Cosby and The King Of Queens

Cosby (1996-2000)
The King Of Queens (1998-    )
Type: Crossover
Group 2

   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 crossover 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. 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.

   On that first crossover night, The King Of Queens Doug Heffernan who works as a deliveyman popped up on the show Cosby making a delivery to Bill Cosby's character Hilton Lucas. It wasn't a major deal. Like I said, they promoted it as Shameless Crossover Monday. Part of the point was to make some of the crossovers shameless and stupid, meant only to lure viewers to watch and no more than that.

   The next major crossover night had Doug running into Hilton in the waiting room of Ted Danson's Doctor Becker. Ray had been hit on the head with a baseball and while going to get it looked at by Becker found Hilton also waiting to see the doctor.

Other Cosby Crossover Links
Cosby and Becker

Other King Of Queens Crossover Links
The King Of Queens and Becker
The King Of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond

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