Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Jumping the shark
The term jumping the shark alludes to a specific scene in a 1977 episode of the TV series Happy Days when the popular character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli literally jumps over a shark while water skiing. The scene was so preposterous that many believed it to be an ill-conceived attempt at reviving the declining ratings of the flagging show. Since then, the phrase has become a colloquialism used by U.S. TV critics and fans to denote the point at which the characters or plot of a TV series veer into a ridiculous, out-of-the-ordinary storyline. Such a show is typically deemed to have passed its peak. Once a show has "jumped the shark" fans sense a noticeable decline in quality or feel the show has undergone too many changes to retain its original charm. "Wikipedia"
Post inspired by Neil
I love this term. What a perfect way to describe what's happened to much of television.
All of reality t.v. has jumped the shark (except, of course, American Idol)
So, I'll leave it at this...because I'm too lazy to figure it out myself...
which of your favorite shows, past or present, jumped the shark? and why?