When Did Downton Abbey Jump the Shark?
Today, we look at when (or if) you folks believe that Downton Abbey “jumped the shark.”
This is “Just Can’t Jump It,” a feature where we examine shows that launched in 2006 or later and whether they “jumped the shark.” Jumped the shark means that the show had a specific point in time where, in retrospect, you realize that show was going downhill from there. Not every show DOES jump the shark. Some shows just remain good all the way through. And some shows are terrible all the way through. What we’re looking for are moments where a show that you otherwise enjoyed hit a point where it took a noticeable nose dive after that time and if so, what moment was that?
The great Jon Hein had a website devoted to this topic, but he sold it off in 2006 and after being maintained for a couple of years it was then merged into TV Guide in 2009, so I figured it’d be fun to look at shows that launched after the sale and see what we all think about whether they jumped the shark and, if so, when did it happen? After we do a few, I’ll start an archive listing each show along with the current answer for each one.
Today, we look at the longrunning British drama, Downton Abbey, about the Crawley family as well as their servants as the early 20th Century sees the family go through many changes as the very nature of aristocratic families was becoming hard to maintain.
So first…DID IT JUMP THE SHARK? I vote no. There were certainly some lulls in the show, especially when Dan Stevens left the show, but I think it rebounded well.
WHEN DID IT JUMP THE SHARK Well, I’ll leave that to you folks.
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions for shows for us to do in future installments!
2 thoughts on “When Did Downton Abbey Jump the Shark?”
When Dan Stevens left!
The dual deaths in Season 3 should have sunk the show but somehow it survived!