All this talk about the Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event (which ends this week) has got us at TWoP thinking: true television crossovers are rare. They are not merely spin-offs (though they often involve characters from a spin-off), and they require more than just a mere mention of something from one show on another -- actual characters from both realities must interact. For ease in production, crossovers often happen between shows on the same network -- usually between shows from the same creator -- but occasionally they occur between shows that have seemingly nothing to do with each other. So what are the best examples of this elusive and mysterious breed of television event? Here are seven that we feel stand out from the annals of character-jumping television history.
I was in the single digits throughout most of the '90s (I'm 21 now), and with a strict upbringing, I was never allowed to watch too much television, which meant that I missed out on some classics that a lot of people grew up with. So, during my college internship this summer at TWoP, the editors enlightened me with a list of some must-see shows that I had no prior knowledge of. All the shows take place in high school, and we get to follow a main character who has to deal with the misfortune that comes with been a teenager, regardless of popularity, in the face of those wonderful-yet-overused stereotypical high school cliques. And just let me tell you, after watching the pilots, I've concluded that the fashion in the '90s was not good to young folks, and I'm glad I was too young to have been a victim of shoulder pads, big hair, platforms and the misuse of jean jackets. But I digress. Here is my take on five pilots -- the good, the bad, and everything in between.
Disclaimer: After seeing this list of TV shows, I'm aware that you might think that I've been living under a rock.