Why "Jumping The Shark"?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Martin Fontaine, Nov 24, 2002.

  1. Martin Fontaine

    Martin Fontaine Supporting Actor

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    I've heard several time here the expression "Jumping The Shark" about a TV Series getting out of ideas for new episodes. Why is it called like that?
     
  2. Wayne Bundrick

    Wayne Bundrick Cinematographer

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    It's named for the episode of Happy Days when the Fonz jumped the shark with his motorcycle. Supposedly it's the moment when the show made its turn for the worse and never got better.
     
  3. Andy_S

    Andy_S Second Unit

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    Actually, he jumped the shark while water skiing, not on his motorcycle. That makes it even worse.
     
  4. Wayne Bundrick

    Wayne Bundrick Cinematographer

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    Same difference. The show jumped the shark when Fonzie jumped the shark.
     
  5. Ken Chan

    Ken Chan Producer

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    You know, both "jumping the shark" and "jump the shark" with Google take you right there with the I'm Feeling Lucky button.
    (Teach a man to fish....)
    //Ken
     

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