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Jump the Shark

written by: Gilligan
The term "jump the shark" is a popular expression for the point where a TV show has passed its prime and is on the decline. The term is derived from a "Happy Days" episode where Fonzie water skis over a shark, thus marking the beginning of the show's steep decline. In this quiz we'll look at shows primarily from the 1970's and the point at which they "jumped the shark.”

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The addition of this annoying nephew is generally considered the point where "Scooby Doo" jumped the shark.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Scrappy Doo

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Most would agree that "The Brady Bunch" jumped the shark when this cousin comes to live with the Brady family.

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By a landslide, most fans would agree: "Laverne & Shirley" jumped the shark when the two friends left Milwaukee and took up residence in this city.
Miami, Florida
Reno, Nevada
Columbus, Ohio
Burbank, California

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The replacement of Bo and Luke with these two individuals is generally considered the point where "The Dukes of Hazzard" jumped the shark.
Seth and Bubba
Enos and Waylon
Coy and Vance
Lando and Hank

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The departure of this character from "Three's Company" in season five (1980) is generally regarded as the point when the show jumped the shark.
Larry Dallas
Jack Tripper
Chrissy Snow
Janet Wood

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"Mork & Mindy" jumped the shark with a vengeance when Mork gave birth to a large adult male. Who played the character of Mearth, their son?
Jonathan Winters
Bob Newhart
Vic Tayback
Tom Poston

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Many would argue that "Too Close for Comfort" was so bad that it jumped the shark on the very first episode. However, others say it jumped when the character of Monroe got a girlfriend. Who played Monroe?
Tim Conway
Sal Mineo
JM J. Bullock
Gavin McLeod

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By the end of the fifth season, "I Dream of Jeannie" had jumped the shark: Jeannie and her master get married. What is the last name of the newlywed couple?

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There can be no doubt, "The Flintstones" jumped the shark with the addition of this character from the planet Zatox.
The Great Gazoo
Kif Kroker
Dr. Frankenstone

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This actor is called the "patron saint" of jumptheshark.com. Time after time, he is added to the cast of a TV show (such as "Happy Days", "The Love Boat" and "Dynasty") and time after time the show tanks.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
William Zabka
Jeff Fahey
William Katt
Ted McGinley

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