after twenty years, they can't wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century. They still have a lot to say."
Rocko's one hour special was announced exactly 25 years to the day and date that Nickelodeon launched their slate of original 1990s animated series, which kicked off with Rugrats, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Doug. All of which are more popular than ever, with some form of revival happening to all of them. Nickelodeon has already officially announced Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, which picks right back up where that animated series left off in 2004. It is expected to debut on Nickelodeon sometime in 2017.