NYPost How could this not have happened sooner? The creators of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” finally came to their senses and are making a crossover episode between the two animated shows about insane suburban families. In the show — which will air in 2014 — pea-brained patriarch Peter Griffin brings his family to the Simpsons’ home turf of Springfield, Fox announced yesterday. Griffin’s maniacal baby son, Stewie, develops an unhealthy affinity for Bart during the episode, while the two dads argue over whose hometown has the better beer (Springfield’s Duff or Quahog’s Pawtucket Patriot Ale). “The Simpsons” are in their 24th season on Fox, while “Family Guy” is heading into its 11th. This will be the first time the network has brought the two worlds together, though “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane this season voiced a Simpsons character named Ben — whom Marge Simpson meets on a swingers hook-up site during the season finale that aired May 19. The meeting of the two hit shows will rank alongside the all-time TV mash-ups — including the 1987 meeting of the Flintstones and the Jetsons in a feature-length episode.
I am actually pretty excited a out this one, I mean the two shows completely mirror each other, and it seems like a crossover has been a long time coming. Both series were considered edgy early in their runs, both series had points of major mainstream popularity, both shows seem to have become less popular over recent years. Both shows are based around a dolt father who works a low level job and provides most of the comedy, the mothers both nag him and are the moral compass of the show, on the Simpsons son Bart is the main antagonist while on Family Guy the baby Stewie is the main antagonist. On The Simpsons, daughter Lisa is complex, while on Family Guy the dog Brian is complex. On The Simpsons the baby is usually not really part of the story lines but provides comedy, while the same can be said for children Chris and Meg on Family Guy. There are more side characters on The Simpsons with a lot of different purposes, while Family Guy is still building these characters.
I have not been keeping up with either show recently. The classic episodes of The Simpsons, seasons 4-12 are some of my favorite television of all-time, and I will often still go back and watch those episodes. I watched Family Guy religiously, until one of my roommates decided it was a good idea to watch reruns of the show every single night (not an exaggeration, sometimes the same episode on back-to-back nights) and totally burned me out on the show.
I am looking forward to this crossover episode though, it will be awesome to see the two greatest animated families of all-time (sorry Flintstones and Jetsons) share the screen. Homer and Peter together will bring magical stupidity.
The last time I can remember The Simpsons doing a crossover episode, it was “A Star Is Burns” when star of “The Critic” Jay Sherman was running from angry Simpsons action star Rainier Wolfcastle and came to Springfield to judge a film festival. Hilarity ensued:
“Upon further inspection, these are loafers.”
“Barney’s film had heart. But “Football In The Groin” had a football in the groin.”