“Family Guy” and “The Simpsons” Crossover

(From The Campus Lantern – October 2, 2014) 

On Sunday, September 28, Fox aired the first ever Family Guy-The Simpsons crossover episode, “The Simpsons Guy.” The episode was an hour long instead of each show’s usual thirty-minute block. The crossover was filled with the usual raunchy jokes told by Stewie and Peter, as well as Homer’s usual donut eating and pranking by Bart.

The Griffins found themselves in Springfield after Peter published an offensive comic and was booted out of Quahog by protesters. The family ended up at the Kwik-E-Mart where they met Homer Simpson.

Each member of the Griffin family hit it off with someone in the Simpson family. As one would have expected, Peter and Homer bonded over eating donuts; Bart and Stewie prank called Moe’s together; Meg and Lisa played the saxophone; Marge and Lois saw a movie together; Chris and Maggie shared a pacifier; even Brian and Santa’s Little Helper went on a walk together.

Throughout the episode, running jokes from each show make appearances. In one scene, the infamous Kool-Aid Man called Peter and said that he went to the wrong location so he wouldn’t be able to burst through the wall. In another, Stewie wrote on a chalkboard in a Bart-like fashion. Towards the end of the episode, Homer and Peter took part in a seemingly never-ending “chicken fight.” The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy even made a snarky comment at the end of the episode.

The repeated jokes about how Family Guy copies off The Simpsons – there was one scene in which similar characters from each show sat next to each other and the obvious lack of creativity between the shows was painful – were a little too forced. I prefer the Simpsons over Family Guy – to me, the former is a classic and the latter is a little too offensive and straightforward for my taste.

Overall, the episode was entertaining. Crossovers are easy to mess up and hard to get right – I’d say “The Simpsons Guy” was somewhere in between.

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