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The Garfield Show (TV Series)

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Original title
The Garfield Show (TV Series)
Running time
20 min.
France France
Julien Magnat, Jessica Menendez, Mark Evanier (Comic: Jim Davis)
Dargaud Marina, MediaToon, Paws
TV Series. Animation. Comedy | Cats. Based on a Comic. 3D
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Synopsis / Plot
The Garfield Show centers mainly on Garfield's usual antics and frolics, usually in function of his laziness and gluttony. It focuses on his quirky misadventures (often significantly darker, scarier and/or more bizarre than those found in the comic strip or previous animated adaptations), while always highlighting the fat cat's love for lasagna. Garfield lives with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and his owner's dog, Odie, in a detached two story house (as opposed to the one story house in the comics and Garfield and Friends). The 1950s era television set in the living room still has a rabbit-ears antenna, but it now has a converter box so the family can now watch television in HDTV (in fact, several allusions to 21st century technology are made in the series). The premise of the show, which is comedic slapstick, lies mainly in the events of each single episode. Usually Garfield has to solve problems that he himself causes, but always tries to skive off, and actually solves them in the end.

In the second season, Garfield began breaking the fourth wall more often, such as asking for the script for the episode, talking to the audience and even mentioning cartoon traditions, such as instant healing. Unlike Season 1, Season 2 kept borrowing characters who originated from a previous episode. These included Mama Meanie, Nate the neighbor, the Lawyer from the episode Depth of a Salesman, and Mr. Barker, Jon's boss. Luigi was a very ambiguous character whether highly appreciating Garfield for saving his business often or determined to prevent Garfield from stealing his lasagna or pizza. Many references to the 1988 Garfield and Friends TV series were made, such as the movie title "Kung Fu Creatures on a Rampage" borrowed from the 1988 TV series episode Video Airlines and the game show, "Name That Fish" which was from the 1988 episode "The Binky Show".
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