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The meaning of "jump the shark"

" Jump the shark "
Meaning:
Introduce a ridiculous or unbelievable plot device into a TV series in order to boost flagging ratings.
Example:
Melodrama turned into jumping the shark when one of the main characters was killed by a milk truck in order to boost Christmas ratings.
Where did it originate?:
USA, 1977. Deriving from the American TV series Happy Days.
Where is it used?:
Mostly USA.
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