Jump The Shark

by Joy Monger

Jump The Shark: is a idiom used by TV critics and fans to denote the point in a television program‘s history where the plot spins off into absurd story lines or unlikely characterizations.

The phrase jump the shark refers to the climactic scene in “Hollywood,” a three-part episode opening the fifth season of the American TV series Happy Days in September 1977. In this story, the series’ central characters visit Los Angeles, where Fonzie (Henry Winkler), wearing swim trunks and his trademark leather jacket, jumps over a confined shark on water skis, answering a challenge to demonstrate his bravery.

Also used by one of my funny friends to explain why he suddenly disappeared from the social gathering without saying goodbye. Feeling the evening had hit the high point and with his jump the shark moment near, he optedĀ insteadĀ to go to bed.

Made me giggle.