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"... taking aim at not only TV shows, but also musicians, celebrities, athletes and politicians." -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jon Hein is the creator of jumptheshark.com, an award-winning website that gets over four million page views a month. He has contributed articles to Esquire and TV Guide, and has been featured in USA Today as well as on NPR, The Howard Stern Show, and Good Morning America. He lives with his wife and two kids in New York.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio; Abridged edition (August 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885408900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885408907
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,405,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "quasar_909" on November 8, 2002
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After reading "Jump the Shark: When Good Things Go Bad," I must say I was disappointed. I thought JTS would shed new light on how and why some TV shows, politicians, etc. went downhill but that was not the case. I didn't think the book was very insightful as it merely underscored what I already thought about the downfall of some of our popular culture icons. Essentially, JTS is nothing more than a collection of subjective commentaries without any real in-depth analysis.
As for the evaluations of the TV shows themselves, again, I didn't think the reviews were particularly insightful. Hein didn't say anything new as he merely echoes the general concensus of those opinions expressed on his web site. At this point, I feel the JTS web site has also jumped as it's become nothing more than another chat room. In all fairness though, Hein does make some funny comments and it's an easy book to read but then again, consider the subject matter.
All in all, JTS doesn't break any new ground or make any startling relevations. IMO, it's a waste of money even at half the price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Krista-Lea on October 17, 2002
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Great read! Jon Hein has come up with a new idea totally by accident. Him and some buddies were sitting around talking about classic TV shows and when they went bad. With "Happy Days" a friend and Jon agreed it was when Fonzie jumped the shark in the three part Hollywood episodes. Thus the phrase "Jump the shark" was born. This book goes through hundreds upon hundreds of TV shows, politicians, celebrities, music and sports and Jon pin points when the individual or individuals in question "jumped the shark" or took a turn for the worse so to speak and were not what they once were in our eyes. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion of course and you may find yourself disagreeing at some points. (I personally dont believe "Happy Days" ever jumped the shark, I was stuck on it from beginging to end). More often then not, you will snicker to yourself because you agree 100% with Jon. To add to this books pleasure it contains black and white pictures galore and small sidelined facts and fun stats on each page pretaining to the subject. Truly a fun book to read. There is no bashing here and credit is given where credit is due. Check out the web site as well for continous fun. For now, Jon is not even close to jumping the shark.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By scso on October 14, 2002
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I was a big fan of the website so naturally I had to buy this book immediately. I hate to say it but I am very disappointed because the book spends far too much time examining everything but TV shows, and the descriptions that do accompany a topic just aren't that interesting. The book comes across like a watered down version of the far more interesting website with an additional 250 pages of random topics added to the back. It just isn't fun to read!
I hate to abuse the phrase, but I think that it has "Jumped the Shark". Like a TV show that completely changes direction in a desperate attempt to stay alive after all the little kiddies grow up, this book pratically abandons its core purpose: to document the point where a TV show peaks and heads downhill and instead goes off on music groups (probably due to the site's Rolling Stone connection), sport teams, actors, politicians, organizations, economic theories, and just about anything else that had good times and bad times. For example, you'll a hodge-podge with topics like communism, NASA, Iran, Major League Baseball, George Bush, and men's tennis. Where's the TV shows? I'm sure if you look hard enough you find the topic of Atlantis! I could understand branching out into other topics if this was the 3rd book in the series, but you would think that the very first book based on the "Jump the Shark" concept, a concept defined as "the defining moment when you know your favorite television program has reached its peak" would stay on topic!
The book trys far too hard to be all things and cover all topics.
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