Turns out that the term 'jumping the shark' refers to the point in time where a television shows demise is inevitable. It is a reference to the Happy Days episode in which Fonzie water skis and jumps a shark.
I do not think Downton Abbey has jumped the shark because I do not think it is doing anything different. As I said yesterday, it has always been more about the characters than the plot. The plots have been contrived from the beginning. But the fact that they were forced to kill off two well-loved characters may be hard to overcome but even if it is I do not think you can jump the shark you have been riding all along.
I am trying to think of other shows which have indeed jumped the shark? I think you could make a case that LOST jumped the shark in its final season. 24 probably jumped the shark at some point. I think the high point of that series was Season 3. We sometimes watch The Mentalist, I think they jumped the shark when it turned out Red John was not dead. How can we ever trust the writers again?
The Brits generally have shorter TV seasons than we do. Is that why they have better quality and longer running shows? Midsomer Murder has now been on for over 20 years. Ir is interesting to note that Midsomer was forced to jump the shark when their producer made the mistake of pointing out that the coziness of the series was aimed at white Brits. He was fired and the show added in a more urban element. Too bad. Urban element is all over the place, cozy not so much.
What shows do you think jumped the shark? Is it impossible to keep up quality writing in a television show or do the good writers leave when they get bored?
In other news, I have been very sick this week. This is throwing a kink in my plans to run the 5K on Saturday. I haven't run since last Wednesday and I was hoping on working on my time. Right now I am anticipating a 45 minute 5K which is a bit dismal even though everyone keeps telling what an accomplishment that is. Ha, Ha. That feels a bit condescending. I guess the boys do get some of their competitiveness from me. It just hurts to lose a race to people in their 80s. I know, I know, there are no losers. I am nothing if not a plodder so I have not given up the idea of running the race but I feel right now as if I have pneumonia and I am not sure I can overcome that on Saturday.
Does anyone have a suggestion for the best place for a new runner to hang out online?
"St Augustine defines virtue as ordo amoris, the ordinate condition of the affections in which every object is accorded that kind of degree of love which is appropriate to it.11 Aristotle says that the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought.12 When the age for reflective thought comes, the pupil who has been thus trained in 'ordinate affections' or 'just sentiments' will easily find the first principles in Ethics; but to the corrupt man they will never be visible at all and he can make no progress in that science.13 Plato before him had said the same. The little human animal will not at first have the right responses. It must be trained to feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likeable, disgusting and hateful."
CS Lewis The Abolition of Man
CS Lewis The Abolition of Man