Rocko & Co. learn about life in their 'almost adult' world


He's one Aussie who doesn't care about throwing another shrimp on the barbie. Rocko, of Nickelodeon's new Rocko's Modern Life, follows the strange and twisted adventures of the Australian wallaby, on his own for the first time and learning about life as an "almost adult," in the USA.

In each episode, Rocko manages to turn everyday problems into a larger-than-life trauma.

Heffer, a bumbling steer, is Rocko's best friend and sidekick whose preoccupation with his next meal turns a simple trip to the market into an obstacle course.

This smart but sensitive "mate" tries to balance the outrageous folks who populate his surreal suburban existence. Rocko resides in O-Town in what seems like an average neighborhood with his sweet, but stupid dog, Spunky. Among his carnival cast of neighbors: anal-retentive Ed and Bev Bighead, the uptight and loudmouthed cane toads who live in an immaculate house next door; Filburt, a timid and phobic turtle, and Slippy the Slug, a con artist who always shows up when there's a buck to be made.

Producer and former cartoonist Joe Murray created the show for Nick.

"Rocko's Modern Life" airs 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday on Nickelodeon. For ages 2 to 10.


Jeff Grant (River Phoenix) is an average American teen-ager who wants to apply to the U.S. Air Force Academy. While a security clearance is being run on him, he learns, to his horror, that his parents are Soviet spies who have been in deep cover for most of his life. Little Nikita (Sunday 4-6 p.m. Family Channel) also stars Sidney Poitier, Richard Jenkins and Richard Bradford. For ages 9 and up.

Two new pie games, "Pie Wash" and "Pie Coaster," make their debut this season on What Would You Do? (Monday-Friday 6-6:30 p.m. Nickelodeon). The family audience-participation show combines studio segments taped before an audience with on-location segments, some captured by a hidden camera. Audience members are invited to vote on how they think people will respond to various situations. For ages 6 to 13.

Inspired by the Emilio Estevez movie "The Mighty Ducks," the new professional hockey team of the same name will begin play at The Pond in Disneyland's hometown. The Making of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (Saturday 1:35-2:05 p.m. Disney) will profile how the team was built from scratch in less than a year and how Coach Ron Wilson hopes to get 24 players from different teams to think as one. For ages 8 and up.

First it happened to the TV-obsessed kid in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and then it happened to John Ritter in the movie "Stay Tuned." Now in the premiere of Help! I'm In Your TV (Saturday 5:30-6 p.m. Disney), it's TV repairman Wally Magee's (Tim Noah) turn to find himself transported. At first, Wally thinks it's pretty cool having wild adventures, but then he realizes he can't beam himself out. When 9-year-old Gizmo, a whiz kid, picks Wally up over the airwaves, he figures out a way. The show features three original music videos. For ages 6 and up.

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