Guy Who Made Fonzie Jump the Shark is Very Defensive About It
If you didn’t already know, the phrase “jump the shark” originated from an episode of Happy Days in which Fonzie actually jumps a shark during a water skiing competition. Let me repeat that: “in which Fonzie actually jumps a shark during a water skiing competition.” Ridiculous, right? Well the guy who wrote that episode does not understand why everyone thinks a man jumping an actual shark, on water skis while wearing a leather jacket, is beyond silly. In fact, he’s pissed enough to write an overly long defense of the entire thing. The best part:
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.
Wow! An International Emmy AND “The New Leave it to Beaver.” Apologies, sir. You are obviously a genius…