This came up when I was making dinner.
“Pasta primavera?” I asked.
“I think that jumped the shark in about 1972,” Uncle Fishy replied.
“Yeah, but would you eat it?” I asked.
“Sure. It’s yummy, and vegetables are always good,” he said.
But then, as we were eating, it occurred to us that the Happy Days episode that spawned the concept of jumping the shark was broadcast in 1977 (premiering on September 20th, to be precise).
In light of this fact, is there any X for which X can be said to have jumped the shark prior to 20 September, 1977?
No fair using a time machine,