LOL: Screenwriter Who Wrote the “Jump the Shark” Episode of Happy Days Finally Steps Forward to Defend His Work
Posted on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
You might not recognize Fred Fox Jr‘s name, but he is the screenwriter credited for writing the now-infamous “Hollywood 3” episode of Happy Days which involved Henry Winkler as Fonzie waterskiing over a shark. The term “Jump The Shark”, coined by Jon Hein (now of the Howard Stern Show), refers to the precise moment when a television series went downhill. Thirty three years after the episode aired on television, and twenty years after the term entered the pop culture lexicon, Fox has come forward to defend his work.
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