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Matt Hawes
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Crazy TV crossovers!

I searched before posting to see if there was any active threads that had the same topic, but the coupler previous threads I saw had to do with imaginary TV crossovers. This thread is for those crazy crossovers that actually happened!

I remember when the bar and some of the gang from "Cheers" appeared on "St. Elsewhere," and when Burgess Meredith's Penguin from the 60's TV "Batman" appeared in a cameo on "The Monkees," but I either forgot, or never saw the episode of TV's "Alice" where Boss Hogg and Enos from "The Dukes of Hazzard" appeared. Crazy to think Alice and the Duke boys lived in the same television universe!




What other crazy crossovers can you think of, that occurred on a TV series? When I say "crazy," I mean something you wouldn't expect to happen due to the crossover being between two distinctly different kinds of series. If a character spins off into his or her own TV series, and then goes back to the original series for a guest appearance, that's not really too crazy. But who ever expected to see Boss Hogg on "Alice"?


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There was that time Superman appeared on I LOVE LUCY....
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Samantha and Darrin from Bewitched on The Flintstones. 
I remember this because my crush on Sam crossed over into cartoon form. 
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Ann Margrett appeared on the Flintstones.
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Many Cheers characters appeared on Wings.There are a few crossovers between Mad About You and Friends, as well as the Dick Van Dyke show's Alan Brady appearing on Mad About You, as well.
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Spock on THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW.
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Hey, I was going to say that one!

Fine then... Kirk on MORK AND MINDY.

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The example of Cheers and St. Elsewhere crossing over was extra-weird because in an earlier episode, Jack Morrison took his son on a walking tour of Boston and made a joke about the actual bar used for the exteriors of Cheers being a place where "everybody knows your name."

There was also a moment when a mental patient who thought he was Mary Tyler Moore recognized guest star Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens. And a time when Timothy Van Patten was recognized as "Salami" by series regular Byron Stewart, still playing the character Warren Coolidge from "The White Shadow." 

Of such events are the "Tommy Westphall Universe" comprised...

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Not exactly a crossover, but a wonderfully knowing reference: On "Third Rock From the Sun," the Big Giant Head was supposed to arrive to inspect the work being done by the Solomon Family, but wound up being dropped off in the wrong city. The cast goes to the airport to meet his flight from that other city. John Lithgow asks how his trip was. 

The Big Giant Head, played by William Shatner, exclaims that it was "terrifying!" When he looked out the window, there was something on the wing of the plane! 

Lithgow does a double take and says, "The same thing happened to me!!" (Lithgow, of course, played the role in the Twilight Zone movie that Shatner had played on the TV show.) 


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Buster Crabbe who starred as Flash Gordon in 1936 and Buck Rogers in 1939 returned in the 1979 Buck Rogers TV show playing a "Colonel Gordon." When he tells Gil Gerard's Rogers that he's been doing this sort of thing since before Rogers was born, Rogers, who is over 500 years old after all, laughs and says, "You think so?" To which Gordon chuckles and replies, "Sonny, I know so."

Not strictly a TV crossover per se, but if you were going to see Crabbe's serials anywhere back in the 70's, it would have been on TV.
 
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Lassie and Timmy met the Lone Ranger as part of a savings bond drive in 1959 and John Hart's version of the Ranger met both the Greatest American Hero and Fonzie from "Happy Days."

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I remembered that Kelsey Grammer won Emmys for playing Frasier Crane on three different shows--CHEERS, FRASIER, and a guest shot on WINGS--but I was surprised to find that Frasier also appeared on THE JOHN LARROQUETTE SHOW, a bunch of specials, a DR. PEPPER commercial, and also THE SIMPSONS!  Got to be some kind of record.

Don't forget MANIMAL appeared on NIGHT MAN!
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Chelan Simmons appeared as a blithe narcissist Gretchen Speck-Horowitz on WONDERFALLS and HANNIBAL, both shows produced by Bryan Fuller. 

HANNIBAL also featured a nod to his show DEAD LIKE ME when that show's star, Ellen Muth, who had played George Lass, turned up playing Georgia Madchen (German for "girl"), a young woman with a psychological disorder that made her insensate and feel as is she were dead and decaying. When she is placed in a hyperbaric chamber and her condition reverses itself, there is a touching moment when she reaches out to touch someone and asks, "Am I alive...?" For fans of DEAD LIKE ME, the scene is quite moving. Of course, since it occurs on HANNIBAL, nothing good comes of it...

And Eric, I think I read somewhere that Richard Belzer's character Detective John Munch, originally of HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS has appeared on more shows for more seasons than Kelsey Grammar's Fraiser, but not by many. Munch was apparently on TV for 23 consecutive seasons on different programs, while Frasier was on for 20 seasons, tying the long-standing record set by James Arness's Matt Dillon. 

Munch has been on a number of shows including THE X-FILES, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, 30 ROCK, THE WIRE, and THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT.


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Although the character could not be named such onscreen, Carla Gugino reprised her short-lived, but much beloved title role as KAREN SISCO on Timothy Olyphant's JUSTIFIED in 2012. Both shows were based on books by Elmore Leonard.

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I never watched Bones, but I watched Sleepy Hollow. They did a crossover. I don't think Bones had an supernatural elements before this.
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One more: there was a crossover between Jack Webb's Emergency! and Adam-12, despite there being an episode of Emergency! wherein the characters were trying to not miss an episode of Adam-12.
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Nothing beats the MAGNUM P.I./MURDER SHE WROTE crossover. Not even the WHIZ KIDS/SIMON & SIMON one. 

More recently, there was a SUPERNATURAL/SCOOBY DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? crossover.
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There was that bit in the A-Team when Dirk Benedict's Templeton Peck double-takes at a Cylon.
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STARGATE SG-1 and DEAD LIKE ME

*A recently deceased/ascended Daniel is stuck in a purgatory that resembles a diner from his youth.  Daniel mentions that he remembers coming here once after a funeral and sits at the same booth where the DLM crew meet to get their assignments.  Daniel tries to order waffles (in a nod to the sets DLM incarnation as "Der Waffel Haus") and someone dressed in a meter maid outfit (Roxy) walks by the booth.


How about those crazy final-episode zinger crossovers?

*THE JEFFERSONS buying the Banks house (FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR)

*The epic "I just had the weirdest dream" (THE BOB NEWHART SHOW and NEWHART)

*The so-horrid-you-don't-want-to-remember finale of WEBSTER that crossed over with STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.  (I hope Michael Dorn got time and a half for that crapfest).
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Matt, were you looking for character crossovers from shows (that you wouldn't expect in the same universe) that were both airing at the same time?
I'm seeing a lot of other deviations.
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There are a few crossovers between Mad About You and Friends, as well as the Dick Van Dyke show's Alan Brady appearing on Mad About You, as well.

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MAD ABOUT YOU and SEINFELD. Kramer was actually subletting his apartment from Paul Buchman the whole time. 
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Wile E Coyote appears on Night Court:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh1pZqmxvmM
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 Doug Centers wrote:
...Matt, were you looking for character crossovers from shows (that you wouldn't expect in the same universe) that were both airing at the same time?
I'm seeing a lot of other deviations...

Doug, I was mostly talking about character  crossovers (or guest appearances) from other shows that were not seemingly connected.

It doesn't matter if they aired at the same time. For instance,  I would count something like the episode of "Fresh Prince" with The Jeffersons, even though Jeffersons were no longer on the air,  because they are still those characters. 

What I am not counting are actors famous for a role that guest appeared on another show as another character. That's just an actor playing a different role, and is not the same as a character from one unrelated series popping up in another series.

Also, something  like Maude appearing in "All In The Family" wouldn't count,  for instance, since her show was a legitimate spinoff that clearly was a part of the same TV universe.  But,  Star Trek characters appearing on Webster would count, because who would think those two shows were part of the same reality?


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Magnum, P.I. and Simon & Simon also crossed over. It was that crossover that boosted Simon & Simon in to being a Top 10 hit.
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Almost but not quite: on an episode of MARY TYLER MOOR, Mary Richards "stayed out all night," and Norman Lear, whose shows were SO much more "mature," could not resist a bit of snark by having his characters reference the MTM episode on MAUDE.
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