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#25636 - 05/15/03 07:32 AM Hey You Guys!
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#25637 - 05/16/03 07:45 PM Re: Hey You Guys!
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ThinkGood,
My God, that brings back some memories,
Yes, we even had the Electric Company over here in New Zealand!.
BTW, what does "jumping the shark" actually mean?
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#25638 - 05/16/03 11:37 PM Re: Hey You Guys!
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Trumpy, I heard the phrase came after the Happy Days television show episode, when Fonzy jumped his motorcycle over a tank with a shark in it. The show lost popularity and that episode was thought to be the turning point. That's just what I have heard....

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#25639 - 05/17/03 06:16 PM Re: Hey You Guys!
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Stamcon,
It was explained to me slightly differently. Happy Days was losing ground in the ratings, and had to do something spectacular (and completely ignorant) so they came up with the idea of the shark jump.

Anytime a series does something desparate from then on it was known as "jumping the shark".

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#25640 - 05/18/03 04:00 AM Re: Hey You Guys!
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Happy Days was popular in England too. I found it went down a bit when they seemed to forget it was supposed to be set in the 1950s/early 60s and the clothing/hair styles etc. were completely out of place.

Never saw the "Electric Company" over here though.

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#25641 - 05/18/03 05:03 AM Re: Hey You Guys!
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Never saw the "Electric Company" over here though.


It was a regular part of the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) "Childrens Television Network" lineup, in there with Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, when I was a kid.

PBS broadcasts many British shows (e. g. Fawlty Towers, Are You Being Served, Monty Python's Flying Circus, etc.)

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#25642 - 05/18/03 05:12 AM Re: Hey You Guys!
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My son loved this show. Was on here in the late 70's.

As TG says,many British shows are shown on PBS.

My favorites are "Keeping Up Appearences" and "Mr. Bean"

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#25643 - 05/24/03 06:48 PM Re: Hey You Guys!
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Thanks for the explanation of "jumping the shark", guys!.
Happy Days is still playing over here, although during the day(5pm, I think).
They just don't make shows like the Electric Company for the kiddies anymore, we've got all this other tripe being fed to them.
ga.sparky56,
I hate "Keeping Up Appearances" with a passion, I hate that Violet woman, her voice makes my skin crawl!
No disrepect to you though!.
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#25644 - 05/24/03 07:39 PM Re: Hey You Guys!
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Trumpy, the thing I like about the British comedies is they are hilarous without being vulgar and sleazy. The whole family can actually watch!

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#25645 - 09/26/03 10:58 PM Re: Hey You Guys!
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Turned on the TV this morning and what should appear, but "Welcome Back Kotter" I first saw this show YEARS ago, but I still find the jokes funny, after all this time!.
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