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"Jump the Shark" Episode Writer Bob Brunner Dead at 78

Posted: November 8th, 2012 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Jump the Shark" Episode Writer Bob Brunner Dead at 78Submit Comment
Bob Brunner, a writer-producer on the classic "Happy Days" TV show, who came up with the catch phrase "Sit On It," named Henry Winkler's "Fonzie" and suggested that the character should jump a shark in a now-infamous 1977 episode, has died of a heart attack. He was 78.

When "Happy Days" returned in 1977, it was TV's No. 1 show. But then, the writers decided to set the season-opening three-part episode in Hollywood, where Fonzie is invited to take a screen test. In one storyline, he engages in a water-skiing challenge with a local kid and, as a tiebreaker, has to jump a shark in a netted area in the ocean. The phrase "jump the shark" has since come to signify the precise moment when a popular TV show begins its inevitable decline.

Outside of "Happy Days," Brunner also wrote for such TV shows as "The Odd Couple," "Laverne and Shirley," and ""Diff'rent Strokes." He also provided the screenplay for Garry Marshall's "The Other Sister" and "Exit to Eden."

Source: THR


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pornfly writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 6:39:42 AM

No one would know who this guy was if isnt for thatother guy who came with that phrase "jumped the shark"

That phrase burned itself out hot and fast

I remember watchin those eps.
If that show was on now there wouldv been a Fonzi mockumentary tv show,a Lil Fonzi cartoon and a Fonzi Zombie Hunter movie
trailertrash writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 6:42:39 AM

Leather Jacket and Swim shorts, Not even the Fonz pulled that look off.
trailertrash writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 6:43:54 AM

Happy Days; Where Ginger folk weren't spat at
Peter Parker writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 9:16:18 AM

In a related story, the person responsible for the expression "Kick the Bucket" died more than 500 years ago.
Electro Rock writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 9:26:40 AM

R.I.P. Bob. That sh*t was awesome.
Ranger writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 11:45:45 AM

The Pharaoh that invented the phrase: 'Go f*ck a Falcon' died 3335 years ago.

RIP Bob.
Ranger writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 2:16:54 PM

Off topic... but a trip into the real world.

Enjoy...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SkY03n0_sD8#!
Ranger writes:
on November 8th, 2012 at 4:37:46 PM

Isn't that Phil Donahue's picture?

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