Today, we look at when (or if) you folks believe that Parks and Recreation “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? Here is the archive of the show’s we have done far and what the judgments were for those shows.
Today, we look at the long-running sitcom about the parks department in a small town in Indiana, Parks and Recreation, and whether it jumped the shark or not, and if so, when did it occur.
So first…DID IT JUMP THE SHARK? I don’t think it did.
WHEN DID IT JUMP THE SHARK The show definitely showed its age towards the end, but I don’t think it ever got bad, not even following the time jump for the final season (although, looking back, boy, that final season sure was more like a victory lap than a season, wasn’t it? A well-earned victory lap, I guess, but still).
Let me know what you think in the comments or on social media1
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