The Simpsons are going to appear on Family Guy in a crossover episode this September
Call us sceptical but we wouldn’t be 100 per cent confident that this will be a success.
Two of the most successful and popular animated shows of all time are set to come together later this year, when The Simpsons will appear in an episode of Family Guy when it returns for an eleventh season on Fox in September.
The possibility of a crossover episode between the two shows had been mooted as early as last summer and Fox showed a sneak peek of what’s in store with the collaboration between the two shows as part of their Upfronts presentation (basically a preview of the line-up for the coming months) earlier today.
Fox showing sneak peek of Family Guy-Simpsons crossover. Looks cool #Upfronts
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According to reports, the Family Guy episode will be entitled ‘The Simpsons Guy’ and will feature Peter Griffin and family getting out of Quahog and ending up in Springfield, where they fall in with Homer and the rest of the Simpsons gang.
Leaked details of the episode plot to date reveal that the respective families form a bond, with Stewie and Bart, Lisa and Meg, Marge and Lois and Peter and Homer all striking up some form of relationship in an episode which stars Simpsons regulars such as Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria.
While the crossover episode obviously has huge ratings potential, there is also a risk that it could backfire. Both shows are arguably past their peak, crossovers don’t always work and, as it has been in South Park, Family Guy has been the subject of ridicule in episodes of The Simpsons in the past, even if show creators Matt Groening and Seth McFarlane have both stated publicly that they enjoy a good relationship.
Given the quality of episodes that both shows have produced in the past we’ll retain a little hope that it could end up being hilarious and hugely enjoyable to watch but at the same time, we wouldn’t hold our breath.