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Synonyms, antonyms, and related words for jumping the shark

Nuking the Fridge is a colloquialism used by U.S. Cinema critics and fans. It has a meaning similar to jumping the shark.

It is used to denote the point in a movie or movie series at which the characters or plot veer into a ridiculous, out-of-the-ordinary storyline. Films that have "nuked the fridge" are typically deemed to have passed their peak, since they have undergone too many changes to retain their initial appeal, and after this point critical fans often sense a noticeable decline in their quality.

It is considered as the movie correspective of what Jumping the shark means for television.

The term is an allusion to a scene in the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull of the Indiana Jones series, when the title character Indiana Jones is literally hit by a Atomic Bomb blast while hiding inside a refrigerator in a desperate attempt to escape a nuclear test facility. The fridge is hurled several miles through the sky, and tumbles hard to the ground. The scene was considered so preposterous that many believed it to be an attempt at outdoing the over-the-top action of the classic introduction sequence of the series.

Nuke-the-fridge moments may be scenes like the one described above that finally convince viewers that the film has fundamentally and permanently strayed from its original premise. In those cases they are viewed as a desperate and futile attempt to keep a series fresh.


The phrase refers to the opening scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, first worldwide released on May 22 2008. The infamous scene was seen by many as betraying the normal half-serious tone of the series, by introducing an element of cartoonish factuality and typical excess.

The first public use of the phrase as a direct metaphor is reported to have been on May 24, 2008, on IMDB boards by user beachedblonde.

The phrase has been used more recently outside the realm of popular culture, representing anything that has reached its peak and has turned mediocre. If one thinks a stock or a sports team or a subcultural phenomenon has reached its peak, for example, one can say that it has "nuked the fridge."
Examples of a film franchise nuking the fridge:

Star Wars - Jar-Jar Binks says "Ex-squeeze me"

Matrix - When 100 Agent Smiths attack a CGI Neo spinning around on a pole

Spider-Man - When Peter Parker turns Emo and starts dancing around a bar

Batman - When Batman has to fend off a bunch of glowing neon-painted hooligans to rescue Robin after he stole the Batmobile
by Heyitsbeth May 26, 2008
A forced meme by the Nostalgia Critic that fanboys spew as if it's funny.
by Guru Larry June 16, 2011
a term to describe a moment when somethin that was once great has reached a point where it will now decline in quality and popularity.

Origin of this phrase comes from a Happy Days episode where the Fonz jumped a shark on waterskis. Thus was labeled the lowest point of the show.
Cousin Oliver on Brady Bunch, Scrappy Doo.
by Anonymous October 21, 2003
The Nostalgia Critic is a well known comedian that has grown widely throughout Youtube, and the internet alone. With his act of reviews involving many Retro and present content of media, Such as movies and Gaming. As well as other videos relating to other relation. With 5 Second Videos & ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, He will continue to become known for his skills after time.
I went on ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com to see Some of The Nostalgia Critic's Videos!

Hi I'm The Nostalgia Critic, I Remember It So You Don't Have To!
by SalThps July 10, 2008
this is a move when you have your girl get on her knees doggystyle and you stand across the room naked. then you put your hands together above your head and mimic a shark, all the while your humming the JAWS theme song. you make your way across the room and when you get near her you hump her as hard as you can sending her head crashing into the wall.
Q: How did you get that bump on your head?
A: The boyfriend did the shark last night.
by Peter Johnson wang March 21, 2005
A TV show on Showtime about a guy named Dexter. He's a forensics scientist by day, and a serial murderer by night. What sets him apart is that he's a serial murderer of OTHER serial murderers. So he's the good guy of the story. Based on the book series by Jeff Lindsey. Very strange, but well-written.
Tagline: Dexter takes life. Seriously.
by HueyFreeman November 06, 2006
A surprise or planned fight, when either (a)one individual is attacked/beaten by a group of 2 or more individuals or (b) when a notiably larger group attacks/fights a smaller group of individuals. These fights can occur with or without any kind of valid reason to jump someone.

A onesided fight.

verb jumped
"Man lets jump this kid coming this way on his bike"

"Me and my cousin are going to jump this guy that stole our car"
by DetroitSlang May 14, 2003
The early 21st century drug of choice. A shared illusion, making its addicts think they have friends, a life, access to good information, and the critical thinking skills to form valid opinions. Fatal in large doses.
Paul spent the day eating Cheetos and watching Television, then had a light heart attack in the evening.
by Who, me? August 18, 2003
The World Taekwondo Federation.
WTF, holds many competitions throughout the world.
WTF, as far as i know, remain blissfully unaware of the other meaning of WTF. Or maybe they just don't feel like changing.
by t3h n00bz 7a!k l!k3 t3his July 26, 2006
A long ass movie that was basically Pocahontas played by Halo characters.
"What did you think of Avatar?"

"It was 3 hours of predictable Pocahontas/Halo garbage."
by Clint Bubbles January 12, 2010