12Doctor Bendova of Rocko's Modern Life

Rockos Modern Life

Rocko’s Modern Life followed the adventures of the titular cartoon wallaby as he tried to navigate various mundane aspects of everyday life. As was the case with other Nickelodeon programs like SpongeBob SquarePants, Rocko’s Modern Life was a hit amongst teenage and adult viewers for its controversial humour.

One of

these controversial moments involved the character Doctor Bendova, a psychotic rat who posed as Rocko’s doctor after escaping a mental health ward. In the episode “Flu-In-U-Enza," Rocko falls victim to the rat’s charade, and gives Rocko a prostate exam before being he was found out to be a fraud.

Society’s current understanding of the stigmas surrounding mental health leaves a character like Doctor Bendova feeling especially inappropriate for younger viewers.

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