We seem to have a love/hate relationship with “crossover” episodes of our favorite TV shows. The cynical side says it’s a blatant cash-grab (or at least simplistic fan-service) to jam two TV shows into one slot… but the other, nerdier, hopefully more open-minded side can acknowledge the cynicism and take each “crossover combo” on its own merits.
Fans of The Simpsons know what I’m talking about; earlier this year the seemingly immortal series joined forces with Family Guy, and the results were, at least in this writer’s estimation, not pretty. The Simpsons‘ dopey yet sly tone didn’t mix too well with Family Guy‘s reliance on shock value gags and random non-sequiters, and while I certainly enjoy both shows, this “crossover” failed to deliver more than a few random chuckles.
Only a few weeks later, The Simpsons unveiled a crossover with Futurama, which makes a little more sense (since both shows were created by many of the same people), but had me excited for one simple reason: I will always love The Simpsons, but I deep-down adore Futurama. From its early days at Fox to those four weird semi-modular movie versions and the surprisingly excellent seasons that followed on Comedy Central, you won’t find a much bigger fan of the Planet Express crew than yours truly. (Oh, I also love Zapp Brannigan. He’s the worst.)
I originally took a screenshot to share on twitter. But then I took one more. And then a third. And then I decided to go with ten and post a gallery here instead of twitter. Yes, this is how writing sometimes works. Enjoy!
Tough to remain cynical when the writers clearly know how silly a “crossover” episode actually is.
This one’s a no-brainer, seeing as Bender and Homer both need beer to live, but I still love it. Note how angry Barney looks.
I love this one. Bender is a known criminal, but Maggie’s masterfully mischievous nature is obviously a bit more subtle.
Which of these three is the smartest? I have no idea. But Lisa is easily the coolest.
Here’s Fry trying to explain Professor Farnsworth’s nonsense to Bart. (I laughed at this one line for 25 seconds.)
Note that Homer easily falls prey to the Hypnotoad but Lisa does not. (P.S. All hail, Hypnotoad.)
Our leading ladies share a very amusing moment of mutual discomfort.
Not only is Lisa playing Fry’s holophonor, but she’s conjuring images of kitten Snowball II while Hermes locks Bart-gremlins inside of Madison Cube Garden.
This one is almost too perfect.
Ouch. This one stung a bit.
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