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Crossovers seem to have become a 21st century phenomenon, with fans adoring the idea of two things they love coming together to create something new. This phenomenon really sky-rocketed when Marvel started the MCU, and had Nick Fury turn up in all their movies in the build-up to The Avengers. We also see this on the small screen when the likes of The Flash and Arrow have their crossover episodes. Recently, we got to see a different type of crossover: a TV comedy one.

Brooklyn Nine Nine and New Girl are two television comedies that I watch religiously, and the idea of the two coming together used to be nothing more than fantasy. But they did come together, in an hour-long episode where Jess and the gang bump into the 99th precinct squad. It's also worth noting that the two shows have different distributors, with New Girl owned by 20th Century Television and Brooklyn Nine Nine owned by NBC television. These two networks co-operating opens the doors for countless cross-network crossover episodes. So let's see: what other shows can follow suit and mash up like New Girl and Brooklyn Nine Nine?

1. Modern Family & The Middle

Photo Credit: 20th Century, Warner Bros.
Photo Credit: 20th Century, Warner Bros.

One of my favorite films ever when I was growing up was Cheaper By The Dozen (Steve Martin, Hillary Duff), which I loved because it captured the hilarious truth on what families are like. Both Modern Family and The Middle are also exceptional at this — they really capture the highs and lows of living with people you love but hate sometimes too. I think a crossover between these two would be absolutely hilarious, especially seeing how the characters would interact. I also feel like Phil (Ty Burrell) and Mike (Neil Flynn) would get on great.

What They Could Do: I think the best way these shows could crossover, is if both families simultaneously went on a camping trip and met each other there. At first they would get on great but the more time they spend together, the more they get on each others' nerves.

2. Big Bang Theory & Veep

Photo Credit: Warner Bros., HBO
Photo Credit: Warner Bros., HBO

It would be very easy to match the obvious shows together on this list, but I think sometimes, unexpected mashups work best. Big Bang Theory is arguably the biggest comedy on TV right now going into its 10th season, and Veep just keeps getting better and keeps winning Emmys each year. I would absolutely love to see interactions between former President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons); I'm sure Selina would get extremely angry at Sheldon's lack of social awareness.

What They Could Do: The best way this episode could work is if The Big Bang Theory gang got an award for scientific excellence, and got to meet Selina, interacting with various Veep characters, such as Amy, Gary and Dan.

3. Parks and Recreation & Brooklyn Nine Nine

Now I know what you're thinking: how is this possible, since Parks and Recreation is finished? Well, a man can dream. Bringing back these characters for a one-off special is not totally outside the realm of possibility, especially since both shows are owned by NBCUniversal. In terms of humour, I think these shows are incredibly similar, which is probably down to them having the same writers. I know this is would mean Brooklyn Nine Nine would need another crossover, but who doesn't want that?

What They Could Do: The best way for this to happen is if the Parks and Recreation guys had to do a joint project with the Brooklyn Nine Nine for some reason. Picture some of these character interactions: Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) and Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) shopping together, or Parks and Rec disaster worker Jerry (Jim O'Heir) working on a case with Hitchcock and Sully from Brooklyn Nine Nine! It would probably be a mess, but it would be hilarious to watch.

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4. Rick and Morty & South Park

Photo Credit: Adult Swim, Comedy Central
Photo Credit: Adult Swim, Comedy Central

South Park and Rick and Morty are two shows that touch on controversial topics, and both shows have incredibly loyal fan bases. One thing that could prove difficult for this crossover is the fact they have very different animation styles — but with a show like Rick and Morty where anything is possible, I'm sure they could make it work.

What They Could Do: Rick could travel to an alternate universe with Morty and end up in South Park, Colorado, where he is greeted by Eric Cartman, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski and Kenny McCormick. The episode could revolve around the kids of South Park trying to help get Rick and Morty back to their world.

5. True Detective & Stranger Things

Photo Credit: HBO, Netflix
Photo Credit: HBO, Netflix

This one is quite unlikely seeing as True Detective has never delved into the paranormal, but this is just a hypothetical list and this would be a dream crossover for me. For this to work, I'd want to see the Season 1 cast comprised of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The creators of both shows are immensely talented at creating suspense and giving rewarding endings to episodes, so a crossover of the two investigating a case would be TV gold.

What They Could Do: This could be plausible because Detective Rust Cohle and Marty Hart were working around the time when Stranger Things is set, so who's to say they didn't investigate the weird events surrounding the town where Stranger Things is set and just never spoke about it?

What do you guys think — which of these crossovers are you dying to see? Is there a crossover I haven't discussed here that you think could top New Girl x Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Let me know in the comments!


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