If we’ve accomplished anything in 2020, it’s becoming professional TV watchers. We’ve been watching so much TV that we’ve had to turn back to the classics, as we’re running out of new shows to watch. Thanks to streaming services such as Hulu, Disney+ and Netflix, we can easily pull up old episodes of our favorite throwback shows at the click of a button.
One characteristic that TV mastered in the ’90s and early ’00s was the crossover episode—where two popular shows combined for one epic, sometimes visually unsettling, episode that we looked forward to for days. It’s more of a lost art now, but a few modern-day shows have revived the format.
In honor of all the old-school TV we’re watching, we’ve decided to compile 10 of the best TV crossovers of all time to inspire you to take a trip down memory lane on the small screen. You can check those out below.
In 2018, the characters of Supernatural got animated, Scooby-Doo style. Sam, Dean and Castiel joined forces with the gang in the Mystery Machine to fight monsters and villains. Honestly, after just seeing this one episode, Supernatural should’ve considered doing an entire animated season.
Boy Meets World/Sabrina The Teenage Witch
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These ’90s teen sitcoms crossed paths twice, both in the Boy Meets World universe. First, Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) makes a quick cameo in a Halloween episode. In a second episode, Salem the cat accidentally sends Cory (Ben Savage) back to World War II. Now what would’ve really been cool was if Girl Meets World and Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina were on at the same time and could have paid homage to this crossover.
The Fairly OddParents/Jimmy Neutron
If you were a child in the 2000s, you vividly remember the day when this TV movie came on the air. Two of the biggest animated Nickelodeon shows joined forces—and not just in one universe. The characters of The Fairly OddParents and Jimmy Neutron explored each others’ worlds and got the animation makeovers to make them fit in.
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air/The Jeffersons
This was not just a crossover of shows but of eras. The Jeffersons were on air in the mid-’70s until the mid-’80s, with Fresh Prince taking over the small screen in the early ’90s. While the time frame was different, viewers couldn’t tell, as the shows perfectly brought together both groups of characters. In the episode, Will and his girlfriend receive relationship advice from George and Louise Jefferson. However, their friendship doesn’t last long, and an ugly fight breaks out, which ends up bringing Will and his girlfriend closer together.
That’s So Raven/The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody/Hannah Montana
“That’s So Suite Life Of Hannah Montana” was the triple crossover that Disney fans could have never imagined. The three-part special incorporated That’s So Raven, The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana, and watching it now reminds us why we loved Disney Channel so much back in the day.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine/New Girl
This crossover started with a Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode where Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) hops into a car that happens to be driven by Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel). While Jess’ appearance on the show was brief, the Nine-Nine cast played a bigger role in the following New Girl episode. The best part was definitely when Jess tried to get Jake to pay for the damages he caused to her car, and she clarified she was driving a crossover.
The Simpsons/Family Guy
A crossover between these two popular comedy cartoons seemed inevitable, but that didn’t mean fans weren’t extremely excited for it in 2014. In the episode, we see the Griffins from Family Guy get stuck at the Simpson’s house when their car is stolen. To play up the crossover element of the episode, the dads from Bob’s Burgers and The Flintstones made brief appearances as well.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel
Even though Angel is technically a Buffy The Vampire Slayer spinoff, the two shows had several crossovers while they were on air. One episode featured Buffy traveling to Los Angeles to visit Angel in an emotional reunion that left fans shook.
Full House/Family Matters
Nothing screamed the ’90s more than watching Steve Urkel from Family Matters hang out at the Tanners on Full House. During the crossover episode, he gives Stephanie Tanner some advice about dealing with anxiety about wearing glasses, and there was no better person to do it. The character was also mentioned in the season 3 finale of the Netflix reboot Fuller House.
While Archer and Bob’s Burgers fit for a crossover because they are both cartoons for adults, the two main characters are also voiced by the same person, H. Jon Benjamin. The two shows came together in an episode of Archer where the entire Belcher family makes cameos. It’s a bit unsettling to see the family animated Archer style, but the episode definitely was a hit.