Crossover episodes are, thankfully, a dying art. Long gone are the days when Alf would make an appearance on Gilligan’s Island, or Ray Barone and his overbearing mother would run into Kevin James on The King of Queens. However, every so often, there’s some shows that uses it successfully. Examples range from the TGIF lineup, with Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Boy Meets World, Full House, Step by Step and Family Matters, crossing over with each other repeatedly, to the Must See TV Lineup’s Blackout Thursday, where every show featured a blackout (except for Seinfeld, who kindly told NBC to go f*ck themselves). These days, you only really see crossovers on the Disney Channel or one of Dick Wolf’s 9000 Law and Order shows. However, Fox has decided to change all that by crossing over two of their most popular shows.
That’s right. This October, you’ll get to see Brooklyn’s 99th precinct meet the five roommates in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine/New Girl crossover episode. In a statement, Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor said, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine crossing over with New Girl is very exciting, but (and this is supposed to be a secret) it’s just the first step. Stay tuned for our two casts to do a soulful R&B number on Empire, co-anchor the Fox 10 O’Clock News and connect for a touchdown on Fox NFL Sunday. But in all seriousness, we’re all huge fans of New Girl here at the Nine-Nine, and we’re excited to see our characters interact and to work with their incredible writers and producers. And also to see what their craft services are like, compared to ours.” Meanwhile, New Girl co-creator Elizabeth Meriwether stated, “The crossover episode has historically been the artistic high point of any show that has dared to attempt it. Maybe you remember ‘Blackout Thursday’ on NBC, or even further back the infamous Alf/Gilligan’s Island crossover of the late 1980s. New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will proudly and humbly go where few shows have gone since the 1990s. We know we have big shoes to fill, and we look forward to disappointing everyone. There’s a 50 percent chance Alf will also be in both episodes. But there’s also a 50 percent chance that is a lie.”
The possibilities here are endless. Perhaps Schmidt will teach Jake Peralta how to dress. Maybe Nick will hit it off with Rosita as they bond over drinking. Jess will obviously be trying to teach Captain Holt how to have fun, much to his chagrin. And I’m sure Winston will be upset that he’s forced to hang out with Hitchcock and Scully. All I know is if there isn’t one massive game of True American at some point in this episode, we riot.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still putting out some of the best TV around each year throughout its three seasons, and New Girl is often funny, even if it peaked back in late season two/early season three. I’m sure this episode will be top quality. The episode will air October 11th, so make sure you tune in for the inevitable wacky adventures that are bound to follow.