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Captain Kirk, meet K.I.T.T.

Since the time I could understand what they were, I’ve found TV show crossovers to be fascinating. Seeing how favorite characters from different environments interact with each other is the primary draw, but there are also several “inside baseball” factors which have nerd appeal (the behind the scenes finagling to bring the crossover to reality, how the “guest” characters are written when not on “their” show, what the producers or network were trying to accomplish with the crossover, etc.).

Some of my favorite crossovers include:

  • Transformers/G.I. Joe – An elderly Cobra Commander appears as the villain in an episode of the Transformers cartoon. Even as a kid I knew that animation studios took a lot of shortcuts, so I thought they were just reusing the character design (and voice of Chris Latta) up until the very end of the episode when Cobra Commander lets out a “Cobra!” battle cry before disappearing into the night.
  • Magnum, P.I./Murder She Wrote – This was a two part crossover that began on an episode of Magnum and concluded on Murder She Wrote. Even though the Murder She Wrote episode portrays Magnum as a buffoon, it’s still Magnum and therefore I still think it’s awesome.
  • Family Matters/Step by Step – Any crossover that begins with Urkel crashing into the secondary show via a rocket pack is one you have to see.
  • Batman/Green Hornet – There is something quite surreal about seeing Bruce Lee, of all people, in a fight scene featuring animated KAPOWs and WHAMMOs.

And if you’re wondering about the title of the post, yes there is a connection between Knight Rider and Start Trek. The Crossovers & Spin Offs Master Page at Poobala.com covers this sort of thing with unbelievable detail. Poobala is one those amazingly bizarre sites that the Internet was made for.

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  1. Jeeg February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Speaking of Quantum Leap, one of my favorite crossovers is one that didn't happen. Donald Bellisario, who produced both Quantum Leap and Magnum P.I., had the idea to have Sam jump into Magnum. They even began shooting and got some footage of Bakula in Magnum regalia, but plans for a Magnum movie canned the idea. I cannot fathom how great that episode would have been.

  2. PLee February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    I'm not going to go look this up, but as I recall, there was a crossover between Manimal and Automan that featured the same scene shot from different angles — so in Manimal, you could see the guys from Automan in the background, and vice-versa. And that was all.

    And Manimal also crossed over with Nightman, fifteen years after the former was canceled. Awesome.

    Someone should do a Quantum Leap crossover where one of the series regulars is replaced by Sam Beckett. No Scott Bakula, but the series regular starts acting weird and talking to invisible holograms and such. Hell, you wouldn't even need to pay anyone for the rights.

  3. Carlin February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Poobala is brilliant. Although as I've watched it grow over the years, I've noticed it begin to include things that I don't really consider actual crossovers. Just because both shows mention the same fictional restaurant, doesn't make A-Team and Greatest American Hero part of the same universe. I also think he goes a little overboard trying to make Firefly fit within the nuBSG universe.

    I guess that goes back to some of what I was talking about with the Marvelous Co-Existence post. Certain shows seem like they really can't share the same universe. If you look at "Group 2" in Poobala's list, you see that crossovers would dictate that Cheers, The Practice, St. Elsewhere, Home Improvement, and the X-Files (just to name a few) all share the same universe. And considering how St. Elsewhere ended, I suppose that's feasible.

    I like the subtle crossovers. While not a great episode, I liked the idea of Mad About You's crossover with The Dick Van Dyke Show. Paul Reiser's character in Mad About You decides to hire Carl Reiner's character from the Dick Van Dyke Show to narrate a documentary. Very understated crossover. In fact, I would be willing to bet that a lot of people who saw that show originally had no idea it was a crossover.

    I also find it interesting when spin-offs crossover with each other. Buffy and Angel had several great crossovers/guest appearances. Hercules and Xena kept the shared universe thing going strong. However, it always surprised me how poorly Star Trek did crossovers between shows. "Relics" from NextGen and "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" from Deep Space Nine are the only two decent crossovers I can think of within the 500+ hours of Star Trek.

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