Today, we look at when (or if) you folks believe that Glee “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? Starting this week, I’ll start an archive listing each show along with the current answer for each one (and then update it with the new show each week).
Today, we look at Glee, the musical comedy/drama about a glee club at a high school.
So first…DID IT JUMP THE SHARK? Definitely. It was a shadow of its former self by the time it ended.
WHEN DID IT JUMP THE SHARK It’s possible that it was earlier than this, but definitely by the time the main cast graduated and the show continued to follow them to college. I think the new cast (even though the new cast had some very talented people on it, like Melissa Benoist) was when it jumped, because the show just stopped making any sense at all.
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions for shows for us to do in future installments!