The Simpsons have been on air for so long that it’s amazing that they haven’t run out of new ideas. They’ve explored just about every nook and cranny of their imaginary world and even ventured to make a movie along the way. Family Guy, on the other hand, has been a show that is not afraid to go places where other shows wont. It’s fitting then that the two shows have decided to make a crossover episode.
Scheduled to air in 2014, the crossover event will be a Family Guy Episode. Basically, the cast of The Simpsons will be guest stars. Here’s the official synopsis from Fox studios:
“Peter (Seth MacFarlane) and the Griffins get out of dodge and end up in Springfield, where they are greeted by a friendly stranger named Homer Simpson (guest voice Dan Castellaneta), who welcomes his new “albino” friends with open arms. The families get along famously: Stewie (MacFarlane) becomes obsessed with Bart (guest voice Nancy Cartwright) and his old-fashioned pranks; Lisa (guest voice Yeardley Smith) takes Meg (Mila Kunis) under her wing and is determined to find something – anything – at which she excels; Marge (guest voice Julie Kavner) and Lois (Alex Borstein) ditch housework for a little bonding; and Peter and Homer fight over the best beer in town – Pawtucket vs Duff.”
Hardcore fans of either show aren’t always that accepting of the other. Over the years Family Guy has made fun of the Simpsons numerous times, and there has been a constant war of words between fans over stolen jokes and similar plots in many episodes. Both shows have made fun of their parent company, Fox. Is this a truce? A sign of significant changes in the future? Or perhaps just a ploy to get more viewers?
Fans of either show should be excited, even if they aren’t a fan of the other. On one hand it allows the Simpsons to do something new and exciting. On the other it allows Family Guy to push the envelope of creativity and tradition, something its fans embrace. Furthermore, it allows Family Guy to play homage and recognize the creative genius that is the Simpsons. Arguably, Family Guy might not have had much of a chance if The Simpsons hadn’t shown that animated sitcoms could be popular. This will surely be a memorable event for both franchises.