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The worst "jump the shark" moments in TV

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by ilovepaydays, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. judiz

    judiz Well-Known Member


    I didn't mind the FBI episodes because I'm sure that happens in real life, the FBI trying to turn an insider against the mob. My JTS Soprano moment was definitely the last season when they bought in Tony's cousins and moved away from the original mob family.
  2. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

    David took on a larger classload in order to graduate with the rest of the group. His storyline for the first half of the season was the stress of doing all the coursework, hosting the school radio station, and being in a relationship with Virgin Donna.
  3. susan6

    susan6 Well-Known Member

    That '70's show jumped the shark either when Donna went blonde or when Eric went to teach in Africa.
  4. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    It jumped it in the first few episodes when they continued on theme for sets, costumes and hair, but ignored it for dialogue and plot. It looked like a 70s show, but in all other ways was contemporary.
  5. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

    I thought it jumped from the first moment they pretended Laura Prepon was the hottest girl in their universe.

    Or possibly when a casting director decided she could act at all and gave her the role.
  6. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    :rofl: Absolutely! And puppet Angel vamping was one of the funniest things I've ever seen on TV. Wasn't it canceled right after that episode? How could they do that, after You're Welcome, fake Nazi Spike ("don't ever go to a free virgin blood party") and puppet Angel?

    I'm sure it didn't hurt that they all repeated their junior year :D
  7. Karina1974

    Karina1974 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, she seems to have come through as the most unscathed, despite everything she's been through. She did a number of "bonus" interviews for the LH DVD sets, and commentary on two episodes (the infamous "cinnamon chicken" episode, and the one where Nellie gives birth to twins). I hope she goes into more detail than Melissa Gilbert did about the show, because MG, in her own book, goes into far more detail about her drama with Rob Lowe and Beau Brinkman :blah: than into the TV show where she spent 10 years of her life.

    I wonder what MSA's mother thought about the movies she made after leaving LH. I watched Happy Birthday to Me on YouTube not too long ago. :scream: And then there was Midnight Offering where she played a high school student who practiced Black Magick.
  8. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

    See, I think it wasn't the time travel, but having Grant leave and resolving the Jack/Allison triangle. The last season was just blah.

    Heh, the time travel is the least of the issue for me...I spent most of the season finale going "How on earth did these emotionally-crippled lunatics ever become federal agents? Why are these people acting like teenagers whose boyfriend dumped them instead of like secret agents? (Except Jinks, HG, and Mrs Frederics.) DO YOU REMEMBER YOU HAVE GLOVES AND BAGS?" And then the terrible mystery illness, which would work great, if only "The Tudors" had never existed...
    It's the sweating sickness--it's just a virus, thought to be related to the Hanta virus, and even in Tudor times, while it had a significant fatality rate, it wasn't even close to total-pandemic levels and most patients who made it through the first 24 hours recovered without anything we'd consider modern medicine.
  9. dbell1

    dbell1 Well-Known Member

    SATC lost me with "The Russian". It was very fragmented. No clue why Alesander would choose Carrie and move her to Paris with him. And I was ready to slap her by the end too. I did love Charlotte and Harry though. :swoon: So cute together.

    Alias lost it with Lauren. They wanted to bring her on as a 'good girl', but when the fans just wouldn't accept Vaughn's wife, she instantly became 'glop on the eyeliner badass super spy' overnight. I would have loved to have watched Syd, Vaughn and Lauren all struggling to do the right thing rather than what we wound up with. And making Nadia Sloane's daughter was a real stretch too. Don't even get me started on the werewolves/vampires whatever freakshow that was the 'climax' of season 4. But, it was good to see the big red ball in the sky. :rofl:
  10. Jeanine

    Jeanine Active Member

    Great thread!

    I'm sure I'll have more, but two that spring to mind after reading this thread-

    Blue Heelers - count me as another one who loved this show, and for me, it definitely jumped when they killed Maggie. Sob!

    Er - the episode where Carol left, where we got the surprise cameo by George Clooney, set to Don Henley's "Taking You Home" ... I saw this on reruns a few years after it aired and I just sat there going, "Man, this show used to be so much better!"

    One that I've seen mentioned but not this specific episode, Criminal Minds 100 - the final confrontation between Hotch and the Reaper, incorporating the death of Haley. A character who, for her entire time on the show would have me muttering, "I hope she dies roaring," but when she actually did, I was on my couch, clutching a cushion to my mouth, bawling and crying, "Haley, no!" That? Is some awesome writing right there and IMO, the show has never bettered it. (though "JJ" came close.)
  11. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    :lol: Or when they decided that someone who looks/acts and sounds like she's 7 years older than the others would fit right in.
  12. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

    Figure skating competitions, when Kwan stopped competing :p

  13. judiz

    judiz Well-Known Member


    I've watched those episodes over and over, Christopher played one of the children in the blind school and (if I remember correctly), he had no lines, he was just an extra in the background so it was hard to pick him out.
  14. judiz

    judiz Well-Known Member

    Reading these posts has convinced me we need a separate thread just to vent about LHOTP!
  15. lulu

    lulu New Member

    I'm there!
  16. victoriajh

    victoriajh trying to ignore rod and find the eurosport feed

    Oh I love that show, I know the words to Mose episodes.....
  17. Karina1974

    Karina1974 Well-Known Member

    Me too!
  18. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    As much as I hate to say this . . .

    Cheers in the fourth season. I think the writers and cast's disdain for Shelley Long really affected the way Diane was being written. She became much more insufferable than ever before. At least in the early years, her pseudo-intellectualism was endearing and Diane seriously brought the show to a whole new level. If you watch the early years (especially the first two seasons), Long's comedic timing with the cast was impeccable and Diane really was one of the best written characters on television.

    Then something happened around season 4. That is not to say she didn't have her moments, and there were brilliant episodes right before her departure, but overall, you can tell her and Sam lost steam and the show lost steam because of it. As much I greatly prefer the Diane years, I think Long leaving the show was a saving grace as Cheers was revitalized with Kirstie Alley as Rebecca and the show became a true ensemble. Plus, it was wise not to give Sam another true love interest as in my mind, Diane and Sam really did belong together despite what the series finale said.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2012
  19. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, the writing for Rebecca deteriorated as well. She got so incredibly whiny.
  20. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    True. I heard that the show should've really ended before their final season. I think they wanted Rebecca to be like a Katherine Hepburn type who could spar with Ted Danson's Sam in that way. However, I think they smartly realized that Kirstie Alley's strong suit was really slapstick, physical comedy and played that up. I'm not going to lie, I liked that Rebecca became a transparent gold digger who basically failed at life. How else was she going to fit in at that bar?
  21. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed the early season 6 of Buffy (after she died and came back) because some of the episodes were really touching and completely :fragile: but if I had to pick a JTS moment, it was either the entire episode of "Doublemeat Palace" or in "Seeing Red" when Spike attempts to rape Buffy.

    I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I LOVED season 4 of Angel. It might be my favorite season due to the major creep factor and I loved the Wesley/Lilah storyline :shuffle: But IMO getting rid of the hotel and Cordelia and having Spike join killed it.

    It's a hilarious book. I highly recommend it. She goes through some horrific things, which makes me a bit :yikes: to describe the book as funny and very entertaining. But it is.

    My rule for That 70s Show reruns is: if Donna is a blonde, then turn the channel.
  22. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    My fave. Didnt get the chance to jump.
  23. Tak

    Tak Well-Known Member

    I agree that just jarred - it seemed out of character and totally an about face from where they had been going at the time - and it was just so sudden. But in fairness to the writers, I remember reading in several places back then that the actress was having some personal problems/issues [never specified that I could find] in her private life that was spilling over onto the set and was told she either had to fix them or leave.

    I dont know what happened exactly, but the writers had to write her out quickly [they didnt have many episodes left to do it before the season ended]. I dont like what they came up with, but maybe it was the best they could do at short notice - and it left open the possibility she could return at some time. Maybe some one else knows better what was going on?

    I think the worst idea the writers [intentionally] had was Conor - it seemed like they created the character and then at some point lost all idea of what they were going to do with him - and so wrote him out in a rather lame way. It all seemed rather pointless.

    I'm not sure if that's called JTS or not - since it wasnt just one moment - but it was certainly a low point in the series for me.
  24. Scintillation

    Scintillation New Member

    I love love Arrested Development but I'm glad it never got the chance to JTS. I don't have to say "all the episodes are funny except..." Every single episode is great.

    Now the Simpsons on the other hand is a show I love, but midway through season 9 things started to decline. There were still gems every so often after that but they've never recaptured the consistent brilliance they had in seasons 3-8.
    Oh and 30 Rock definitely lost some quality around season 5. I think they lost a bunch of writers to Community around that time.
  25. lulu

    lulu New Member

    Agree about The Simpsons. I love the show, and if possible, I still watch the new episodes on T.V., but the moments are few & far moments where the show has been able to recapture its former brilliance.
  26. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    30 rock needs to dump hazel, she is a scene killer
  27. Amy L

    Amy L Well-Known Member

    I'm not exactly sure what happened either, but Charisma Carpenter's fiance-turned-husband was having some problems, she was having problems with him, etc. and she needed to take a break and/or quit. She took a vacation from the show and they had Cordelia go on vacation with Groo. They wrote her out of the show with the ascension when she strongly hinted that she wasn't coming back. Then at the last possible moment she decided that she would come back for season 4, and, by the way, she's pregnant. The icky semi-incestuous sex/Jasmine stuff was hastily put together due to Charisma's irl pregnancy, and IMO they assassinated Cordy's character because they were pissed off at Charisma. The producers nearly killed that show (even more) prematurely over petty stuff. Charisma and her husband were together for several more years after the Angel kerfuffle, though they did eventually get divorced. She just said that he had stuff to deal with, but she's been pretty classy about everything and hasn't yet called anyone out on the whole event.

    And I loved season 5 because I loved Spike and Angel(us) together in Buffy season 2 and it was just more fabulous HoYay (was that a Television Without Pity thing? I just remember the phrase HoYay being thrown around a lot that year).
  28. Amy L

    Amy L Well-Known Member

    All of the AD episodes are either perfect or "pretty okay" with some perfect moments, but I thought Charlize Theron's storyline was completely useless.
  29. Alex Forrest

    Alex Forrest Banned Member

    Anyone remember Dynasty/The Colbys when Fallon went up in the UFO? Now that is the defintion of a JTS moment. A show can never recover from such ridiculousness.

    I was a huge fan of Nip/Tuck, and the whole Carver arc. Ryan Murphy assured his loyal viewers that when the Carver is revealed it will be shocking, not just some random character who didn't have much longevity on the show anyway. So I totally got into it, trusting Murphy and his writing to see something different. I truly thought it was going to be Erika, Julia's Mom played by Vanessa Redgrave. It would have been brilliant. But nope, it was the outside character who could just as easily been written off. That was the JTS moment for Nip/Tuck. I sorta watched it after that, but it was dead in my book. Then Gina was dropped off the roof of a skyscraper during sex, and I was finito.

    Of course there was 90210, and "ON-drea" I absolutedly hated her, and the actress Gabrielle Carteris was on a trip too. When On-drea ditched an Ivy League education to go to California Univ to be with the gang of losers it was annoying. (California Univ was 90210's JTS moment). And then you get preachy Carteris who bragged how she wrote much of her dialogue. The end result is she's like 50 years old playing a brainy college freshman and ends up getting knocked up. In pure Carteris dialogue, never one to not put out a public service announcement or be preachy "But doctor, I cannot possibly be pregnant. I only had unprotected sexual intercourse once!" I mean who talks that way? Subtlety was not Gaby's strong suit. If she wanted to drive the message home why not have her crying to Kelly saying "This is just my luck, the one time we didn't use protection, and now I'm preggers". Something like that, more realistic. God I hated On-drea.

    Melrose Place when Kimberly totally went off the deep end and tried to blow up the complex.
  30. Marlowe

    Marlowe Well-Known Member

    I think Gray's Anatomy may have just jumped the shark this season as a result of that stupid plane crash - killing off Matt and Lexie and cutting off Arizona's leg, and ruining the hand of the brilliant surgeon Dr. McDreamy. It's all so miserable - throwing the lives of the majority of the cast into free fall - I'm not sure I want to continue watching. As a matter of fact, I skipped it last week.