It’s a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak. That instant that you know from now on… it’s all downhill. Some call it the climax. We call it jumping the shark.
The phrase is coined from the infamous Happy Days episode when the Fonz jumps over a tank containing a shark (yeah, just one, the wimp) on water-skis. I remember watching it like it was yesterday.
From M*A*S*H (the number is the votes a jump the shark reason received):
- Never Jumped: 299
- Alan Alda’s Moralizing: 179
- Death (Henry Blake): 176
- Charles replaces Frank: 164
- BJ replaces Trapper: 154
- Radar goes home: 106