17 TV Shows That Lasted Too LongWalking away from a hit is hard. But seeing it pass its peak is worse
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Happy Days coined the phrase "jumping the shark" for when a series hits a point where, creatively, it's all over. For Richie, Fonzie and the gang, that was during the fifth season premiere when the Fonz literally jumped over a shark while water skiing. Happy Days, a show originally grounded in nostalgia for the Eisenhower '50s, would go on for another five, superfluous seasons.