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  • Actor Allusion: In "Curse of the Klopman", Garfield answers the door with "Hello, this is Garfield, your doorman", a reference to Lorenzo Music's previous claim to somewhat fame as Rhoda's unseen drunken doorman, Carlton.
  • Adored by the Network:
    • It was like this on CBS since its first episode — until it was canned during its seventh season for refusing to accept a budget cutback.
    • Tooncast and Teletoon Retro adore the show as well. Tooncast has had it since 2008, while Teletoon Retro airs it three times a day. Teletoon Retro also aired the show's first marathon on September 1, 2012.
    • In the past, Nickelodeon adored the show more than Tiny Toon Adventures when it was on Nick in the Afternoon by airing it back to back for an hour.
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    • For Chicagoland kids, WPWR-50 aired at least two episodes a day during the weekday afternoon syndicated cartoon block.
  • Author Existence Failure:
    • Pat Buttram, voice of Cactus Jake, died of kidney failure while Season 7 was being produced. He would have no further appearances in the show, with "The Legend of Cactus Jupiter" being his final appearance.
    • In 2019, Nickelodeon announced the production of a new animated series based on Garfield and U.S. Acres, the comic strips which were the basis for this show. However, the voice of Wade Duck, Howard Morris, died of congestive heart failure in 2005, and Kevin Meaney, voice of Aloysius Pig, had a fatal heart attack in 2016. It is unknown how the show will deal with their voice actors' deaths.
    • In 2001 Lorenzo Music died of bone and lung cancer and Frank Welker replaced him as the voice of Garfield for "The Garfield Show", it's unknown if he will reprise his role in the Nick show.
  • The Cast Showoff:
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    • Due to Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Desirée Goyette, and Julie Payne all being good singers, the show got many musical episodes over the years.
    • Aloysius Pig's voice actor, the late Kevin Meaney, has several routines where he sings. In "Kiddie Korner", there's a scene where he is asked to sing a song by Roy, which he even lampshades by claiming that only Aloysius' magnificent singing voice can do it justice, which makes him smile and comment that he does have the music in him.
  • Colbert Bump: When Kevin Meaney died in 2016, several websites mentioned his role in Garfield and Friends, leading people who were fans of the show as kids to discover Aloysius Pig for the first time. note  Even Skiprope Entertainment, the DVD-distributing division of PBS Kids, noticed his sudden popularity and put "Kiddie Korner" on their first DVD release of Garfield and Friends.
  • Creator Cameo: Jim Davis voiced the offscreen director in a few episodes, as well as a policeman in "Mistakes Will Happen".
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Desirée Goyette as Nermal — who, if you can believe it, is a male cat.
    • In the Spanish version, Booker and Sheldon, also one of Orson's brothers in the earlier episodes for some reason.
  • Digital Destruction: In October 2018, an HD remaster of the show was added to the Boomerang streaming service, and fans weren't happy with the final results.
  • Distanced from Current Events: Boomerang removed reruns of the episodes "Peace and Quiet; Wanted: Wade; Garfield Goes Hawaiian" and "Attention-Getting Garfield; Swine Trek; It Must Be True!" from their channel during the coronavirus pandemic because the plot of the third segment in the former episode involves Garfield catching the Hawaiian Cat Flu, despite the symptoms of the illness not resembling what one would consider to be the flu, and the second segment in the latter episode has its plot spurred from Orson being sick in bed. Both are still on the Boomerang app, however.
  • Edited for Syndication:
    • Most of the Quickies (including all the U.S. Acres quickiesnote  and all "Screaming with Binky" segments except for one note  were edited out of The Program Exchange's prints, as was the original theme song, replaced with the "We're Ready To Party" theme song used in seasons 3-6. The last three seasons weren't seen in reruns after the show ended its run either, as CBS declined to sell them the rights.
    • After CBS stopped showing the show on Saturday mornings, people never got to see (or rewatch) the last three seasons until they finally came out on DVD. Which is a shame because not only were the last three seasons the funniest, but they also show Roy and Wade becoming closer friends in comparison to the earlier seasons. Something that people only familiar with the syndicated episodes didn't get to see...
    • The show was broadcast in Finland in a format that dropped the U.S. Acres segments but kept the opening titles. It was bizarre having characters in the titles that never appeared in the show. Considering what happened in their dub of the episode "Peace and Quiet" (where Binky sings off key) and that "Wanted: Wade" had a scene where Wade does a "song" which has him talking instead of singing, it could have been a lot worse.
    • Also, it appears the Japanese version dropped the segments featuring US Acres on both of their dubs of the show! And how do we know this? On a Japanese blog, there aren't Japanese names for any US Acres episodes, and the US Acres bug quickie is replaced by the hospital episode of "Screaming with Binky". They also only dubbed the first four seasons.
    • In Malaysia, the U.S. Acres segments had all scenes with Orson Pig edited to appease Muslim audiences (as pigs — whether used as food or not — are considered offensive to the Muslim religion and Malaysia has a sizable population with people of that religion).
    • When 9 Story Media Group took over distribution in 2018, they decided to "remaster" the show for the HD era; see above for how that turned out.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • From season 4 onwards, some elements of the show that Jim Davis and Mark Evanier thought took up too much time in the show were removed, which also allowed more advertisements to run. These included the Once an Episode songs in the U.S. Acres segments and having three quickies in an average episode, which lead to two types of quickies, Screaming with Binky and the U.S. Acres Quickies, being phased out. By the time the final season aired, the show stopped using them entirely (though international prints and The Program Exchange's syndicated prints still used at least one).
    • During the seventh and final season of the show, the series' traditional "We're Ready to Party" intro was replaced with a rap-like intro that everyone ranging from fans of the show to the creators hated—the rap intro was only used on the original CBS airings. It was not used in international airings and as a result does not appear on the series' DVD boxsets (which use the international version of the series). According to a post Mark Evanier made on Usenet in response to a fan who asked about the intro, this was done to differentiate the intros of the syndicated Garfield and Friends note  from the Saturday morning run of the show.
      • CBS also wanted to cut the budgets of Garfield and all its other animated shows, the creators refused to give in and decided to end the show rather then letting it suffer from the cutbacks.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Prior to 2018, any episode with a "U.S. Acres" title card excluding "Much Ado About Orson" was this, since the FOX and SoPeachi releases used the "Orson's Farm" variant (as that was the version used internationally). The 9 Story restoration has restored these original title cards and all of the quickie screens save for the quickie before "The Worm Turns" and the quickie before "Hogcules".
    • Four Screaming With Binky segments are missing from the DVDs and from international broadcasts (possibly for time): one about baseball, one about ballerinas, one about a pizza parlor and one taking place in the mountains. No info can be found on the mountain one, but a Platypus Comix page on the series has a summary of the "Pizza" and "Ballerina" segments, and a fan uploaded "Baseball" online.
    • The "rap" theme song used only in American airings of Season 7, though, as stated before, that opening is not well-liked and not worth seeking out unless you're a completist.
  • No Export for You/No Dub for You: For whatever reason, this show seems to lack a release, or at least dub, in the Netherlands, Denmark, South Korea or Romania. It also hasn't been dubbed in Hebrew.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Despite each of the Buddy Bears having their own voice actor, Thom Huge did all three bears' singing voices.
  • One-Book Author: Thom Huge has no other roles outside of this show.
  • The Other Darrin: Lorenzo Music voiced one of the Buddy Bears in their "Garfield" appearances; their "U.S. Acres" appearances used Howard Morris instead.
  • Out of Order: The U.S. Acres short "The Worm Turns" was likely the first one written for that half of the show, as the first part of the short has Orson introducing us to the farm. However, the first short produced was "Wade, You're Afraid" and the first short aired was "Wanted: Wade".
  • Promoted Fanboy: Kevin Meaney played Aloysius Pig in this show because he had always dreamed of being a voice actor in a cartoon.
  • Recycled Script:
    • The Quickies are mostly adaptations of the Sunday strips (at least one was based on a daily strip, and at least two have a direct Call-Back to the preceding cartoon), but the main cartoons themselves derive from the strips, especially in the earlier episodes. For example, the episode "Caped Avenger" is an episode where Jon takes Pooky to wash him and pitches ideas for a new comic strip, but is otherwise based on two weeks of strips where Garfield, as the Caped Avenger, adopts Odie as Slurp, his sidekick (specifically, August 26-31, 1985 and September 2-7, 1985). To the cartoon's credit, it did add an additional costume gag that wasn't in the strips:
    Garfield: Slurp, you really need a costume if you're gonna work with me.
    (Odie runs off, then comes back wearing a chicken suit)
    Garfield: You still haven't grasped the principle behind this.
    • It also had a subplot involving Jon trying to pitch comics to a visiting expert that wasn't in the original strips.
    • Season 7's "Clash of the Titans" repeated the plot from Season 2's "Attack of the Big Robots"
  • Screwed by the Network: As mentioned above, CBS wanted to cut the show's budget despite the fact that the show was still pulling in strong ratings. The creators, instead, decided to end the show rather than let it suffer from budget cuts.
    • The show got worse treatment when it returned to Boomerang in 2019. Originally at an already bad time slot at 12PM on weekdays with no repeats, it was pulled to a time slot at 4AM, a time where no one is going to even be awake. Granted, Garfield and Friends is a pretty old show and has already aired on Boomerang years ago, but considering it airs on the same channel as The Smurfs, Tom and Jerry (which has ran on Boomerang since the channel launched), and Looney Tunes (which is now on the channel following Cartoon Network deciding to air modern-day cartoons rather than the classics), all of which have been reran into the ground by the network (especially the latter two, though The Smurfs got this in the network's early days), it's still pretty disappointing. At least the episodes are on the app...
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Thom Huge played Binky the Clown, Jon Arbuckle, Bobby of the Buddy Bears, Gort, and Roy Rooster.
    • Frank Welker voiced Booker, Sheldon and Bo.
    • Juile Payne voiced both Liz and Lanolin.
    • Kevin Meaney played Aloysius and Mrs. Pig.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Being that this show was mostly on the air during the 90's, there are many moments that make the show dated:
    • The episode "Video Airlines" screams this nowadays in the era of optical discs, video-on-demand services and the fact that many video stores have closed down.
    • In "The Record Breaker", Jon is looking to replace his record player, and any time he explains what a record is, people assume he means "compact discs". (Funnily enough, CDs are now the dying format and vinyl is experiencing a surge in popularity.)
    • A lot of the stuff that Garfield watches and/or gripes about on TV, like the abundance of Trash TV daytime talk shows (all but dead in the US), game shows (which have gone through several ups and downs in popularity) and "Late Night Creature Feature" showings of old B-Movies (which disappeared around the same time with the rise of FOX, The WB, and UPN, who snapped up a lot of the independent stations who used to air movies like that).
    • There was also an segment that had Jon be a participant on a spoof of American Gladiators, which was extremely popular at the time.
    • "Roy Gets Sacked" has a scene in which Roy spoofs various 90's movies and shows to impress his agent Bernie.
    • The plot of "Hare Force" has Orson teach Booker and Sheldon how to use a computer by using the story of The Tortoise and the Hare. Nowadays, many kids their age are skilled at using computers.
    • In "The Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster", Roy mention to his agent that Hanna Barbera is making "a funny version of Ren & Stimpy", a Take That! at 2 Stupid Dogs (which premiered the same year as the aformentioned segment) and a Take That! at Ren and Stimpy.
    • In "The Discount Of Monte Cristo", Aloysius talked about how animation cels are used to animate cartoons. Most modern cartoons are animated on computer programs, and the last show to use cels, Sazae-san, stopped doing so in 2013. They even lampshade this in a previous episode, "The Automated Animated Adventure", since digital animation was slowly becoming the norm at the time.
    • At the end of the intro in one episode, Garfield says, “Don’t check NBC, kids. They’re not airing cartoons anymore" (which, at the time, was true: because of Saved By the Bell being popular with pre-teens and teenagers and NBC's cartoons not doing well in the ratings, with Yo Yogi! being the death knell, NBC decided to do away with Saturday morning cartoons in favor of live-action teen shows, news broadcasts, and sports). This was omitted in home video releases.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The show was originally going to be just U.S. Acres, but networks refused to pick it up, so they added Garfield.
    • After the show was canceled, Film Roman tried to reboot the series with a more psychedelic and Off-Model style at Fox Kids. When they pitched the idea to the network with this reel, not only did Fox Kids executives reject the concept, but they had security escort the crew out of the FK headquarters.
    • According to an article about Kevin Meaney's death posted by showrunner Mark Evanier, Aloysius was supposed to be a main character in Season 7. However, demand from other companies to get Meaney to play roles in their shows led to him only appearing in three episodes.
    • According to the same Usenet thread that told the history behind the rap theme, the later episodes that did not appear in syndication were supposed to be added to the package in 2000, but this never came about, as broadcast stations did not think it was necessary to add more episodes; it was already successful the way it was (of course, those stations phased out syndicated kids' programming just years later).
    • Why did Penelope replace Arlene on the show? Well, according to Evanier (as noted on the show's official page on Wikipedia), Davis was very specific about how he wanted Arlene to act, and felt that, if the show couldn't do her character justice, then they may as well not use her at all. Hence, Penelope was created as a replacement.

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