In a move that will either delight or horrify Fox animation fans (depending on where their allegiances lie), The Simpsons and Family Guy will finally join forces in a crossover episode. The news comes by way of TV Line, who reported today that a Family Guy episode set to air in fall 2014 will see the Griffin family venturing into Springfield and becoming fast friends with the Simpson clan.
Technically, this isn’t the first time the two series have come together onscreen. Back in 2006, South Park‘s ‘Cartoon Wars’ featured a Bart Simpson hellbent on Family Guy‘s destruction, and a 2007 episode of Family Guy saw Quagmire sexually assault Marge Simpson before killing the rest of her family. The bit was removed from broadcast by Fox- it’s not hard to figure out why. The planned crossover may finally put to rest the feud between these two shows, which has existed for years and been spurred on by shots from both sides (like the one mentioned above).
It’s big news, but in all honesty it would have been much bigger news a decade ago. At this point, there’s no doubt that both shows are past their prime. The Simpsons and Family Guy are doddering old men in the world of animated sitcoms (the upcoming seasons will be the 25th for The Simpsons and 12th for Family Guy), so while the crossover is still very cool, it’s hard not to see it as a last grasp towards relevance.