Thursday, July 18th, 2013

'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' Are Doing a Crossover

Just like when the Jetsons met the Flintstones before them, the Simpsons and the Griffins are set to go face to face next year in a special crossover episode. EW reports that an upcoming episode of Family Guy entitled "The Simpsons Guy" will feature the Griffin family going on a road trip to Springfield. Simpsons voice actors Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, and Hank Azaria are all voicing characters in the Family Guy episode, with Harry Shearer conspicuously absent. Here's how EW describes the crossover:

They cross paths with Homer, who graciously greets his new “albino” visitors, and the two families become fast friends. Stewie is impressed with Bart and his assortment of pranks, Lisa befriends Meg and tries to figure out exactly what it is that she’s good at, and Marge and Lois put aside their housework in favor of some bonding. Meanwhile, Peter and Homer argue over which beer is better: Pawtucket or Duff.

This should be weird as the Simpsons haven't ever done a big crossover show, besides a mid-'90s episode that featured Jon Lovitz guest starring as his character Jay Sherman from The Critic. We'll have to wait a while to see how this thing turns out as the Family Guy episode won't be airing until Fall 2014 because of how long animation takes and all that.

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  • Jim

    [Bart is watching television] Announcer: Coming up next, The Flintstones meet The
    Bart: Uh oh. I smell another cheap cartoon crossover.
    [Homer enters the room with Jay] Homer: Bart Simpson, meet Jay Sherman, the critic.
    Jay: Hello.
    Bart: Hey man, I really love your show. I think all kids should watch it! [turns away] Ew, I suddenly feel so dirty.



  • JeffMc2000

    I respect Harry Shearer more than ever now.

  • har-dee-har-har

    if only they were both getting cancelled instead…

  • Arthur F.

    Jetsons on Flinstones is more equivalent to Family Guy crossing over into American Dad, in that it was the same company really, same jokes, material, approach to animation, etc.. just different neighborhoods/eras. Simpsons require different aspects than Family Guy's you-tube clip-machine. Simpsons forged a varied community of characters that made a world (not to mention also Futurama) with recognizable dimensions to the point many so-called side characters can carry an episode. Unlike Marge or even Flanders, Skinner, Lisa etc.. no one cares who is Meg or Lois, or Am Dad's Francine. They developed no following outside of being a flat sign for something to carry the joke through. I think that flatness and exchangeability, that disposable quick consumption feel is one of the reasons they really had to keep expanding into time slots and franchise as much as they could, and aimed for Flintsones as well. Outside of the occasional gem (Stewie, Roger) Macfarlane's product is about expanding into every possible field and competition – and now comes the Simpsons. It's a waste of time for the Simpsons, just hearing Lisa tries to figure out Meg is already ridiculous. Lisa should have taken on Stewie, it would have been much more challenging. The Lisa/Meg Bart/Stewie Marge/Lois coupling is already showing how dead-on-arrival this will be.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    Next it is the Golden Girls/Seinfeld, The Sopranos/Breaking Bad and The View/X-Men.