The Garfield Show

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The Garfield Show
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Worse than any Monday.
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 23 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: December 2008-2014 (France)
November 2, 2009-October 24, 2016 (US)
Network(s): France 3
Cartoon Network
Distributed by: Mediatoon Distribution
Starring: Frank Welker
Gregg Berger
Wally Wingert
Jason Marsden
Audrey Wasilewski
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 106
Previous show: Garfield and Friends

The Garfield Show is a French–American CGI animated television series based on the American comic strip, Garfield. In France, it ran from 2008-2014, and in the US, it ran from 2009-2016.


Garfield, a lasagna loving fat cat, embarks on various misadventures along with his owner Jon and dimwitted dog Odie.

Bad Qualities

  1. Most of the characters are bland, annoying, forgettable and don't contribute to the story. The story could be written without them and nothing would change.
  2. Many of the characters in this show have been flanderized:
    • Garfield himself has been flanderized into a somewhat unlikable slob with only a few redeeming qualities. Yes, Garfield was always a jerk, but he was never this mean. He's also a hypocrite, as he stated in one episode he didn't like bullies, despite the fact that Garfield bullies Odie, Jon, and Nermal all the time.
      • Not to mention that he has become a bit goofier and more clownish than ever before with his new voice having this cadence change when the voice actor Frank Welker occasionally yells or whelps in a silly way after he was constantly trying to sound like Lorenzo Music's Garfield and several animations that show these goofy expressions whenever shocked/etc in a close up during a chase scene or not (especially when he always goes randomly cross-eyed!), which doesn't at all fit his character.
    • Jon has become a bumbling idiot, even more than in Garfield & Friends, the previous show. His stupidity is what makes him mean-spirited, in "Curse of the Were-dog", when Odie turns into a were-dog, eats the lasagnas for 10 people and turn back to normal, He thinks is obvious that Garfield ate the food even though Odie was there, then when Odie became a weredog again and wreck the room, He blames Garfield again! (He's too lazy to do this type of thing, you idiot!), but he later apologizes to him after hearing the professor on the news and noticing a dog bite on the chair.
    • Nermal has gone from a somewhat arrogant, yet cute, innocently gullible and lovable cat into a despicable jerk, even worse than how he's portrayed in the direct-to-video trilogy. He was at his absolute worst in "King Nermal".
  3. Weak and repetitive jokes, such as the constant fourth-wall breaking that Garfield and Friends admittedly did, but not constantly.
  4. All the human characters are complete idiots, including Jon (as mentioned in Reason #2). In fact, most of the townspeople are stereotypes.
  5. Many of the episodes are very boring and hard to sit through.
  6. Some of the episodes are mean-spirited, like "King Nermal" and "Nice to Nermal".
  7. Continuity Errors: In the comic book series and Garfield & Friends, Garfield has thoughts in which he is not supposed to talk since he is a cat. But in this show, he talks as you can see his mouth moves.
  8. Many of the episode plots are stupid. The series also has lots of sci-fi and supernatural plotlines that don't fit within the Garfield universe, since the comic has a down-to-earth tone. Even Garfield and Friends, which had the occasional outlandish plot, managed to stay true to this tone.
  9. It constantly reuses existing character models for many of the characters, which is very lazy on the animators' part.
  10. Some of the plots of episodes completely rip off the plots of those found in Garfield and Friends. For example, the episode "The Spy Who Fed Me" is a direct copy of the Garfield and Friends episode "The Pizza Patrol". Also, The Garfield Shorts attempt to be like the Quickies of Garfield and Friends, except they don't have the same charm.
  11. This show is too reliant on slapstick, occasional fart jokes, meta jokes, and fourth wall breaks, all for lazy comedy.
  12. The animation is extremely cheap. Depending on your view, the direct to video Garfield trilogy has better animation.
  13. Jon ends up encouraging that "nothing on the internet is false" in a few episodes, which is terrible and false information.
  14. Overuse of meta jokes as mentioned above, something the original Garfield lacked. (Which episodes had at least one of these? None.)
  15. Some episodes have gross-out moments.
  16. Jon kicked Garfield and Odie out of the house, twice!
  17. Lots of animation errors: an example is in the episode "Land of Hold" during the scene where Garfield gets Jon to fix the TV, in which the animation is clearly unfinished. Luckily, this particular error was fixed in some foreign airings.

Good Qualities

  1. Some funny moments here and there.
  2. Odie is the one main character who hasn't been flanderized.
  3. Garfield's girlfriend Arlene is a tolerable character.
  4. This is the very first Garfield related media to reveal the disappearance of Jon's old roommate and Odie's original owner Lyman, and we finally see him again after 29 years since his final appearance in the comic series.
  5. The voice acting is decent, especially Frank Welker as the titular character.
  6. At least it's loyal to the source material from the comic series, unlike the CGI movies and the live-action films.
  7. The character designs appear to be very accurate to Jim Davis' comics.
  8. The later seasons have less supernatural and sci-fi plots, which are considered confusing.
  9. The fourth wall breaks can be pretty funny and hilarious at times.
  10. The line “DON'T CALL ME DOC BOY” is kind of funny.
  11. This was the series that finally won June Foray an Emmy (although the "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" category is a fairly recent addition).
  12. Some good episodes such as "Family Photo", "Great Pizza Race" and “Home for the holidays”.





12 months ago
Score 0
I prefer the Original Garfield Cartoon thats first aired in 1988 Better than this Trash


7 months ago
Score 1
The animation, at least for the first season, looks like something that could've been done in the late 1990s.


5 months ago
Score 0
Is nobody gonna bother about “Home for the holidays” I put in Best TV Shows wiki?


3 months ago
Score 1
I have watched multiple episodes where there is no flatulence humor.


2 months ago
Score 0
They have made Garfield bad into a CGI cartoon animated TV show, I know I remember watching the show on Cartoon Network.

Master Chief

2 months ago
Score 1
I used to watch this when I was younger, I remember there was this one episode that freaked me out where Garfield's food comes to life and starts asking Garfield to eat them in a really creepy voice.

Jamie G.

13 days ago
Score 0
You're thinking of "High Scale"

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