NBC's The Golden Girls, Empty Nest and Nurses were all made by the same production company and all aired on the same night. Since the same folks made all three shows they also made them all part of the same joint reality. The folks on Empty Nest lived next door to the Golden Girls and Empty Nest's Dr. Harry Weston worked at the same hospital that appeared on Nurses. Having these shows all connected enabled NBC to do big crossover event nights where all three shows shared some common plot point (a hurricane for example) and had characters crossing over between the shows.
A few year later ABC decide they wanted to try the same thing with one of their nights of programming and had four of their shows crossover in a big Las Vegas story (Click here for details on the Viva Las Vegas Night). The Drew Carey Show, Coach, Grace Under Fire and Ellen all had episodes set in Vegas with characters moving between the shows. The only thing was that in ABC's case there was no previously established link between the shows which were all made by different producers. The shows had this crossover event forced on them against their will, pissing off stars and producers. It was a cynical ratings stunt the network made happen unlike the NBC events which were just a natural extension of their shows already being connected.
That brings us to CBS's entry in this sort of programming. CBS's stunt nights fall somewhere in the middle. Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker, King Of Queens and Cosby were not all connected to start with like the NBC shows (although there were some ties between Everybody Loves Raymond and King Of Queens) but when asked to crossover with each other they seemed to do so happily. And unlike ABC's trying to make a forced situation look like a happy voluntary thing, CBS scores points for copping to exactly what it was doing by titling their first crossover night Shameless Crossover Monday.
Which brings us to the specific crossover at hand...Becker and Cosby
Now Becker actually missed the first big crossover night, its premiere coming at around the same time as the stunt there was just no way to make it happen. Becker was still just getting on its feet. Becker starred Ted Danson as the cynical Doctor John Becker. By the second crossover night Becker was on its feet and fully involved. Oddly enough the Becker/Cosby crossover actually happened on The King Of Queens. The King Of Queens' lead character Doug Heffernan gets hit on the head with a ball at a baseball game and ends up going to see Doctor Becker. Also in Becker's waiting room? Bill Cosby's character from the show Cosby, Hilton Lucas.
Hey, I didn't say all of these crossovers were stunning and amazing. Still kind of cool having two shows crossing over not on either of the shows involved but on yet a third show.Other Becker Crossover Links
Becker and The King Of Queens
Other Cosby Crossover Links
Cosby and The King Of Queens
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