If you've been watching cop dramas over the past 20 years, then at some point you've run into Detective John Munch, played by Richard Belzer.
The character started his law enforcement career on "Homicide: Life on the Street" back in 1993, and currently appears on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", but he's shown up on a LOT of other shows as well.
From "Arrested Development" to "The X-Files" to friggin' "Sesame Street," Munch is the thread that ties a multitude of worlds together.
In 1997, Homer thought he found an alien in Springfield, and two paranormal investigators, Agents Mulder and Scully of "The X-Files," were brought in to help solve the case.
Agent Mulder has worked with a trio of conspiracy theorists called The Lone Gunmen...
...who were interrogated by none other than Detective John Munch in "The X-Files" episode "Unusual Suspects."
Jack crashed on Oceanic Flight 815 along with Hugo Reyes, who keeps coming across the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 in his life.
Those same numbers came to Veronica Mars via fortune cookie in the episode "Donut Run."
And in the episode "Rat Saw God," Veronica Mars rents a car from the Lariat Rental Car Company...
...the same company Agents Mulder and Scully frequently rent cars from on "The X-Files."
And Mulder has worked with The Lone Gunmen before...
...who were interrogated by Detective Munch in "Unusual Suspects."
Ray and Fran Fine went to high school together at Hillcrest High School in Queens.
Fran once lost a set of Liz Taylor's pearls...
...which upset Liz so much that she cancelled an interview she had scheduled with Murphy Brown.
One of Murphy's many (many, many, many) secretaries was Carol Kester...
...who had quit her previous job working for Dr. Bob Hartley, who she felt wasn't appreciating her hard work.
Dr. Hartley frequently treated Elliot Carlin on "The Bob Newhart Show"...
...who years later turned up in St. Eligius' mental ward on "St. Elsewhere."
One of St. Eligius' doctors, Dr. Roxanne Turner, turned up years later in a Baltimore hospice...
...where she was investigated for administering euthanasia by Detectives Frank Pembleton and Tim Bayliss of the Baltimore PD's Homicide Unit...
...where they worked with Detective Munch on "Homicide: Life on the Street."
Walker teamed up with L.A. lawman Sammo Law of "Martial Law" when one of Sammo's perps fled L.A. to Walker's Lone Star state.
And when Sammo followed an illegal Chinese artifact smuggling ring to Chicago, he teamed up with the prescient Gary Hobson of "Early Edition."
In another of Hobson's adventures, when one of his friends falls ill, he rushes her to Chicago Hope...
...a Chicago-area hospital where hotshot surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Geiger works when he's not assisting the Baltimore PD with homicide cases, as he did in the "Homicide: LOTS" episode "A Doll's Eyes."
THE SAME Baltimore PD that Detective John Munch worked in for 16 years.
Jerry used to live across the hall from Paul Buchman of "Mad About You," who later subletted his old bachelor pad to Cosmo Kramer.
Paul and his wife, Jamie, frequented Riff's, a local pub where they were served by a waitress named Ursula...
...who was the twin sister of Phoebe from "Friends."
Phoebe's friend Chandler unsuccessfully hit on a woman named Annie in a video rental store...
...whose friend Caroline wrote a comic strip, "Caroline in the City," which was read across the country, even by Niles Crane in Seattle.
Niles' brother, Frasier, was a regular of Sam Malone's Boston bar, Cheers...
...where the doctors of St. Eligius hospital have also been known to kick back for a few pints.
The same doctors who have worked with Dr. Roxanne Turner...
...who was investigated by Detectives Pembleton and Bayliss...
...who worked with Detective Munch in Homicide at the Baltimore PD.
Detective Munch's long, storied career has linked together a number of television worlds.
...with an extra hat tip to the caretakers of Poobala.com's massive and thorough television crossovers archive. Click through to discover how everyone from Sabrina The Teenage Witch to The Fresh Prince to Lucille Ball all connect back to our dear Detective Munch.
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