Garfield and Friends

Garfield and Friends

When it comes to lazy felines, few can match Garfield. Created by cartoonist, Jim Davis, the syndicated comic strip proved so popular that it was only a matter of time before the crotchety cat transitioned to television commercials, then his own Saturday morning show, called Garfield and Friends. First airing in 1988, the endearing character went on to appear in over 130 episodes.

Lazy was an understatement when describing Garfield. The listless, blasé and overweight cat took stereotypical feline behavior to extremes. Routinely displeased with the world, he only mustered any semblance of interest for his favorite food, lasagna. The usual recipients of Garfield’s sarcastic disdain were Jon, his hapless owner and Odie, the simpleminded dog.

Freed from the constraints of print where he could only express his commentary in thought bubbles, Garfield got some professional voiceover help for the cartoon. Lorenzo Music provided his vocal chords to the character, creating a deadpan drawl that proved a perfect fit for the sassy tabby.

Garfield’s friends were characters from another Davis comic strip, U.S. Acres. They included various barnyard animals, like Orson the pig; Sheldon, a baby chicken who walked around with everything but his legs still in the shell; Booker, Sheldon’s brother who had hatched completely; and Wade, a fidgety duck who wore a floating device around his waist.

Garfield and Friends managed a seven-season run on CBS, a rather respectable feat in the world of Saturday morning cartoons. Kids just couldn’t get enough of his wacky capers, so much so that the series is still syndicated around the world to this day. That’s one popular kitty.

Are you one of Garfield’s many fans? We’d love to hear your recollections of the cartoon series or the cartoon strip in our comments section, as we tip our hats to one of our favorite cartoon cats.

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  1. Drahken says:

    I watched this show religously during it’s saturday morning reign, and again during it’s weekday morning syndication years later. I just wish that the final season or two had also been included in the syndication package. Most of those episodes I only ever got to see once (in sharp contrast with the many dozens of times that I’ve seen all the other episodes). The rap based theme song for the final season was atrocious, but the episodes themselves were still good.

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