Jump-the-shark meaning

Jump the shark is defined as something that was previously successful but has now gone downhill.

When a once-successful TV show has a ridiculous episode that marks its turning point into being a terrible show, this is an example of a time when the show jumps the shark.

When a successful business has a moment that marks the turn from profitability to loss, this is an example of a time when the show jumps the shark.

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(idiomatic, of a television program or other narrative) To undergo a storyline development which heralds a fundamental and generally disappointing change in direction.
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(more generally) To experience a decline in quality, appeal, popularity, etc.
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Origin of jump-the-shark

From "Hollywood (Part 3)", a 1977 episode of the TV series Happy Days, in which the character Fonzie jumped over a shark on waterskis, after which (supposedly) the show bore no similarity to its original form.