In defense of the ‘Happy Days’ ‘Jump the Shark’ episode


Written by the writer of that very episode. More than a little defensive, but it is somewhat interesting to hear the guy talk about it like this.

He seems to be confused on one point, though.

Jumping the shark doesn’t mean a decline in popularity, though. It means a decline in the qualities that made the show good to begin with. Jumping the shark is the point at which the show you liked starts becoming something else; generally something worse, at least from your perspective as a longtime fan.

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