Nickelodeon (often shortened to Nick) is an American pay television channel which was launched on December 1, 1977, as the first cable channel for children. It is owned by ViacomCBS through its domestic networks division and is based in New York City. The network's programming is primarily aimed at children and adolescents aged 2–17. It aired Rocko's Modern Life originally from September 19, 1993 to November 24, 1996 and reruns from November 25, 1996 to 2004 and again in 2006 and 2007.
Censorship of the Show
Main article: Censorships in Rocko's Modern Life
The show was noted for it's racy humour like Ren and Stimpy. One fifth of the audience were adults during the show's initial run. The episodes contained numerous innuendos, such as a scene during "Canned", in which Rocko works as a phone operator, The instructions on the wall behind him say "One on One Hotline. Be Hot, Be Naughty, Be Couterous," while he flatly repeats "Oh Baby" into the phone, then realizes that Mrs. Bighead is on the other line (And vice versa) and then both hang up.
In "The Good, The Bad, and The Wallaby", the original airing featured a scene where a farmer hooks Heffer up to the milking machine and he receives pleasure, though only his reactions are shown onscreen. Surprisingly, Nickelodeon allowed the scene to be featured in the episode, though they suggested they change the hearts in Heffer's eyes to stars. This scene, as well as one featuring Heffer's break up with the machine, were removed in later airings.
The episode "Road Rash" featured a scene during the original airing, in which Rocko and Heffer visit the No-Tell Motel and ask the oriental-ish desk clerk for a room for the night. The clerk then makes a comment "All Night, Wheoo, Okay", implying that the pair will be having sex.
The original broadcast of "Hut Sut Raw" featured a scene in which Rocko picks berries, and when he grabs one lower on the bush, a bear jumps out grasping his groin area. In addition, the restaurant chain Chokey Chicken was renamed Chewy Chicken during the show's fourth and final season, though episode from Seasons 1-3 still name the restaurant Chokey Chicken.
As the series entered reruns, more scenes were cut. The entire episode "Leap Frogs" was pulled from reruns due to the sexual content, though it was allowed to air on Nicktoons.
Curiously, the episodes remained censored when broadcast on NickSplat, despite the block's target audience being nostalgic adults.