Henry Winkler Stands by Fonzie Jumping the Shark on Happy Days

June 13, 2022

When talking television, the famous phrase “jumping the shark” is typically seen as a bad thing, usually describing a pivotal moment that happens in a TV show that forever changes it for the worse. Its origins date back to an episode of the classic sitcom Happy Days which featured Henry Winkler as television history’s coolest character, Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli. In the season 5 episode “Hollywood: Part 3,” which originally aired in 1977, Fonzie literally jumps a shark with water skis after he was challenged to do so, feeling too proud of himself to decline the dangerous stunt.

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