I loved this book! Unfortunately, "Jump the Shark" has just done that ... Jumped the Shark! It sold its popular website to TV Guide and now it's a mess! TV Guide took something that also included music, sports, politics, and celebrities, and just dismissed anything that didn't have to do with entertainment. Truthfully, I liked the other parts of the book like when did Al Sharpton jump the shark? (Tawana Brawley episode and no apology.) Or when did Olympic figure skating jump the shark? (Nancy Kerrigan/Tanya Harding debacle.) A lot has happened since its 2002 publication. Unfortunately we'll never know the EXACT date Bushie jumped the shark because TV Guide seems to think we're a vapid society that only wants to know about entertainment. So, I guess Jon Hein (the author) jumped the shark when he sold his website to TV Guide. Ironic, don't you think?
This book started out funny, but it just went on and on and on. It became mean spirited and dull. The endless sidebars got to be annoying and the book repeated itself in places.
I think Hein would have done better to have the book about tv shows and then produce later books about actors, sports and politics.
Funny book which details the exact moment our favorite TV shows, bands, etc. "jumped the shark" (totally outrageous and no longer believable). Such moments include the addition of Cousin Oliver to the "Brady Bunch" or the appearance of Scrappy Doo!
This is a fun book that describes an aspect of popular culture that we have all experienced: "You know it when you see it. It's the moment on your favorite TV show when a new character is introduced, the romantic leads share their passionate embrace, or the whole gang takes a trip to Tahiti. In that moment you know your favorite show has lost its magic...." (from a blurb on the book cover) "But its not just
TV shows--anything and anyone can jump the shark."
Read this book to find out where the author got the title! You might be surprised.
I'd never watched some of these shows, but for those I was familiar with, the writer is usually "spot on." My partner and I read this together and we were nodding our heads and murmuring "oh, yeah, he's got that right" on almost every one. It's just good ol' nostalgic fun.
Whether you know Jon Hein from JumpTheShark.com or you know him from his work on the Howard Stern Show, you know that this guy knows his stuff when it comes to television.
He doesn't come off as a stuffy writer, or know-it-all critic. Rather, he comes off as your average television lover who didn't like it when Oliver joined the Brady Bunch.
Fun read - great gift idea for the TV lover. Great summer/beach book!
Interesting, and oh so true.
A delightful and humorous look at when your favorite tv shows, bands and politicians took the one step they shouldn't have.