Jumping the shark

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Fonzie on water skis, in a scene from the Happy Days episode “Hollywood, Part Three of Three”, after jumping over a shark

Jumping the shark is an idiom created by Jon Hein that was used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery, which is usually a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of “gimmick” in a desperate attempt to keep viewers’ interest. Its name is taken from a scene from a late-season episode of the sit-com Happy Days when the character Fonzie jumps over a shark on water-skis.

In its initial usage, it referred to the point in a television program‘s history when the program had outlived its freshness and viewers had begun to feel that the show’s writers were out of new ideas, often after great effort was made to revive interest in the show by the writers, producers, or network.[1][2][3]

The usage of “jump the shark” has subsequently broadened beyond television, indicating the moment when a brand, design, or creative effort’s evolution loses the essential qualities that initially defined its success and declines, ultimately, into irrelevance.

Buzzy Says : I guess you could say Posting Kate Upton Here is Jumping the shark

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3 Responses to “Jumping the shark”

  1. Sage says:

    The NFL has jumped the shark by banishing the world’s greatest football player.

  2. ck says:

    Thanks Buzzy, now we know the rest of the story (Paul Harvey)!!! Agree w/Sage & Bigfan. The NFL is “circling the drain” imo!!!

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