From the website's FAQ page, here is the definition of "jump the shark:"
Q. What is jumping the shark?A. It's a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak. That instant that you know from now on...it's all downhill. Some call it the climax. We call it "Jumping the Shark." From that moment on, the program will simply never be the same.
The term "jump the shark" was coined by site founder Jon Hein's college roommate of 4 years, Sean J. Connolly, in Ann Arbor, Michigan back in 1985. This web site, book, film, and all other material surrounding shark jumping, are hereby dedicated to "the Colonel."
The aforementioned expression refers to the telltale sign of the demise of Happy Days, our favorite example, when Fonzie actually "jumped the shark." The rest is history.
Jumping the shark applies not only to TV, but also music, film, even everyday life. "Did you see her boyfriend? She definitely jumped the shark." You get the idea.
We invite you to comment when any show jumped the shark.
I checked out Charlie's Angels: Season One from the library and am slowly making my way through one of my favorite childhood shows. This prompted my husband to go the JumptheShark.com to check on it, which led us to checking on the show Three's Company, which is where we spotted the page for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. Can you believe the Thomas show has its own Jump The Shark page? Here is our favorite comment:
Ringo Starr was wonderful, George Carlin was brilliant. Alec Baldwin was so-so. Michael Brandon, however, is awful. His narraration is choppy, monotonous and condescending. And, I hate to say it, but the stories and situations are growing more stupid. Like, who the hell is dumb enough to put loose cocoa poweder in an open topped boxcar?!