Garfield is one of the most popular comic strips of all time, which is confusing because nobody seems to read it.

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Just The Facts

  1. Garfield is somehow the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.
  2. It is also well known for merchandising out the ass, with creator Jim Davis' franchise earning somewhere around $1 billion annually.
  3. Due to its perplexing combination of popularity and mediocrity, the strip has been a subject of endless parody.

The Characters


The titular character, Garfield is a sassy yet lovable cat who enjoys eating food, consuming victuals, and devouring provisions. About 94% of the strip's content revolves around these varied interests.

Did you think we were kidding?

Jon Arbuckle

To call Jon an "everyman" would be a tremendous insult to humanity. Jon, the closest thing Garfield has to an amusing character, is lonely, pathetic, and apparently a complete fucking lunatic.

Yes, he takes his cat with him on dates.

Actually, this is how everyone should start their day.

In Jon's defense, he was pretty high.


Odie is a dog of some kind. He (we're pretty sure that he's male) has little observable personality and essentially serves as Garfield's whipping boy. Odie appears to spend the majority of his time staring blankly off into the horizon, presumably waiting for death.

Odie leads a miserable life. And Garfield is hungry again! What a card he is!

The Author

The creator of Garfield is a guy named Jim Davis. In addition to cartooning, he also enjoys wearing denim shirts and staring directly into the sun.

It is impossible to find a picture of him without Garfield on his shoulder.

Before creating Garfield, he did a strip titled Gnorm Gnat for almost five years. It never got picked up by a national syndicate, for obvious reasons. But In 1978, Davis drunkenly stumbled into success with the tedious adventures of an overweight, smart-ass cat.

The Franchise

Unfortunately, the banality of Garfield wasn't just confined to the funny pages. Garfield and Friends, a children's television show, ran for a baffling seven seasons.

What's the deal with the egg?

With the exception of some easily avoidable television specials, the general public was mercifully spared from further Garfield exposure for nearly a decade after Garfield and Friends was cancelled. Then came the movies.

Bring on the Oscars!

Featuring a then-unknown actor named Bill Murray, Garfield: The Movie was released in 2004. Surprisingly, it was met with dismal reviews, holding a pitiful 14% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sorry Bill, it just couldn't compare to Space Jam.

Apparently unaware that having 14% on the Tomatometer is NOT a good thing, the chimps at 20th Century Fox went ahead and shat out a sequel. The unfortunately titled Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties earned a whopping 11% on the Tomatometer and made as much money in the box office as the original did in its first six days. At the present time, there don't appear to be talks regarding a third live-action Garfield film. Keep your fingers crossed.