TV Mergers : 10 Best Crossover Episodes in TV Universe

Crossovers episodes are, if done right, can be a thing of beauty.

Merging two universes of different stories together and prompting various character interactions, make for some good television.

Sometimes crossovers are used to boost ratings for the shows, or because they share a creative connection, and bringing them together would make for some interesting connections.

The Arrowverse crossovers are a thing of legends. Some of the most ambitious stories have come forth from these episodes.

The Crisis on Infinite Earths being one of the biggest crossovers in Television history with numerous superheroes from across different TV shows coming together.

Another would be the Chicago universe – as different shows sharing the same timeline often times cross over to the other. But let’s look those crossovers that aren’t as popularly known as these.

Here’s a list of 10 best crossovers that you might not know happened in TV history.

  1. Mad About You meets FRIENDS

Lisa Kudrow played the role of Phoebe in the NBC sitcom FRIENDS. But she also played the character of Ursula, Phoebe’s estranged twin for a few episodes.

What some might not about, is that Ursula was already a character in another show on NBC – Mad About You.

Kudrow was already playing Ursula – a ditsy waitress in Mad About You, and the creators decided to make a connection with the two characters from the two shows.

  1. Brooklyn Nine Nine crashes into New Girl

Detective Jake Peralta meet’s New Girl’s Jess Day while trying to apprehend a criminal in an episode of NBC’s Brooklyn Nine Nine. Jake convinces Jess to let him use her car for a short chase around the block, and then ends up crashing her car in the process.

The crossover then continues on to New Girl, as the events get recounted from Jess’ point of view, and follows the story after what happens after the crash.

Even Jake’s friend from the precinct, Detective Charles Boyle ends up joining the cast from the other show for a while.

  1. Scooby-Doo-ing the Supernatural

Sam and Dean from Supernatural get sucked inside a TV and into the world of the cartoon show – Scooby Doo.

The episode was aptly titled Scoobynatural. While the Monster Inc. group usually end up finding humans disguising them as monsters, in this episode, there really is a ghost.

Sam and Dean find the ghost that’s killing people, exorcise it, but does not reveal to their new friends that the ghost was real. They join force to solve the case before returning back to real world.

  1. Boy Meets World meets Sabrina The Teenage Witch

When Jack from Boy Meets World starts dating Millie, Eric thinks she is an evil witch. Although there is no definite proof of whether she really is one or not, there is definitely a crossover happening. By the end of the episode, Eric starts dating a girl called Sabrina – played by Melissa Joan Hart.

This crossover continues for the next episode, where we see Salem – Sabrina’s familiar/cat, sending the cast of Boy Meets World back in time where episode continues for the most part.

  1. The Simpsons go 24 minutes.

When The Simpsons made a parody episode titled 24 minutes, on the show 24, the cast from the later, lent their voices to stop a stink bomb from igniting at Springfield Elementary.

This is by far one of the very many episodes when other shows have crossed over to the animated world of The Simpsons – including The X-Files, Futurama and Family Guy.

  1. X-Files and Cops go meta

X-Cops is one of The X-Files most experimental and most memorable episodes ever, made in that classic documentary style which Cops is famous for. Deputy Keith Wetzel, while out on a patrol, sees a monster and gets some help from FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.


And if you didn’t know, this episode is written by Vince Gilligan and he later goes on to create Breaking Bad, one of the biggest shows in television history.

  1. Scandal in How To Get Away With Murder

The seventh season of Scandal saw Annalise Keating and her team from How To Get Away With Murder teaming up with the powerhouse that is Olivia Pope is what is truly a Shondaland brilliance piece of well crafted story telling.

Kerry Washington and Viola Davies team up to solve the problem related to the incarceration of black civilians in the United States in this episode.

  1. Parenthood is About A Boy

Dax Shepard ‘s Crosby from Parenthood and About a Boy’s Will, who is played by David Walton are poker buddies. They are very similar in nature, live in the same city and this friendship is written in television stars.

Jason Katims who is a creative head for both shows, has done these crossover before as well, when many characters from Friday Night Lights appear in the Parenthood web series.

  1. Bones chilling Sleepy Hallow

In a two episode crossover between Bones and Sleepy Hollow, Brennan and Booth, the detective duo get some help from Ichabod and Abbie solve a case, in what is then termed as a Halloween crossover.

The case has historical significance, and saw a boost in ratings for both shows despite having mixed critical reaction.

  1. The Community goes to Cougar Town

In an homage to My Dinner With Andre, this episode sees Abed from Community going for a part as an extra in Cougar Town. But he got so nervous and he pooped his pants, and ran off.

It so happens that Abed had already told Jeff of this incident in an episode in Community, which we see in this Cougar Town episode. Abed even makes eye contact with the camera before he runs off, presumably because he pooped his pants!

Swagata Das
Swagata Das

Swagata works as a Senior Features Editor at AnimatedTimes. Having previously worked as a Content Writer, her passion for everything pop culture became her true calling as she now works with a global team of writers to brainstorm unique, groundbreaking ideas. Having done her Masters in English Literature, Swagata is a self-professed K-Pop addict with an affinity to work her charms on unsuspecting friends to induct them into the fandom cult.

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