Who doesn't love a good crossover?
And this got me thinking about my favourite crossover shows from when I was a kid and TV was king.
Okay, it's still king, but today it goes by the name of Netflix.
Anyway, get your Orange Crush t-shirt on, turn the speed dial on your record play to LP, and open up the ketchup flavoured Humpty Dumpty potato chips because we're taking the station wagon on a trip to the 70's and 80's.
1. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Meet Dracula
This special two part episode was fantastically insane on so many levels. On the search for a missing friend, Joe and Frank end up in Europe. They bump into Nancy and Bess and end up at a mascaraed party in a real castle hosted by Lorne Greene. Bodies start turning up with puncture wounds on their necks. Weird? Not even close until Paul Williams shows up as some kind of rock god. Then Sean Cassidy takes to the stage (which is awesome) and we find out Lorne Greene is Dracula.
2. The Jetsons meet The Flintstones
Who else would George Jetson meet when he travels back in time?
3. The Bionic Woman and the Six Million Dollar Man
These two super human lovebirds shared several crossover episodes, I think my favourite was The Big Foot episode since it also involved aliens.
But really, Jamie Summers was absolutely at her finest while fighting the fembots.
4. Mork & Mindy meet Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days
Mork & Mindy and Laverne & Shirley were both spin-offs from Happy Days. This pilot episode brought it all three together, transporting Mork to Earth with a surprised greeting from the Fonz and a date with Laverne.
5. St. Elsewhere meets Cheers
The staff of St. Elgius stop by Boston’s most famous sitcom bar for a drink. Apparently Norm is Dr. Auschlander’s former accountant and Carla gave birth to her last child in the St. Elsewhere hospital. The interactions between Norm, Carla, and the St. Elsewhere staff are a fitting nod to the strengths of both shows and it feels like a cleaver one act play rather than a publicity, crossover gimmick.
What are some of your favourite crossover shows?