New ‘Family Guy’ Unites FOX Animation Domination Dad Trifecta

Seems like entertainment is all about multiverses these days, and the stalwarts of the FOX Animation Domination block have embraced the trend with the latest crossover episode featuring fan-favorite characters. Premiering Sunday, March 12 at 9:30 p.m. ET, the new episode of Family Guy will feature three iconic leading men of animation: Peter Griffin, Bob Belcher (Bob’s Burgers) and Homer Simpson (The Simpsons).

Co-showrunner Rich Appel told EW: “Bob and Homer are justifiably two of the most popular and recognizable faces of animated comedy, and even folks as jaded as Hollywood sitcom writers get a thrill seeing them together in the same scene. It’s the same sort of excitement you feel when a Chicago policeman and a Chicago fireman are in the same scene on a Chicago-themed program.”

The Animation Domination triad previously appeared together in the Family Guy Season 13 premiere episode “The Simpsons Guy” (2014), in which the Griffins crash with Simpsons after Peter’s car is stolen outside Springfield. Bob Belcher makes a cameo, as does another beloved cartoon patriarch: Fred Flintstone.

In the set up for their big reunion, Lois (voiced by Alex Borstein) begins telling Peter (series creator Seth MacFarlane) about the dream she had overnight. Naturally, Peter backs out of the kitchen, out of the house, down the street, all the way into the previous show on the Sunday schedule: Bob’s Burgers. Of course, a visit to Seymour’s Bay isn’t complete without a burger stop, where Peter finds fellow FOX fathers Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and Homer (voiced on The Simpsons by Dan Castellaneta).

Checking the menu, Peter notices something odd: “Why are there two sets of prices?”

“One’s the Emmy winner discount,” Bob answers.

“Ah… Black coffee and toast, please.”

Family Guy actually has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards for voice acting (MacFarlane and Borstein), music, Individual Achievement in Animation and other craft categories, but has yet to win for Outstanding Animated Program despite three nominations (plus one for Comedy Program). Bob’s Burgers has been nominated in the category every year since 2012, winning in 2014 and 2017. The Simpsons has won 35 Emmys, including 11 for Animated Program.

In the episode, “Adoption,” Carter seeks to restore his public image by adopting a young girl from an orphanage, drawing jealousy from Lois.

Family Guy is currently in its 21st season, Bob’s Burgers is in its 13th and The Simpsons is in its 33rd. All three series recently received two-season renewals.



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