March 28, 2005
Jumping the shark.
Remember Moonlighting, with Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd? Remember how good the first few seasons were? Then, they actually hooked up, and you could tell the show was going downhill from then on. In a phrase, Moonlighting had jumped the shark.
Lots of other shows had that moment, too... the time after which you just knew it was going to be all downhill. Say, when Doggett replaced Mulder, or when Ally adopted that girl, or when you just got tired of watching The Simpsons.
Here's a clever website that lists over 2,000 television shows and allows you to vote on when that show jumped the shark. I couldn't leave.
PS I was pleased to note that the vast majority thought that Buffy never jumped the shark. I couldn't agree more.
Posted by Dan at March 28, 2005 09:56 PM
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Great website. Doug check it out. Also, TAXI NEVER Jumped the Shark! Slackbladder, when you get back off vacation, dive in. The water is warm.
Posted by: Jim at March 28, 2005 11:12 PM
Damn right Buffy never jumped the shark.
Though, in ways, it did become a very different show after season five.
Posted by: Joel Caris at March 29, 2005 12:13 AM
West Wing jumped the shark the night the show opened with Leo speaking Spanish over the phone to Fidel's people.
That said, West Wing on a bad night is still better than most everything else on TV.
Posted by: Ara at March 29, 2005 07:10 AM
What a great website! I'd like to create a special category for shows that made it through the FIRST jump, and went on to have repeat offenses. The original shark jumper...Happy Days, Cheers, ER, MNF, etc (feel free to add your own). I love these shows, and still watch them faithfully, it's almost like watching and waiting for the NEXT jump. How pathetic is that?
And somebody, please, cancel the Bachelor and all spin-offs!
Posted by: Doug at March 29, 2005 11:19 AM
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