Garfield Gets a Life is the thirteenth Garfield television special. It would be the last special on CBS.


Jon recognizes that he needs a life, as an escape from his boring existence as the guy who arranges his sock drawer. Garfield finds a book called "How To Make Friends And Fool The Rest". Jon tries to find some girls around town, with all of them finding him to be a dweeb. One night, he sees an ad on TV for "Lorenzo's School for the Personality Impaired"; he sets out to attend.

The class teaches people how to make a good impression, and he meets a lady named Mona (her full name is "Mona Lisa") and starts a friendship with her without using any of the techniques they learned in class. Garfield starts feeling left out and jealous of Jon's friendship with Mona. Garfield then starts to get scared, because Jon and Mona's friendship could easily lead to dating, which in turn could easily lead to them getting married. And if Jon and Mona get married, they could easily end up having children, which Garfield would hate, because he assumes that the kid (or kids) would torture him.

Garfield tries to warn Jon to stop before he multiplies, only to annoy him. Mona scratches Garfield's back, which causes her to break into a sneezing fit; she reveals to Jon that she is allergic to cats (although she does like Garfield). Jon asks Mona if she can take a medication (which Mona has previously tried without success).

Realizing that a relationship between them might not work out due to Mona's allergy to cats, Jon gives her a ride home-and Garfield chaperones them by sticking onto the back window of Jon's car with suction cups.


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  • This is the only CBS special directed by John Sparey instead of Phil Roman (who still served as producer).
  • This is the second and last television special with music by Desirée Goyette and David Benoit.
  • An instrumental version of the theme song by David Benoit would also be included on Am I Cool or What? (under the title "Spare Time"), along with the other two songs in the special.
  • The way Garfield attaches himself via suction cups to the car is similar to the "Stuck On You" toy.
  • This is the only special to focus more on Jon rather than Garfield (despite the title).

Cultural References

  • Yukon Stinky is a parody of Dudley Do-Right from The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.


When Jon asked a woman to dance, the woman is given two different designs:

  • 1. When Jon asked her she was shown to have long blonde hair with a purple dress, pearl necklace, purple stocking and purple heels.
  • 2. As Jon is dancing to the song, the women is shown to have her hair in a ponytail, hoop earnings, and different shoes.

Television Specials
"Here Comes Garfield" "Garfield on the Town" "Garfield in the Rough" "Garfield's Halloween Adventure" "Garfield in Paradise" "Garfield Goes Hollywood" "A Garfield Christmas" "Happy Birthday, Garfield" "Garfield: His 9 Lives" "Garfield's Babes and Bullets" "Garfield's Thanksgiving" "Garfield's Feline Fantasies" "Garfield Gets a Life"
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