“Well, remember this, Happy Days was number one for the next five years after jumping the shark . . . ” – – Henry Winkler

http://www.cltampa.com/arts-entertainment/film-tv/article/20838576/talking-with-henry-winkler

I first learned of the expression “jumping the shark” from a colleague at work.

Well, now I wonder how this expression came to have the meaning it has in popular culture.

Excerpt:

In Arrested Development you played Barry Zukerkorn and, in one episode, you jumped over a dead shark on a pier. 

That was intentional, that was an homage to the “jumping the shark.”

So, clearly you have a sense of humor about that whole “jumping the shark” thing, but really, how does it feel to be associated with a phrase that means the show has taken a right turn into a wall? — Will Caseber

Well, remember this, Happy Days was number one for the next five years after jumping the shark, so it didn’t much matter to me. Jumping the shark was I think the fourth year.

And, along those lines, who actually jumped the shark — you or a stunt double? —Jacqui May

Oh, no, they would never let the star do their own stunts like that, because if I got hurt then they would have to shut down filming but I did all the waterskiing, I landed on the beach… except for the jump. I was a water ski instructor at summer camp.

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