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Song Parodies -> "Jumping o'er the Shark"

Original Song Title:

"Dancing in the Dark"

Original Performer:

Bruce Springsteen

Parody Song Title:

"Jumping o'er the Shark"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

According to "", a TV show "jumps the shark" when something ridiculous happens and the quality of the show goes downhill after that. Occasions when this happen include weddings, births, deaths, kids growing up ("Don't call me Ricky!"), fighting couples doing the deed (Max & Kyle didn't hurt "Living Single," though), moving locations, changing hairstyles (That's not what Felicity meant when she said she wanted a "shag"), same character but different actor (Sargent/York), peripheral character taking over the show (It ain't "Will & Grace & Jack & Karen," y'know!), and any appearance by Ted McGinley. The source is the September 20, 1977 episode of "Happy Days," when Arthur Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) defied everyone's fears by making a water-ski jump over a shark tank. Some older TV fans used to call it "seeing the leprechaun," after the December 22, 1963 incident on "Bonanza" in which Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker) presaged "Sesame Street"'s Snuffleupagus by several years. Even cartoons aren't immune. Those of you who are Trekkies, Voyager did a rare "reverse shark-jump" when Kes was sacked for Seven of Nine (who was stacked).
I watch on Thursday evening
and George let his wife just lick away.
I'm watching on Friday morning.
How come Kathie Lee ain't on today?
Did she quit or get fired?
Did Regis put her on the shelf?
Hey, there, TV, I'm so sick of that Urkel whelp.

This show's become crappy.
This show's chances are becoming dark.
These Days are Happy
even if Fonzie's jumping o'er the shark.

Ross is just gettin gmore nerdy.
Says, "Rachel," though he's marrying Emily.
These plots were once very sturdy.
But they let Dr. Greene die in Hawaii!
"L.A. Law"'s going nowhere
since they made Rosalind fall down the shaft.
An old doc on "St. Elsewhere"
on purpose he's feeling quite a draft.

This show's become crappy.
This show's chances are becoming dark.
These Days are Happy
even if Fonzie's jumping o'er the shark.

So many shows go and start right
but they throw in a plot twist and they're gone.
Like "Bonanza"'s Hoss Cartwright
why did he see that dumb leprechaun?

Still on the streets of New York
but Sipowicz takes another wife.
And Ted McGinley's a big dork.
Hey, baby, it's just a TV show, get a life!
Rob Lowe, "West Wing"'s without you.
I guess that show's fans are out of luck.
A baby on "Mad About You"
and Maddie and David shouldn't...

This show's become crappy.
Why did they have to marry Lois and Clark?
Scooby should fire Scrappy
just Fonzie shouldn't have jumped the shark.

This show's become crappy.
I'm worried about my favorite show falling apart.
These Days are Happy
even if Fonzie's jumping o'er the shark.
Even if Fonzie's jumping o'er the shark.
Even if Fonzie's jumping o'er the shark.
Even if Fonzie's jumping o'er the shark.

Ayyyyyyyy, baby!

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pickle - February 10, 2004 - Report this comment
A big jumping the shark moment for me is the Christmas episode where they either move away from the usual location (e.g. 'Only Fools & Horses') or the lead characters sing (e. g. 'The Flintstones', 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer').
Claude Prez - February 10, 2004 - Report this comment
You know, I heard that the only long-running show that's never jumped the shark is The Simpsons; it just keeps getting better and better. (unlike this parody--HA ha) Just kidding; I'm glad you go around making rude comments on parodies, it gives me permission to do it to yours
Mari D - February 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Hey, I liked "Buffy, the Musical"! And in spite of myself, I liked the character of Seven of Nine. They had to get rid of Kes because of her short life span (and maybe because the actress wanted to do a movie?) It's also a bad idea for main characters to have babies or for a show to add Ted McGinley for some reason.
sloatead - February 10, 2004 - Report this comment
what happens if ted is on from the beginning? will kelly ripa be back down to two jobs soon? 4-5-5
MarthaDTox - February 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Dont understand all the references but its a gerat song and a great parody
Michael Pacholek - February 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Well, Sloat, if you count long-term horridness, as opposed to brief bombhood ("Cop Rock," "Hello, Larry," all the post-Jerry shows by the Seinfelders), the worst TV show in history, or at least the most disgusting, was "Married...with Children." And that had Ted McGinley from the start. There is a category on for "Day One," as in most voters say it "jumped" at the pilot. There is also a category for "Never Jumped," but a show has to have quite a bit more than a majority of such votes to be counted as such. I just hope that day which lives in infamy when Chucky banned sex-themed submissions isn't the day Amiright "jumped the shark."
Jay W - February 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Delightfully arcane. But I always thought the Fonz went downhill after he let Pinky Tuscadero get away after the Milachi brothers episodes. His manhood was seemingly frustrated ever after.
ChuckyG - February 11, 2004 - Report this comment
considering submissions have increased every day since the new ban, I don't think it signals much of a decline.
Mare Garrel - August 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Okay, this has got to be the most genius parody I've seen here. To top it off, I haven't been able to get the OS out of my head for weeks, and The Fonz is one of my all time favorite characters, so yeah, all 5's here.
Rico Tubbs - August 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I think the Simpsons jumped the shark around Y2K when all the neighborhood boys formed a "boy band". Given the sickening corporate state of popular music (and everything else as well) in the 00s decade this was a very DEPRESSING klaxon to me. It was more like an unfunny reminder of the bleakness of the world. The show's humor vehicle had run out of gas. Also, when Urkel was using thatmachine that transformed him into a pseudo-Elvis I knew "Family Matters" ' days were numbered. When Cosmo Kramer was deemphazed on "Seinfeld" (he was getting louder applause) in 1996 the show got so godawful unfunny fast and the series finale was absolutely sadistically HORRIBLE. Also, when the "Simpsons" formed their own series Tracy Ullman's variety show bit the dust - a shame, I loved it and Tracy - the Lady of 1000 Disguises is AMAZING and full of talent. This is all IMHO and I dig your parody. You did a lot of research to write it and it shows. Kudos.

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