15 Life Lessons Young Adults Could Learn From "Rocko's Modern Life" Image via Chatasami

The Power of Advertisements Is Real

Episode(s): "A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic" (Season 1, Episode 8)
Air date: 10/31/1993

A lesson in the death march of capitalism, this ep was a grim prophecy about just how powerful advertisements have become. Although most of the episode deals with Rocko buying a new vacuum after his old one dies, it's how he ends up with his new one that's unsettling. He's hypnotized by an advertisement for the Suck-O-Matic, and ends up purchasing one. By the end of it all the vacuum ends up becoming a living space for Rocko and the rest of his neighbors, implying that they, too, were also hypnotized by advertisements for the Suck-O-Matic. Moral of the story? Don't be hypnotized by advertisements and women speaking in a robotic-like voice.

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