Yes it’s been around for awhile, but if you haven’t, check out this website:
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At a very young age I was aware of television shows “jumping the shark” before the term was actually coined years after the Happy Days episode spurned the idea for the website above.
I remember when “Family Ties” went to France and some bad guys thought they were spies. Why anyone would think that the Keaton family would be spies was bizarre to me, I lost respect for the show after this special multi-episode stint in France. I also felt that way after the crew from “The Facts of Life” went to a boarding school in France and Mrs. Garrett went to a culinary institute and had a fling with a chef there. None of it really made sense. Also, in the episodes after the Keaton’s got back from their vacation, the fact that they were accused of being spies didn’t seem to phase them. It was never mentioned again. If I went to another country and was accused of being a spy and detained…I’d be scarred for at least a month!
Last night during a bout of insomnia, I was watching “Married With Children”. They too had a series of episodes that took place in France.
Was there some trend in the late 80’s early 90’s where the production crew figured that writing/shooting a few episodes in another country would be an excuse for a tax deductible vacation? Maybe so. Why France?
The other night while working I made a reference to 90210 (the original series) to a waitress…she looked at me completely confused…then I realized how I had dated myself. She was 6 years old when 90210 came out. Wow…I’m getting old.