The series consists of two regular segments, Garfield and U.S. Acres, a lesser-known comic strip also created by Davis. The latter was retitled Orson's Farm for foreign syndication, as that was the name of the comic strip outside of the United States.
A total of 121 episodes were made, each consisting of two Garfield segments and one U.S. Acres segment, totalling 242 Garfield segments and 121 U.S. Acres segments. All episodes have been released in the U.S. on five DVD sets by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The first season aired in a half-hour format. In the second season, it switched to an hour-length format, showing two episodes each week. However, in the show's last season, the second half-hour of the show featured either an episode from the previous season or one of Garfield's TV specials.
Garfield stars Garfield, a lazy feline whose only desires in life are lasanga, catnaps and kicking his hapless canine companion, Odie, off the table. The segment also starred Garfield's hopelessly-single owner, Jon Arbuckle and his other pet, a dog named Odie. Each Garfield segment features the titular character's adventures and run-ins with the cast of semi-regulars (including Neurmal, an irksome kitty; Binky the Clown and the mice which inhabited Jon's house); most were satires on American life and pop culture.
Set on a farm, U.S. Acres, features the adventures of Orson Pig, Wade Duck, Roy Rooster, Bo and Lanolin the sheep, Booker the chick and Sheldon, an unhatched egg.
Garfield - A fat, lazy orange tabby, who wants nothing more out of life than to eat and sleep. He has a penchant for consuming lasagna, enjoys tormenting Odie, and likes trying to mail Nermal to Abu Dhabi. He made a small handful of appearances on U.S. Acres (once wearing nothing but a black mask over his eyes as his "disguise"), but was more often seen in the form of various pieces of Garfield merchandise the characters appeared to own. Deep down, Garfield loves Jon and Odie. Garfield does not speak, but rather the audience hears his thoughts.
Jon Arbuckle - Garfield's owner, a bachelor cartoonist who has poor luck with women and a somewhat nerdy demeanor. He is often annoyed by some of Garfield's antics, and also has an unrequited love for Dr. Liz. Whenever Garfield gets in trouble, Jon will punish him by taking him to the vet. Jon also has a mission set before him: get Garfield to do the right thing. Jon occasionally forces Garfield to hunt and catch mice, which is always unsuccessful due to Garfield not wanting to eat mice and his friendship with Floyd.
Odie - A beagle who is Garfield's best friend. He used to belong to Jon's former roommate Lyman (who never appeared on the show, but was a character who appeared in the earliest comic strips). Is often kicked off the kitchen table by Garfield. Looks incredibly stupid and gullible, but is actually much more cunning and smart than he lets on. Odie is the only animal character who doesn't communicate with any form of dialogue, solely communicating with body language and his enthusiastic barking and other dog sound effects, although Garfield is able to understand what he says.
Nermal - A cute grey tabby kitten who's the self-proclaimed "World's Cutest Kitty Cat". Nermal seems kind and playful, but likes to annoy Garfield and brag about how much cuter he is. Garfield often attempts (usually unsuccessfully) to mail him to Abu Dhabi as a result. Though officially considered a male, Nermal's feminine preoccupation with being cute, and the fact that a woman provides a childlike voice of ambiguous gender for Nermal, allowed the character to be mistaken for a female cat, to the point that in the first two seasons of the show, the Spanish version featured Nermal as a female kitten named "Thelma".
Orson - A pig who although at times, needs improvement in his friendship skills, is still the defacto leader of the farm. His favorite pastime is reading books and imagining himself into many scenarios. Orson also has two missions set before him: get Roy to do the right thing and get Wade to be brave. A running gag is that Orson is a neat freak and constantly showers and keeps clean, one time making Wade comment, "Cleanest pig in the world." He's a good friend to Roy, Wade, Bo, and Lanolin and a father figure to Booker and Sheldon. Orson is afraid of his three older brothers. Orson also has a superhero identity named Power Pig.
Roy - A loud and sometimes self-centered rooster who prides himself on his practical jokes. He's constantly into a scheme which more often than not Orson or another character has to bail him out of. Despite his selfishness, he is a good person when he wants to be. Despite some of his and Wade's differences, they became closer friends as the series progressed. It was even implied that Roy and Wade knew each other for fourteen years or so.
Wade - A cowardly duck who wears a rubber flotation tube, and has a bunch of phobias. As a gag, the head on his flotation tube (which is identical to Wade's head) copies nearly every movement and appearance change Wade's real head does. When he gets scared (which is almost all the time), he'll blabber with no one understanding what he's saying. Though seemingly afraid of everything, Wade's greatest fear is the Weasel. Despite some of his and Wade's differences, they became closer friends as the series progressed. It was even implied that Roy and Wade knew each other for fourteen years or so.
Bo - An affable sheep with a positive, laid-back attitude, whose mannerisms and vernacular are like a California beach bum. He has an even-keeled demeanor and acts as a guide for Orson when dealing with his three older brothers.
Lanolin - A loud-mouthed sheep who spends most of her time arguing with her twin brother Bo. The arguments are often triggered by her being disagreeable seemingly for no reason. Out of all the main characters in this segment, she seems to be the nicest to Orson.
Booker - A small, cute, but very assertive chick who is constantly in pursuit of unnamed worms. Got his name from Orson's love of books.
Sheldon - Booker's twin brother, who, despite having hatched, still lives in his egg with his feet popped out of the shell so he can walk. He seems to have "all kinds of things" in his shell, including a pinball machine and a stove.
- Lorenzo Music - Garfield
- Thom Huge - Jon Arbuckle, Binky The Clown
- Gregg Berger - Odie, Orson, Herman Post, Irving Burnside, Rudy, Moe the Cat Burglar, Madman Murray, The Weasel, The Wolf
- Desiree Goyette - Nermal
- Thom Huge - Roy, Gort
- Howard Morris - Wade, Wart, Worms, The Fox
- Frank Welker - Bo, Booker, Sheldon, Mort, Fred Duck, Edward R. Furrow, Plato
- Julie Payne - Lanolin, Dr. Liz Wilson
- Pat Buttram - Cactus Jake
- Carl Ballantine - Al G. Swindler
- Victoria Jackson - Penelope
- Don Messick - Ludlow
- Kevin Meaney - Aloysius
When the show was originally broadcast on CBS, the episodes usually had three Quickies (30- to 45-second gags which were based on original Garfield and U.S. Acres strips, rather than original made-for-TV stories), usually two "Garfield Quickies" (the first one being played before the intro theme) and one "U.S. Acres Quickie," the latter of which was never shown in syndication (except occasionally. Midway through the second season, "Screaming with Binky" quickie-style segments were added. These "Screaming with Binky" segments were typically used at the halfway point of hour long blocks of Garfield and Friends (as Garfield ended each one with "We'll be right back.") to let the viewers know that unlike most Saturday morning cartoons at the time, it was not over in the usual half-hour. The DVD sets and Boomerang reruns restore the original rotation. After the third season, only one "Garfield Quickie" is shown per episode.
During the first season, most U.S. Acres segments were made to teach a social lesson, which is ironically the type of thing the show was against in its later seasons.
The seventh season (1994–1995) was the last one because CBS wanted to cut the budget (and in fact, CBS's Saturday morning cartoon lineup would be mostly replaced by CBS News Saturday Morning two years later, which eventually evolved into the Saturday edition of The Early Show). The production company nixed this proposal, so they mutually agreed to cease production, even though Garfield and Friends had still been doing very well in the ratings.
Only 73 of the 121 episodes were syndicated by The Program Exchange between 1993 and 2007, and aired on local stations such as WCIU-TV in Chicago from 2001 to 2004. This is due to the producers selling syndication rights when the show was still on air and CBS wanting to keep the rights for certain episodes. Since the 73-episode syndication package performed well on other stations, additional episodes were deemed unnecessary.
In the United States, the series appeared in syndication from 1992 to 1995, on TBS, TNT, and Cartoon Network from 1995 to 1997, and Nickelodeon from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, it appeared on Fox Family Channel. Toon Disney aired it from 2003 to 2006 and Boomerang carried it from 2006 to 2007. Currently, it is airing on Starz Encore Family.
In the UK, it appeared on CITV from 1989 through 2002, on Sky1 from 1998 to 2002, and on Boomerang from 2003 to 2006 with Season 1 and 2 only. It also appeared on The Children's Channel in reruns.
In Latin America, it aired on Cartoon Network from 1992 to 2005, on Boomerang from 2005 to the present, and on Warner Channel from 1998 to the present. Televisa's Canal 5 also played the show for many years, from the mid-1990s to early 2000s (decade).
In Australia, Garfield and Friends began syndication on Network Ten from 1989 to 1999. Most recently it played on FOX8 and ABC1 from 2004 to 2006.
The show was also syndicated in Chile from 1989 to 2003 on Canal 13 and from 1998 to present on Warner Channel. In Estonia, the show appeared on TV 3 from 2000 to 2002, and in Finland on YLE TV2 between the years 1992-1994 and 1998-1999.
The cartoon had also appeared in Hungary, oddly with two other sychronizations. Hungarian Television's channel M2 (what now repeats the whole series) broadcast the first season in 1994-'95, and then, RTL Klub shown a re-synchronized first season (Garfield's voice was the same, József Kerekes) and that continued through the 121 episodes.
Currently, Garfield and Friends is hosted on Starz, allowing for the first three seasons to be streamed; and Boomerang, which is currently streaming Season 1.
Garfield and Friends aired in Canada on the cable TV channel YTV from 1989 to 1996. On September 5, 2011, Teletoon's 24-hour classic-animation network, Teletoon Retro (which launched in 2007) began rerunning all episodes of the series.
|#||Garfield segment 1||U.S. Acres segment||Garfield segment 2||Original air date|| Prod.|
|Season 1 (1988)|
|1||Peace and Quiet||Wanted: Wade||Garfield Goes Hawaiian||September 17, 1988||104|
|2||Box O' Fun||Unidentified Flying Orson||School Daze||September 24, 1988||105|
|3||Nighty Nightmare||Banana Nose||Ode to Odie||October 1, 1988||102|
|4||Fraidy Cat||Shell Shocked Sheldon||Nothing to Sneeze At||October 8, 1988||103|
|5||Garfield's Moving Experience||Wade: You're Afraid||Good Mousekeeping||October 15, 1988||101|
|6||Identity Crisis||The Bad Sport||Up a Tree||October 22, 1988||106|
|7||Weighty Problem||The Worm Turns||Good Cat, Bad Cat||October 29, 1988||107|
|8||Cabin Fever||Return of Power Pig||Fair Exchange||November 5, 1988||108|
|9||The Binky Show||Keeping Cool||Don't Move!||November 12, 1988||109|
|10||Magic Mutt||Short Story||Monday Misery||November 19, 1988||110|
|11||Best of Breed||National Tapioca Pudding Day||All About Odie||November 26, 1988||111|
|12||Caped Avenger||Shy Fly Guy||Green Thumbs Down||December 3, 1988||112|
|13||Forget Me Not||I Like Having You Around!||Sales Resistance||December 10, 1988||113|
|Season 2 (1989)|
|14||Pest of a Guest||The Impractical Joker||Fat and Furry||September 16, 1989||201|
|15||Rip Van Kitty||Grabbity||The Big Catnap||September 16, 1989||202|
|16||The Great Getaway||Scrambled Eggs||Hansel and Garfield||September 23, 1989||203|
|17||The Sludge Monster||Fortune Kooky||Heatwave Holiday||September 23, 1989||204|
|18||One Good Fern Deserves Another||Goody-Go-Round||The Black Book||September 30, 1989||205|
|19||The Legend of the Lake||Double Oh Orson||Health Feud||September 30, 1989||206|
|20||Binky Gets Cancelled!||Show Stoppers||Cutie and the Beast||October 7, 1989||207|
|21||The Lasagna Zone||Sleepytime Pig||Yojumbo||October 7, 1989||208|
|22||Pros and Cons||Rooster Revenge||Lights! Camera! Garfield!||October 14, 1989||209|
|23||Polecat Flats||Hogcules||Brain Boy||October 14, 1989||210|
|24||Maine Course||No Laughing Matter||Attack of the Mutant Guppies||October 21, 1989||211|
|25||Robodie||First Aid Wade||Video Victim||October 21, 1989||212|
|26||The Curse of the Klopman||Mud Sweet Mud||Rainy Day Dreams||October 28, 1989||213|
|27||Basket Brawl||Origin of Power Pig||Cactus Jake Rides Again||October 28, 1989||214|
|28||Binky Goes Bad!||Barn of Fear||Mini-Mall Matters||November 4, 1989||215|
|29||Attention-Getting Garfield||Swine Trek||It Must be True!||November 4, 1989||216|
|30||Arrivaderci, Odie!||Gort Goes Good||Feeling Feline||November 11, 1989||217|
|31||The Bear Facts||Nothing to be Afraid of||The Big Talker||November 11, 1989||218|
|32||Cactus Makes Perfect||Hogcules II||Crime and Nourishment||November 18, 1989||219|
|33||T.V. of Tomorrow||Little Red Riding Egg||Well-Fed Feline||November 18, 1989||220|
|34||Invasion of the Big Robots||Shelf Esteem||Housebreak Hotel||November 25, 1989||221|
|35||First Class Feline||Hamelot||How to be Funny!||November 25, 1989||222|
|36||Mystic Manor||Flop Goes the Weasel||The Legend of Long Jon||December 2, 1989||223|
|37||China Cat||Cock-a-Doodle Dandy||Beach Blanket Bonzo||December 2, 1989||224|
|38||Lemon-Aid||Hog Noon||Video Airlines||December 16, 1989||225|
|39||The Mail Animal||Peanut-Brained Rooster||Mummy Dearest||December 16, 1989||226|
|Season 3 (1990)|
|40||Skyway Robbery||The Bunny Rabbits is Coming!||Close Encounters of the Garfield Kind||September 15, 1990||301|
|41||Astrocat||Cock-A-Doodle Duel||Cinderella Cat||September 15, 1990||302|
|42||Ship Shape||Barn of Fear II||Break a Leg||September 22, 1990||303|
|43||Twice Told Tale||Orson Goes On Vacation||Wedding Bell Blues||September 22, 1990||304|
|44||Clean Sweep||Secrets of the Animated Cartoon||How the West was Lost||September 29, 1990||305|
|45||Binky Gets Cancelled Again!||Orson's Diner||Flat Tired||September 29, 1990||306|
|46||Return of the Buddy Bears||Much Ado About Lanolin||Reigning Cats and Dogs||October 6, 1990||307|
|47||Fit for a King||Ben Hog||Dessert in the Desert||October 6, 1990||308|
|48||Hounds of the Arbuckles||Read Alert||Urban Arbuckle||October 13, 1990||309|
|49||Odielocks and the Three Cats||Quack to the Future||Beddy Buy||October 13, 1990||310|
|50||Count Lasagna||Mystery Guest||Rodent Rampage||October 20, 1990||311|
|51||The Feline Felon||The Legal Eagle||The Cactus Saga||October 20, 1990||312|
|52||D.J. Jon||Cornfinger||Five Minute Warning||October 27, 1990||313|
|53||Wonderful World||The Orson Awards||The Garfield Workout||October 27, 1990||314|
|54||All Things Fat and Small||Robin Hog||Hare Replacement||November 3, 1990||315|
|55||Stick to It||Orson in Wonderland||For Cats Only||November 10, 1990||316|
|56||Mistakes will Happen||The Well Dweller||The Wise Man||November 17, 1990||317|
|57||Star Struck||Election Daze||Dirty Business||November 17, 1990||318|
|Season 4 (1991)|
|58||Moo Cow Mutt||Big Bad Buddy Bird||Angel Puss||September 14, 1991||403|
|59||Trial and Error||An Egg-Citing Story||Supermarket Mania||September 14, 1991||404|
|60||The Legend of Cactus Jupiter||Birthday Boy Roy||Jukebox Jon||September 21, 1991||401|
|61||Squeak Previews||Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Wade||A Tall Tale||September 21, 1991||402|
|62||Frankenstein Feline||Weatherman Wade||Fill-in Feline||September 28, 1991||405|
|63||Polar Pussycat||Over the Rainbow||Remote Possibilities||September 28, 1991||406|
|64||Night of the Living Laundromat||Fast Food||Cash and Carry||October 5, 1991||407|
|65||Speed Trap||Flights of Fantasy||Castaway Cat||October 5, 1991||408|
|66||Mind over Matter||Orson at the Bat||The Multiple Choice Cartoon||October 12, 1991||409|
|67||Galactic Gamesman Garfield||Sly Spy Guy||The Thing That Stayed...Forever!||October 12, 1991||410|
|68||Bouncing Baby Blues||The Ugly Duckling||Learning Lessons||October 19, 1991||411|
|69||Robodie II||For Butter or Worse||Annoying Things||October 19, 1991||412|
|70||Guaranteed Trouble||Fan Clubbing||A Jarring Experience||October 26, 1991||413|
|71||The Idol of Id||Bedtime Story Blues||Mama Manicotti||November 2, 1991||414|
|72||The Pizza Patrol||The Son Also Rises||Rolling Romance||November 9, 1991||415|
|73||The Automated, Animated Adventure||It's A Wonderful Wade||Truckin' Odie||November 9, 1991||416|
|Season 5 (1992)|
|74||Home Away from Home||Rainy Day Robot||Odie the Amazing||September 19, 1992||502|
|75||Taste Makes Waist||The Wolf Who Cried Boy||Day of Doom||September 19, 1992||506|
|76||Home Sweet Swindler||Forget-Me-Not Newton||The Great Inventor||September 26, 1992||501|
|77||Country Cousin||The Name Game||The Carnival Curse||September 26, 1992||504|
|78||The First Annual Garfield Watchers Test||Stark Raven Mad||The Record Breaker||October 3, 1992||503|
|79||Renewed Terror||Badtime Story||Tooth or Dare||October 3, 1992||505|
|80||The Kitty Council||The Bo Show||Bad Neighbor Policy||October 10, 1992||507|
|81||Canvas Back Cat||Make Believe Moon||The Creature that Lived in the Refrigerator, Behind the Mayonnaise, Next to the Ketchup and to the Left of the Coleslaw||October 10, 1992||508|
|82||Dummy of Danger||Sooner or Later||Jumping Jon||October 17, 1992||511|
|83||Cute for Loot||The Caverns of Cocoa||Dream Date||October 17, 1992||509|
|84||The Worst Pizza in the History of Mankind||Jack II: The Rest of the Story||The Garfield Opera||October 24, 1992||512|
|85||Airborne Odie||Once Upon a Time Warp||Bride and Broom||October 24, 1992||510|
|86||The Cartoon Cat Conspiracy||Who Done It?||The Picnic Panic||October 31, 1992||513|
|87||Sound Judgment||Gross Encounters||The Perils of Penelope||October 31, 1992||514|
|88||Ghost of a Chance||Roy Gets Sacked||Revenge of the Living Lunch||November 7, 1992||515|
|89||Supersonic Seymour||A Mildly Mental Mix-Up||The Garfield Rap||November 7, 1992||516|
|Season 6 (1993)|
|90||A Vacation From His Senses||The Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster||Dread Giveaway||September 18, 1993||601|
|91||The Wright Stuff||Orson Express||Safe at Home||September 18, 1993||606|
|92||Jon the Barbarian||Uncle Roy to the Rescue||The Kitten and the Council||September 25, 1993||602|
|93||Next-Door Nuisance||What's It All About, Wade?||Bigfeetz||September 25, 1993||605|
|94||Canine Conspiracy||Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs (Part 1)||The Genuine Article||October 2, 1993||603|
|95||The Best Policy||Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs (Part 2)||Fishy Feline||October 2, 1993||604|
|96||The Pie-Eyed Piper||Fine-Feathered Funny Man||Sweet Tweet Treat||October 9, 1993||607|
|97||The Floyd Story||How Now, Stolen Cow?||The Second Penelope Episode||October 9, 1993||608|
|98||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse||Payday Mayday||How to Drive Humans Crazy||October 16, 1993||609|
|99||Date of Disaster||A Little Time-Off||The Longest Doze||October 16, 1993||610|
|100||Stairway to Stardom||Return of the Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster||The Life and Times of the Lasagna Kid||October 23, 1993||611|
|101||Magic, Monsters and Manicotti||The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere's Duck||Unreal Estate||October 23, 1993||612|
|102||Lost and Foundling||Winter Wonderland||Films and Felines||October 30, 1993||613|
|103||The Garfield Musical||Mind Over Melvin||Madman Meets His Match||October 30, 1993||615|
|104||Knights and Daze||Holiday Happening||Jailbird Jon||November 6, 1993||614|
|105||The Third Penelope Episode||Hare Force||Garfield's Garbage Can and Tin Pan Alley Revue||November 6, 1993||616|
|Season 7 (1994)|
|106||The Legend Of Johnny Ragweedseed||Grape Expectations (Part 1)||Catch As Cats Can't||September 17, 1994||702|
|107||A Matter Of Conscience||Grape Expectations (Part 2)||Top Ten||September 17, 1994||703|
|108||Change Of Mind||Temp Trouble||The Perfect Match||September 24, 1994||701|
|109||My Fair Feline||Double Trouble Talk||Half-Baked Alaska||September 24, 1994||704|
|110||Puss In High-Tops||Egg Over Easy (Part 1)||The Beast From Beyond||October 1, 1994||705|
|111||Model Behavior||Egg Over Easy (Part 2)||Another Ant Episode||October 1, 1994||706|
|112||The Guy of Her Dreams||The Discount of Monte Cristo||The Fairy Dogmother||October 8, 1994||707|
|113||The Stand-Up Mouse||Daydream Doctor||Happy Garfield Day||October 8, 1994||708|
|114||Sit on It||Kiddy Korner||Brainwave Broadcast||October 15, 1994||709|
|115||Suburban Jungle||The Thing in the Box||The Feline Philosopher||October 22, 1994||710|
|116||Thoroughly Mixed-Up Mouse||The Old Man of the Mountain||Food Fighter||October 29, 1994||711|
|117||The Jelly Roger||The Farmyard Feline Philosopher||Dogmother 2||November 5, 1994||712|
|118||Alley Katta and the 40 Thieves||If It's Tuesday This Must Be Alpha Centauri||Clash of the Titans||November 19, 1994||713|
|119||Canned Laughter||Deja Vu||The Man Who Hated Cats||November 26, 1994||714|
|120||The Horror Hostess (Part 1)||Newsworthy Wade||The Horror Hostess (Part 2)||December 3, 1994||716|
|121||Arbuckle the Invincible||The Monster Who Couldn't Scare Anybody||The Ocean Blue||December 10, 1994||715|