Today, we look at when (or if) you folks believe that The Golden Girls “jumped the shark.”
This is “Just Can’t Jump It,” a feature where we examine shows and whether they “jumped the shark.” Jumped the shark (coined by Jon Hein) means that the show had a specific point in time where, in retrospect, you realize that show was going downhill from there (even if, in some rare occasions, the show later course-corrected). 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 Golden Girls was a long-running sitcom about four retired women living as roommates in Miami. It was a critical and commercial smash, and has remained a cultural touchstone for the 1980s.
So first…DID IT JUMP THE SHARK? I am going to say no.
WHEN DID IT JUMP THE SHARK Like all shows, The Golden Girls was not as good in its final season as it was in its early seasons, but it was still pretty much the same show. The SPINOFF that CONTINUED the show as The Golden Palace was bad, but the final season of The Golden Girls was still pretty darn good (alternatively, if you hated The Golden Girls Season 1-3, you’ll also hate the final season, but if you liked Season 1-3, you’ll like the final season).
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