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.
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!
Jump the Shark is a riotous compendium of those priceless moments when the magic vanishes, the ratings go south, and the mighty become the fallen (who would have guessed a blue Gap dress could send Bill Clinton over the shark?). From the creator of the immensely popular website that has coined a catch phrase comes the book that is bound to be the pop-culture sensation of the season. But beware: these shark-infested pages will leave you in stitches and wondering where the insidious fin will pop up next.
Read by the author. Read more at jumptheshark.com
. I'm a pop culture junkie, and Hein and I have a similiar sense of humor. I laughed out loud at snark like: "Is Marv Albert kinky? Yesssssssss!" (My favorite TV show, "Gilmore Girls," recently jumped the shark by introducing Luke's daughter now that Rory's no longer cute--just like "The Brady Bunch" did with Cousin Oliver.)