5 thoughts on “When Did Glee Jump the Shark?

  1. Yes, I think that is probably the moment if jumped the shark, but I think it may have started when the focus moved away from Mr. Schue (remember when he was off in Washington, DC, for a bunch of episodes?). IIRC, Ryan Murphy had said originally that the show would stay at McKinley High and not follow the students after they graduated and would leave it up to the audience whether Rachel would make it on Broadway or not. Obviously, this was not how the show proceeded. Maybe Lea Michele was just too big a star for Fox to let go of

  2. By the original definition, Glee jumped the shark before the cameras ever rolled. Jumping the shark involves something so contrived, or so ridiculous, that it reduces a show to self-parody. Glee had a contrived, ridiculous premise to begin with.

  3. I have to agree with Ed to an extent. I watched an episode in the first season, and it seemed like a soap opera with musical numbers. I asked my brother who was a fan about it, and he explained the plot to me, and, yes, it was a soap opera with musical numbers.

    I heard that the second-season revamped the show a bit, and it got better, but I’ll probably never know.

  4. The phantom pregnancy storyline in the first season. It takes a lot of effort to make me actively dislike a character, but I could never get over the character they wrote for Jessalyn Gilsig.

    The music was great though. They could have just made a show of talented post-teens covering pop songs and the show would have been 200% better. And Kristin Chenoweth.

  5. I think I can pinpoint it down to the moment (and it’s earlier than the splitting up of the cast). There was an episode earlier that same season (season three) that dealt with Karofsky attempting suicide, and it was one of the show’s strongest episodes…until the ending completely undercut the episode’s message by having Dianna Agron’s Quinn involved in a potentially fatal car crash due to screen distraction. That inability to just pick ONE damn lane for a WEEK had always been a problem, but it was never so violent and abrasive. That was the moment it became clear that the writers were just tripping over their own feet.

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