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Jump The Shark! 
24th-Jan-2007 02:31 pm
Jump The Shark - a term to describe a moment when somethin that was once great has reached a point where it will now decline in quality and popularity.

What part of pop culture Jumped The Shark for you? Any idea what I'm talking about? Find out what Jump The Shark means here on Urban Dictionary, Wikipedia, and on the official website.

So tell me in comments where you thought something jumped a shark - film, television, music, art, whatever. I'll start with television.

AHEM: Growing Pains jumped the shark when Mike Seaver decided to become a teacher and stop being a hot, teenage fuck-up.
24th-Jan-2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Any show where the two opposite sex protagonists finally get it on. (Moonlighting, The X-Files, etc.)
24th-Jan-2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
When any show, running 8+ seasons finally ends, and then one of the sub-characters tries to run a solo show.

Achem: Joey
25th-Jan-2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Ah, but what about "Frasier"?
25th-Jan-2007 12:45 am (UTC)
I was never a huge follower of Frasier, therefore it couldn't be part of my resolution.

It just seems, in all but a few exceptional cases, it tends to go downhill.
24th-Jan-2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
rocky III and there after
Police academny II and there after
any "retro" tv show that seems to have forgotten why it was cancelled in the first place and comes out as a current movie in theaters...

specific example of a tv one tho
Laverne and Shirley...a personal favorite.....when they moved to California...da hell?!

24th-Jan-2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Moving to California worked for Lucy and Viv!
24th-Jan-2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
When all the kids go off to college in Boy Meets World. That's enough, Cory.
24th-Jan-2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"

This song was "underground" making it big. Punk was never the same. The "freaks" became the new "jocks." The jocks became "frekish", yet only a surface level understanding of what the whole "underground" scene was about came along with it. Skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, etc. all became hip and "exterme." Hence, so did everything else. All that stuff used to be a legitmate counter-culture. Now, it is just another facit of pop-culture.
24th-Jan-2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
The Star Trek franchize mounted the shark with Voyager and then did a swan dive over it with Enterprise.
25th-Jan-2007 03:38 am (UTC) - Star Trek Voyager: The Muddy Mudskipper Episode!
I can actually pinpoint even more precisely when Star Trek as a franchise jumped the shark. You were absolutely right to point to Voyager as the culprit: the Voyager season 2 episode Threshold, known not-so-affectionately as "The Muddy Mudskipper Episode", was the point at which many lifelong fans, including myself, started turning off the franchise. The episode was SO bad (Janeway and Paris break the Warp 10 barrier and then "evolve" into mudskippers and have baby mudskippers together") that it was clear the franchise had run out of fresh ideas and was now in decline.

Sure, there were occasional good Trek episodes and movies after that point... but the rapid decline had begun, cumulating with Star Trek: Nemesis and Enterprise.

25th-Jan-2007 05:36 am (UTC) - Re: Star Trek Voyager: The Muddy Mudskipper Episode!
Voytager had its problems. Paris had more personality as a mud skipper than he or Kim had for most of the series. Mostly, like you pointed out, the writers ran out of new ideas and seemed afraid to let anything develop.

I remember one episode when Kim was 'infected' by alien DNA (so the species could reproduce) and of course by the end he was put back to normal. I thought to myself, why? An ongoing alien metamophosis into gods-know-what could give the insepid character a little depth.

And Enterprise was just sooo bad in so many ways.

I mean the episodes were banal for most of season of one but by the time "Precious Cargo", the ice princess episode, came along, well, it was the worst writing I've in sci-fi bar none, not even the short lived Adrian Paul what-was-they-smoking fiasco, the Tracker.

But the writers of Enterpise managed to top it yet again with the series finale... ARRGGG!
24th-Jan-2007 11:25 pm (UTC) - While I own the quadrillogy and AvP
Alien Resurection....wtf
24th-Jan-2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
Roseanne jumped the shark when they won the Lottery (Season 9), but the last episode kind of made chum out of Jaws.

The White House jumped the shark when they let a former Coke addict in.
25th-Jan-2007 12:56 am (UTC)
I always used the term "138", but then again I was a gutter-punk for awhile...
25th-Jan-2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Earth: Final Conflict was excellent during its first season, good during its second, OK during its third, weak during its fourth, and totally abysmal during its fifth and final season. I would have to say that the very first episode of season 5 was the killer - the show had been progressing to this point for 4 years, and once there, they could have taken it in an interesting new direction, but instead, they turned it into "Vampires from Space".

Moonlighting was good until David+Maddie jumped into the sack - after that, the show changed from "light-hearted mysteries with witty repartee" into "how can we decide whether to admit that this really happened or not". Cheers suffered a similar demise.
25th-Jan-2007 02:13 am (UTC)
How about books?

In the new Spider Robinson/Robert A. Heinlein book Variable Star, that wonky new drive that enables a ship from Earth to catch up to another one is where the shark was jumped.
25th-Jan-2007 03:40 am (UTC) - The United States jumped the shark
The United States of America jumped the shark when Clinton was impeached.

It's been downhill from there.
25th-Jan-2007 12:43 pm (UTC) - Re: The United States jumped the shark

I worked on both Clinton/Gore campaigns, and it was something that left me feeling very accomplished.
25th-Jan-2007 03:56 am (UTC)
NYPD Blue jumped the shark when Andy Sipowicz and what's-her-face (played by Charlotte Ross) got together. I believed wholeheartedly in the pairing of Andy & Sylvia, but Andy and a young chick? Yikes.

And Hill Street Blues jumped the shark with "Watt A Way To Go." Unfortunately, the cop-show genre went with it. While NYPD Blue was good, it never got into the down-and-dirty mayhem shown in HSB. A little here and there for shock value, but that was about it. Now we have freaking reality shows like Cops, aka "All White Trash, All The Fucking Time." Beautiful. :P

25th-Jan-2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Not that he was ever great, but Tom Cruise jumped the shark when he jumped on Oprah's chair.

Also: Scooby Doo and Scrappy too. I HATED Scrappy and his bullshit "puppy power."

And do I have to mention? Joanie loves Chachi.
25th-Jan-2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
YES, YES, and YES!
25th-Jan-2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
hmmm.. im gonna say highlander movies.. 1 and 2 were fab but the descent jaw-wards came then. 3 onwards were terrible in terms of keeping the whole time travel/immortality/uniqueness of the few sent to earth/thing accurate. i think there were 5 films then a ..series(????????wtf?)
25th-Jan-2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
The push for gay marriage.

After it, most of the more progressive GLBT movements for broader social justice fell by the waysaid to mere "normality" and "equality." We need to aim higher than just getting our share of the (rotten) pie.

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