"Jumping the sharks" is a phrase that grew out of an episode of "Happy Days," a television show well known to Baby Boomers. It is that episode featuring the show's favorite character Fonzie wearing his trademark black leather motorcycle jacket and jumping over a pool of sharks on water skis.
That episode was seen as marking the beginning of once very popular show's decline. It took awhile and nothing the writers or producers could do, including adding new characters and storylines, could change it.
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