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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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119 gpshaw wrote: "I have no ill will against the original owner and I am willing to forgive TV guide, it's their site they can do what they want with it". It's not that simple: under copyright law, all the submissions were the intellectual property of the original posters; and they were submitted ONLY for the purpose of public viewing. When TV guide came along and purchased the site so that they could ERASE the content, they and Jon Hein committed a civil violation of "Conversion" against these posters, since it was a breach of implied agreement between them; since he did not OWN the comments, and therefore had no right to SELL them for the purposes of deletion out of corporate-censorship. It's not the same as if he simply closed down the site: he SOLD comments that weren't his, in order to DESTROY poperty that was submitted for PUBLIC DISPLAY ONLY. That's ILLEGAL. The court might agree, but we should at least try to get our property back! -- Submitted By: (SarahGoodwich) on May 1, 2009, 4:11 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
120 TV Guide bought JumpTheShark.com in order to silence public criticsm of crappy Television. I think we should sue John Hein and TV Guide, since he had no right to sell the show's content, or to silence pubic criticism. I made many submissions about what I thought of TV shows, and I very much enjoyed the often intelligent and insightful statements about a show's good and bad points-- an when they finally started beating a dead horse. Then one day I clicked onto the website, and it was turned into some tabloid-style publicity site, talking about how great shows were-- no matter how bad they SUCKED! It woud be like "How great is this show/actor/writer" etc-- alongside full-color photos of the stars etc: all written by TV-guide writers, with not a single line by actual VIEWERS. Obviously, TV guide realized that people were bad-mouthing the awful shows they pitch, and wanted to shut everyone up from airing their public opinions-- and so they bought out Jon Hein-- who did NOT own the original content, but rather it belonged to the original posters themselves. And so now TV Guide has this brainless on-line verion of itself, CLAIMING to offer honest criticism-- in their book, a show only Jumps the Shark when they can't talk idiots into watching it any longer-- not when it SUCKS, as long as they can squeeze another dollar out of it with their hawking it like the next classic show. I think that all the original submitters should SUE Jon Hein and TV Guide, since we intended our submissions to be for PUBLIC VIEWING-- NOT to be privately sold to make him rich, by COPORATE CENSORSHIP! -- Submitted By: (SarahGoodwich) on May 1, 2009, 4:01 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
121 Jump the Shark, Schmump the Shark. I'd rather Bone the Fish. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 29, 2009, 12:59 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
122 I don't know how I feel about JumpTheShark getting canned. On the one hand, TVGuide undeniably ruined a piece of internet history, no exaggeration. Some statements about shows that were on at the time that are off now were lightning in a bottle, and will never be written again. On the other hand, and I'm not trying to suck up or anything, do you really think you have a worse deal now than when JTS was in existence? Now you can comment on when practically anything started sucking. JumpTheShark barely had a page up where you could comment on music groups for a short time before that went down. You couldn't comment on movies, you couldn't comment on celebrities, you couldn't comment on phenomenons. In the end, TVGuide's move benefited all of us, because it burned the deadwood that let something better come along. -- Submitted By: () on April 29, 2009, 12:19 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
123 http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2236936/posts Apparently some of the folks on the internet are still just slaves to following their corporate masters- check out this online link to people saying " we'll we can't use BTF, we must follow TV Guide..." Freaking Sheeple. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on April 29, 2009, 5:46 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
124 Just popped in for a look at JTS and found a really lame entertainment magazine in its place, something that really seems like the antithesis of what the site was. So, let me get this straight...TV Guide paid a buttload of money for the site, just to scrap it and put a crappy blog in its place while retaining the title and a few of the categories just to remind us of how bloody stupid they are. At best, some executive just doesn't get it. At worst, TV Guide has hijacked a pop culture term. I don't feel comfortable saying "Jump the Shark" anymore if TV Guide owns it, especially when they bought it just to draw more traffic (under false pretenses) to a really subpar entertainment site. Jumping the Shark was about us, the TV viewers, poking fun at the industry. It empowered the viewers. TV Guide destroyed that, and replaced it with mindless hype about TV shows. Shame on them. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on April 28, 2009, 9:17 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
125 Gemstar and TV Guide all deserve a kick in their collective behinds for this move. Let's take one of the most beloved websites on the internet and destroy it... while at the same time paying millions of dollars for it. Someone should mail them a nice Fish Platter with a side of Bones from Red Lobster! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on April 27, 2009, 5:40 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
126 I logged on to Jump The Shark back in February or so, only to find out that the priceless comments have been wiped off the face of the Earth! I am mad! I have been a JTS fan since 2003, and I am shocked to see it disappeared! I even wanted to see a Disney Channel page similar to the Nick page! I want my JTS back! -- Submitted By: (SVN) on April 17, 2009, 8:13 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
127 Once upon a time there was a website. The website was intelligent, provoking, funny and more. Then at the end of January 2009 I was shocked. JTS is now a blogsite. They use terms like "Dancing with the sharks". They are using the good old topics like:A Very special, Birth, Color, Exit Stage Left and they post blogs in those topics. Bottom line TVG is using the popular website JTS.com to generate more viewers to the TV Guide website. I hope BTF becomes very popular and TVG will be very very sorry for what they did. RIP JTS January 2009. -- Submitted By: () on April 10, 2009, 2:08 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
128 I hadn't come to JTS in awhile, and I felt like checking up to see if people's eyes had opened to how the Simpsons had become, much to my dismay I was redirected to TV guide page. "No matter" I thought "I'll just find the comments section for individual shows" After searching around I couldn't find that area, in fact i couldn't even find a voting area, all that was there was a bunch of articles written by entertainment journalists (read: people who flunked out of Columbia) on what makes a show jump the shark. I have no ill will against the original owner and I am willing to forgive TV guide, it's their site they can do what they want with it, but I think it was an extremely poor decision... -- Submitted By: (gpshaw) on April 10, 2009, 1:16 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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