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Credibility is a key issue, and "Is it Catching" was so whimsical as to be like a bad dream. Now if it had ended as Humphries waking up on the countertop as the store opens, and he were to say "Last time I sleep there!" that would have saved the entire episode!
Good idea. That would have made it more forgiving of an episode, though he'd still wake-up to the reality that Mr. Spooner, OMG, and Mr. Grossman were part of real life and not just in a dream.
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Good idea. That would have made it more forgiving of an episode, though he'd still wake-up to the reality that Mr. Spooner, OMG, and Mr. Grossman were part of real life and not just in a dream.
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Good idea. That would have made it more forgiving of an episode, though he'd still wake-up to the reality that Mr. Spooner, OMG, and Mr. Grossman were part of real life and not just in a dream.

It's enough to make you wish Marine's Disease was fatal.

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I second that 'cause it sure wasn't funny.
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Hmm, I don't think it ever did jump the shark. The only issue I really have is when they started re-using their own plots, but even then it never stopped being highly entertaining. And I didn't notice at the time, only when episodes started coming out on VHS. I think what they should have done was let more people write the later scripts - as they did for On The Buses and Love Thy Neighbour.
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I think it started to go downhill when OMG came into the picture,it did not seem right after he came in.
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I agree that it never jumped the shark. There was no big moment or episode that was designed to revive viewer interest. For all we know, viewer interest was still there with bells on. You don't need people to still love the show, you only need them to remain interested enough to keep watching.

I think it was a slow crumbling. It started when Mr Grainger disappeared and then rapidly headed downhill after the loss of Lucas and Goldberg.
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AYBS? Had good numbers up until the end. A BBC executive who took over programming did not like the show. That was what ended it.
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AYBS? Had good numbers up until the end. A BBC executive who took over programming did not like the show. That was what ended it.

I hear that stuff all the time, a show being ended because ONE exec didn't like it, a book/author not being bought for a library because the librarian doesn't like it.

They're put in these roles to make decisions for the public, not to inflict their own tastes on them. How can they not know that? Or don't they care?
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I hear that stuff all the time, a show being ended because ONE exec didn't like it, a book/author not being bought for a library because the librarian doesn't like it.

They're put in these roles to make decisions for the public, not to inflict their own tastes on them. How can they not know that? Or don't they care?
They don't care

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AYBS? Had good numbers up until the end. A BBC executive who took over programming did not like the show. That was what ended it.
If the ratings had been poor at the end I'm sure we would have gotten a proper send off/last episode as they'd have agreed to do one final series due to the numbers slump.
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AYBS? Had good numbers up until the end. A BBC executive who took over programming did not like the show. That was what ended it.
Yep. I remember one of the actors saying most seasons ended like this. At the end of most seasons, they didn't know if they'd be back for another season or not. Finally, some executive decided that was enough. Stupid jerk!
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i agree that it went downhill when arthur brough passed away and trevor bannister left.
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i agree that it went downhill when arthur brough passed away and trevor bannister left.
It was different all right.
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Series 6 is when it tumbled

No Grainger
Any funny line that Lucas had was handed over to Humphries
Slocombe and Humphries were thrown in your face
Tebbs sucked and was nothing more than a Grainger clone
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Series 6 is when it tumbled

No Grainger
Any funny line that Lucas had was handed over to Humphries
Slocombe and Humphries were thrown in your face
Tebbs sucked and was nothing more than a Grainger clone
6 onward is definitely not the same but I've gotten over it!
Still feel sorry for poor Trevor though.
I quite like Tebbs - better than Klein - IMO of course!
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I've had arguments with others on the board as to where this phrase comes from. This morning in my travels I came across something that backs up my notion.

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The phrase “jump the shark,” which has come to indicate the moment when a tv series strays so far from its original premise that it dips in quality and popularity, stems from a Happy Days episode where Fonzie literally jumps a shark, leather jacket and all. Considering that modern connotation, it’s ironic to point out that Happy Days lasted another 7 seasons with high ratings.
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I've had arguments with others on the board as to where this phrase comes from. This morning in my travels I came across something that backs up my notion.

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