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Another animated series based on the comic strips of Jim Davis. Unlike ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', however, this series was CGI-animated, and without ''USAcres'', Davis' less-known comic strip which was also featured in ''GarfieldAndFriends''. The series was launched in 2009.

The titular lazy, orange-furred feline, {{Garfield}}, makes his return to the TV screen, with wacky hijinks galore. His owner, Jon Arbuckle, and the long-tongued yellow dog, Odie, are also main characters.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The second season has a short segment in between in each episode, having Garfield instruct child viewers to stay safe in the sun, don't ingest poison, be careful on the Internet, etc. Admittedly, it is strange to hear Garfield tell kids to eat fruits & veggies or get plenty of exercise.
** At least with ''[[HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats Heathcliff]]'', they had him acknowledge his hypocrisy:
** [[LampshadeHanging "Now, if only I could just follow my own advice."]]
** The PSA's can be considered out of continuity as in show Garfield often makes no secret that his lifestyle is unhealthy but he makes no attempt to change it.
-->'''Harry''': You can't beat me you're out of shape!
-->'''Garfield''': Twenty pounds of pasta a day will do that to you...
** Also, in "Gravity of Situation", Garfield stops the show mid plot to deliver an educational message about gravity.
** Afterwards he assures the viewers not to worry as they won't do another one "until next season or maybe the one after that"
*** And then only to follow it with a [[SpaceIsSlowMotion completely inaccurate portrayal of zero gravity.]]
* AnimalTalk: As in the comics, most of the animals can communicate with each other (exceptions can occur), but most of them can't talk to humans. Though as in the comics the trope is averted from time to time due to RuleOfFunny.
-->'''Garfield''': I can explain! Well if I could talk I could explain...
** Also when Liz gets turned into a mouse she gains the ability to communicate with Garfield and company.
* AnthropomorphicZigZag: Odie can spend whole episodes walking and acting like a normal dog, and in others be almost as apt as Garfield walking and gesturing like a human with opposable thumbs all of a sudden.
** Garfield himself does the opposite, standing on his hind legs for the most part but occasionally he stands on all fours making his arms and legs equal size and his paws look less like human hands and more like an actual cat.
** Nermal also gains a similar digitigrade body structure during a song where he quite fittingly sings "You gotta get in touch with your wild side."
* AttractiveBentGender: "Glenda and Odessa" has Nermal becoming smitten by Garfield after the latter got dressed up by Jon's BrattyHalfPint nieces. Luckily for Nermal he never finds out the truth.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Night of the Apparatuses
** The T3000.
* AllCGICartoon
* AlternateContinuity: From the DirectToVideo movies which were set in a world inhabited by newspaper comic characters. This series is set in its own world.
* [[TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Aww Look He Really Does Care]] Despite Garfield bullying Odie for the most part, he does care for him deep down and is even willing to put himself in harms way to rescue him.
** Most definitely highlighted in "A Gripping Tale" where Odie causes Garfield to lose all of is precious donuts and Garfield still ventures into the sewer to save him from the giant squid.
-->'''Garfield''': (peering into the sewer) Don't worry Odie! I'll get you out of there! I won't abandon you! (runs off then comes back) And while your down there keep an eye out for my donuts!
** Also Garfield towards Jon. Despite Garfields mischievous antics he does look out for Jon whenever he can.
** To a lesser extent Nermal. While Garfield makes it clear he hates Nermal, from time to time will actually help him out.
-->'''Garfield''': Nermal do you know how I'm always telling you to leave? Well this time it's for your own good.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In "Nice to Nermal," Garfield decides the cruelest thing he should to do Nermal is not sending him into outer space or even feeding him to the sharks but instead making him watch televised golf games.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Subverted and slightly altered with Nermal being old enough to talk.
* BerserkButton: Don't call Nermal mangy.
** Don't try to make Garfield exercise either. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.
* BetterThanABareBulb: Starting with the second season, [[TropesAreNotGood to the point where it seems to be incapable of doing any sort of humour other than]] LampshadeHanging.
* BigEater: Garfield (as usual).
* BrattyHalfPint: Three of them: Jon's twin nieces Druscilla and Minerva, and Mrs. Ferret in "Ferret Food".
* BrilliantButLazy: Followed to a tee with Garfield.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the 2nd season, Garfield [[NoFourthWall completely tosses out the 4th wall]], completely aware that the show is in its 2nd season and that everyone is part of a TV show.
** It comes to a head when Squeak can effectively predict the future because he's watching the episode (it's a rerun, but no one realizes it). It involves him [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} catching up to himself]] and helping Garfield pretend to be psychic. Unfortunately, he accidentally deletes the episode when Garfield is about to prove his powers to the public.
* TheBusCameBack: Lyman finally returns in the 4 part episode "Long Lost Lyman" where his long absence is fully explained.
* ButtMonkey: The Mailman
** Naturally Jon and Garfield as usual, albeit not quite as much as in the comics.
* CampGay: Eddie Gourmand
* CaptainObvious: Jon gets called out as this in the following:
-->'''Jon''': (notices Garfield and Odie stuck in a tree) Garfield! Odie! You're stuck in a tree!
-->'''Garfield''': And the grass is green, [[LampshadeHanging Captain Obvious]].
* CargoShip: In-Universe, in "Odie in love", Odie falls in love with a brush.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Though it's never actually shown onscreen (i.e. an intelligible creature ending up as anothers lunch), predation is just treated as a fact of life for the most part. Though mostly the animals that are considered prey can't actually talk like Garfield and co.
** One instance would be in "Turkey Trouble" where Jon wins a turkey for thanks giving and HilarityEnsues when it turns out he won a LIVE turkey.
-->'''Jon''': If you want roast turkey, it's easy Garfield. ''You'' go put it in the oven.
-->'''Garfield''': At least it's fresh. (noticing the Turkey eating his food) Hmm, my dinner seems to be having lunch...
-->'''Jon''': I'm sorry Garfield, I don't have the heart to end that little turkey's life and neither do you.
-->'''Garfield''': I hate it when Jon's right. Fortunately it doesn't happen very often.
** And another instance would be in "Mother Garfield" where Garfield claims he stopped eating birds because "they were too much work and not enough drumsticks." [[MyInstinctsAreShowing He then gets the urge to takes up bird chasing again]] but then reconsiders and instead tries to prevent a family of Bluebirds from being eaten by the stray cat Harry.
** Also Mice are one of the few things that Garfield ''won't'' eat. According to Lucky, it's "becuase they are his friends and that they don't taste like lasagna" while other cats have no problem with eating mice but in a Wile.E.Coyote fashion we never see them catch any.
* CassandraTruth: Usually Garfield falls victim to this.
** "It's true! If I didn't know any better I wouldn't believe me either!"
** In ''Curse Of The Weredog'', Jon refuses to believe Garfield when Odie gets possessed and wrecks the house and takes away his lasagna. Only when Jon hears Professor Bonkers' diagnosis on the news (and when he takes a closer look at the damage Odie did on the furniture) does he apologize to Garfield and they go get him back.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Garfield, of course
* ChristmasSpecial: "Home for the Holidays", written by the strip's creator, Jim Davis
* CityOfAdventure: Cheese Land
* ConMan: Dr. Whipple, a recurring villain who tries to convince people to buy his products. Which normally involve serious animal abuse.
** Also Mr Scamberry from "Virtual mailman".
* CoattailRidingRelative: When Garfield manages to win 30 gazillion dollars and buys a mansion, he receives a visit from a bunch of similar looking orange cats who claim to be his cousins, and were glad to find out they had a rich Garfield. But Garfield affirms he isn't related to and doesn't know any of them.
* CuteKitten: Nermal (And he never lets you forget it)
*** In fact "The Art of being uncute" features Garfield in a situation where he's surrounded by cute cat's identical to Nermal all having won cutest cats show's in their respective countries.
** Spumoni's cat form certainly counts.
** Also [[EnfantTerrible "Little Angel"]] is perceived as one though in actuality it turns out he's MUCH [[OlderThanTheyLook Older then he looks.]]
-->'''Harry''': He's not a kitten. In fact he's the only cat I know who's old enough to shave.
* CutASliceTakeTheRest: In "The Pet Show", after Garfield helps Odie win the lasagna prize in a competition, Jon tells Garfield to give Odie his fair share. Guess what Garfield does next?
* DeadpanSnarker: Garfield, as expected.
* DemotedToExtra: Arlene, despite being present in the intro sequence, shows up only in a handful of first-season episodes and is thus far absent in the second season. She has made some more appearances since then, having larger roles in some of the specials but it still doesn't help that other recurring characters have made more appearances than her.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Dr. Whipple, Harry, Bruno, Nermal and many others range from being a supporting character to an antagonist depending on the episode.
* DiamondsInTheBuff: Neferkitty. Though cats don't usually wear clothes to begin with.
* DogsAreDumb: Played with more compared to the comics. Odie, while still with his brain dead moments, is toned down compared to [[TooDumbToLive his comics counterpart]], leaning more as a CloudCuckooLander who is sometimes [[GeniusDitz more observant of things]] than even [[OnlySaneMan Garfield]].
* DontExplainTheJoke: Garfield is especially guilty of this. Just one example would be the ThemeTuneCameo in "Unfair Weather".
* DownerEnding: King Nermal, which ends with Garfield and Odie injured,and Nermal getting to stay even longer.
** Also Everything's Relative where all the attempts to get rid of [[TheScrappy Aunt Ivy]] fail to the point her twin sister shows up to double the pain.
* DrJerk: Dr Whipple.
* EasyAmnesia: This happens to Garfield in one episode when a bowling ball drops to his head. [[spoiler: A taste of lasagna gets his memories back.]]
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: The Kiss Me Girl from Virtualodean.
** Played with later with a ''literal'' elephant in the living room that it takes Jon a few moments to actually notice is out of place.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Almost everyone refers to Neferkitty by her [[AffectionateNickname owner given nickname]] "Fuzzbutton" after her VillainDecay. She will have [[BerserkButton none of it.]]
-->'''Heather''': I'll name you..."Fuzzbutton"!
-->'''Neferkitty''': Ewwww! ''Fuzzbutton''!?
* EngineeredPublicConfession: Dr. Whipple's first downfall occurs when Garfield tricks him into admitting that his pet training business is a huge con and how he thinks the public is stupid...while the live television audience and viewers are listening to his every word.
** Done again when Garfield uses a functional model of a hyped-up tape recorder to record a conversation between the owner of the "All Buying Channel" and his salesman that ''everything'' they sell is just junk that's cleverly hyped. As such when the salesman of the recorder attempts to prove the product works, it plays back the conversation neither knew had been recorded.
* FakeUltimateHero: Professor Bonkers
* FantasyKitchenSink: Witches, mole people, cat people from another dimension, aliens, robots, a mad scientist neighbor...
* FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter: The cats usually assume an upright stance but the dogs usually don't.
** Utilized with Odie, who usually stands and walks upright when in a more intelligent role.
** Inverted with Garfield, who switches to four legs whenever he is struck my his [[FurryReminder Feline instincts.]]
* FreakyFridayFlip: Between Garfield and Odie in "Freaky Monday."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "Meet The parents"
-->'''Mr Wilson:''' (to Jon) This place could use a woman's touch.
-->'''Garfield:''' So could Jon.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Expect to see the same characters that might act as antagonists towards Garfield in one episode suddenly become much more friendly/helpful in another. As you can see the line between best friends and worst enemies is very blurred. Even LampShaded by Garfield when talking about his part-time cat pal Harry.
-->'''Garfield:''' (discussing an earlier episode) Now Harry, he was kinda rotten in [[NoFourthWall that episode.]] Come to think of it he's kinda rotten in this episode too.
* HateSink: The abrasive Aunt Ivy, who treats everyone around her like a servant.
* HeroicDog: Odie has his moments.
* HypnoFool: One episode has Jon suffering from insomnia, so he goes to a hypnotist so he can get some rest. While Jon was supposed to hear a bell in order to get some shut-eye, an accident causes the trigger to be Odie's barking instead. This may not seem bad at first, but then Jon starts ''sleepwalking''...
** A later episode had Garfield getting hypnotized by Dr. Whipple, to become a hard-working farm cat whenever he hears a horn. Later on in the episode he turns the tables with the same device.
* [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Cat]]: Nathan, the MadScientist kid from an earlier episode, does this to Garfield in a later episode.
* {{Jerkass}}: Several minor antagonists, such as Jon's aunt Ivy and Dr Whipple.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Garfield as with previous animated incarnations.
* KarmaHoudini: Played straight by Nermal in "King Nermal."([[ButtMonkey if only one]]). Garfield isn't as lucky in this series, however, partly due to Jon being quick to suspect him -- and he's often right.
** though in Nermal's case it could be a justified example of WhosLaughingNow for all the crap he's taken from Garfield in the past.
** Bernard Scanberry steals Jon's millions, and gets away to Brazil.
*** ...leading to a truly wonderful (awful) pun when Garfield notes, "Looks like Bernie "made off" with the money."
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Thanks to Nermal's more outright Jerkass behavior in this series, he seems to deserve the crap Garfield puts him through a lot more than he does in other Garfield media.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall / OpeningShoutOut: In the first half of "Unfair Weather" Jon's ringtone is the show's main theme. Garfield even says it sounds familiar.
** Throughout the first season there were hints of this before they just threw it out in season 2
* LighterAndSofter: Somewhat less cynical than the comics or even the [[GarfieldAndFriends previous animated installments]]. Garfield is more genuinely sympathetic, Jon is ''slightly'' less of a loser and there are more frequent heartwarming moments.
* MismatchedEyes: Recurring character Harry, a stray cat that shows up in "Mother Garfield" has one red and one green eye.
* MyBelovedSmother: Petey the Canary feels this way about his owner Betty Wilson who thinks of him as a son.
* MythologyGag: In the 2nd season, Jon asks Garfield if he'd like to watch [[GarfieldAndFriends Binky the Clown]] on TV. Garfield responds by saying that Binky is [[BreakingTheFourthWall contractually obligated to never show up in this series.]]
** At one point Garfield asks if anyone is old enough to remember Binky? Then he says never mind as he didn't expect it.
* NiceGuy: Odie and Jon ([[DependingOnTheWriter usually]]).
* TheNicknamer: Garfield is sometimes this, usually calling Odie by various nicknames like "Odster", "The Pup", "Bloodhound" etc
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Frank Welker deliberately channels the late, great Lorenzo Music as Garfield.
* NoFourthWall: In the 2nd season. In one episode, Garfield knows he needs an idea, so he borrows a copy of the script to see what he is going to do next.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The first time we see Nathan, a kid in the same neighborhood as Jon, he appears quite friendly. [[spoiler: Then he turns out to be a [[KidsAreCruel nasty]] MadScientist-in-the-making, trying to turn Odie into a cockroach in the very same episode.]]
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: In "Curse of the Weredog", a rare star alignment in the sky causes Odie to turn into a Weredog whenever the full moon is visible. [[spoiler: By the end of the episode Odie no longer suffers from this due to the stars rearranging themselves, but then another rare star alignment occurs which affects Garfield...]]
* OverlyLongTongue: Odie
* PandaingToTheAudience: Garfield, Odie, and Nermal befriend a pair of pandas (with Australian accents, ironically) in the 4-part episode "Big Trouble in Little China". They not only help out in transportation but also rescue them from 2 antagonistic Siamese cats (but not by [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda doing kung fu]] because that would be ridiculous for pandas).
* PredatorsAreMean: Averted with Garfield and Odie, played straight with Harry, Bruno, Hercules and other cats/dogs.
* PerpetualFrowner / TheEeyore: A parrot Jon's editor entrusts to Jon in "Parrot Blues", with more than enough {{Wangst}} for anyone around it. In a separate short, a black cat Garfield encounters is also this, plus he somehow makes everyone he comes across unlucky -- and he knows it.
* [[PetTheDog Pet The Bird]]: "Mother Garfield" has Garfield take care of a bunch of baby birds after noticing that their mother hasn't come back to her nest in a very long time (mainly because she was trapped in a garage), and had to protect the birds from Harry, who wants to eat them. The baby birds appear in a later episode and so Garfield goes to great lengths to protect them from Harry.
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: Bumbling Animal Control officers: Al and Pete are regular antagonists.
* PredatorsAreMean: Chomper the [[ThreateningShark shark]] from "Underwater World" and the GiantSquid from "A Gripping Tale". Subverted with the wolf from "Big Bad Wolf", who was only trying to protect its young.
* TheProfessor: Professor Bonkers
* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler: The Zabadu from "Long Lost Lyman".]]
* RecycledSet: Entire environments are often recycled for different locations quite often.
** Ironically this is one thing that is never lampshaded or PlayedForLaughs.
* RubeGoldbergDevice: Played straight when Garfield employs one early in an episode to catapult Nermal from a reclining chair into a trash can outside. Subverted toward the end of the same episode when Garfield catapults Nermal from the same chair into a cardboard box outside without using complex contraption.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: In "Heir Apparent"
* ScrewySquirrel: Garfield, while usually more mellow than his comic incarnation, maintains a self proclaimed sadistic contempt for mailmen.
** Odie ends up facing a literal example of this when he has to face four of them in "Up a tree". [[spoiler: They settle their differences and become friends by the end of the episode though]]
** Also, another literal example is the Orange Squirrel from "Where's Odie?"
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Paxton from "Parrot Blues" is a green-winged macaw (albeit a small one), rather than the generic parrot usually seen in cartoons. Also the clownfish family from "Underwater World".
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Several episodes, mostly involving Garfield having to rectify his mistakes earlier (especially if food is at stake).
* ShaggyDogStory: "Master Chef" had Jon buy Garfield a new type of microwaveable lasagna which he doesn't like. Then hears a story about a cook who can make "the best lasagna in the world". Garfield goes through the whole episode trying to get said cook to reconcile with his apprentice (the pizza cook, Vito) to have it made. When he finally succeeds, the cook reveals he had sold his recipe to be distributed as a microwaveable food...the same one Garfield had dismissed earlier. The reason it tasted bad? ''He forgot to take the plastic wrapping off the food.''
* ShoutOut: Dr. Whipple gets traumatized by the wacky events in an episode enough to fear dogs briefly, during which he sees a dog and runs away shrieking "Who let the dog out?" while the dog he sees barks.
** To [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Bernie Madeoff]] of all people.
* ShownTheirWork: The mounted dinosaur skeletons from "Bone Diggers" are surprisingly detailed and realistic, for a cartoony show.
** The GiantSquid from "A Gripping Tale" has its mouth in the correct location (the center of the arms). Said mouth is even a beak.
** "Farmer Garfield" breaks the "[[ExtremeOmniGoat goats eat tin cans]]" myth and states they actually lick the glue off of cans.
* SphereEyes: 90% characters play this straight though exceptions do occur such as Bob Wilson and every mouse character.
* StupidEvil: After reclaiming his elephant (which Garfield had been hiding due to the abuse it suffers), Dr Whipple immediately begins tearing into it, threatening to starve it and otherwise make its life hell, ''right in front of a group of police'' (who naturally arrest him on the spot).
-->'''Dr Whipple:''' You can't lock me up like some...[[NotHelpingYourCase dumb animal]]!!!
** In the EngineeredPublicConfession example above, he apparently didn't notice Garfield was holding a microphone ''right in front of his face''.
* TemptingFate: When Odie gets past the first round of a pet pageant (with Garfield's "help"), Garfield expresses confidence that "we can't lose." Then cue the announcer stating that the second round would be a talent contest. Garfield's reaction: "Boy, can we lose."
* ThreateningShark: Chomper from "Underwater World".
* TooDumbToLive: In one episode a mouse refuses to believe that Garfield is nice to mice and doesn't eat them, so he repeatedly tries to get Garfield to eat him just to prove he's right. He's lucky Garfield isn't the kind of cat to eat mice.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Unlike earlier incarnations, this Nermal has a far more [[SmallNameBigEgo insufferable ego]] and annoys Garfield intentionally.
** Jon recently seems to have done this.
* TookALevelInKindness: Garfield in comparison is slightly more benevolent than in the comics, while still a gluttoness snarker, he goes out of his way to help people more and bullies Jon and Odie a lot less. Most of the individuals Garfield does victimize are far more provokative than in the comics (see above).
** Liz is also far less grouchy and sarcastic, more on par with her character in [[{{Film/Garfield}}the movies]].
* VegetarianCarnivore: Averted with Garfield as he has been known to eat plenty of other intelligible species. Though mice are off the table.
* WalkThroughTheCamera: Used quite often. These are only some of the examples.
** "The Big Sleep" after Garfield eats something from the fridge, his belly fills the screen and the scenes cuts to him in bed.
** "Penny Henny" after Garfield hears about the twins coming, he walks into the camera carrying suitcases.
** "Pup in the Pound" when Garfield finally tries to look for Odie after being threatened by Jon.
** "Night of the Bunny Slippers", Where Jon invites Aunt Ivy inside.
** "Odie in Love", Where Garfield mocks Odie of his crush. "If you break up with the brush I've got some nice nail clippers for you"
** "Stealing Home", With Bruno raiding through Garfield's fridge
** "Land of Hold", With Garfield running away from a bunch of floating phones
** "The Robot", With the cleaning robot about to grab and suck away Garfield
** "The Big Sleep", With the owner of the All You Can Eat restaurant inviting the disguised Jon inside
** "Lucky Charm", where a leprechaun realizes someone stole his gold.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Some background characters change jobs in-between different episodes.
* WriterOnBoard: Expect to see this sort of thing crop up from time to time.
* TheWorldWasNotReady: After his invention which opens a gateway between the the fictional world of Television and the real world causing [[HilarityEnsues hilarity to ensue]] Professor Bonkers feels this way about his own genius.
-->'''Proffessor Bonkers:''' Oh dear...It seems the world is not yet ready for my genius.
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