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The Garfield Show (French title Garfield et Cie) is a French/American CGI animated television series that premiered in France on France 3 on December 22, 2008. English-language episodes started airing on Boomerang UK on May 5, 2009. It premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on November 2, 2009 at 3:00pm.

Premise

The Garfield Show centers mainly on Garfield's usual antics and frolics, usually in function of his laziness and gluttony. It focuses on his quirky misadventures (more bizarre ones than from previous incarnations), while always highlighting the fat cat's love for lasagna. Garfield lives with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and his owner's dog, Odie, in a detached two story house (as opposed to the one story house in the comics and other animated appearances). Usually Garfield has to solve problems that he himself causes, but always tries to skive off, and actually solves them in the end. The only characters from the strip who have yet to appear are Irma (aside from a depiction in The Caped Avenger Strikes Again!), Grandma Arbuckle, and Binky the Clown

Much like the original series, Garfield began breaking the fourth wall more often as the series progressed, such as asking for the script for the episode, talking to the audience, behind-the-scenes drama, and mentioning cartoon traditions, such as instant healing. One difference from the original series, is that the series also started gaining continuity plots and story arcs.

Voice Cast

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Production

Based on the American comic strip Garfield, the series is executive produced by Garfield creator Jim Davis and co-written and voice directed by Mark Evanier, who also wrote most of the episodes for the previous series. Returning from Garfield & Friends are the voice actors Julie Payne and Gregg Berger as Odie and Liz. Frank Welker and Wally Wingert reprise their roles from the CGI films as Garfield and Jon, due to Lorenzo Music's death back in 2001, and Thom Huge's retirement that same year. Audrey Wasilewski and Jason Marsden also return from the CGI films as Nermal and Arlene. Also returning is David Lander, reprising his role as Doc Boy from A Garfield Christmas. The show is produced by Dargaud Media and Paws Inc. The show is directed by Philippe Vidal and the music is done by Laurent Bertaud and Jean-Christophe Prudhomme.

Being primarily a French production, the show had its premiere in France in December of 2008, almost a year before it managed to get a deal with Cartoon Network for airing in the United States. As such, since Cartoon Network tends to be a season behind with their showing of the episodes, French viewers get to see new episodes of the series long before English-speaking viewers do.

The first three seasons were first run on Cartoon Network from 2009 to 2012, with reruns later airing on Boomerang. Boomerang premiered the fourth and fifth seasons from 2015 to 2016. Currently on hiatus, a sixth season is currently under discussion. [1]

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Episodes

Main article: List of The Garfield Show episodes
Season Episodes Start Date End Date
1 52 02/11/2009 23/12/2009
2 52 13/12/2010 06/12/2011
3 52 04/09/2012 05/10/2012
4 54 06/10/2015 02/09/2016
5 4 24/10/2016 24/10/2016

Reception

Despite receiving more episodes than usual for an animated series, The Garfield Show has received mixed reviews. Common Sense Media gave the show 3 stars out of 5, saying "Infamous cat's antics are fun, if not exactly message laden."

Kevin Carr of 7M pictures gave the show 2 stars out of 5 stating that the animation felt unpolished compared to the direct-to-video movies and that the show was full of "throwaway stories" because it "aims for a more kid-friendly presentation of the fat feline." He concluded his review stating he preferred "old-school cell animation as the week-to-week series CGI looks too much like cheap video game emulations, but I’m not the target market of these things".

Justin Felix of DVD talk gave the show 2.5 out of 5 stating that "The Garfield Show isn't some great work of art, but it efficiently delivers cartoon animal fun that little kids would probably enjoy. The animation is a tad rudimentary and clunky at times, but it's good enough to pass muster for cartoon fare of this type."

Mike Gencarelli of Media Mikes gave the show 3.5 out of 5 stating "it doesn’t compare to the classic Jim Davis cartoon but it is all we have right now."

The series has a 3.8 score on Metacritic touting unfavorable reviews. On IMDB, the show has a rating of 5,5 out of 10.

Video game

A party video game titled The Garfield Show: Threat of the Space Lasagna was released in July 2010 for the Nintendo Wii.

International airings

France

United States of America

Austria

  • ORF eins

Belgium

  • RTBF

Brazil

  • Rede Record
  • Cartoon Network

Canada

  • Radio-Canada (French)
  • YTV (English)

China

  • Kaku BTV
  • CCTV 14 (Kids)

Hong Kong

  • TVB

Denmark

  • DR

Spain

  • Boing

Finland

  • YLE TV2
  • Cartoon Network

Germany

  • Cartoon Network
  • KI.KA

Greece

  • STAR

Hungary

  • Boomerang
  • RTL Klub
  • Cartoon Network

Indonesia

  • MNCTV

Ireland

  • TG4

Italy

  • Boomerang
  • Boing

Japan

  • Cartoon Network

Poland

  • Boomerang
  • Cartoon Network
  • Polsat

Portugal

  • Cartoon Network
  • RTP2
  • Boomerang

Romania

  • Boomerang
  • Cartoon Network

United Kingdom

  • Boomerang

South Africa

  • Boomerang

Serbia

  • Ultra

Sweden

  • Cartoon Network
  • Boomerang

Switzerland

  • TSR

Middle East

  • JeemTV

North Africa

  • JeemTV

Russia

  • Boomerang

Trivia

  • This is the second Garfield television series, and the first to feature computer graphics.
  • Pre-recorded dialogue, such as laughing and screaming, are often used for characters (particularly main ones).
  • The theme song is occasionally heard in episodes (mostly during chase scenes).
  • The first two seasons were available on Netflix until July 1st, 2017.
  • The series was featured twice on the 2012 version of Cartoon Planet, both times on holiday-oriented episodes. Caroling Capers was shown on the December 16, 2013 episode, and Turkey Trouble on December 19, 2013.
  • A photo of Garfield in his 70s design can be seen several times in the show.
  • Several references to the original series are made in this series. Among them are:

Gallery

Concept Art

The blogger Erikolor was an artist for the show and has shown some of his work.

Places

Others

Start a Discussion Discussions about The Garfield Show

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    • DerrickSheldon24 wrote:Don't you mean "the hint"? Yeah, that would be a typo.
    • DerrickSheldon24 wrote:Nicholas Blaschke keeps adding the word VHS as a category of category about an episode of The Garfield Show, it happen...

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