“Happy Days,” the series that taught future generations the poetry of “Blueberry Hill” and the power of telling frenemies to “sit on it,” has a more dubious claim to history. In 1977, desperate writers decided to fly the Fonz into Hollywood for a screen test — and a chance to accept an absurd water-ski challenge. While the series would continue to run for seven more years, it never recovered creatively from the stunt.
But while you’re reminiscing about that “jump the shark” moment, take a moment to celebrate the show’s much savvier, and equally telling move. Let’s call it “Chucking it away.”
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