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‘Simpsons’-‘Family Guy’ Crossover Viewers Either Loved It or Hated It

Hourlong Fox crossover event spoofed long rivalry between two shows

(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen the Season 13 premiere of “Family Guy” entitled “The Simpsons Guy.”)

Fox stumbled onto something that was certainly memorable with its special crossover episode between “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” And viewers were as polarized over the crossover as they generally are about the two shows that came together.

Airing as the season premiere for “Family Guy,” the hourlong episode saw the Griffins accidentally stumbling into Springfield, where they interacted with the Simpsons and virtually everyone else in town.

It was a great nod to the long histories of both shows, as well as a scathing satire of the long rivalry between the two of them that began with “Family Guy” accused of being a cheap knockoff of “The Simpsons.” The rivalry has expanded to the fan bases of both shows, with many in each camp entrenched in their dislike for the other show.

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That polarizing position played out in the social media response to the special, which was extreme on both sides of the fence. Perhaps it was merely a case of the fans of each side defending their show, but it’s remarkable how extreme the positions were. Most fans seemed to either think it was one of the greatest hours of television they’d ever seen, or they thought it was an absolute travesty.

Below is a sampling of the varied responses to the animated event on Fox. Love it or hate it, fans were definitely tuning in and very vocal about what they saw. Preliminary ratings will be released on Monday, but it’s certainly a win in the buzz category for the network.

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We can only hope the network doesn’t take it as a clarion call to make these kinds of crossovers a regular occurrence. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Plus, they basically covered everything here anyway. I guess next time, the Griffins will be stopping by Bob’s for one of his signature burgers.

“The Simpsons” airs at 8 p.m. ET, with “Family Guy” at 9 p.m. ET Sundays on Fox.