Garfield television specials
Title cards for all twelve Garfield television specials
Created byJim Davis
Based onGarfield
created by Jim Davis
Written byJim Davis
Screenplay byJim Davis
Story byJim Davis
Directed byPhil Roman
Voices ofLorenzo Music
Theme music composerEd Bogas and Desirée Goyette (music and lyrics)
Lou Rawls, Gregg Berger, Desirée Goyette and Lorenzo Music (vocals)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes12
ProducersLee Mendelson and Bill Melendez (1982–1983)
Phil Roman (1984–1991)
Running time24 minutes
Production companiesMendelson/Melendez Productions (1982–1983)
Film Roman (1984–1991)
United Media
Paws, Inc.
Original release
ReleaseOctober 25, 1982 (1982-10-25) –
May 8, 1991 (1991-05-08)

The Garfield television specials are a series of twelve half-hour long American animated television specials based on the Garfield comic strip of the same name created by Jim Davis. All twelve specials were directed by Phil Roman, written by Davis, and featuring the voice of Lorenzo Music as the character. The specials were originally broadcast on CBS from 1982 to 1991. Although the first two specials were produced by Lee Mendelson Films, this boutique studio was fully committed to the production of the Peanuts animated specials and could not allocate resources for the Garfield specials. All of the remaining Garfield specials were produced by Roman's own production company and namesake Film Roman.[1]


List of Garfield television specials
Title Original airing date Director Producer(s) Garfield Notes
Here Comes Garfield October 25, 1982 Phil Roman Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez Lorenzo Music 1983 Emmy nominee.
Garfield on the Town October 28, 1983 1984 Emmy winner.
Garfield in the Rough October 26, 1984 Phil Roman 1985 Emmy winner.
Garfield's Halloween Adventure October 30, 1985 1986 Emmy winner.
Garfield in Paradise May 27, 1986 1986 Emmy nominee.
Garfield Goes Hollywood May 8, 1987 1987 Emmy nominee.
A Garfield Christmas December 21, 1987 1988 Emmy nominee.
Garfield: His 9 Lives November 22, 1988 Animated adaptation of the illustrated/comic book of the same name; 1989 Emmy nominee.
Garfield's Babes and Bullets May 23, 1989 Adapted from a short story in Garfield: His 9 Lives. 1989 Emmy winner.
Garfield's Thanksgiving November 22, 1989 1990 Emmy nominee.
Garfield's Feline Fantasies May 18, 1990 1990 Emmy nominee.
Garfield Gets a Life May 8, 1991 1991 Emmy nominee.


All the Garfield animated specials received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Animated Program, winning four including Garfield on the Town, Garfield in the Rough, Garfield's Halloween Adventure, and Garfield's Babes and Bullets.

See also


  1. ^ Demosthenes (2017-05-18). "Reel History: Film Roman". Reel History. Retrieved 2018-07-06.