When TV Shows Went Downhill

Jump The Shark…the turning point of television programming:

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):

  1. Never Jumped: 299
  2. Alan Alda’s Moralizing: 179
  3. Death (Henry Blake): 176
  4. Charles replaces Frank: 164
  5. BJ replaces Trapper: 154
  6. Radar goes home: 106

(via DiVERSiONZ)

One Reply to “When TV Shows Went Downhill”

  1. The friends TV show “Jumped the Shark” when Rachel and Joey hooked up/didn’t hook up.

    Primetime TV jumped the shark when they aired the first reality show.

    And my favourite show of all-time “Carnivale” never even got the chance to jump the shark. The HBO show was canceled after season 2. I guess the story line was too complex for the regular Jerry Springer watching moron that would rather watch Gilligan’s failed attempt to get off the stupid island.

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