- Garfield and Friends
show_name = Garfield and Friends
caption = The cast of "Garfield and Friends". Clockwise from bottom left: Sheldon, Wade, Orson,
Odie, Garfield, Roy and Booker.
creator = Jim Davis (original comic strips)
Mark Evanier, Sharman DiVono
Jeff Hall, Tom Ray, Dave Brain, Vincent Davis, Ron Myrickand others...
Lorenzo Musicas the voice of GARFIELD
Gregg Berger Thom Huge Julie Payne Desirée Goyette Victoria Jackson Howard Morris Frank Welker
country = USA
language = English
num_seasons = 7
num_episodes = 121
list_episodes = List of Garfield and Friends episodes
executive_producer = Jim Davis
Bob Curtis, Bob Nesler, Vincent Davisand others...
runtime = 30 minutes (with commercials)
distributor = TV syndication:
The Program Exchange(1993-2007)
20th Century Fox(2004-present)
picture_format = 1:33.1
audio_format = Mono, Stereo
September 17, 1988
December 17, 1994
imdb_id = 0094469
tv_com_id = 5382
"Garfield and Friends" is an American
animated television seriesbased on comic strip" Garfield" by Jim Davis. This show was produced by Film Roman, and ran on CBS Saturday mornings from 1988 to 1994. The show's seven seasons make it one of the longest running Saturday morning cartoons in history (most only last one or two seasons).
Regular segments featured both "
Garfield" and " U.S. Acres", a lesser-known comic strip created by Davis. The latter was retitled "Orson's Farm" for foreign syndication.
242 "Garfield" segments and 121 "U.S. Acres" segments were produced. There were two "Garfield" segments on each show, two "quickie" shorts based on Sunday comic strips, and in between was a "U.S. Acres" segment. A total of 121 half-hours were produced, and as of
December 6 2005, all of these have been released in the U.S. on five DVD sets by Fox Home Entertainment. The first season aired in a half-hour format. In the second season, it switched to an hour-length format, showing two episodes each week. However, in the show's last season, the second half-hour of the show featured either an episode from the previous season or one of Garfield's TV specials.
For a complete listing of episodes, see
List of Garfield and Friends episodes.
Voice actors and their characters
Lorenzo Music- Garfield
Gregg Berger- Odie; Orson
* Thom Huge - Jon Arbuckle; Roy Rooster; Binky the Clown; Floyd; Gort
Julie Payne- Dr. Liz Wilson; Lanolin
Howard Morris- Wade Duck; Wart
Frank Welker- Bo; Booker; Sheldon; Mort
Desirée Goyette- Nermal
Pat Buttram- Cactus Jake
Victoria Jackson- Penelope
Gary Owens- Announcer
In addition to the regular voice actor cast above, there have been several celebrity guest stars who did voice acting on "Garfield & Friends". They are, in chronological order:
* Episode 19:
Robin Leachprovided the voice for the host of "Lifestyles of the Fat and Furry" in the Garfield short "Fat and Furry."
* Episode 27:
Chick Hearnportrayed a rodent version of himself named Chick Mouse in the Garfield short "Basket Brawl." In addition, he interviews a rodent version of Jack Nicholsonduring the episode, referring to Nicholson's constant presence courtside at Los Angeles Lakersgames.
June Forayvoices a witch character who kidnaps Odie in the Garfield short "Flat Tired.", essentially reprising her role as Witch Hazel of the Looney Tunes.
* Episode 51:
Paul Winchellvoices Gramps and Mr. Baggit in the Garfield short "Supermarket Mania."
Marvin KaplanProvides the voice of Angel Puss, of the same name. Marvin provided the original and long running voice of Choo-Choo in the Hanna-Barberacartoon series Top Cat.
* Episode 63:
Rod Roddyvoices the announcer of a game show called "End of the Rainbow" where Roy Rooster plays a " Let's Make a Deal"-style game with a leprechaunin the U.S. Acres short "Over the Rainbow (Garfield and Friends "Over the Rainbow."
* Episode 88:
James Earl Jonesplays a ghost named Diablo who during a meeting of fellow ghosts, points out that the smallest ghost, McCraven (Voiced by Will Ryan), has "never scared so much as a butterfly" in the Garfield short "Ghost of a Chance.", similar to his character Kiboshfrom the Casper direct-to-video sequels.
* Episode 89:
John Moschittaplays a fast talking salesman named Supersonic Seymour who tries to con Jon into doing all his errands much too fast (and take his money in the process) in the Garfield short "Supersonic Seymour."
Don Knottsplays a home security system salesman who, like Barney Fife, is obsessed with following and obeying all rules to the letter in the Garfield short "Safe at Home."
George Foremanplays a boxer named George Fisticuff in the Garfield short "Food Fighter."
* Garfield: A fat, lazy
tabby cat(once described in the comic strip by his owner Jon as "an orange meatball with stripes") who wants nothing more out of life than to eat and sleep. Enjoys tormenting Odie and likes trying to mail Nermal to Abu Dhabi. He made a small handful of appearances on "U.S. Acres" (once wearing nothing but a black mask over his eyes as his "disguise"), but was more often seen in the form of various Garfield merchandise the characters appeared to own. Garfield loves Jon and Odie deep down. Deep down Garfield is jealous of Odie and Nermal because he doesn't like to share Jon with anybody else. Garfield hates going to the vet.
Odie: A beaglewho used to belong to Jon's former roommate Lyman (who never appeared on the show, but was a character who appeared in the earliest comic strips). Is often kicked off the kitchen table by Garfield. Looks incredibly stupid and gullible, but is actually much more cunning and smart than he lets on. Odie is the only animal character who doesn't communicate with any form of dialogue, solely communicating with body languageand his enthusiastic barking and other dog sound effects.
Jon Arbuckle: A bachelor cartoonistwho has poor luck with women and a somewhat nerdy demeanor. Often annoyed by some of Garfield's antics, and he has an unrequited love for Dr. Liz. Whenever Garfield gets in trouble Jon will punish Garfield by taking him to the vet. Jon also has a mission set before him. Get Garfield to do the right thing. Jon will force Garfield to hunt for mice and to catch mice. Jon's always forcing Garfield to go on a diet. It's possible that Jon loves Odie more than Garfield.
Pooky: Garfield's teddy bearwhom is his sleeping companion. Found in a drawer he has been Garfield's only toy. One time he lost him and became "The Caped Avenger."
* Binky The Clown: A loud, obnoxious clown who appeared a few times in the strip before becoming a regular on the show. Within the series, Binky has his own TV show that Garfield and Odie try to avoid watching. It seems that they both hate the show. In the episode where Binky was temporarily cancelled, Garfield narrated, "All his fans were depressed-"both" of them", indicating they were the only ones who watched the show, and they didn't seem depressed at all. Binky once had his own segment on the series called "Screaming With Binky" that was the length of a Quickie—Most of these segments were removed in syndication. Garfield said he got rid of Binky in the episode "Remote Possibilities," but said he was back on the show in "The Feline Philosopher." His catchphrase is, "Heeeeeey, kiiiiiiids!" , but to Garfield he yells ``Heeeeeeeeeeeey, cat!"
* Nermal: A cute gray
kittenwho's the self-proclaimed "World's Cutest Kitty Cat". Nermal seems kind and playful, but likes to annoy Garfield and brag about how much cuter he is. Garfield often attempts (usually unsuccessfully) to mail him to Abu Dhabias a result. Nermal's arguably feminine preoccupation with being cute, and the fact that a woman provides the voice for Nermal caused many viewers to mistake him for a girl at first, though he is actually male.
* Herman Post: A
mailmanwho loves delivering the mail. Is constantly the victim of booby traps set by Garfield.
* Dr. Liz Wilson: Garfield's sarcastic
veterinarianand long-time crush of Jon Arbuckle. She occasionally dates him, but these outings always become disasters (often due to Garfield's actions).
* Floyd: Garfield's best friend. A mouse who shows up at least once every season. A common running gag with the character is his continuous complaints over not appearing often.
* Cactus Jake: The foreman of the Polecat Flats
dude ranch; behaves in the manner of an old-fashioned cowboy, and often refuses to have anything to do with modern technology.
* Al G. Swindler: As his name suggests, he is a businessman and
con artistwho constantly swindles the perennially gullible Jon, but is eventually outwitted by Garfield. In the episode "Lemon Aid" his name was given as Al J. Swindler.
* The Buddy Bears: Their names are Billy, Bobby and Bertie. They are three talking
bearswho spew conformist propagandain the form of song and dance ("never have an opinion of your own," "if you ever disagree, it means that you are wrong. Oh, we are the Buddy Bears; we always get along," etc.) Their television show once replaced Binky's, and Roy Rooster of "U.S. Acres" has twice been stuck as the fall guy of their routines. The Buddy Bears are a satireof " The Get-Along Gang" and other '80s cartoons that placed the importance of group harmony over individualism. They seem to have a habit of dropping seventeen-ton safes on Roy Rooster. Later in the series there is a 4th female Buddy Bear. [http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2006_12_11.html]
* Penelope: Penelope is Garfield's girlfriend who takes the place of his love interest Arlene from the comics. Mark Evanier recently explained that the reason Arlene never appeared in the series was that Jim Davis had a very specific idea on how the Arlene character should be, and if the writers couldn't do that, then to not use the character.
Mark Evaniersubsequently invented Penelope.
* The Singing Ants: The Singing
Ants, ants who sing while stealing food, appeared first as the stars of the musical episode "The Picnic Panic," where they steal all of Garfield's picnic lunch. They later made a cameo appearance in "A Vacation From His Senses," where they are seemingly delusions of Jon, who thinks that he has gone crazy. Their final appearance is in "Another Ant Episode," where they have another starring role, this time taking over Garfield's house.
* Ludlow: A
birdwho only appeared twice. His father always beats up Garfield when he thinks he has eaten his son. The episodes in which he appeared are "Sweet Tweet Treat" and "Catch As Cats Can't."
* Rudy: A dog who beats on Garfield every time he has one of those
TVshows and he says something bad about dogs.
* Mice: The
Miceappeared in two episodes and a " quickie." The episodes were "Good Mouse Keeping," and "Rodent Rampage," and the "quickie" called "Time Share."
* Jon's Dates: Jon's
Datesappear many times. One was exactly like him in the episode "The Perfect Match." Although only one was successful: Liz.
* Cat Burglar: The Cat
Burglarappeared in only three episodes: " Mistakes Will Happen," "Safe At Home," and "Top Ten." He had two attempts to steal from Jon's home.
* Madman Murray: About like Mr. Swindler, he tries to get Jon to buy some cheap junk. He appeared in many episodes.
* Aliens: Sometimes unknown until about halfway through an alien character will appear usually cute. Some only appeared once on U.S. Acres a.k.a. Orson's Farm.
* Gramps: An
old man characterwho really didn't appear in the comicsbut does have various stores around town.
* J.D.: (a.k.a. Jim Davis) The director of the
cartoonswho had three "appearances." In the episodes: "Flat Tired," "Fill In Feline," and the U.S. Acres(Orson's Farm outside of U.S.A) episode "What's It All About Wade?"
* Cameo Guest Star: In some episodes, one or more of the "U.S. Acres" characters make cameo appearances.
"Orson's Farm" (a.k.a. "U.S. Acres")
* Orson: A friendly
pigwhose favorite pastime is reading books and imagining himself into many scenarios, a la Walter Mitty. Orson also has two missions set before him. Get Roy to do the right thing and get Wade to be brave. Orson once forced Sheldon to hatch, but as it turns out when Sheldon hatched he was an egg shell under neath.
* Roy: A self-centered
roosterwho prides himself on his practical jokes.
* Wade: A
duckwho wears a rubber flotation tube, and has a bunch of phobiasno matter how trivial. As a gag, the head on his flotation tube copies every movement and appearance change Wade's real head does.
* Bo: An affable
sheepwith a positive, laid-back attitude, whose mannerisms and vernacular are like a California beach bum. Lanolin's twin brother.
* Lanolin: A loud-mouthed sheep who spends most of her time disagreeing with Bo. Bo's twin sister.
* Booker: A small, cute, but very assertive
chickwho is constantly in pursuit of unnamed worms. Got his name from Orson's love of books.
* Sheldon: Booker's brother, who, despite having hatched, is an egg with feet popped out. He seems to have "all kinds of things" in his shell, including a pinball machine and a stove.
* "The Farmer": The unseen owner of the farm.
* Mort, Gort and Wart: Orson's older brothers, who are constantly trying to steal vegetables from the farm and torment Orson.
* The Wolf: One of many
predatorswho attempts to steal the chickens.
*The Weasel: Another predator who attempts to steal the chickens.
*The Fox: Yet another predator who attempts to steal the chickens.
* The Worms: Cunning
worms who occasionally talk. Constantly pursued by the hapless Booker.
*Fred Duck: Wade's highly annoying cousin who wears a parachute when flying because he's secretly afraid of heights.
*Chloe: Roy's niece and a bookish chick. Roy likes her more than he'll admit. She was first introduced in "Uncle Roy to the Rescue", and then was seen again in "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs, pts. 1-2".
*Cameo Guest Star: Sometimes, a character from the Garfield portion of the show will be seen, heard, or mentioned. Usually this is Garfield himself.
The chief guiding force behind the show was comedy writer
Mark Evanier, also known as a co-creator of Groo the Wanderer, who wrote "virtually all" of the shorts by his admission (with the exception of several shorts that were written by Sharman DiVono during the first four seasons). Because of this, the show (particularly in later seasons) had a markedly different style of humor than the previous specials or strips. Whereas the specials and strips tended to focus on more character-based humor, "Garfield and Friends" frequently tended to be much wackier and admittedly more sophisticated, in the vein of later cartoons such as " Animaniacs" or " Pinky and the Brain".
Episodes were filled with puns and non sequiturs, and often lapsed into complete absurdity (such as the US Acres short "Over The Rainbow", in which Roy's quest to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow leads him instead to a "
Let's Make a Deal"-style game show complete with Rod Roddyannouncing). Running gags were frequent, throughout either single shorts (such as in the Garfield short "The Creature That Lived In The Refrigerator, Behind the Mayonnaise, Next to the Ketchup and to the Left of the Cole Slaw!", in which the name of said creature is spoken repeatedly), or entire seasons (the Klopman Diamondis mentioned in many, many episodes). U.S. Acrescharacters would frequently make unexplained cameo appearances in Garfield shorts, and vice-versa (for several cross-appearance examples, see US Acres). For example, the "Giant Radioactive Mutant Guppies" that Garfield and Nermal flushed down the sewer resurfaced in the "U.S. Acres" quickie that immediately followed, and then one asks the others if they could maybe get on the " Muppet Babies", which at that time preceded "Garfield and Friends" on the CBS Saturday Morning lineup. There was even some mild satire, particularly in the form of the "Buddy Bears", which spoofed such saccharine cartoons as " The Get-Along Gang" and "The Smurfs".
Many episodes tended to break the
fourth wall. Garfield would frequently address the audience directly, openly acknowledging that he is, in fact, in a cartoon, or he would read through the script to find out what would happen in the short. Another example is a scene where Garfield is trying to prevent a plane from crashing and asking the audience to check the TV listings to make sure it's not the last episode. The characters would even fight with unnamed network executives over the direction of the show, and in at least one instance, the show was "canceled". Entire shorts would even be built around this conceit, such as "Mistakes Will Happen", a short that featured Garfield disputing a claim that the show was featuring various mistakes—and then proceeding to run a short that was filled with dozens of animation, sound, and writing errors. In one short, "Flat Tired", Garfield refused to do a cartoon, stating to the cameramen "Go away. I'm not in this episode." Odie takes over the short (complete with a title card with Odie's name/logo) as "A Witch In Time", wherein he is kidnapped by a witch, and rescued (reluctantly) by Garfield.
Some episodes referred to the budget of the show. An example is in one episode, Garfield tells people in the cartoon not to talk to save money on paying voice actors.
When the show was originally broadcast on CBS, the episodes usually had three Quickies (30- to 45-second gags), usually two "Garfield Quickies" (the first one being played before the intro theme) and one "U.S. Acres Quickie," the latter of which was never shown in syndication. Midway through the second season, "Screaming with Binky" quickie-style segments were added. These "Screaming with Binky" segments were typically used at the halfway point of hour long blocks of "Garfield and Friends" (as Garfield ended each one with "We'll be right back.") to let the viewers know that unlike most Saturday morning cartoons at the time, it was not over in the usual half-hour. However, in the syndicated reruns, only one Quickie is shown per episode, and it's always at the end rather than around the shorts. The DVD sets and Boomerang reruns restore the original rotation. After the third season, only one "Garfield Quickie" is shown per episode.
The seventh season (1994-1995) was the last one because
CBSwanted to cut the budget (and in fact CBS's Saturday Morning cartoon lineup would be mostly replaced by CBS Saturday Morning Newsa few years later). The production company nixed this proposal, so they mutually agreed to cease production, even though "Garfield and Friends" had still been doing well in the ratings.
The show has had three different theme songs. The first one was used during the first two seasons, and was also occasionally hummed or sung by the characters within the show. It was a song-and-dance style number about
friendship, presumably based on the fact that the show was called "Garfield and Friends". In the original theme music one of the female singers is Desirée Goyette, the voice of Nermal. During its second season, the audio was changed a small bit. The second theme song first appeared in the third season and was used for almost the rest of the show's run, although some of the clips in the sequence were changed in the sixth season. The idea of this song, which featured upbeat conga music, that watching the show was as much fun as going to a party. This theme song is the only one used in The Program Exchangereruns. In the seventh (and final) season, an upbeat contemporary-based theme song was used, sung by J.R. Johnston, and perhaps due to not being included in the international version, it does not appear on the DVDreleases. A recurring joke in the theme song is that in each episode, Garfield says a different quote such as "Welcome to my world... Did you bring food?" "It doesn't start till the fat lady sings," "I can't believe we get away with this every week," or "Hey Heathcliff, eat your heart out!" or one that goes something like "You'll like today's show folk! No Binky, no Nermal, no Buddy Bears, just a lot of me!"
The following people have directed various episodes:
Marija Miletic Daïl
Fox Entertainment and Jim Davis released all seven seasons of "Garfield and Friends" to
Region 1DVD in five volume box sets, with each set having 24-25 episodes on three discs. Each set features an image of Garfieldwith an " U.S. Acres" character. [ [http://www.foxhome.com/garfield Garfield DVD Site] ] Collections of individual episodes were also released in three themed volumes that had 13-15 episodes and were packaged with mini-beanie plushies of Pooky, Odie, and Garfield.
NOTE: On each of them Jim Davis has his signature on either the bottom right corner or the bottom left corner.
Fox Entertainment and Jim Davis released one volume of Garfield and Friends on DVD in the UK on 21 Nov 2005. it was called Box of Fun and it was the same cover is Vol 1 Boxset.it contain the first eight shows of Garfield and US Acres.
Fox Entertainment also released the Volume One set to
Region 4DVD on December 13, 2004. The contents of this set are exactly the same as that of the Region 1 release with only minor changes to the set cover. The set was also made available as individual volumes. The complete "Volume 1" set is now discontinued. The remaining four volumes were never released.
Garfield and Friends has been syndicated on television around the world, beginning in the late 1980s and remaining on air in present day. In
Latin America, it played on Cartoon Networkfrom 1992 to 2005, on Boomerang from 2005 to present, and on Warner Channelfrom 1998 to the present. Currently, all three of these networks have lost the rights to the show, however.
Australia, Garfield and Friends began syndication on Network Tenfrom 1989 to 1999, and played also on Nickelodeon from 1995 to 2002. Most recently it played on FOX8from 2004 to 2006.
The show was also syndicated in
Chilefrom 1989 to 2003 on Canal 13 and from 1998 to present on Warner Channel. In Estonia, the show appeared on TV 3 from 2000 to 2002, and in Finland on YLE TV2between the years 1992-1994 and 1998-1999.
United Kingdomand the United Statesremain the highest syndicators of the show. In the UK, it appeared on ITV1from 1989 through 2002, on Sky Onefrom 1998 to 2002, and on Boomerang from 2003 to 2006 with Season 1 & 2 only. It also appeared on The Children's Channelfor an unknown period of time.
Garfield and Friends was picked up in the United States in 1988 on
CBS, where it remained through 1994. It also appeared in syndication from 1993 to 2006, on TBS, TNT, and Cartoon Networkfrom 1995 to 1996, and Nickelodeon from 1997 to 2000. More recently, it appeared on FOX Family Channel and ABC Familyin 2001, and on Toon Disneyfrom 2003 to 2006. Boomerang carried it from 2006 to 2007.
Only 73 episodes out of the 121 episodes were syndicated by
The Program Exchangebetween 1993 and 2007. This is due to the producers selling syndication rights when the show was still on air and CBS wanting to keep the rights for certain episodes. The show was removed from the Boomerang lineup on December 3, 2006, but returned in May 2007 only to be removed again.
* [http://www.garfield.com Garfield and Friends official site]
* [http://www.tv.com/garfield-and-friends/show/5382/summary.html?q=garfield+and+friends Garfield and Friends at TV.com]
* [http://www.foxhome.com/garfield Garfield DVD Site]
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