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Garfield is the popular comic strip created by Jim Davis featuring the lasagne eating feline character named Garfield, the less than brilliant pet dog Odie, and their socially inept owner Jon Arbuckle.

First appearing on June 19, 1978 (also considered Garfield's birthday), the syndicated comic strip has been entertaining millions with humorous jokes that poke fun at pet owners and their relationship with their pets often portraying the pet as the true master of the home. Garfield also appeals because of the way he struggles with very human problems, such as diets, hatred of mondays, apathy, boredom, and so on.

The comic strip was turned into a cartoon special for television in 1982 called "Here Comes Garfield[?]." Actor Lorenzo Music who was previously known only as the voice of Carlton the Doorman on the show "Rhoda" was hired to portray the voice of Garfield. 12 television specials were created in all (through 1990) as well as a television series, "Garfield and Friends[?]," which ran for 7 years between 1988 and 1994.

A live-action version of the comic strip (with animated animals) is in production as of 2004. Due to Music's unfortunate death in 2001, Bill Murray will provide the voice of Garfield.


  • Garfield: fat cat with an attitude
  • Odie: loveable but dopey dog
  • Jon Arbuckle: their owner
  • Arlene: Garfield's on and off girlfriend
  • Pooky: Garfield's huggable teddy bear
  • Nermal: cute kitten who flaunts his cuteness, which annoys Garfield to no end

Secondary characters:

  • Mom: Jon's mother who's always cooking up a meal
  • Dad: Jon's father who tends the family farm
  • Doc Boy: Jon's only brother who tends to the pigs on the farm
  • Lyman: a friend of Jon living with him for a while; original owner of Odie
  • Irma: waitress at and owner of an unnamed diner occasionally patronized by Jon and Garfield
  • Liz: Garfield's veternarian and long-time crush of Jon.
  • The mailman: one of Garfield's favourite chew-toys


Garfield is also the name of several places in the United States of America:

James Garfield was the 20th President of the United States.

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