Two of the biggest cartoon franchise will meet for the first time as The Simpsons and Family Guy crossover finally becomes a thing. The residents of Springfield have been around for a long time – longer than Peter Griffin and co – so it’s fitting that the Quahog guys visit the home of The Simpsons. “FOX hasn’t spent this much money since they took Simon Cowell tight T-shirt shopping,” said Peter in a statement, while Homer added: “Finally I can get my hands on this guy"

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For fans who can’t wait to see what happens when these two animated goliaths cross swords, a handy statement - given to Entertainment Weekly - reads: "Stewie becomes obsessed with Bart and his old-fashioned pranks; Lisa takes Meg under her wing and is determined to find something – anything – at which she excels; Marge and Lois ditch housework for a little bonding; and Peter and Homer fight over the best beer in town – Pawtucket vs Duff."

For many, this is cartoon mecca. The Simpsons has run for over 20 seasons now (the longest-running scripted show in television history) and is easily the most loved and most successful made-for-TV comedy of all time, while Family Guy has launched Seth Macfarlane into the pantheon of comedy greats, providing the springboard for Ted and his infamous Oscars performance.

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The big question, though, is whether Bryan and Santa’s Little Helper will become dog chums; will the talking dog succumb to his base instincts and go for the bum sniff? We know that’s what we’ll be looking out for. It’s not the first time the franchises have collaborated - MacFarlane guested on an episode of The Simpsons earlier this year – but this is the first time the characters will meet each other in an episode.