That time the Ghostbusters met the Simpsons

In the early 1990s, everyone was doing the Bartman. Fox’s The Simpsons was becoming a cultural phenomenon, with the now iconic characters being everywhere, from attempting to sell you Butterfinger candy bars to taking up prime real estate on action figure and video game shelves.

With The Simpsons now in its 34th season, some are quick to point out the changes the show has experienced throughout the years, with many longing for the writing of what’s now considered prime Simpsons. While the definition of that is debatable, many point to the show’s earlier years, before the seasons got into double digits, as its glory days.

Another animated series that experienced drastic alterations throughout its run was The Real Ghostbusters. While nowhere near The Simpsons’ longevity, Ghostbusters managed to run an impressive seven seasons; however, some of the later episodes are a bit of a harder watch, comprised of questionable storylines that are a drastic departure from the earlier, more acclaimed episodes.

So, how crazy did some of these later episodes get? How does a crossover between Ghostbusters and The Simpsons sound? Well, it happened… kind of, and that’s what we’re taking a look at today, as I have been tasked with reviewing the episode “Guess What’s Coming To Dinner.”

As touched on within today’s feature, in addition to The Simpsons, this episode also spoofs another series, the crass yet beloved Married with Children, which at the time, was another massive hit for the Fox Network.

While on the topic of loosely strung-together spoofs that play out more like fever dream crossover, earlier this month, we looked back at the Extreme Ghostbusters episode “Killjoys.” In it, the new breed of extreme battle against vampiric clowns that seem to be taken directly out of the cotton candy-fueled b-movie Killer Klowns from Outerspace.

Jason Fitzsimmons

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