Jumping the Shark: 10 Great TV Shows That Took a Turn for the Worse

From 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' to 'True Blood,' these were the moments when our favorite series started to take a nosedive

'Glee'

A self-made marriage (Season 2, Episode 8)
Like a shooting star, Glee burned bright and faded very fast. The Fox phenomenon was an early shark-jumper, showing cracks in its foundation by Season Two – and then, eight episodes in, sharp-tongued coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) married herself in a groan-worthy subplot and openly gay character Kurt (Chris Colfer) transferred schools due to bullying. Until this point, the show's over-the-top antics were "charming." After this episode, it often moved into eye-rolling territory. By the Season Three finale, ratings were down, the series had lost its luster at awards shows, and much of the original cast was scattered to the wind. Still, we'll always have New Directions' memorable rendition of "Don't Stop Believin' " to help hold on to that original pop-culture feeling. KK

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