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So I Watched the Family Guy/Simpsons Crossover Episode

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I’ve been a fan of both The Simpsons and The Family Guy for YEARS but I’m a fan in the same way many of us were fans of Jodeci boots. I haven’t rocked with them for a long time but nostalgia always makes me reminisce with a smile. I haven’t caught a new episode of either show in I can’t even remember how long but I will stop flipping channels to watch a rerun at night.

When I heard that there was a crossover episode happening, I was actually excited because everyone knows that Family Guy is Simpsons 2.0 and it has been a point of contention for fans. There are so many videos about jokes and situations and storylines that FG stole from Simpsons so them coming together would be a chance for some direct roasting for both.

I missed the live showing of “The Simpsons Guy” so I caught it on Hulu Plus last night. The extra long episode was a premiere of Family Guy’s newest season and Peter gets a comic strip that he uses it to post misogynistic cartoons. The women of Quahog protest so the family leaves town until the heat dies down. They end up in Springfield, STATEWEDONTKNOW when their car ends up getting stolen and they befriend the Simpsons.

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Character pairings – Each of the characters are matched up to their counterparts. Peter and Homer mesh their fat, dumb, white guy stupidity and become the best of friends. Stewie and Bart get along in all their troublemaking glory. Lisa tries to help Meg find something she’s good at while Marge and Lois are paired. Brian is matched with Santa’s Little Helper and even he’s irritated by that.

I’m not sure if the pairings worked, outside of Marge/Lois and Peter/Homer. Stewie and Maggie definitely wouldn’t have worked because the only thing they have in common is being babies so I guess him and Bart were the best there. However, Lisa and Meg was completely off. Brian and Lisa would have worked better because they’re both brainiacs who often don’t fit into a family of nincompoops.

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The Story – All is well until Peter introduces Homer to the Quahog beer Pantucket Ale and it turns out that it’s Springfield’s Duff beer with a new label. This gives way to the un-subtle comparison of Family Guy being a rip-off of the Simpsons. They end up in court, where judge Fred Flintstone (I see what they did there) rules in favor of Duff beer.

It’s a smart scene because the Quahog characters are seated next to their Springfield folks in court. Cleveland and Carl dap, Mayor Quimby and Mayor Adam West leave together, Quagmire even retorts that Lenny isn’t a perve enough so they don’t go all the way. This was my favorite part of the entire episode because the shows made fun of each other and didn’t rely on what now feels like teenage humor for laughs.

Speaking of bad humor…

Jokes – There were a lot of the low-hanging politically incorrect jokes that both shows are known for (very few of them were funny). But the one that is receiving the most backlash is one where Bart calls Moe’s tavern to prank call him with a name (Leek Kihole). Stewie wants to give it a try to so he yells “Your sister is being raped!” and Bart blank stares him. I fully understand why people are up in arms about it because it was a FAIL.

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I THINK what they were trying to do is show that rape is NOT funny because even Bart looked somewhat horrified. Where they fell flat on their face was that they did not make it clear enough that the point was to say RAPE IS NOT OK TO JOKE ABOUT. Family Guy is notorious for one of those long stares and staying on a line for too long. THIS is one scene where they should have done an extended blank stare to drill the point in. They should have emphasized Bart being horrified more or had him say to Stewie “WTF, DUDE?! NO.”

They wasted that moment by making it another throwaway line so I absolutely understand why people are dragging them. Also, the white dudebros who are creators of Family Guy have built a reputation for being assholes so I might very much be giving them too much leeway by even thinking that their point was “RAPE IS BAD.” I might be giving them too much credit. Either way, they absolutely deserve this backlash for being completely obtuse.

Gags – At the end of the episode, Peter and Homer get into a rolling all-out brawl, like Peter does with the chicken. This fight lasted a full 7 minutes and it was the longest 7 minutes EVER. SHEESH. WE GET IT. WE GET IT. LAWD. Ugh. It has overstayed its welcome after minute 2. STAHP.

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After being on for 26 years (The Simpsons) and being the longest running sitcom of all time, how fresh can you remain? And when the schtick that made you huge to begin with (being the new edgy kid on the block) is no longer accurate (Family Guy) because its been 12 years, then what keeps folks around?

Like I said, it’s been a while since I watched new episodes of either show and this was a reminder that both of them are past their primes and past the point where they were funny and smart. We might have all outgrown both these shows but the reason they stay on is because of white dudebro privilege our inability to let go of old shit.

When the 2 leads face off, Homer says “It’s just a lousy rip-off!” and Peter replies with “I think I speak for all of us when I say I am over the Simpsons!” To both of them, I say “Yes. Accurate.”

Did y’all watch this crossover ep? Lemme know what you thought.

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10 Comments

  1. September 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I agree with you, Luvvie. I was a huge Simpsons fan when it first came on. I was 10 and probably shouldn’t have been watching it but I digress. The one thing I didn’t understand and made me gag was when Peter and Homer did the car wash dressed with daisy dukes up the butts. I can not unsee that! Yuck!

    • mzmiami
      October 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

      that’s a take on Daisy Dukes (Dukes of Hazzard) also was done on one of the Fam Guy episodes, it’s funny to me lol. The objectify women all the time so why not let the men let it all hang out, even though they were disgusting looking HAAAAAA …..ok, I’m going to the corner now >>>>>

  2. Tori D.
    September 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I was hoping for more from this episode, but I’m not really sure why since I haven’t found Family Guy (or The Simpsons) that funny for a while now. The only time in that entire episode that I literally LOL’d was in the courtroom after everyone yelled “Oh no!” and the Kool-aid man called to say he was in the wrong Springfield. Got plenty giggles off of that one.

  3. Dia
    September 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I think we all were hoping for a little of the old school Family Guy and Simpsons that we love and we didn’t get that. They oversold it and failed. But the one line that made me truly lol was when Peter tells the family not to drink the water in Springfield because everyone in the town “looks like they have hepatitis.” I died!

  4. MrsBrown0526
    September 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    As a 30 something black woman, I was oddly looking forward to this episode more than I care to admit. I mean honestly, I enjoy lowbrow, frat boy humor as much as…well, hell…the next beer pong loving frat boy but alas even I was unimpressed by the episode’s offerings.

    Strangely, I thought both shows coming together would allow them to somehow smarten one another up.

    That ain’t happen doe 😐

    The jokes were immature, the scenes dragged and instead of bringing the Simpsons to 2014, I felt like they both dated themselves back to 1992. And there’s hella more stuff I’d rather be doing in 1992 (like re-taking my 7th grade social studies test that I got a C on) than watching two lame cartoons go at it.

    Family Guy & the Simpsons failed and now a little part of my inner child has died. Just another instance of The White Man bringin’ a sista down.

  5. September 30, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Off-topic, but I love the new responsive design of this blog. Maximum zoom puts the text in the forefront, the white space is great, and everything is so clean and Metro.

  6. October 1, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    i dont get the fred flintstone appearance

    • mzmiami
      October 3, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Flintstones…. “fat idiot white guy/hot wife”….pretty much saying both of these copied them in some way

  7. Breanna Jones
    October 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    If you aren’t a HUGE fan of both shows (having steadily watched it for the past few years), I don’t see how this would have entertained you. Also, it’s worth noting that you probably aren’t in the show’s target market. I think a lot of former viewers watched it in hopes that it’d be reminiscent of the Family Guy and Simpsons episodes in the past and therefore, were sorely disappointed. I for one, enjoyed it. But mostly because I’m a huge fan of Family Guy (former fan of the Simpsons), and didn’t have huge expectations. I, as a fan, simply wanted a crossover episode to see how some of my favorite characters would interact in the same universe. I didn’t expect it to be the funniest or wittiest episode ever.

  8. January 28, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Yeah, I too was kind of dissapointed with this episode. I felt like The Simpsons just looked so tame and boring in comparision to Family Guy, even if the jokes fell flat. Surprisingly, I thought that the banter between Lisa and Meg was one of the better parts of the show.