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when your favorite show starts to flag and go downhill, as when Fonzie jumped the shark on waterskis. We all knew that Happy Days was on its way down then.
When Rudy (Cosby show) hit puberty, and they added that new little girl that was Denise's step-daughter, that show DEFINITELY jumped the shark.
by osbo November 04, 2002
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The term is actually "jumping the SHARK" referring to the painful last episodes of Happy days in which arthru fonzerelli aka 'the fonze" jumps over sharks on water skis while simultaneously wearing his trademark leather jacket. Jumping the shark occurs when a show has hit and alltime low and has to do something drastic and crazy to maintain its viewers and keep them interested.

Example- Hey did you hear that Sean and Christian are moving troy/ macnamara to LA for the new season of Nip/tuck? Wow I hope there not jumping the shark with that one.
by Moreah February 07, 2007
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It is the precise moment when you recognize that something is really over although it's momentum carries it on for a few steps.
She lit another cigarette and looked away. Her eyes looking beyond me told me for sure that the shark had been jumped.

Howard Dean's campaign jumped the Shark when he stood on the stage raving and shaking his fist at the crowd.
by J. Salyer March 22, 2004
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A semi-popular phrase for "selling out" or turning into shit.
The Ren and Stimpy show jumped the shark when Nickolodeon bought all the rights to make the show.
by AYB June 19, 2003
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Moving from the realm of cult into the realm of camp.
Jumping the shark: Top Gear jumped the shark when James May got in the car with Kenny Brock
by Cillit Bang July 26, 2009
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Chris Wylde. Whoo-ee. Now there's a man whose opnion you should listen to.
He also sells DiGiorno, and had a shitty talk show on Comedy Central for a while.
by Anonymous June 18, 2003
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Lamest term in the television industry according to comedian Chris Wylde.
by MoonKnight January 19, 2003
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