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'Grey's Anatomy' Meets 'Private Practice' And More Classic Crossover TV Episodes

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The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/16/2012 3:55 pm Updated: 02/16/2012 5:48 pm

You know you're in for a treat when your favorite TV characters from different shows cross paths. Whether it's to save the life of a patient, a la "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" (Thurs., Feb. 16, 9 p.m. EST on ABC), or a nice wink and a nod to fans, crossovers usually bring big ratings and big smiles.

Of course, crossovers are always made easier when the shows are spinoffs of one another, like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," but being on different networks doesn't always put the kibosh on crossover fun. Example? NBC's Detective John Munch of "Law & Order: SVU" (and "Homicide" before that) showing up on Fox's "Arrested Development," and several others.

As "Grey's" and "Private Practice" complete their latest in a long line of Shonda Rhimes crossovers, let's take a walk down memory lane and look at some of the most memorable crossover episodes in TV history. From "Cheers" and "St. Elsewhere" to "Full House" and "Family Matters," these are some of our favorite TV crossovers.

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"/"Angel"
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There were many, and we mean many, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" crossovers that we loved, but one of the best had to have been when Faith broke out of prison in "Salvage" to fight Angelus. The crossover was capped off when Willow went to Los Angeles to help give Angel his soul back and whisk Faith to Sunnydale to prepare for The First.