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The Garfield Show
Garfield headerimage

runtime

22 minutes ( Two 11 minute stories in each episode)

creator

Jim Davis

director

Philippe Vidal

voices

(English)
Frank Welker
Gregg Berger
Wally Wingert
Jason Marsden
Audrey Wasilewski
Julie Payne (French)
Gerard Surugue
Bruno Choel
Philippe Bozzo
Marc Saez
Veronique Soufflet
Gilbert Levy

network

France 3 (France)
Cartoon Network (United States)
YTV (Canada)
Boomerang (United Kingdom)
STAR (Greece)

first_aired

12/22/2008

last_aired

present

num_seasons

3

num_episodes

78

list_episodes

List of The Garfield Show episodes


The Garfield Show (French title Garfield et Cie) is a American/French 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. It also airs on YTV in Canada, but taken off the air on July 11, 2011, due to the debut of Redakai: Conquer the Kairu, and returned on September 6, 2011 (near the end of Summer 2011). The Garfield Show resumed airing on Canadian children's network YTV on October 27, 2012.

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 Garfield and Friends series. Returning from Garfield and Friends are the voice actors Julie Payne (Liz) and Gregg Berger (Odie). Frank Welker replaces the late Lorenzo Music as the voice of Garfield, whereas Thom Huge as the voice of Jon Arbuckle is replaced by Wally Wingert. Also returning is David Lander, reprising his role as Doc Boy from the earlier Garfield prime-time special A Garfield Christmas Special (1987). 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 is still 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.

Plot

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 (often significantly darker, scarier and/or more bizarre than those found in the comic strip or previous animated adaptations), 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 Garfield and Friends). The 1950s era television set in the living room still has a rabbit-ears antenna, but it now has a converter box so the family can now watch television in HDTV (in fact, several allusions to 21st century technology are made in the series). The premise of the show, which is comedic slapstick, lies mainly in the events of each single episode. Usually Garfield has to solve problems that he himself causes, but always tries to skive off, and actually solves them in the end.

In the second season, Garfield began breaking the fourth wall more often, such as asking for the script for the episode, talking to the audience and even mentioning cartoon traditions, such as instant healing. Unlike Season 1, Season 2 kept borrowing characters who originated from a previous episode. These included Mama Meanie, Nate the neighbor, the Lawyer from the episode Depth of a Salesman, and Mr. Barker, Jon's boss. Luigi was a very ambiguous character whether highly appreciating Garfield for saving his business often or determined to prevent Garfield from stealing his lasagna or pizza. Many references to the 1988 Garfield and Friends TV series were made, such as the movie title "Kung Fu Creatures on a Rampage" borrowed from the 1989 episode Video Airlines, "The Klopman Diamond" which was a running gag in the original show, and the game show, "Name That Fish" which was from the 1988 episode "The Binky Show".

Characters

Jon With Garfield And Odie

The main trio as they appear on The Garfield Show

Main characters

Minor characters

Episodes

List of The Garfield Show episodes

Season

Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 52 November 2, 2009 December 23, 2009
2 52 December 13, 2010 June 28, 2011
3 52 September 4, 2012 October 5, 2012
4 52 TBA N/A


Cast

French voices

  • Gérard Surugue - Garfield, Additional Voices
  • Bruno Choël - Jon, Additional Voices
  • Gilbert Levy - Squeak, Additional Voices
  • Véronique Soufflet - Arlène, Dr. Liz Wilson, Additional Voices
  • Marc Saez - Nermal, Additional Voices
  • Philippe Bozo - Harry, Additional Voices

English voices

  • Frank Welker - Garfield, Eddie Gourmand, Cleaning Robot, Evil Space Lasagnas, T-3000, Paddy, Additional Voices
  • Gregg Berger - Odie, Squeak, Harry, Herman Post, Mama Meany, Additional Voices
  • Wally Wingert - Jon Arbuckle, Al the Dog Catcher, Hercules, Additional Voices
  • Jason Marsden - Nermal, Vito, Liz's Father, Pete the Dog Catcher, Dr. Bonkers, Additional Voices
  • Julie Payne - Dr. Liz Wilson, Liz's Mother
  • Laura Summer - Drusilla & Minerva the Twins, Additional Voices
  • Audrey Wasilewski - Arlene, Newscaster

Additional voices

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." The series has a current rating of a 5.6 on tv.com. IMBD currently has a 4.8 rating for the series.

Video game

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

International airings

In Indonesia, The Garfield Show scheduled aired on MNCTV. In China, The Garfield Show (加菲猫的幸福生活) is shown daily at CCTV-Kids. In the USA, the series is aired on Cartoon Network. The series also airs in the Irish Language in Ireland on TG4 as part of their children's strand Cula 4. On UK it aired on Boomarang.

Trivia

  • This is the first Garfield television series to feature computer graphics.
  • In this series, most characters such as Garfield, Odie, and Jon Arbuckle use pre-recorded dialogue, such as laughing and screaming.
  • Occasionally, "The Garfield Show" theme song can be heard in many episodes (mostly during chase scenes).
  • On Netflix, "The Garfield Show" only has seasons 1 and 2 with 52 episodes in each season.

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