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Fonzie, Sharks, and the Jumping thereof

September 7, 2010

A vigorous defense of Arthur Fonzarelli’s shark jumping.

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  1. Fat Al permalink*
    September 7, 2010 3:36 pm

    Okay, I actually read the article you linked to — yes, I really don’t want to do my work — and, wonder of wonders, the guy “defending” the episode is the motherfucker who wrote the inane assininity in the first place. (I will note, of THEG interest, that he also cites the appearance of The Great Gazoo on The Flintstones as another classic jump the shark moment.)

    Now, this joker — Fred Fox, Jr. — claims that not only is the Jump The Shark episode of Happy Days not a bad one (um, okay), but that we shouldn’t judge him just on that one episode, but should consider his entire body of work:

    “Fortunately, my career didn’t jump the shark after “jump the shark.” When “Happy Days” ended, I went directly to the ABC Paramount hit show “Webster” and, after that, wrote and produced, among others, “It’s Your Move,” “He’s the Mayor, “The New Leave It to Beaver” and “Family Matters.” In 1987, Brian Levant and I created the action comedy “My Secret Identity,” which won an International Emmy.”

    There you have it. We report, you decide.

  2. September 7, 2010 4:03 pm

    Anybody who would produce a “New Leave it to Beaver” episode deserves to be hung by his ankles and be force-fed three sleeves of saltines with no water. Plus he ruined Suzi Quatro’s credibility by writing her into the show, as “Leather Tuscadero.” I hope she got a good paycheck, because it wrecked her music career.

  3. September 8, 2010 1:28 am

    Did it?

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