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GARFIELD AND FRIENDS
(CBS, September 17, 1988-December 10, 1994)
Film Roman, Paws, Inc., United Features Syndicate
Lorenzo Music – Garfield, Bertie Buddy Bear, Charlie
Thom Huge – Jon Arbuckle, Roy, Binky the Clown, Bobby Buddy Bear, Gort, various
Gregg Berger – Odie, Orson, Herman Post, Billy Buddy Bear, Irving Burnside, Rudy, Moe the Cat Burglar, Madman Murray, the Weasel, the Wolf, various
Desiree Goyette – Nermal, various
Howard Morris – Wade, Wart, Worms, the Fox
Frank Welker – Bo, Booker, Sheldon, Dr. Garbanzo Bean, Mort, Fred Duck, Edward R. Furrow, Plato, various
Julie Payne – Lanolin, Dr. Liz Wilson, various
Gary Owens – Introduction, various
In the 1970s, after working with fellow cartoonist Tom K. Ryan on Tumbleweeds, cartoonist Jim Davis created a comic strip called Gnorm Gnat that centered on a world of fictional bugs; particularly the title character. It ran from 1972-77 in The Pendleton Times in Pendleton, Indiana, although Davis tried to get it more widely syndicated in the interim. Unfortunately, while his writing and art were praised, none of the syndicates wanted to run it due to the unrelatable nature of the subject matter.
So, Davis killed Gnorm off by having a giant boot step on him and focused on creating another strip. Seeing how dog strips were doing well and how there were a lack of strips starring felines, he figured he could use his experience growing up on a farm with 25 cats to create a strip centered around a cat owner. That owner was Jon Arbuckle, who was inspired by a 1950s coffee commercial. Jon was a cartoonist who was a failure at having a social life, and thus spent all his time talking to his cat: Garfield. Garfield was a fat, lazy, orange cat with black stripes who did as little as possible and ate anything; particularly lasagna. Garfield’s name and personality came from Davis’ grandfather, James A. Garfield Davis, whom Davis described as “a large, cantankerous man.” While Jon spoke normally, Garfield communicated with the reader in thought balloons that Jon couldn’t hear (although, there would be times he seemed able to).
|Jon and Garfield, communicating.|
Jon wasn’t totally alone, however. He originally had a friend named Lyman who had a pet of his own: a yellow dog named Odie. Odie didn’t “speak” like Garfield, and played up to the stereotype that dogs were dumber than cats even though he could show moments of slick intelligence when called for. Odie was inspired by a character in a car dealership commercial Davis wrote named Odie the Village Idiot.
|Jon, Odie and Garfield.|
Davis shopped the new strip, Garfield, around to various syndicates. King Features, Publishers-Hall and Chicago Tribune-New York News all rejected it, feeling that the strip should focus on Garfield--who got the best lines--more than Jon. Davis retooled the strip and presented it to United Features Syndicate. They bought it, and the strip debuted on Jun 19, 1978 in 41 newspapers. Eventually, Davis dropped the Lyman character after April 24, 1983 when he realized Jon and Garfield could communicate non-verbally, and Odie became Jon’s dog and Garfield’s favorite target for mischief.
|The evolution of Garfield|
By 1980, Davis refined his approach to humor to appeal to a broader spectrum of readers; having previously focused on material only those in North America could easily understand. Garfield also received his television debut in the special The Famous Funnies, where he was voiced by Scott Beach. By 1981, the strip’s readership had expanded to 850 newspapers, several best-selling books, and became a merchandising juggernaut, leading to Davis’ creation of Paws, Inc. to manage it. The characters were also undergoing a visual evolution, gradually becoming more cartoonish until reaching their final forms around 1984.
In 1982, at the height of his strip’s popularity (it was the first and only publication to have seven books appear simultaneously on The New York Times bestseller list), Davis sought to branch out his brand through a television special. Davis partnered with Mendelson-Melendez Productions, the same ones behind the numerous Peanuts specials and series, to produce Here Comes Garfield. It used material from previously published Garfield strips following Garfield having to rescue Odie from the pound. It also led to Davis’ first major makeover for the feline by giving him big feet in order to make him better able to dance; a suggestion by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. Auditions were held to find out who would voice everyone’s favorite fat cat as Davis unhappy with Beach’s previous performance. Ultimately it was given to Lorenzo Music. Aside from the low, sleepy tone in Music’s voice cinching the role for him, it was also helped that during the auditions Davis spotted Music alone in a corner cleaning himself like a cat. Rounding out the cast was Gregg Berger as Odie and Sandy Kenyon as Jon. Phil Roman directed it, while Desiree Goyette and Ed Bogas scored it with Goyette and Lou Rawls providing vocals. It aired on October 25, 1982 on CBS to critical acclaim.
Almost exactly a year later, CBS aired the second Garfield special: Garfield on the Town. This time, Thom Huge replaced Kenyon as the voice of Jon. The special followed Garfield as he ended up lost in the inner city and encountered his mother (Sandi Huge). The special went on to win the 1984 Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Animated Program.” That year, the next special, Garfield in the Rough, moved production to director Roman’s new studio venture, Film Roman, where it remained for the next ten specials. Lee Mendelson remained involved throughout, however. Garfield also achieved his very first commercial for American Express alongside Davis and became a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
|Garfield spins a wheel to decide what to do next.|
With the specials attaining respectable viewership and Emmy Awards, the transition towards a full-fledged weekly series was a simple one. Although many of the same people were involved in its production, the show differed slightly in its brand of humor. That was due largely in part to the hiring of comedy writer Mark Evanier as the head writer and voice director for the series. Evanier wrote or co-wrote the vast majority of the episodes, with several segments having been done by Sharman DiVono in the first four seasons. As a result, the show moved away from the character-driven humor of Davis into wackiness and absurdity full of puns and non sequiturs. Garfield would also frequently break the fourth wall, openly acknowledging he was the star of a cartoon and would use that knowledge to advance the story in a humorous way.
|Garfield's growing popularity.|
The characteristics and characters made the transition to television largely intact from Davis’ original intentions. Joining Garfield, Jon and Odie was Nermal (Goyette), a neighborhood kitten who always annoyed Garfield with his constant bragging about his cuteness, resulting in Garfield attempting to mail him to Abu Dhabi (Goyette’s voice and his personality often led him to be regarded as female, and in the Spanish version his name was originally translated as “Thelma”); Herman Post (Berger), the mailman who loved his job and was often tortured by Garfield; Dr. Liz Wilson (Payne), the sarcastic veterinarian that served as Jon’s primary love interest whose dates were always ruined by Garfield somehow; Binky the Clown (Huge), the annoying host of a children’s show with the catchphrase “Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, kids!” (or “cat,” in Garfield’s case); and Garfield’s lovable stuffed teddy bear, Pooky.
|Garfield rescues Penelope.|
New to the series was Garfield’s primary love interest Penelope (known as both Lola, voiced by Goyette, and Gwendelin, voiced by June Foray, in different episodes, voiced by Victoria Jackson). She replaced Arlene from the comic strip because Davis had very specific ideas for the character, and told producers if they couldn’t be faithful to them to not use her. Another original creation was the trio of bear siblings known as The Buddy Bears. Billy (Berger), Bobby (Huge) and Bertie (Music) and eventually Betty (Payne) were singing, dancing bears who were satires of the typical conformist pro-social propaganda (caring, emotions, harmony, lack of conflict, etc.) that worked its way into many other cartoons of the era and were, unsuccessfully, attempted to be fostered on the series as well. They also served as parodies of the cartoons that exemplified that propaganda, like The Care Bears and The Get Along Gang.
|The U.S. Acres main cast (background): Wade, Lanolin, Booker, Orson, Sheldon, Bo, and Roy, along with Booker's nemesis, the worm. (Additional characters are Cody and Blue in the front, not featured on the show).|
The series was called Garfield and Friends, which could be taken to acknowledge the presence of Jon, Odie and the rest of Garfield’s supporting cast. But the “and Friends” could also be acknowledging the other Davis strip that made their animation debut on the series: U.S. Acres. U.S. Acres, or Orson’s Farm as it was known in international markets (taking away the fact it was imported in some markets and because the U.S.A. gag in the title wouldn’t translate well in others), was co-created by Davis and Brett Koth, who also assisted Davis on Garfield. The strip debuted on March 3, 1986, and centered on an eccentric group of barnyard animals. Their leader was the studious pig Orson (Berger), who often let his imagination and love of books run away with his grasp of reality and sometimes donned the costumed alter-ego of Power Pig (which caused all who saw him to burst out laughing). In the strip, Orson was the runt of his litter and was to be gotten rid of by his original owner until he was lost and found his way to the farm.
|The power of imagination.|
Also present was Roy Rooster (Huge), a loud, obnoxious, greedy prankster who shirked work whenever possible and was only tolerated for his role of waking everyone up and tending the chickens; Wade Duck (Howard Morris), a hypochondriac who was afraid of everything and who wore pool float with a duck head that always mimicked his expressions; Booker (Frank Welker), an adventurous and overconfident chick found and raised by Orson and named for his love of books; Sheldon (also Welker), Booker’s brother who decided not to hatch and remains a pair of feet sticking out of an egg; Bo Sheep (a play on Little Bo Peep, voiced by Welker), who went from being unintelligent and perky in the strip to being portrayed as a cool, collected, and dependable surfer dude in the show; and Lanolin Sheep (named for the grease produced by wool-bearing animals, voiced by Payne), Bo’s sister and polar opposite who was depicted as much more abrasive in the strip than she was on the show.
|The Wolf with bags of poultry.|
When not dealing with everyday farm life and the antics of their respective personalities, the Acres crew would have to protect the farm from outside threats such as Mort, Gort and Wart (Welker, Huge and Morris, respectively), Orson’s older and meaner brothers who were given a larger role in the show and caused trouble around the farm, and the Weasel and the Wolf (both Berger) who were always trying to steal chickens. The latter two were exclusive to the show. Brooker had his own nemesis in the form of a worm (Morris) he was always trying to catch. Despite being well-received and getting its own line of merchandise, the strip never reached Garfield-level popularity and was often lambasted by Davis’ peers as being “plotless.” The daily strip ended on April 14, 1989 and Sunday on May 7, although it remained part of the show throughout its run. Their theme was composed by Huge and Jon Barnard.
|CBS was as hungry for Garfield as Garfield was just hungry.|
Feeling confident in Garfield’s popularity, CBS ordered two seasons of the series up front. When it debuted, the ratings were so high that CBS quickly asked for additional material to be produced in order to make Garfield an hour-long show. The producers obliged, and beginning with the second season the series’ time was extended and became the centerpiece of CBS’ Saturday morning schedule. The show’s success also led it to receiving several Emmy nominations, which prompted Mendelson into giving Evanier the title of co-producer (although his role on the show didn’t change), so that under current Emmy rules if they won he would get a statute as well. Unfortunately, it never did win.
Each half hour featured two Garfield segments and one U.S. Acres segment. In between the segments would be one or two Garfield and one U.S. Acres “Quickie”; a 30-second gag that would be directly adapted from one of Davis’ strips. The first Garfield “Quickie” usually came before the intro as a cold open. Syndicated reruns would reduce the number of “Quickies” to a singular Garfield one, typically shown towards the end of the episode, and it became the norm for the first-run episodes following the third season. The last U.S. Acres “Quickie” came during the first episode of season four.
|With two episodes a week, there was little need to channel surf.|
The show continued to be produced as a half-hour program, and to fill the hour two half-hours were paired. Bridging the two halves together was a “Quickie”-length segment called “Screaming with Binky,” where the clown would appear in a random scene and scare the bejeezus out of some hapless victim with his trademarked greeting. The Binky segments were edited out of syndicated reruns. In the seventh season, the show returned to airing a new half-hour every week and filled in the remaining time with reruns or the prime-time specials.
The show had three different theme songs. The first song, “Friends are There” written by Goyette, was a song-and-dance number about friendship that featured clips of Garfield and the U.S. Acres cast battling it out for screen time. This theme was used for the first two seasons until it was replaced by the more up-tempo song “We’re Ready to Party”, also by Goyette. The song featured the cast of the show singing against clips from various episodes. This theme is the most well-known, and was used on the syndicated reruns of the show regardless of the season. The original song was not heard again until its inclusion on the DVD releases. The final theme change came in season seven, where a rap by J.R. Johnston and Neil Panton (sung by Johnston) was used. The rap was only seen in the first run of the season and wasn’t even included on the DVDs.
Despite the intro changes, two things remained consistent between all of them. Gary Owens would introduce the show with “Ladies and gentlemen, Garfield and Friends!” The end of each intro showed Booker writing the “and Friends” part of the title before Garfield popped up and delivered a quip to the audience. Goyette also composed the rest of the series’ music with Ed Bogas.
|Binky doesn't count as a celebrity guest-star.|
The series attracted a great number of celebrity guest-stars who provided voices for an episode or two; many of them pursued by Evanier himself. Amongst them were Imogene Coca, Stan Freberg, George Foreman, Chick Hearn, James Earl jones, Marvin Kaplan, John Moschitta, Jr., Jack Riley, Rod Roddy, Will Ryan, Pat Buttram, Jonathan Winters, Don Knotts, Arnold Stang, Wolfman Jack, Mark Hamil, Rip Taylor, Harvey Korman, and Greg Burson. Evanier’s trickiest get was Robin Leach. After penning a role just for the former TV host, Evanier had so much trouble trying to secure him that eventually it was settled on having Welker do his Leach impersonation. Only by some twist of fate did Evanier discover that Leach was recording in the next studio the day of that episode’s recording and was able to snag him for the role. But, Evanier’s ultimate grab was comedian Eddie Lawrence as The Feline Philosopher; a parody of his most famous role “The Old Philosopher.” Jim Davis also made an appearance as J.D. in two episodes
|Garfield looks over the bill per episode.|
Although still going strong in the ratings by the seventh season, there were a few factors that led to the show’s eventual conclusion. Firstly, the 1990s began the decline of Saturday morning viewership due to the introduction of cable with additional cartoon-based channels as well as the syndication and home video market, which meant kids were no longer restricted to one particular day of the week for their animation fix. Secondly, in light of the first fact, CBS noticed the changing trend in Saturday morning television and, while not quite ready to give up the ghost yet, did want to continue on with business as usual on a much cheaper basis. They felt that with the money Garfield was making with syndicated reruns and foreign distribution the producers could afford to let CBS have the show for a third of their licensing fees. Ultimately, the producers felt it wasn’t worth it and came to a mutual decision with CBS to end the show at the conclusion of the season.
Garfield continues going strong in publication today (named the “most widely syndicated comic strip in the world” by Guinness World Records in 2002), although Davis has relegated himself to strictly writing and outlining the strips in order to focus on the day-to-day operations of his empire. With the end of this show, Music largely retired from voice acting; although he continued to voice Garfield throughout video games until his death in 2001. Huge would retire as well. In 2004, Garfield made the jump to the big screen in Garfield: the Movie, which combined live-action with a CGI cat. Interestingly enough, Bill Murray provided the voice for Garfield; the first to do so after Music. Music had previously succeeded Murray in the role of Dr. Peter Venkman on The Real Ghostbusters for the series’ first 78-episodes until he was replaced by Dave Coulier for not sounding enough like Murray. Two different accounts over who led that charge exist, with one involving Murray himself. The film was followed by the 2006 sequel, A Tail of Two Kitties.
Garfield returned to animation in 2007 with the direct-to-video computer animated film Garfield Gets Real. Returning from Garfield and Friends was Welker, continuing the Garfield/Ghostbusters connection by taking over the role of Garfield (Welker played Dr. Ray Stantz on The Real Ghostbusters). Joining him was Neil Ross, who provided additional voices throughout the series, and Berger reprising his role of Odie. Wally Wingert took over the role of Jon. Its success led to two additional films: Fun Fest and Pet Force. In 2007, Paws, Inc. teamed-up with Dargaud Media for a new television series called The Garfield Show in time for the strip’s 30th anniversary. The cast from the DTV films all reprised their roles. Payne returned to reprise her role as Liz and Evanier also signed on as a supervising producer. The series debuted on December 22, 2008 on France 3 in France and on November 9, 2009 on Cartoon Network in America. In 2010, the official Garfield website began hosting reruns of the U.S. Acres strip. In 2019, ViacomCBS purchased Paws, Inc. and the rights to Garfield from Davis, although Davis would continue to make the comics.
The success of the first theatrical film prompted 20th Century Fox to release the complete series on five DVD volumes between 2004 and 2005, with the first volume also being released in Region 4. The transfers used for the DVDs were off the international prints, meaning U.S. Acres segments featured the Orson’s Farm title cards, and were presented in their original telecast formats. Fox Entertainment released a single disc of 8 episodes in the United Kingdom, featuring the same box art as the volume 1 set. Castilian also released episodes of the series on VHS. In 2006, Fox also released several themed single-disc collections pairing up episodes with similar storylines. Those releases were subtitled A Cat and His Nerd, Dreams and Schemes, An Ode to Odie, and Behind the Scenes. In 2019, PBS began re-releasing the seasons in remastered editions, as well as a collection of 20 segments. The remastered versions of the first 30 episodes were also made available to stream on Boomerang in 2018, and the full series is on Amazon Prime Video.
“Quickie / Peace and Quiet / Quickie / Wanted: Wade / Quickie / Garfield Goes Hawaiian” (9/17/88) – Garfield makes fun of Odie’s sweater until he gets his own outdoor outfit. / After watching TV all night, all Garfield wants to do is sleep—and Binky won’t let him. / Bo shows Wade a bug he found. / Wade rips the tag off of a couch and believes he’s now a fugitive. / Garfield ends up squashing more than a spider. / Garfield contracts Hawaiian Cat Flu and goes into a hula whenever someone mentions something related to Hawaii.
“Quickie / Box O’ Fun / Quickie / Unidentified Flying Orson / Quickie / School Daze” (9/14/88) – Garfield dresses as a giant bee in order to enjoy some flowers. / Garfield uses his imagination in Jon’s box. / Lanolin and Roy get into a screaming match. / After reading a book, Orson’s imagination runs away with him over a prank by Roy. / Garfield hangs out on the screen door waiting for something to happen. / Jon sends Garfield to obedience school.
“Quickie / Nighty Nightmare / Quickie / Banana Nose / Quickie / Ode to Odie” (10/1/88) – Jon is too tired to let the pets out. / Garfield gets a nightmare from devouring Jon’s entire pizza. / Wade plants some dangerous mystery seeds. / Fed up with his practical jokes, the animals call Roy banana nose, causing him to leave the farm. / Jon discovers Garfield’s habit of sticking food to the ceiling. / Garfield raps about Odie.
“Quickie / Fraidy Cat / Quickie / Shell Shocked Sheldon / Quickie / Nothing to Sneeze At” (10/8/88) - Jon tries to trick Garfield into jogging. / The electricity goes out during a horror movie leading the pets to think Jon’s been captured by a monster. / A game of tag on the farm. / Orson tries to hatch Sheldon, leading to the fox abducting him. / Jon tasks Garfield to learn something new every day. / Jon uses Garfield’s sneeze to get a date with Liz.
“Quickie / Garfield’s Moving Experience / Quickie / Wade: You’re Afraid / Quickie / Good Mousekeeping” (10/15/88) – Garfield tries to get Odie to dive into his water bowl. / Garfield leaves Jon to live with a rich girl. / Orson and Booker try to get the tractor started. / Garfield accidentally eats Jon’s sweat socks. / When mice learn Garfield doesn’t eat mice they invade his house.
“Quickie / Identity Crisis / Quickie / The Bad Sport / Up a Tree” (10/22/88) – Garfield thinks Odie is sleeping in his bed. / Garfield’s dog impression puts him at odds with the dogcatcher. / Roy helps Wade become tough to stand up to Lanolin. / Roy replaces the rules to a new game with his own. / Garfield climbs a tree to get away from Nermal and gets stuck.
“Quickie / Weighty Problem / Quickie / The Worm Turns / Quickie / Good Cat, Bad Cat” (10/29/88) – Garfield stops Odie’s howling. / Garfield tampers with Jon’s new scale. / The animals ask Orson to read them a scary story. / Orson tells the viewers why Booker stopped chasing worms. / Garfield plays fetch with Odie. / Garfield is conflicted when Jon asks him to leave the mailman alone.
“Quickie / Cabin Fever / Quickie / Return of Power Pig / Fair Exchange” (11/5/88) – Jon teaches the pets fire safety. / Garfield and Odie get snowed in at a cabin. / Booker and Orson try to rescue Sheldon from being Lanolin’s yo-yo. / Sheldon’s fright from Orson’s story leads to rumors around the farm. / Garfield and Jon dream they live each other’s lives.
“Quickie / The Binky Show / Quickie / Keeping Cool / Quickie / Don’t Move” (11/12/88) – Odie loses party invitation in the wind. / Garfield goes on a Binky-hosted game show to win Jon a birthday present. / Orson gives horsie rides. / Orson’s brothers visit the farm. / Garfield chases after food-themed trucks. / Garfield stopping for some fish leads to Odie being captured by the dogcatcher.
“Quickie / Magic Mutt / Short Story / Quickie / Monday Misery” (11/19/88) – Odie locks himself in the car. / Garfield gets into it with a dog at a magic shop. / Booker saves the others from Orson’s brothers. / Garfield disguises himself as a bird bath. / Garfield tries to avoid the usual Monday bad luck.
“Quickie / Best of Breed / National Tapioca Pudding Day / All About Odie” (11/26/88) – Garfield ridicules Odie until his antics get him food. / Garfield enters a talent show to show-up Nermal’s awards. / Roy invents a holiday as part of his spring-loaded tapioca pudding box prank. / Garfield teaches a university class on Odie.
“Quickie / Caped Avenger / Quickie / Shy Fly Guy / Quickie / Green Thumbs Down” (12/3/88) – Garfield and Odie put in a swimming pool. / While Jon’s cartoons are reviewed, The Caped Avenger searches for a missing Pooky. / Detective Pig investigates the dark side of the barn. / Wade vows to fly when his brother makes fun of his inability to. / Jon installs a plastic flower garden. / Jon decides to save money by growing his own food.
“Quickie / Forget Me Not / Quickie / I Like Having You Around! / Quickie / Quickie / Sales Resistance” (12/10/88) – The Caped Avenger rides Odie. / Garfield contracts amnesia and a reversed personality. / Booker follows the worm into his hole. / Bo leaves the farm after a fight with Lanolin. / Garfield questions his love of the first snow of the year. / Jon ran out of Garfield’s regular cat food. / Jon threatens Garfield with no more lasagna if he continues to buy useless junk from infomercials.
“Quickie / Pest of a Guest / Quickie / The Impractical Joker / Fat and Furry” (9/16/89) – Garfield uses charades to tell Jon something. / Garfield is determined to get rid of a cat Jon takes in for the winter. / Booker mistakes Orson’s tail for the worm. / Orson fires Roy. / Garfield wins the lottery and they end up on Lifestyles of the Fat and Furry.
“Quickie / Rip Van Kitty / Quickie / Grabbity / The Big Catnap / Quickie” (9/16/89) – Garfield shows up Jon’s physique. / Jon allows Garfield to sleep all he wants, and he ends up sleeping for 20 years. / Orson and Roy help Booker and Sheldon play teeter totter / Roy pranks Wade when he wonders what would happen if the law of grabbity was repealed. / Jon tries to hide his mother’s cookies from Garfield. / Garfield and Odie come in out of the rain.
“Quickie / The Great Getaway / Quickie / Scrambled Eggs / Hansel and Garfield” (9/23/89) – Garfield disguises himself as a bird house. / Garfield follows Jon on his NYC vacation. / A weed turns out to be connected to a magic rabbit. / Orson relates how Sheldon was mistaken for a turtle’s egg. / Garfield tells Nermal a twisted version of Hansel and Gretel.
“Quickie / The Sludge Monster / Quickie / Fortune Kooky / Heatwave Holiday / Quickie” (9/23/89) – Garfield makes like a fountain to wake up Jon. / When they end up stranded in a hotel, Jon tells Garfield and Odie a scary story. / The animals plan to dress up for a parade. / Fortune cookies make Wade superstitious. / Beating the heat with cold thoughts ends up spreading throughout the town. / Garfield sees what happens when he puts all the money into a soda machine at once.
“Quickie / One Good Fern Deserves Another / Quickie / Goody-Go-Round / The Black Book” (9/30/89) – Garfield and Jon have an eating contest. / Jon is accidentally sold a meat-eating fern. / Sheldon and Booker invite Wade swimming. / Orson sets out to get Bo a record player. / Jon has Garfield hide his black book.
“Quickie / The Legend of the Lake / Quickie / Double oh Orson / Health Feud” (9/30/89) – Garfield performs stand-up on the fence. / Garfield gives a tour of the National Cat Museum. / Orson warns Roy about eating corn close to a warm stove. / Orson reads a spy story, turning him into “Double-oh-Orson.” / When Jon becomes obsessed with a fitness show, Garfield sets out to destroy it.
“Quickie / Binky Gets Cancelled! / Quickie / Show Stoppers / Cutie and the Beast” (10/7/89) – Jon proclaims everything is normal to his mother. / Garfield tells the audience about Binky’s cancellation. / Wade sings “Home on the Range” and the lyrics come true. / A talent show on the farm gets plagued by bouts of stage fright. / Garfield’s prank causes Nermal to think he’s ugly and run away.
“Quickie / The Lasagna Zone / Quickie / Sleepytime Pig / Quickie / Yojumbo” (10/7/89) – Garfield uses lookalikes to appear everywhere. / Garfield spills lasagna on the new satellite dish and is transported into the TV shows. / Orson teaches Booker and Sheldon about imagination. / Orson needs a nap, and everyone’s help ends up more of a hindrance. / Garfield wonders what it’d be like to be a zoo animal. / Jon takes karate lessons after a run-in with a bully.
“Quickie / Pros and Cons / Quickie / Rooster Revenge / Lights! Camera! Garfield!” (10/14/89) – Garfield fights boredom by creating his own country club. / Odie is cheated out of grocery money by an alley cat. / The animals have a race. / Roy worries Orson will retaliate with his own prank. / Garfield takes a job as a stunt double.
“Quickie / Polecat Flats / Quickie / Hogcules / Brain Boy” (10/14/89) – Garfield gives Jon not-quite-food. / Jon takes Garfield to a dude ranch. / Roy enjoys his work. / Orson dreams about being Hercules. / Garfield is framed for misdeeds by Jon’s seemingly-innocent second cousin.
“Quickie / Maine Course / No Laughing Matter / Screaming with Binky / Attack of the Mutant Guppies / Quickie” (10/21/89) – Garfield entertains Jon as he eats all the apples. / Jon and the pets befriend a lobster they were sent. / Anti-joke aliens invade the farm. / Binky scares a diamond cutter. / Garfield tries to set Nermal’s mind at ease over a scary story he told him. / Wade wants to make a wish in the well.
“Quickie / Robodie / Quickie / First Aid Wade / Video Victim” (10/21/89) – Garfield unravels the world’s largest ball of twine. / Odie is kidnapped to be a model for robot toys. / Power Pig tries to rescue Booker, who learns voice throwing. / Wade fears Roy and Orson will operate on his hurt leg. / Jon bets Garfield he’ll stop using the vacuum if Garfield can swear off TV for 24 hours.
“Quickie / Curse of Klopman / Quickie / Mud Sweet Mud / Quickie / Rainy Day Dreams” (10/28/89) – Indiana Garfield ends up in quicksand. / Garfield inherits the cursed Klopman Diamond. / The worm beats up Booker. / Orson explains the sentiment behind his waller. / Odie and Garfield have an animal-sound contest. / A rainy day has Jon dating at home and Garfield and Odie using their imaginations.
“Quickie / Basket Brawl / Quickie / Origin of Power Pig / Cactus Jake Rides Again” (10/28/89) – Garfield gets caught in the window shade. / Mice watch as the others try to load a picnic basket without Garfield eating the food first. / Orson helps Wade change his life with a book. / Orson tells Wade the origin of Power Pig as his brothers plot a crop theft. / Jon and the pets regret inviting Cactus Jake to stay with them while he’s in town.
“Quickie / Binky Goes Bad! / Quickie / Barn of Fear / Screaming with Binky / Mini-Mall Matters” (11/4/89) – Jon wonders why Garfield is so destructive. / Binky is framed for theft. / Snowtime fun on the farm. / The animals stay at an abandoned barn where Orson’s brothers have some fun. / Binky scares a brain surgeon at work. / Garfield educates viewers about mini-malls.
“Quickie / Attention-Getting Garfield / Quickie / Swine Trek / Quickie / It Must be True!” (11/4/89) – Jon forgets his pants. / Garfield tries to win back some attention from Odie. / Wade is struck by lightning. / While sick, Orson dreams he and the others are the crew of Swine Trek. / Garfield reads Odie the ingredients of his food. / Garfield hosts a show where everything said on television has to be true.
“Quickie / Arrivaderci, Odie! / Quickie / Gort Goes Good / Screaming with Binky / Feeling Feline” (11/11/89) – Garfield kills Jon’s plant. / Garfield believes he got Jon to kick Odie out. / Orson has a bad cold. / Gort claims to have turned over a new leaf, but Wade’s not so sure. / Binky interrupts the world record for standing on each other’s shoulders. / Jon and Garfield dismiss the notion that owners become like their pets.
“Quickie / The Bear Facts / Nothing to be Afraid Of / The Big Talker” (11/11/89) – Jon tries to get a cookie while Garfield is sleeping. / A dancing bear shows up during a camping trip. / The animals try to find something Wade isn’t afraid of. / Garfield gets revenge on a TV host that hates cats.
“Cactus Makes Perfect / Hogcules II / Crime and Nourishment” (11/18/89) – Cactus Jake recounts encountering a cat similar to Garfield. / Orson daydreams about being Hogcules while cleaning up a grain mess. / Garfield tracks down a stolen picnic basket and finds a race of small creatures.
“T.V. of Tomorrow / Little Red Riding Egg / Well-Fed Feline” (11/18/89) – TV shopping yields some bizarre results. / Orson finds a video camera and films a production of Little Red Riding Hood. / An activist forces Jon to feed Garfield as much as he wants.
“Invasion of the Big Robots / Shelf Esteem / Housebreak Hotel” (11/25/89) – Garfield wakes up to find himself in the wrong cartoon. / Orson cleans up his library and Roy and Lanolin bet if he’ll finish in the same day. / Jon puts the pets in a kennel that keeps them all in cages and neglects them.
“First Class Feline / Hamelot / How to be Funny!” (11/25/89) – Jon decides to teach Garfield a lesson about sending Nermal to Abu Dhabi. / Retrieving a bucket causes Orson to fall and dream he was in Camelot. / Garfield lectures on humor.
“Mystic Manor / Flop Goes the Weasel / The Legend of Long Jon” (12/2/89) – Garfield tries to retrieve Odie from Mystic Manor. / Fame goes to Wade’s head when he’s heralded as a hero for accidentally stopping the weasel. / Jon discovers he has a pirate ancestor.
“China Cat / Cock-a-Doodle Dandy / Beach Blanket Bonzo” (12/2/89) – A Chinese legend features a bad luck cat resembling Garfield. / Roy tries to figure out how to give his wake-up call without disturbing a bear. / Love hits the beach for Jon and Garfield.
“Lemon-Aid / Hog Noon / Video Airlines” (12/16/89) – Jon gets conned into buying a lemon car by Al Swindler. / Orson prepares for his old bully to visit the farm. / Jon and the pets try to find a movie to watch.
“The Mail Animal / Peanut-Brained Rooster / Mummy Dearest” (12/16/89) – Garfield tries to help the mailman get his job back. / Roy becomes obsessed with peanuts and Orson’s brothers steal the crop. / Garfield gets knocked out in a museum and dreams he’s in ancient Egypt.
“Skyway Robbery / The Bunny Rabbits is Coming! / Close Encounters of the Garfield Kind” (9/15/90) – Al Swindler gets Jon a deal on a flight to Miami. / Everyone is confused over a message about rabbits coming. / Jon lets a cute alien stay with them.
“Astrocat / Cock-a-Doodle Duel / Cinderella Cat” (9/15/90) – Garfield tells Odie about his uncle, the first cat in space / A new rooster causes Roy to leave the farm. / Garfield gains a dishonest fairy godfather.
“Ship Shape / Barn of Fear II / Break-a-Leg” (9/22/90) – Garfield finds ways to avoid the captain of a cruise ship. / Orson plans a harvest party while his brothers plan to steal the harvest. / Jon has to prove to a girl that he’s a great skier.
“Twice Told Tale / Orson Goes on Vacation / Wedding Bell Blues” (9/22/90) – Jon and Garfield recount how the house got filled with yogurt. / Orson goes on vacation and leaves Wade in charge. / Jon’s cousin Marian is getting married and Garfield thinks it’s to Jon.
“Clean Sweep / Secrets of the Animated Cartoon / How the West was Lost” (9/29/90) – Jon buys a machine to give Odie a bath. / Orson explains cartoon physics. / Jon tries to find Cactus Jake a new job.
“Binky Gets Cancelled Again! / Orson’s Diner / Flat Tired” (9/29/90) – Lack of educational material gets Binky replaced by the Buddy Bears. / Roy takes advantage of Orson’s promotion for his new restaurant. / Garfield is tired, so Odie fills in for a cartoon.
“Return of the Buddy Bears / Much Ado About Lanolin / Reigning Cats and Dogs” (10/6/90) – The Buddy Bears show up to give Garfield a solution on how to clean the house. / Orson puts on an imaginary play of The Taming of the Shrew. / Garfield explains why cats are better than dogs.
“Fit for a King / Ben Hog / Dessert in the Desert” (10/6/90) – A duke provides a fat cat as a king’s food taster in a kingdom where the king’s weight determines how much gold he’ll get. / Orson’s brothers distract him from guard duty with a copy of Ben-Hur. / Garfield and Odie get lost in the desert.
“Hound of the Arbuckles / Read Alert / Urban Arbuckle” (10/13/90) – Garfield plays Watson in a dream sequence set in The Hound of the Baskervilles. / Orson’s imagination goes awry and wrangles in Roy and Wade. / Cactus Jake fixes up Jon with his daughter.
“Odielocks and the Three Cats / Quack to the Future / Beddy Buy” (10/13/90) – Garfield tells Odie a story while waiting for his lasagna to cool. / After yelling at Wade Orson dreams he has a time machine that will let him see the future. / Garfield goes bed shopping with Jon.
“Count Lasagna / Mystery Guest / Rodent Rampage” (10/20/90) – Jon pitches a comic about Dracula’s cat. / Roy hosts a gameshow for a new tractor, which Orson’s brothers want to steal. / Floyd’s cousin visits.
“The Feline Felon / The Legal Eagle / The Cactus Saga” (10/20/90) – Garfield steals a charity pie Jon baked. / Orson asks Roy to uphold the farm laws he discovered. / Cactus Jake explains the origins of his name.
“D.J. Jon / Cornfinger / Five Minute Warning” (10/27/90) – Jon becomes a radio DJ. / Double-oh-Orson investigates the missing hay. / Jon bets Garfield can’t go without food for 5 minutes.
“Wonderful World / The Orson Awards / The Garfield Workouts” (10/27/90) – Jon takes the pets to an amusement park run by Al Swindler. / Orson’s brothers and Roy want to win something at the 32nd Annual Orson Awards. / Garfield hosts an exercise program.
“All Things Fat and Small / Robin Hog / Hare Replacement” (11/5/90) – Garfield encounters animal thieves on a camping trip. / A walnut bump causes Orson to fantasize about being Robin Hog. / Garfield becomes the replacement bunny in Jon’s magic act.
“Stick to It / Orson in Wonderland / For Cats Only” (11/10/90) – Garfield throws a stick as far as he can to get rid of Odie. / Fetching a croquet ball causes Orson to dream he’s in Wonderland. / Garfield reveals cats were once aliens bent on world domination.
“Mistakes Will Happen / The Well Dweller / The Wise Man” (11/17/90) – Garfield tries to convince viewers his show doesn’t have any mistakes. / Orson discovers strange creatures while drilling for water. / Jon takes in a Maharishi for peace and tranquility.
“Star Struck / Election Daze / Dirty Business” (11/17/90) – Garfield writes his own episode. / The weasel tricks Roy into taking over the farm from Orson. / Things tend to disappear in Jon’s cousin’s store.
“Moo Cow Mutt / Big Bad Buddy Bird / Angel Puss” (9/14/91) – Garfield tricks Odie into thinking he’s a cow. / Roy quits the show and joins the Buddy Bears. / An angel tries to get Odie and Garfield to get along.
“Trial and Error / An Egg-Citing Story / Supermarket Mania” (9/14/91) – Mice steal Garfield’s pie and he accuses Odie. / Orson gives the origin of Sheldon. / A new supermarket steals all the customers from the small neighborhood market.
“The Legend of Cactus Jupiter / Birthday Boy Roy / Jukebox Jon” (9/21/91) – Cactus Jake tells Garfield how to see the future in fire. / Roy’s pocket watch present is one of many items to go missing. / Jon has to quit nail-biting for a job and tries a hypnosis record.
“Squeak Previews / Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Wade / A Tall Tale” (9/21/91) – Two mice review a movie about mice. / Wade hypnotizes himself into turning into a monster. / Nermal tells his version of Paul Bunyan.
“Frankenstein Feline / Weatherman Wade / Fill-in Feline” (9/28/91) – Jon dreams about an insatiable Frankenstein monster cat. / Wade seemingly stops the rain with a wish. / Nermal fills in for a sick Garfield.
“Polar Pussycat / Over the Rainbow / Remote Possibilities” (9/28/91) – A napping Garfield ends up on a plane to the South Pole. / Roy finds out the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow needs to be won on a gameshow. / Garfield ends up with an experimental remote.
“Night of the Living Laundromat / Fast Food / Cash and Carry” (10/5/91) – Jon ends up with a clothes-eating washing machine. / Roy creates a fast food restaurant to counter Bo’s slow cooking. / Jon gives up his credit cards and goes cash-only.
“Speed Trap / Flights of Fantasy / Castaway Cat” (10/5/91) – Jon gets a speeding ticket from a shady cop. / Orson convinces Wade to use his imagination. / Garfield becomes engrossed in Robinson Crusoe.
“Mind Over Matter / Orson at the Bat / The Multiple Choice Cartoon” (10/12/91) – Jon is taken by a fortune teller. / Orson is hit by a baseball and dreams he’s in Casey at the Bat. / Garfield lets the audience direct the cartoon.
“Galactic Gamesman Garfield / Sly Spy Guy / The Thing That Stayed…Forever!” (10/12/91) – Garfield gets hooked on video games. / Double-oh-Orson searches for the missing spy novel. / Jon’s uncle Ed stays with them and takes over.
“Bouncing Baby Blues / The Ugly Duckling / Learning Lessons” (10/19/91) – Garfield and Odie accidentally bring a baby home from the market. / Orson tells the story of The Ugly Duckling. / The Buddy Bears are assigned to give educational information about anything Garfield says.
“Robodie II / For Butter or Worse / Annoying Things” (10/19/91) – A giant robot of Odie is accidentally made. / Orson becomes Power Pig to prove Roy stole all the butter. / Garfield is pressured by a dog not to say anything mean about dogs.
“Guaranteed Trouble / Fan Clubbing / A Jarring Experience” (10/26/91) – Jon buys a new TV from Madman Murray. / Roy and Wade fight to have the barn for their fan club. / A mouse believes Garfield is to blame for his missing mother.
“The Idol of Id / Bedtime Story Blues / Mamma Manicotti” (11/2/91) – Garfield and Odie’s brains are swapped by an idol. / Booker and Sheldon keep making changes while Orson reads them Cinderella. / Jon and the pets help make Mamma Manicotti famous.
“The Pizza Patrol / The Son Also Rises / Rolling Romance” (11/9/91) – Garfield takes advantage of a pizza promotion. / Wade tries to be brave for his father’s visit. / Jon’s new computerized car is attracted to him.
“The Automated, Animated Adventure / It’s A Wonderful Wade / Truckin’ Odie” (11/9/91) – Garfield is used in a demonstration of computer animation. / A guardian angel shows Wade what the farm would be like without him. / Garfield sings about Odie’s adventures with trucker Billy Bob.
“Home Away From Home / Rainy Day Robot / Odie the Amazing” (9/19/92) – Garfield runs away and gets smothered by his new owner. / Roy buys a weather-controlling robot. / Odie finds a magic wand he and Garfield believe is a stick.
“Taste Makes Waist / The Wolf Who Cried Boy / Day of Doom” (9/19/92) – Jon buys a phony health food meal package. / Roy constantly gives false alarms about a wolf. / Garfield wishes Mondays away.
“Home Sweet Swindler / Forget-Me-Not Newton / The Great Inventor” (9/26/92) – Al Swindler cheats Jon out of his house. / Wade’s forgetful cousin comes to the farm for work. / Garfield tells the story of the Roman cat who invented lasagna.
“Country Cousin / The Name Game / The Carnival Cruise” (9/26/92) – Jon hires his cousin to do repairs on the house. / The animals make changes to Rumpelstiltskin as Orson reads it to them. / Garfield is cursed by a fortune teller he has busted.
“The First Annual Garfield Watchers Test / Stark Raven Mad / The Record Breaker” (10/3/92) – Garfield hosts a quiz show. / Orson tells his own version of The Raven while his brothers steal the crops. / Jon has to find a new record player for his date.
“Renewed Terror / Badtime Story / Tooth or Dare” (10/3/92) – Jon is stalked by a salesman to renew his magazine subscription. / The others read Booker and Sheldon Chicken Little when Orson is sick. / A sabre-toothed tiger trades places with Garfield.
“The Kitty Council / The Bo Show / Bad Neighbor Policy” (10/10/92) – Garfield is put on trial for being a poor cat. / Bo has to save the episode when the others are captured by Orson’s brothers. / Garfield’s neighbor goes to court over his antics.
“Canvas Black Cat / Make Believe Moon / The Creature That Lived in the Refrigerator, Behind the Mayonnaise, Next to the Ketchup and to the Left of the Coleslaw” (10/10/92) – The Masked Mauler challenges Jon to a wrestling match. / Two weasels raid the farm while Orson imagines he, Wade and Roy are on the moon. / A creature attacks Jon and the pets.
“Cute for Loot / The Caverns of Cocoa / Dream Date” (10/17/92) – Garfield uses Nermal to get food. / Wade, Roy and Orson discover a chocolate mine. / Jon goes on a rigged dating show and Garfield tries to ruin the date.
“The Worst Pizza in the History of Mankind / Jack II: The Rest of the Story / The Garfield Opera” (10/24/92) – Garfield tells the story of a terrible pizza maker. / Booker, Sheldon, Wade and Roy try to fix Jack and the Beanstalk. / A musical about Garfield’s eating habits.
“Airborne Odie / Once Upon a Time Warp / Bride and Broom” (10/24/92) – Odie finds a magic lamp and wishes to fly. / Orson helps Wade reclaim his $5 from Roy. / A witch wants Jon as her husband.
“The Cartoon Cat Conspiracy / Who Done It? / The Picnic Panic” (10/31/92) – Garfield makes his own animated feature about cats. / Three dogs named Who, What and Where work on the farm. / Garfield tries to save the picnic from ants.
“Sound Judgement / Gross Encounters / The Peril of Penelope” (10/31/92) – Garfield puts Odie in charge of sound effects. / The wolf plays on everyone’s interest in aliens to get at the chickens. / Penelope dumps Brick for Garfield, and Brick threatens Garfield.
“Ghost of a Chance / Roy Gets Sacked / Revenge of the Living Lunch” (11/7/92) – A ghost has to scare Garfield. / Roy quits again and goes back to The Buddy Bears. / A meteor lands on Earth and finds its way to the Arbuckle house.
“Supersonic Seymour / A Mildly Mental Mix-Up / The Garfield Rap” (11/7/92) – To get organized, Jon hires a salesman to get him to work faster. / Psychiatrist badger Edward R. Furrow counsels Wade while the wolf gets rid of Roy. / Garfield sends in a music video to Meow TV.
“A Vacation From His Senses / The Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster / Dread Giveaway” (9/18/93) – Garfield tricks Jon out of his vacation until he’s forced to participate in housework. / A giant robot falls into the mud while the weasel tries for the chickens. / Nermal dreams Garfield is giving him away on TV.
“The Wright Stuff / Orson Express / Safe at Home” (9/18/93) – Garfield reveals the real origin of the airplane. / Orson and Booker have to deliver a package to a reclusive hermit. / A security system keeps Jon and the pets out of their house.
“Jon the Barbarian / Uncle Roy to the Rescue / The Kitten and the Council” (9/25/93) – Garfield tells a story about Jon being in love with another warriors wife. / Roy prefers to date than to spend time with his visiting niece. / Nermal is charged with being too cute.
“Next-Door Nuisance / What’s It All About, Wade? / Bigfeetz” (9/25/93) – The Arbuckles get a new neighbor who constantly sings. / Orson and Roy bring Wade to an expert about his phobias. / Jon takes the pets on the hunt for Bigfeetz for a reward.
“Canine Conspiracy / Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs (Part 1) / The Genuine Article” (10/2/93) – Odie is framed for stealing a purse. / Orson casts the farm in a retelling of Snow White. / Garfield meets his double.
“The Best Policy / Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs (Part 2) / Fishy Feline” (10/2/93) – Jon gets scammed after his car is wrecked. / Everyone argues over who has to kiss Snow Wade. / Garfield is stuck in a dream a s acatfish.
“The Pie-Eyed Piper / Fine-Feathered Funny Man / Sweet Tweet Treat” (10/9/93) – Garfield spins his own version of The Pied Piper. / Roy gives up joking. / Garfield feels guilty about eating a bird.
“The Floyd Story / How Now, Stolen Cow? / The Second Penelope Episode” (10/9/93) – Floyd’s wife wants him to get more airtime while Garfield deals with Jon’s aunt. / Orson and Bo look for the missing cow. / Penelope becomes jealous of Garfield’s new girlfriend.
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse / Payday Mayday / How to Drive Humans Crazy” (10/16/93) – Garfield’s version of the story starring a mouse. / A fox swindles everyone out of their pay. / Garfield teaches kittens how to drive people crazy.
“Date of Disaster / A Little Time-Off / The Longest Doze” (10/16/93) – Monica asks Jon out in revenge against her father. / Orson treats Lanolin to a pretend vacation. / Garfield tries to get the title of world’s longest nap.
“Stairway to Stardom / Return of the Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster / The Life and Times of the Lasagna Kid” (10/23/93) – Garfield recounts his time as part of a comedy team. / The swamp monster returns as its owner looks for it. / Old West hero The Lasgna Kid has to save a damsel.
“Magic, Monsters and Manicotti / The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere’s Duck / Unreal Estate” (10/23/93) – Jon dreams about playing a game. / Roy uses Wade’s perceived higher profile to get himself some more attention with a poem. / Jon ends up buying a haunted vacation house.
“Lost and Foundling / Winter Wonderland / Films and Felines” (10/30/93) – Odie finds a girl who wants a dog. / Orson uses his imagination to keep warm. / Garfield talks about cats in films.
“The Garfield Musical / Mind Over Melvin / Madman Meets His Match” (10/30/93) – Penelope falls in love with a rock star cat. / An alien gives Orson mental powers. / Demented Dave and Madman Murray battle over who will sell to Jon.
“Knights and Daze / Holiday Happening / Jailbird Jon” (11/6/93) – Jon sends a letter for tickets an ends up accidentally challenging a knight to a duel. / Wade creates a holiday to get revenge on Roy. / A prison inmate switches places with Jon.
“The Third Penelope Episode / Hare Force / Garfield’s Garbage Can and Tin Pan Alley Revue” (11/6/93) – Garfield and Penelope imagine married life. / Orson, Booker and Sheldon come-up with a sci-fi version of The Tortoise and the Hare. / Jon is kept awake by Garfield’s revue show.
“The Legend of Johnny Ragweedseed / Grape Expectations (Part 1) / Catch as Cats Can’t” (9/17/94) – Jon plants ragweed. / With the big Cock-A-Doodle coming to check on Roy, he becomes panicked when grapes he’s guarding get eaten. / Garfield must save Ludlow from another cat.
“A Matter of Conscience / Grape Expectations (Part 2) / Top Ten” (9/17/94) – A cricket serves as Garfield’s conscience. / Roy is put on trial over a missing grape. / Jon heads out for a date and a robber sacks the house.
“Change of Mind / Temp Trouble / The Perfect Match” (9/24/94) – Nermal and Garfield switch personalities. / Orson puts his cousin in charge of the farm. / Jon finds his ideal match—or does he?
“My Fair Feline / Double Trouble Talk / Half-Baked Alaska” (9/24/94) - Garfield gets kicked out and ends up as part of a bet to be trained. / Roy buys a CD to help him get around doing work. / Garfield and Odie hire the conscience cricket to give Jon bad advice about his new job.
“Puss in High-Tops / Egg Over Easy (Part 1) / The Beast From Beyond” (10/1/94) – Garfield gives his take on the classic tale. / Wade becomes inspired by Sheldon to live in a shell. / A dinosaur plots to take over the present through TV.
“Model Behavior / Egg Over Easy (Part 2) / Another Ant Episode” (10/1/94) – Jon’s date really wants Garfield. / Wade ends up captured by the weasel. / The singing ants invade Garfield’s house.
“The Guy of Her Dreams / The Discount of Monte Cristo / The Fairy Dogmother” (10/8/94) – Penelope imagines Garfield as the perfect guy. / Orson’s cousin warns The Count of Monte Cristo is an expensive story. / Odie’s fairy dogmother grants his wish to attend a ball.
“The Stand-Up Mouse / Daydream Doctor / Happy Garfield Day” (10/8/94) – A new mouse in the house uses Garfield as comedy material. / Orson thinks he’s spending too much time reading books. / The world reminds Jon about Garfield’s birthday.
“Sit On It / Kiddie Korner / Brainwave Broadcast” (10/15/94) – Garfield refuses to get off of Jon’s book. / The Network forces the animals to perform nursery rhymes. / Garfield explains how pets communicate with humans.
“Suburban Jungle / The Thing in the Box / The Feline Philosopher” (10/22/94) – Jon’s niece sneaks off to the mall. / Everyone wonders what’s in Bo’s box. / A feline philosopher talks Garfield into stealing a pie.
“Thoroughly Mixed-Up Mouse / The Old Man of the Mountain / Food Fighter” (10/29/94) – Garfield makes Floyd’s friend think he’s a cat. / Wade needs advice to get Gort out of his bed. / Jon is hired as the cook for a boxer.
“The Jelly Roger / The Farmyard Feline Philosopher / Dogmother 2” (11/5/94) – A pirate steals food. / The Feline Philosopher gives Orson, Roy, Wade and the weasel advice. / The dogmother forgets what wish she was to grant, so she just grants every wish the Arbuckle house makes.
“Alley Katta and the 40 Thieves / If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Alpha Centauri / Clash of the Titans” (11/19/94) – Garfield gives his own twist on the tale. / The animals take an imaginary trip through space while Orson’s brothers lurk about. / Garfield ends up in the wrong cartoon again.
“Canned Laughter / Déjà vu / The Man Who Hated Cats” (11/26/94) – Jon’s comedy robot goes nuts. / Déjà vu runs rampant on the farm and Wade can’t pronounce the weasel’s name. / Garfield tries to find out why their new neighbor hates cats.
“The Horror Hostess (Part 1) / Newsworthy Wade / The Horror Hostess (Part 2)” (12/3/94) – Garfield and Odie set Jon up with a horror movie hostess. / Wade appears on the TV news. / Garfield and Odie have to rescue Jon from Vivacia.
“Arbuckle the Invincible / The Monster Who Couldn’t Scare Anybody / The Ocean Blue” (12/10/94) – An alien force field device ends up in Jon’s pocket. / Orson tells Booker and Sheldon about a monster who couldn’t scare anyone. / A vacation to the beach turns into shark trouble.
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