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Animated series based on the comic strips of Jim Davis.

Each episode is in Three Shorts ABA format. The A series is Garfield, derived from the massively famous comic strip of the same name. The B series (referred to in the title sequence as "and Friends") is US Acres, based on Davis's other, less famous comic strip. Before the second and third shorts would be a "Quickie", a short cartoon derived directly from the comic strips.

Garfield is a fat, lazy orange cat whose hobbies include sleeping, eating lasagna, sleeping, watching television, and sleeping. He lives with his human owner, Jon, and Jon's dog, Odie, who slobbers incessantly and lacks internal speech. Other recurring characters include Nermal, the world's cutest kitty-cat; a tribe of mice (Garfield refuses to hunt mice, since human food tastes better and is easier to catch); Liz the vet, on whom Jon has a crush; the relentlessly annoying TV show host Binky the Clown; and Penelope, a Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Arlene who appeared late in the series.

Unlike Garfield 's non-talking pets, U.S. Acres is set on a farm inhabited and apparently run by Talking Animals. In the first three seasons, nearly every episode included a point where the characters stop and sing a song related to the episode's plot or theme, often including a more or less arbitrary Aesop. (U.S. Acres is known as "Orson's Farm" outside the United States, where the original title's slight pun is not the selling point it was in the USA.)

Characters include:

  • Orson Pig. Relatively normal, but reads a lot and lets his imagination run away with him from time to time.
  • Roy Rooster, a lazy practical joker with a high opinion of himself.
  • Wade Duck, a hypochondriac who can work himself into a frenzy of fear over anything. He's even afraid of water, and always wears an kiddie pool inner tube around his waist; it has a duck head on the front that looks just like him and mimics his facial expressions.
  • Bo and Lanolin, a brother-sister sheep duo. Bo is laid back to the point of absurdity, while Lanolin is hot-headed and argumentative to the point of contrariness.
  • And the little chickens Booker and Sheldon. Booker hunts worms with an obsession comparable to Elmer Fudd's pursuit of Bugs Bunny (and similar results). He likes ninjas. Sheldon, the younger of the two, appears as an egg with a pair of legs sticking out the bottom. He choose to stay inside his shell after reading horrible world news from a pile of newspapers put under him while incubating.

Those who only know Garfield as "that comic everyone likes to make fun of" might be surprised to hear how popular this series was and still is. In large part this is because of Lorenzo Music's dead-on performance as Garfield; anyone who saw this cartoon as a kid will still hear his voice in their head if they read one of the comic strips. Also influencing things is the fact that Jim Davis had little to do with the series, besides putting his name on it (much like Steven Spielberg's involvement with the 1990s Warner Bros Animation revival); veteran TV and comics writer Mark Evanier was the Show Runner, wrote most of the episodes and was responsible for a lot of the edgier humor.

Recap page is here.


Tropes used in Garfield and Friends include:
  • Adaptation Expansion: An interesting case, as the addition of various gimmicks and characters to the show made it arguably funnier than Garfield's comic incarnation.
  • And That's Terrible / What Do You Mean It's Not Heinous?: Tearing a tag off a pillow is so bad a crime it even gets two hardened robbers of banks and gas stations to grab the bars of the cell and want out when Wade admits his "crime" to them in "Wanted: Wade".
    • Wade sees a police car on the farm and gets him into his panic. When Orson tries to convince Wade he won't go to jail for it, a voice tells them and Roy "We know you're in there, come out with your Hands Up! We have you surrounded!" The three adults run for it. It was all Booker playing a joke. Sheldon asks if it was very nice, and Booker, in an Ironic Echo asks "What harm can it do?"
  • Ascended Extra: Binky the Clown had a very important role in the show, despite the fact the he had appeared personally in a total of three strips at the time, all from an arc [dead link] that involved Garfield joining the circus. (And even today, he's only been in four. The one new one [dead link] was just a minor title panel cameo)
  • Animated Adaptation: Unlike the actual episodes, the Garfield "Quickies" were directly adapted from the original Jim Davis strips. Also, some of the first episodes were minor arcs from the original comic padded out to fill a 7-minute cartoon.
  • Anti-Advice: When Garfield is wondering how to attract a girl cat, he decides to watch Jon in action. "Then I'll know what not to do."
  • Award Snub: In-Universe example in the episode "Video Victim", where Garfield has a bet with Jon that he can go a full day without watching any TV.

Garfield: I don't care if they rerun "The Creature that Devoured Muncie". I'm not watching.
Jon: Hmmm, look what's on channel 37. "The Creature that Devoured Muncie".
Garfield: A cinema classic! To think they gave the Oscar that year to "Gandhi".

Buddy Bears: "Oh we are the Buddy Bears, we always get along! Each day we do a little dance and sing a little song! If you ever disagree, it means that you are WRONG! Oh we are the Buddy Bears WE ALWAYS GET ALONG!"

Count Dracula: Wake up, Count Lasagna! The villagers are storming the castle!
Count Lasagna: The villagers always storm the castle. Haven't you ever seen a monster movie?

  • Hell Hotel: Setting for "The Sludge Monster".
  • Human Mail: Garfield mailing Nermal to Abu Dhabi, or threatening to do so, is something of a Running Gag.
  • Hypno Fool: While not being actual hypnosis, Garfield's Hawaiian cat flu in Garfield Goes Hawaiian causes him to dance the hula or do something Hawaiian whenever someone mentions something Hawaiian. Played straight in Wade, You're Afraid, however.
  • Ink Suit Actor: A large number of guest stars during later seasons, including but not limited to Rip Taylor, Ray Jay Johnson, and Eddie Lawrence doing his "Old Philosopher" routine in cat form. Most notable was adding Aloysius, a pastiche of voicing comedian Kevin Meaney (right down to his catchphrase, "That's not right!"), as a recurring character on U.S. Acres.
  • Inner Monologue Conversation: Garfield and Odie talk this way, in reference to the comic strip's thought bubbles.
  • It Came From the Fridge: The Creature Lived in the Refrigerator Behind the Mayonnaise Next to the Ketchup to the Left of the Cole Slaw.
  • Joker Jury: "Wanted: Wade", where Wade the duck actually starts thinking that he was a criminal after removing a tag on Orson Pig's chair. He then starts to have a nightmare where he is actually put on trial where Orson is the judge presiding over said trial and sentencing him to 9999 years in prison after declaring him guilty.
    • After which Wade's relieved. Why? "At least I didn't get life."
  • Karma Houdini: Just like in the comic strip, Garfield.
    • About one third of the time, any trick he plays backfires miserably, so I don't know about that.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Entire episodes of both cartoons consisted purely of this, such as Garfield's lecture "How to be Funny" (which covered the Running Gag, timing jokes, and funny costumes) and "Secrets of the Animated Cartoon" on Orson's Farm, which discussed Cartoon Physics.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Jon always wears a blue shirt and brown pants and shoes.
  • Monster Clown: Binky - not evil, but very, very annoying: "Heeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyy, CAT!!!" Really an exaggerated Non-Ironic Clown more than anything.
  • Multi-Part Episode: Snow Wade And The 77 Dwarves, Grape Expectations, Egg Over Easy, and Horror Hostess were all 2 parts.
  • Musical Episode: The Ant episodes.
  • Mutually Fictional: Played With. Some U.S. Acres cartoons feature Garfield as a fictional TV show in their universe. Others feature actual appearances by Garfield or other characters from his segments.
  • Nerd in Evil's Helmet: An episode had the Masked Mauller, a pro wrestler so bloodthirsty that nobody will wrestle him because he never follows the scripts. When he roped Jon into a match against him, Garfield saved Jon by discovering that the Masked Mauler was allergic to cat hair, making him sneeze so hard that his mask flew off, revealing his nerdy face.
  • Never My Fault: The "Screaming with Binky" quickies.
  • Niche Network: "The Potato Channel" (in which a man lists all the different ways to prepare potatoes), "The All Snail Racing Channel", and "The All Lasagna Channel" are a few examples.
  • No Fourth Wall: Garfield knows he's in a TV show, and frequently speaks directly to the audience; the U.S. Acres characters also address the audience directly at times. The show also casually references itself as just being a TV show or even a cartoon (on a few occasions, Garfield characters and US acres characters had a pencil and/or an eraser to illustrate this), one episode even involved Orson giving an academic lecture on cartoons with many references to the characters being animated. Also, in many instances, they would show things happening off set or have multiple takes. There were even times when what's in-universe and what's breaking the fourth wall were so blurred that the show's plot resolution required doing things that broke the fourth wall. In fact, there are very few episodes where the fourth wall breach is NOT apparent.
  • Non Sequitur Thud: When Jon blindly bumps into a tree in "Mistakes Will Happen":

Jon: "No, ladies, I'm not Tom Selleck. But I can understand how you can make that mistake."

  • One Series Actor: Thom Huge (who voiced both Jon and Roy) never did anything outside Garfield. Justified, as he was an employee of Paws, Inc. (Jim Davis's company) who apparently was meant to simply be a stand-in voice, but did such a great job they didn't want to replace him.
  • Opening Credits Cast Party: Generally the only place the Garfield and U.S. Acres characters appeared onscreen together.
    • Although Garfield characters occasionally guested on US Acres.
  • Opening Narration: "Ladies and gentlemen! Garfield, and Friends!"
  • Overly Long Gag
  • Pie in the Face: Numerous cream pies - splut!
  • A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: One episode featured a TV repairman who decided to follow the footsteps of his pirate ancestor and become a full pirate (In fact, the episode describes the tv repairman job as a way for pirate descendants to keep close to their roots). This modern day's pirate's criminal career was helped by the fact the authorities refused to believe whenever his victims reported him.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Garfield Goes Hawaiian" (Gidget Goes Hawaiian), "School Daze" (School Days), "Nighty Nightmare" (Nighty Night), "Banana Nose" (Banana notes), "Ode to Odie" (Ode to Joy), "Good Mousekeeping" (Good housekeeping), and "The Perils Of Penelope" (The Perils of Penelope Pitstop).
  • The Rashomon
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: "Friends Are There" in season 1, "We're Ready to Party" after that, and then the unnamed rap theme in the last season (but only in the US). In an unusual variant, "Friends Are There" was sometimes heard as a Leitmotif.
  • Running Gag: Splut!; the Klopman Diamond.
    • Also, the appearance of or reference to the Buggy-eyed Razor-beaked Fnark.
  • Script Swap: One of Garfield's favorite forms of mischief. Seen in the episodes Health Feud, DJ Jon, and Best of Breed.
  • Self-Deprecation: What Wade did as the "Ugly Duckling" when Orson told HIS version of the story to Booker and Sheldon.
    • Wade bemoaned he was SO ugly...leading someone to ask, "How Ugly Are You?" He'd answer, "I'm so ugly..."
      • "...when I enter a room, mice run up chairs."
      • "...my face can stop a sundial."
      • "...I frighten scarecrows."
      • "...I look worse than my driver's license photo."
      • "...I have to sneak up on the mirror to shave."
      • This works in Wade's favor when he takes the bag off his head to frighten three lackeys intending to hurt him and show just HOW ugly he was. It also scares Lanolin (The Wicked Witch of the Wool) enough to let Wade snag her shoes. But seeing his ugliness work as a secret weapon gave him a feeling of confidence and he goes, "I am invulnerable!" We then see him near a full file cabinet, adding, "Plus, I have to thousands of 'He's so ugly' jokes to use up." Wade ends up living more secure in himself, happily even if unsightly, ever after.
  • She's a Man In Japan: Spanish-language dubs originally referred to Nermal (whom, for some reason, was Dub Named "Telma") as gatita, the word for a female kitten. Later episodes finally get his name right, but they were still inconsistent with his gender.
    • The Brazilian dub also couldn't make up its mind in regards of Nermal's gender during the first season. One episode he was referred as "she" and then "he" on the next just to go back to "she" in the next and so forth. This was fixed in the subsequent seasons.
  • Shout-Out: On one episode, after the opening sequence finished, Garfield said "I'd like to buy a vowel, please."
      • Another post-opening sequence line was "The Garfield Guarantee: No giant robots or annoying little blue people."
      • Still another was "If you change the channel, you will never see your dog again.", referencing the famous "Buy this magazine or we'll kill this dog" January 1973 cover of National Lampoon.
    • In one episode, Garfield opens the door and says "Hello, this is Garfield, your doorman."
    • Wade: "Oh Jeopardy! Oh Double Jeopardy! Oh FINAL JEOPARDY!"
    • Cactus Jake...or should I say Cactus Jack?
    • Also doubling as a Brick Joke: in one episode, Garfield & Nermal contend with mutant guppies, who they defeat by flushing them down the toilet. Said guppies then appear in the subsequent US Acres Quickie; after scaring that show's cast off, one guppies turns to his fellows and says "come on, let's go hassle the Muppet Babies" (which aired opposite the show on CBS at the time).
    • In "Clash Of The Titans", Garfield asks if the characters can stop at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so they can get a pizza.
  • Something Completely Different: "Ode To Odie" has no dialogue, only narration in the form of a rap song; "All About Odie" is an academic lecture.
  • Sleep Learning
  • Standard Snippet: Orson's Brothers onscreen would always mean In The Hall of the Mountain King usually performed by a lazy-sounding tuba. "Mountain King" also gets used whenever a character is stealing or otherwise engaged in shifty behavior. Likewise, Odie's presence was often accompanied with the fox hunt call. Finally, a recurring Mad Scientist character had "Did you Ever See a Lassie?" as his theme.
    • Do you mean Dr. Bean? Dr. GARBANZO Bean?
    • Background music for the episodes would frequently be portions of common children's songs, some of which were related to the plot and some of which weren't. Some examples: The Itsy Bitsy Spider for a Quickie involving a spider; and My Grandfather's Clock at the beginning of "The Lasagna Zone."
  • Talking Animal: Although like in the comics, all Garfield characters are actually thinking rather than talking.
    • And yet the animals still communicate between themselves like this, so apparently they're capable of telepathy.
      • However, on many occasions, Jon (and other humans) understood Garfield's thoughts as if spoken aloud, showing appropriate facial expressions and even responding to them. The best example being Jon singing the opening bars of Garfield's song "The Garfield garbage can and tin pan alley revue". Once, Nermal asked Jon why a commercial was taking a long time and Jon explained what an infomercial was.
    • One episode has Garfield reveal to the audience that there's a special microphone the show uses that verbalizes thoughts (and then he uses it for hijinks), similar to a comic strip that showed how he learned to project his thoughts. There are no humans in U.S. Acres except for the unseen farmer (implied to be Jon's dad), so who knows?
    • On the other hand, as in the comics, Odie has no dialogue beyond barking and other dog noises.
      • Although Garfield seems to be able to understand Odie just fine and has on a few occasions seemingly translated for Jon, the audience, or another human.
      • The Garfield case of this tends to get confusing - a few animal characters (like the Buddy Bears) actually talk while the Garfield animal regulars only think. Sometimes they're even portrayed as talking animals whose mouths don't move (sometimes when Garfield meows his mouth doesn't move either, making him more like Mister Ed in these instances, such as in "The Garfield Garbage Can And Tin Pan Alley Review" (where Jon tried to show the cop that Garfield can talk and sing) than a seemingly telepathic animal like usual.
  • Thematic Theme Tune: Subverted with the original theme, which had Garfield and the cast of U.S. Acres sing about friendship while fighting each other for screen time. This theme was used as a Leitmotif even after the switch to the Title Theme Tune in season 3.
  • Where? Where?

The Garfield segments contain examples of[edit | hide | hide all]

Garfield: There's no such place as Wyoming. Think about it. Have you ever met anyone from Wyoming?

  • Executive Meddling: Spoofed in "Binky Gets Cancelled!" and "Binky Gets Cancelled, Again!"
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: "Good Cat, Bad Cat".
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: "Magic Mutt".
  • Honest John's Dealership: Al G. Swindler is a combination businessman and con artist.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: One episode had Nermal and Jon hijacking "Garfield's Tales of Scary Stuff".
  • Identity Amnesia: Garfield in "Forget Me Not".
  • Illogical Safe: "Monday Misery", in a Dream Sequence.
  • Kangaroo Court: Two mice stole a slice of pie from Garfield and framed Odie, who demanded a trial. Garfield then said Odie would get a fair trial where he'd be convicted. During the trial, Garfield called Nermal to testify despite Nermal having not to do with the episode until then and asked question that had nothing to do with the case. Garfield later asked his teddy bear to say anything if Odie wasn't guilty.
  • Kawaiiko: Nermal, as in the strip.
  • Kids Prefer Boxes: One episode had Garfield wanting an expensive cat bed, then ends up sleeping in the box it came in.
  • Lazy Bum: Who else?
  • Lethal Chef: Jon, as in the strip.
  • Lottery Ticket: "Fat & Furry": Garfield and Jon win millions in the lottery, but the win is disqualified when the authorities discover that it was Garfield who bought the ticket—not because he's a cat, but because he's under eighteen.
  • Musical Episode: "Truckin' Odie", "The Garfield Opera", "The Garfield Rap", "Ode to Odie"
  • Meat-O-Vision: The life-boat sequence in "Box o' Fun".
  • News Monopoly: "Hansel and Garfield": not news, but daytime TV - there's a Soap Opera on every channel, all playing essentially the same scene.
  • No Indoor Voice: Binky the Clown's "Heeeeeeeeeey Kids!"
  • Off-Model: Viciously parodied in "Mistakes Will Happen", where the animation goes off-model on purpose while Garfield "reviews" the episode in search of mistakes. Even though there are many blatantly obvious ones (e.g. a misspelled title card which has Garfield's face on Odie's body), the only three he points out aren't really "mistakes".
    • On the other hand, there were plenty of instances where the Ink & Paint department clearly screwed up. Or when small bits of a character are missing for a few frames.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Garfield, on a few occasions:
    • In "Nighty Nightmare" Jon orders a pizza without Garfield knowing. After getting the pizza, he speeds into a room and barricades himself in, only to find upon opening the box Garfield has somehow slipped into the box and eaten the pizza.
      • In "Sit on It" Garfield takes a stand on Jon's Spanish book. Jon lures him away from the book with food, but the second he turns around, Garfield is back on the book.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: "Rip Van Kitty": it was, but for a moment it seemed otherwise.
  • Pick a Card: Jon tries to do the trick with Garfield, but fails. After taking out every card in the deck, Jon gives up and asks Garfield what his card was. Garfield pulls out the card with the instructions for Pinochle.
  • Planet Looters: "Rip Van Kitty" includes an alien race that descend on defenseless planets and eat all their food; in a development that even the characters remark on as obvious, they turn out to look an awful lot like Garfield.
  • Rip Van Winkle: "Rip Van Kitty".
  • Road Runner vs. Coyote: One segment involved Garfield Deconstructing Tom and Jerry-style cartoons from a cat's POV, wondering why dirty, disease-ridden vermin would be presented as heroes and questioning why the resident Angry Guard Dog would be so immediately and violently hostile towards the cat. At the cartoon's end, Garfield himself is forced into a Tom and Jerry-esque segment due to Executive Meddling.
  • Running Gag: Deconstructed; in one episode, while attempting to explain humor, Garfield explains that mundane jokes can be made funny through repetition. As an example, throughout the entire episode, he calls for "Lights!" and is offered lightbulbs.
    • Of course, the show itself does have running gags, such as Nermal getting sent to Abu Dhabi, as explained here (skip to 2:15).
    • The term "reasonable facsimile".
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: "Magic Mutt", with a three-compartment magician's cabinet.
  • Separate Scene Storytelling: "Badtime Story".
    • And "The Name Game".
  • Series Continuity Error: The singing ants are black in Picnic Panic and in A Vacation from his Senses, but (in spite of being referred to as the same ants as before) are red in Another Ant Episode.
  • Show Within a Show And No Fourth Wall Mixed Together: Season 2's The Mail Animal is prematurely ended in favor of a US Acres cartoon titled "Much Ado About Orson." As Orson's about to explain the episode's plot to Wade, Garfield frantically interrupts and announces that his cartoon isn't over yet. His cartoon, thus, resumes until completion.
    • Interestingly, the US Acres cartoon that aired afterwards was NOT "Much Ado About Orson" but Peanut-Brained Rooster.
  • The Speechless: Odie. He does speak coherently once, as a "mistake" in "Mistakes Will Happen".
  • Sphere Eyes
  • Spinning Paper: "Fat & Furry".
  • Status Quo Game Show: "The Binky Show": Garfield tries to win something nice for Jon on Name That Fish!, but the prizes are terrible, the games are rigged to humiliate the contestant, and in the end it's All Just a Dream.
  • Surprise Jump: Garfield does this a few times when startled by either Nermal or Binky the Clown.
  • Swapped Roles: "Fair Trade".
  • Take a Number: Happens to Garfield, while waiting to get yogurt at a frozen yogurt stand. Despite the fact that he was the only customer there.
  • Take That: One episode in the last season has a Tyrannosaurus Rex enslave mankind by painting himself pink and singing sappy songs on television. You can probably guess what they're making fun of here.

Garfield: Okay, any questions.
Man in "audience": Yeah. Is TV wrestling fixed?
Garfield: Let me repeat. Are there any INTELLIGENT questions?

  • Theme Tune Cameo: Several episodes begin with a character humming along from where the title music left off; in "Short Story", Bo Sheep remarks that he's had the tune in his head all day, and wonders where he heard it.
  • Thirty Minutes or It's Free: In "The Pizza Patrol", Garfield managed to make sure no delivery boy from a militaristic-themed pizza parlor would deliver a pizza within 30 minutes. The owner eventually signed a peace treaty with Garfield, who was now wondering if there was any Chinese restaurant offering delivery in 30 minutes.
  • Title Drop: A Show Within a Show example: "You! You're not Sylvia! You're one of the Kung Fu Creatures on the Rampage! 2!" and later "You! You're not Sylvia! You're one of the Kung Fu Creatures on the Rampage! 3!"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Garfield loves lasagna.
  • Trapped in TV Land: "The Lasagna Zone".
  • Truth in Television: Garfield's running gag of trying to send Nermal to Abu Dhabi isn't that far from the truth. Considering United Arab Emirates, where Abu Dhabi is located, is located in the Middle East and Islam is the most common religion, cats are pretty much welcomed. This is due to their cleanliness and Muhammad, founder of Islam, considered cats among his favorite animals. There was an episode where Garfield found himself in Abu Dhabi, along with many cats.
  • Under the Truck: Jon and Garfield are running from cops and do this. Thing is, they are in a CAR. So the roof gets torn off while they duck.
  • Yes-Man: All three Buddy Bears in "Binky Gets Cancelled, Again!"

The U.S. Acres segments contain examples of[edit | hide]

  • Absentee Actor: Becomes especially Egregious in situations where villains are stated to have captured all of the cast when they've really just captured all of that episode's cast.
  • Accidental Hero
  • Adaptation Expansion: The version of the Hypno Fool story arc presented had Wade freeing a bull mid-story, so that things would continue to happen after Roy undoes the hypnotism, culminating with Wade standing up against the bull despite his fears.
  • Ascended Extra: Orson's brothers.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Early on in season 6, we met Roy's previously unmentioned niece Chloe. She prominently appears in two episodes (well, three, because the second was a two-parter; both these episodes are on the last disc of the Volume 4 DVD set) and is then completely forgotten afterward. When asked what happened to her, Mark Evanier stated he'd planned to have her make several more appearances, but it slipped his mind.
  • Clown Car Base: Sheldon's shell purportedly contains all mod cons, including a microwave, barbecue, pinball machine, and table tennis table, and enough space to hang pictures on the walls.
  • Exact Words: When Roy joined the Buddy Bears.

Roy: If I say my line, will you promise not to drop a 16-ton safe on me?
Buddy Bears: *in succession* We promise not to drop a 16-ton safe on you.
Buddy Bears: *After 2 safes drop* We did not drop a 16-ton safe on you. We dropped two 16-ton safes on you!

  • Evil Roy
  • Green Aesop: Spoofed in Bad Time Story, where everyone Chicken Licken encounters believes that the falling sky has been caused by all this tampering with the ozone layer.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: The farmer.
    • And Sheldon.
  • Humorless Aliens: In one segment, aliens have come to steal Earths' sense of humor, since humor is a lethal weapon to them.
  • Identical Stranger: "Scrambled Eggs": Sheldon crosses paths with another ambulatory egg, and confusion results until one of them hatches.
  • Imagine Spotting: One of the most extreme examples, Orson's fantasies are a mix of this, And You Were There, and even Reality Warper. The other characters are very well aware of their having been somehow transported into his mind with spoofs from "The Taming of the Shrew" to "Star Trek". It's even Lampshaded by Wade that Orson just has that vivid of an imagination.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: In "Swine Trek," Wade plays The McCoy in Orson's Star Trek dream and when asked about a distress signal by Orson, Wade says in exasperation, "How Should I Know?!? I'm a Duck, not the Wichita Lineman!!"
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: In Orson's superspy Imagine Spots, his arch enemy Pinfeather would always have a convenient army of ninja Mooks to throw at him.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: "It's a Wonderful Wade".
  • Jerkass: Plural with Orson's brothers who try to steal the harvest.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Roy. Sometimes Lanolin too.
  • Rain Dance: Roy buys a robot that will do dances for whatever... rain, snow, buckets of bolts, etc. Explained in the Literal Genie entry.
  • Shoot the Television: The episode "Renewed Terror" has Jon watching The Buddy Bears on TV, when the magazine subscription guy he's been trying to avoid all day interrupts the show, saying the price of the magazine Jon signed up for (to try to get rid of the guy) has been lowered to 40 cents an issue. Jon is so terrified he throws his shoe at the TV, effectively breaking it.
  • Shout-Out: Lots of them.
  • Status Quo Is God: One episode revolved around Sheldon hatching. What was inside the shell he shed? Another shell.
  • Stealth Pun: In one episode, the gang meets a griffin who hosts a talk show and overall is an expy of Merv Griffin.
  • Take That: When Orson told Booker and Sheldon the tale of the Hare and the Tortoise, the two of them decided to make it more interesting. When one of them suggested the tortoise could be a ninja, the other rejected the idea, asking who'd want to see it. It's odd coming from two kids who usually believe Everything Is Better With Ninjas.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: "Shy Fly Guy".
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In part 1 of Grape Expectations, Roy goes to the supermarket in order to buy one grape to replace the missing one in the stash, and there are actually humans there. Nobody batted an eyelash about the fact that there was a talking rooster in the store.
  • Vinyl Shatters: "Jukebox Jon": When Garfield bowls Odie into the table where Jon's record player is playing self-hypnosis records to help him stop biting his nails, the records come off the turntable and break, each in two large pieces and a bunch of little pieces.
  • Where No Parody Has Gone Before: "Swine Trek".
  • Wicked Weasel: A sneaky weasel, who wanted to steal chickens, was a recurring character.
  • Wild Take: Wade, at least Once an Episode.