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TV Lexicon: S is for Shark Jumping
July 20, 2016  | By Eric Gould
 

With Garry Marshall’s passing, we fondly recall his contribution to the optimistic side of television writing and directing and how that time may never return. One of Marshall’s shows also contributed to TV lexicography, although obviously, not intentionally. As Happy Days popularity and ratings began to wane somewhat during its fourth season in 1977, Henry Winkler’s character Fonzie answers a dare and successfully water skis a jump over a shark pen. Comic Jon Hein and Sean Connolly wrote about the episode as the moment when they thought the show began a noticeable ebb, even though it hung on for another seven years. Calling it the episode when Happy Days “jumped the shark”, the term lives on to describe when shows cannot or will not stay with what originally made them great. —Eric Gould


 
 
 
 
 
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