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A defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak. That instant that you know from now on...it's all downhill. Some call it the climax. We call it "Jumping the Shark." From that moment on, the program will simply never be the same. he term "jump the shark" was coined by site founder Jon Hein's college roommate of 4 years, Sean J. Connolly, in Ann Arbor, Michigan back in 1985. This web site, book, film, and all other material surrounding shark jumping, are hereby dedicated to "the Colonel." The aforementioned expression refers to the telltale sign of the demise of Happy Days, our favorite example, when Fonzie actually "jumped the shark." The rest is history. Jumping the shark applies not only to TV, but also music, film, even everyday life. We invite you to comment when any show jumped the shark.

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1 TVGuide Redesign February 2009, TV Guide Destroyed it.
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2 Jon Hein SOLD! When he sold it.
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3 Rude and nasty users Nasty idiots made it less fun
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4 TVG blocks Wayback Machine Can't view original site anymore!
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5 Still Hasn't Boned I like big corporations ruining fun things!
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99 I just found this place today. It's nice to find that the crowd that used to frequent JTS has found a new home. Fortunately, I kept my own personal copies of the content I sent to "the place that shall not be named", and I'll start putting them up in the appropriate places here. -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on July 23, 2009, 12:15 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
100 Here is the last comment on there... For some reason, my wonderful poem was deleted. As a favor to readers, let me re-post it: There once was a fella named Timmy Molloy Who suits up in Radnor did choose to employ. Their mission was clear; their mission was dark They wanted to "fix" the site "Jump the Shark." And Timmy obeyed, just like sheep in their flocks; He'd seen what had happened to poor Erin Fox. So change it they did, like a prince to a frog They turned it into a "what's on TV" blog. A once proud, great site, now but , alas, it's gone dark C'mon, TV Guide, give us back "Jump the Shark!" I made a few changes, for the better, I think you'll agree. Bye! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on July 22, 2009, 10:08 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
101 I noticed that the JTS site has still no new content? Also all of the recent comments about JTS sucking have been removed from the last TV blog "article" Really makes you wonder what is going on at this trainwreck! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on July 22, 2009, 10:07 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
102 I'd pay cash money to know what is going on at the Scottish Site, I bet some people ahve gotten fired, and you have to wonder if BONE THE FISH" was mentioned at their satan worshipping corporate meetings. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on July 19, 2009, 7:02 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
103 Wow I went to take a peek and everything is gone the blog stuff is gone! -- Submitted By: (kitchenbreak) on July 18, 2009, 9:26 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
104 Just went over to the Scottish Site, what a MESS!!! There are no new gossip blogs and Erin Fox, the hatchet lady that wrote on there is gone. Fired? Can anyone figure this out? Also there are no comments there except people slamming the site, and there are very few of those. I wonder if all of the other user comments on the blog articles were TV Guide employees or bots? Check it out, it is really a sad and odd sight to behold, and a guy even wrote a poem on there!! Here it is...thanks A.S. MARTBOY (As published on the Scottish site..) As I was cutting the lawn yesterday, the rich history of this site moved me to poetry. I hope you enjoy it: There once was a man named Timmy Molloy Who people at Radnor did choose to employ. Their mission was clear; their mission was dark: "We'll go fix the site they call 'Jump the Shark.'" And Timmy assisted, like lambs in their flocks; He'd seen what had happened to poor Erin Fox. The suits made a change, like a prince to a frog They turned it into a "whats on TV" blog. But with 4 dismal comments, it's starting to fade It's been almost 2 weeks, no columns been made. Think of your ratings, please heed this remark: "C'mon, TV Guide, give us back "Jump the Shark!" Thank you. Thank you very much...... -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on July 15, 2009, 7:18 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
105 I remember the Best comment on the old JTS I read was some New Yorker complaining about Adam Rich of Eight is Enough & wanting to knock his Coke Head out of Shea Stadium. What was ur favorite? -- Submitted By: (ChrissyM) on July 13, 2009, 6:15 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
106 You can check out the website traffic from JTS. About one year ago in May they had about 74.000 visitors that month now its just about 7900 visitors a month ( no I didn't forget a zero). I can't gloat but it's delighting to see. I'm sorry TVGuide/Gemstar but you bought a website just to get 7000 visits a month now. Ah the irony. Go to the link below and see the decline from may 2008 to now it's pathetic. Look it up here: http://siteanalytics.compete.com/www.jumptheshark.com/ -- Submitted By: (kitchenbreak) on July 3, 2009, 10:46 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
107 I have been a huge fan of JTS from 2003 till 2006. I stopped viewing there site because my jobs firewall would freak because of the cuss words in some of the user inputs. I loved that site and now was able to view it again. Wow! When I went there I thought something was wrong...tv guide...WTF? It looks totally different. It reminds me of any generic corporate celebrity blog site. I can not believe they bought the site just to gut the thing out. It is not even close to being the same. I spent my night looking at what happened and a nice alternative site. Found BTF. Very nice. Thank you! -- Submitted By: (bissenmir) on June 17, 2009, 5:22 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
108 I don't know if I should laugh or cry because of this. The ARCHIVES?! That's pathetic. Luckily we are adding the old content to BTF. -- Submitted By: (kitchenbreak) on June 12, 2009, 5:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
109 The funny thing is that Metallica hasn't had a song worth stealing in years and years. In fact, you couldnt pay me to listen to the "Faux Metal" that "Alternica" puts out under the guise of "Metal" these last two decades (since 1988). Is Lars Ulrich's jail for downloading music only one tenth the BS than "the site that shall not be named" being raped by TV Guide? That's an interesting premise for a debate. One item of note, isnt it amazing how there isnt one mainstream press item talking about the Rape of "The site that shall not be named"? Looks like the corporate media whores are all having hushspuppies, slaw and 3 pieces of deep fried fish while not criticizing their peer's horrible destruction of a webclassic. But what else is new in the media these days? -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on June 10, 2009, 7:55 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
110 As far as I'm concerned, the selling of the site to TV Guide is ten times worse than Lars Ulrich openly calling for anybody downloading music to be sued/jailed at the beginning of the decade. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 10, 2009, 1:02 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
111 TV Guide ruins their own magazine, ruins "the site which shall not be named", and now, they block the archives...I am officially boycotting them. So what that I don't buy their products, anyways. I can still do all I can to avoid visiting any sites hosted by TV Guide. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 9, 2009, 12:20 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
112 I had noticed that wayback.com wasa getting more difficult to use, thankfully thanks to our wonderful users volunteers, more of the great content from the site that shall not be named is geting added here every day. Want to stick it to TV Guide, email the site to volunteer to add a reason from the "Scottish" site today, and in turn stick the Bone to the Man!! Damn you for stopping the archive site!!! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on June 9, 2009, 3:38 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
113 Hey guys, just to make me hate them even more, TV Guide has blocked the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (archive.org) from accessing the old jumptheshark.com. Now there is absolutely no way to read the old stuff any more. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on June 8, 2009, 11:21 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
114 Bonethefish, thank you for existing, and hopefully never selling out. It absolutely ticked me off to see the generic, TOTALLY UNNECESSARY piece of crap TV Guide turned such a cool, unique site into. -- Submitted By: (MrBriggsInc) on May 11, 2009, 6:49 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
115 What a shameful set of quotes this is!! http://www.liveworld.com/news/press/070301.html "We are delighted to be working with TV Guide on Jump the Shark. It's a terrific site with a vibrant group of enthusiastic users that will only benefit from further integration with the TV Guide Community," said Peter Friedman, Chairman & CEO, LiveWorld. "Welcome to Jump The Shark's extreme makeover," site founder Jon Hein wrote on the home page of JumptheShark.com. "There's no Ty or a big bus, but JTS now offers real-time voting and posting, automated category tabulation, dynamic linking of shows across the site, and a facelift that brings the site out of the nineties." Hein published the site in his house for 10 years before TV Guide acquired it last year. The independent spirit of the site will be maintained. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on May 4, 2009, 9:17 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
116 I was so disappointed to see this web site die. its death mirrors what happens on TV these days. Just a bunch of tabloid crap about actors and shameless advertising. Luckily people could not be silenced this long and Bone the Fish was born. Long live Bone the Fish! -- Submitted By: (MCS) on May 3, 2009, 7:06 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
117 You can still see some of the old content and comments from the wayback machine website- i would say that someone should starat taking their old show comments and move them over to this site from "Wayback", and then see if TV guide comes after you for "freeing" your old comments or reasons to be seen again, however the wayback archives are limited to what you can see/read, and not every show is accessible. But I'm sure there is a Bone or two willing to try to find out? -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on May 2, 2009, 7:07 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
118 We can argue that the comments made on JTS were the intellectual property of the people who wrote them, that TV Guide's actions are censorship, and that Hein was unethical in making a big pile of cash off a website that was only valuable because of the content donated by the people he screwed over. I can agree that some unethical things have taken place, but there was no malice. The bottom line is that TV Guide never cared about the content of JTS. They wanted the URLs. They saw a TV-related site with extremely high traffic and they bought it as a place to put their crappy fluff. It's the same as a big company buying a prime piece of real estate to tear down what is there and put their own building on it without a second thought. Almost makes me wish it was a plot to destroy JTS. The truth is much sadder. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on May 1, 2009, 8:34 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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