- Awesome Music: 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.
- He Really Can Act: In "King Nermal", when Jon yells at Garfield and Odie, he actually sounds mad at them.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- 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.
- "Orange and Black" has Garfield causing a mass panic in the neighbourhood because he decided to dress up as an extremely dangerous wildcat that has just been recently said by the news to have escaped the local zoo. Predictably, Garfield gets captured by the zookeepers.
- 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.
- Memetic Mutation:
- "You look shocked".note
- The episode "Land of Hold" became notorious on Twitter for featuring an entire shot of unfinished animation that was never fixed for broadcast.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nermal gets a lot a hate as well. Even fans who liked him in Garfield and Friends thought this version of him was unlikable because he became meaner and more obnoxious.
- 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!:
- Tough Act to Follow: To the widely-beloved Garfield and Friends. While Garfield and Friends was a huge ratings success and earned acclaimed reviews from critics and Garfield fans alike, The Garfield Show was not a ratings success; critics and even fans of the Garfield comic strip found this cartoon to be poorly-written and sluggish in terms of quality, so they gave up watching.
- 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.
- Unexpected Character: Did ANYONE honestly expect a character as obscure as Lyman to ever appear again?
- 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".
YMMV / The Garfield Show