''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}: Caught in the Act'' is a PlatformGame was released by Creator/{{Sega}} in 1995 for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis to [[CashCowFranchise cash in]] on the success of Jim Davis's comic strip, ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. The sprites were hand-drawn by Davis and his group of artists. Which is quite impressive considering the hardware of the Genesis.

{{Backstory}}: Odie sneaks up and scares ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} while he is watching television, causing him to break it. They work together to fix it before they face the wrath of Jon. What is left is definitely NOT a television. Garfield throws away the 'spare parts' that were left upon completion. These parts come to life, becoming The Glitch, which [[TrappedInTVLand throws Garfield into the world of television]]. Each level is a different TV genre. Collecting TV remote pieces lead you to win the game.

The game is filled with plenty of HollywoodScience. Whether it was intentional or not could be debatable.

!!The programming schedule:

* Count Slobula's Castle: A [[BigBoosHaunt haunted graveyard]] {{Dracula}}-inspired level. Particularly annoying are the [[GoddamnedBats bats]] that you can. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Not. Hit. Even. If. You. Try.]]
* The Curse of Cleofatra: AncientEgypt. The boss is a large statue of Jon, complete with evil eyes.
* The Revenge of [[CaptainColorbeard Orangebeard]]: [[GangplankGalleon Pirate themed]], this level contains many references to ''Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' (the ride, silly - the movie came out eight years later).
* Cave Cat 3,000,000 B.C.: {{Prehistoria}}. Garfield is a [[{{Whateversaurus}} sabre-toothed fat cat]]. Highlights include jumping up to avoid the broccoli falling down a cheese waterfall. The boss is an Odiesaurus, naturally and is {{g|ameBreakingBug}}litchy (at least in the Genesis version). (arguably inspired by "Cave Cat" segment of ''ComicBook/GarfieldHis9Lives'', in which the dog is named... [[FluffyTheTerrible Big Bob]])
* Catsablanca: FilmNoir-themed level. Name is a pun on ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''.
* Alien Landscapes (PC version exclusive): Sci-fi level set in outer space.
* Bonehead the Barbarian (Game Gear version exclusive): SlippySlideyIceWorld based on Myth/NorseMythology.
* Slobbin Hood (Game Gear version exclusive): TheLostWoods with references to RobinHood.
* Season Finale: Garfield faces the Glitch. Who only gets hurt by [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own beams]].

Every level gives Garfield a new outfit, as well as different short- and long-range weapons. In the Game Gear version, the variety is limited to just long-range weapons.

* AbnormalAmmo / ImprovisedWeapon: The varied weapons above. In the Genesis, they were [[KillItWithFire torch]]/skulls, wooden sword/bombs, [[BadWithTheBone boneclub]]/fish spine, newspaper/cans, and torch/ankhs. "Alien Landscape" had LaserBlade[=/=]rockets.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The Glitch manifests as a giant robotic insect.
* BMovie: [[AllThereInTheManual The manual explains that Garfield must venture through endless bad B-movies and commercial breaks.]]
* BottomlessPitRescueService: Exclusive to the Game Gear version, a butterfly would carry Garfield back to land at the cost of 2 health points. If he had less than that, it wouldn't save him. How a butterfly can carry Garfield is something only TV could explain.
* BulletHell: The final boss starts firing gradually more energy beams as it takes more damage, gradually resulting this trope near the end of the fight.
* DemBones: Enemies in the Orangebeard level, including the boss.
* DownloadableContent: Possibly one of the earliest examples in gaming. ''Garfield: The Lost Levels'', a pack of downloadable extra levels, was available through the Genesis online service, called the Sega Channel. It featured versions of the Game Gear levels and even the Alien Landscape that appeared on PC. Chances of seeing them again [[MissingEpisode are dim by now]], sadly.
* {{Feelies}}: The game (at least the Genesis version) came with a free booklet of Garfield cartoons.
* GameBreakingBug: Occasionally, the third boss would walk offscreen and never return, forcing the player to start over the game.
* GangplankGalleon: "The Revenge of Orangebeard"
* GuiltBasedGaming: When the player loses all of his or her lives and has continues, they will be treated to a screen of Garfield clinging to the TV screen, [[TrappedInTVLand desperately wanting to get out of the TV World]]. He watches with a frightened look as the player makes the choice between "Yes" and "No" and the countdown decreases. When the player chooses "No", the TV forms a mouth and closes on Garfield, snickering. This means that Garfield will never return [[AndIMustScream to his home to see his friends and family again]].
* Film/HammerHorror: Count Slobula's Castle.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Did you just see the level names?
* {{Prehistoria}}: "Cave Cat 3,000,000 BC"
* ReformulatedGame: The Game Gear version features eight levels and removes several features. The PC version has a different version of the Alien Landscape level, and the levels are in a different order, creating less of a DifficultySpike towards the beginning.
* TennisBoss: Indirect example, but you have to align the mirrors in the final boss fight so its own shots bounce back at it. Borders on invoking RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts with how many mirrors you need by the end.
* TrappedInTVLand: The main premise.