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Flashback: 30 Years Ago Today, The Fonz Jumped A Shark

What the hell am I talking about, you ask? Well, serendipity would have it that I was talking to someone about the expression "jumping the shark" today. This term comes from the infamous moment on September 20, 1977, when "The Fonz" from "Happy Days" donned his famous leather jacket, went water skiing, and jumped a shark on his skis. TV critics and anyone with taste or brains realized this was the moment the show had finally killed itself; the moment the original premise of the show was so betrayed, its vision having veered so off course, that there was no point going on. And it's used now to describe the moment that anything betrays its original purpose. And what do you know, it was thirty years ago to the day. Freaky, man.

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beautiful1nes beautiful1nes 10 years
OMG I love happy days it was an awesome show.The fonz was my fav person on there too lol
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
:rotfl: How did you even find this out?
garbo215 garbo215 10 years
I have seen that episode of Arrested Development that Mallomar refers to. It's hilarious - and at the same time he refers to Burger King, the sponsor of that episode due to the show running out of funding. The double meaning of that scene, and the sheer self-effacing self-referentiation (is that a word?) is what made that show great. There is also a scene in AD where he starts to comb his hair in the mirror, but like the Fonz stops and does the "aaaay" shrug.
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 10 years
Love that Fonz!!!!!
bonitabijou bonitabijou 10 years
haha exactly what i was thinking My Opinion!!!!!!! lol
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
omg, richie with the 'okay' sign :rotfl:
mallomar mallomar 10 years
Did you ever see the Arrested Development episode where they have him jump over a dead shark on a fishing boat in a little nod to his infamous Happy Days shark-jumping? Good times.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 10 years
it was like twilight zone meant to be.....freaky!
Home Home 10 years
I can't believe you guys were JUST talking about it then realized it was the 30th anniversary. It was meant to be.
Beauty Beauty 10 years
Look how PROUD Tom Bosley is!
Emma Emma 10 years
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