10 Crossovers That Connect Most of the Television Universe

  • March 07, 2014
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Cheers to Caroline in the City

People probably don’t really remember Caroline in the City, but it’s an important cog in connecting so much of this television universe since it’s the link between Cheers and, by extension, The Wire, Law and Order, and The X-Files. Anyway, during one episode of Caroline in the City, the titular character – a comic strip artist – writes a strip and then we cut away to Seattle, into the apartment of Frasier Crane. It’s here we see Frasier characters Daphne and Niles reading the strip and disagreeing on whether it’s funny. And since Frasier is obviously a spinoff of Cheers, that gives us yet another connection.


Caroline in the City to Friends

But Caroline in the City didn’t stop there, either, as it also crossed over with Friends, the behemoth Must See TV Show about attractive white people. The crossover actually didn’t occur on the show Friends, because obviously that show didn’t need the ratings. Instead, Matthew Perry’s character of Chandler Bing stopped by Caroline in the City. The main character of Caroline actually sort of indirectly stopped by Friends, but Leah Thompson more or less just made a cameo in the background of one episode. However, this connection just goes to getting us one step closer to connecting the Seinfeld world with the rest of this universe.


Friends to Mad About You

That’s because Friends crossed over with the show Mad About You – which, by the way, also crossed over once with the Dick Van Dyke Show, so there’s yet another world that exists within this same universe. Lisa Kudrow was pulling double duty with NBC, appearing on both Friends as one of the stars and in a minor role on Mad About You. Well, they decided to make a gag in which those two characters, it turns out, were actually twin sisters, and the character from Mad About You popped up several times on Friends.


Mad About You to Seinfeld

But Mad About You wasn’t done connecting shows just yet, since it’s the linchpin to getting Jerry, George, and the rest of the Seinfeld crew linked to The Simpsons and The Wire. That’s because it was revealed on an episode of Mad About You that Paul Reiser’s character, a newlywed on the show, still had the lease on his old apartment. That apartment he had? Well, it just so happened to be the one that would eventually be occupied by Cosmo Kramer, meaning that in this universe, the guy from Mad About You was Jerry’s old neighbor. Of course there’s a little bit of a continuity hiccup here, since later in Seinfeld’s run, a gag involves George hating the show Mad About You. That said, it kind of makes sense if you consider the idea that everything happening is in the mind of a child anyway.


Cheers to St. Elsewhere

And this is really where everything starts and ends, because an incredibly popular theory online is that every television show ever created is really just taking place in the mind of an autistic kid named Tommy Westphall, who was a patient on the series St. Elsewhere. We’ve barely scratched the surface with these connections, but thanks to a simple crossover between St. Elsewhere and Cheers, in which the doctors from St. Elsewhere find their way into Sam Malone’s bar, we’re able to posit that everything from the gritty, real-life drama of Homicide and The Wire exists in the same universe as The Simpsons. Just think, we didn’t even get into the connections to M*A*S*H, the Andy Griffith Show, or I Dream of Jeannie.

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