You read that headline right – The Simpsons will appear on an upcoming episode of Family Guy. The episode, based on an idea from a Fox executive on whether or not paying someone could make them do anything, finds The Griffins becoming lost on a road trip and ending up in Springfield, where they meet the family whose lives they’ve poorly imitated. It’s like when The Flintstones met The Jetsons, except worse.
Here is the episode description of “The Simpsons Guy” (Family Guy’s original title) from Entertainment Weekly, who broke the news.
Peter and the rest of the Griffins embark on a road trip and wind up in Springfield. There, they cross paths with Homer, who graciously greets his new “albino” visitors, and the two families become fast friends. Stewie is impressed with Bart and his assortment of pranks, Lisa tries to figure out exactly what it is that she’s good at, and Marge and Lois do some bonding. Meanwhile, Peter and Homer argue over which beer is better: Pawtucket or Duff.
You’ll find that there is no mention of Maggie in the description, which isn’t surprising since she’s the only one smart enough to avoid a blatant cashgrab. Still, I’m sure she’ll be in the episode (maybe there will be a funny bit on how Stewie talks but she can’t!) when it airs in Fall 2014.
Look, I’m a huge fan of The Simpsons, and will contend that it is still fairly good to this day. However, this news is nothing but terrible. Having Seth MacFarlane on The Simpsons is bad enough, having The Simpsons on Family Guy is like LEGO teaming up with Mega Blocks.
But then again, money.