YMMV / The Garfield Show

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The show's theme.
  • Designated Villain: Jon is made to look like this in episodes where he's trying to curb Garfield's terrible behavior.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The episode "Ice Man" basically tells us that ugly people can only find love with other ugly people.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One episode involved two snowmen that came to life, one of which named Olaf.
  • Idiot Plot: In "Out on a Limb" they keep going back up the tree, after finally getting down from it, to escape the dog instead of just running away from it.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Hercules is a mean Chihuahua with a spiked collar who is one of the bully dogs in the neighborhood. Turns out he's just lonely and wants a friend, which is why he stole Pookie in one episode.
  • Misblamed: Given how often the show is accused of lacking the same wit and personality that Garfield and Friends had, it may come to a surprise to many that several of the original show's creative team like Mark Evanier and Jim Davis himself actually wrote a large helping of The Garfield Show.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
  • The Scrappy:
    • Aunt Ivy is an In-Universe case which Garfield Lampshades a plenty. One episode revolves around Jon desperately trying to pawn her off onto his brother (who wants her even less).
    • Similarly Squeak's cousin Max. The instant he appears Garfield even Lampshades he's an even more annoying addition to the show than Nermal.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Nermal gets this every now and again. One example would be in "Parrot Blues" where he breaks down in tears because Paxton called out on him for his conceit and told him that he was a sickening sight to those around him. Also, "Super Me" has Garfield and Ultra Super Powerful Guy leave him on the moon after pestering them to tell him who's the real super hero (as Garfield was dressed as the superhero).
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Compared to the older shows in the franchise, there's a lot: Garfield moving his lips when he talks, Jon's Relationship Upgrade with Liz, the shift from traditional animation to 3D, Nermal taking a level in Jerkass...
    • Also, it could be argued that the humor is much more tame and less funny, with too many 4th wall jokes and forced aesops compared to Garfield and Friends.
  • Tough Act to Follow: To the widely-beloved Garfield and Friends.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Believe it or not, Garfield moving his lips when he talks is this for some fans, especially those who grew up watching Garfield and Friends. It's so unbelievably jarring.
    • Some viewers have noted how wrong most of the characters look in CG. It's especially notable when characters such as Garfield or Odie switch from walking between two to four legs meaning different models with different body lengths/shapes must be used thus making the transition between them so obvious.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Zig-zags to an almost insulting degree. One episode will make references to old movies, add in some fourth-wall breaking, and the next will act as if the viewer is a preschooler, constantly make puns and goofy faces/sound effects to desperately catch their attention.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: This may take you by surprise, but Frank Welker performing Garfield didn't sit well with some fans. To quote The Rowdy Reviewer:
    The Rowdy Reviewer: "...no one can replace the late, great Lorezno Music. He was Garfield. But legendary voice talent Frank Welker? I must say that....I'm less than impressed. With him, it's all lethargy and no sarcasm, while Music always had the best mix of both."
  • The Woobie: Usually Odie. Garfield himself had some moments such as the episode "The Land of Hold".