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January 13th, 2006

Jumped the Guppy

One show on television is so far beyond having jumped the shark that now it’s just jumping guppies on a regular basis. That show is That 70’s Show.

Things started to go downhill the moment things started getting serious between Eric and Donna. But now, several years later, two of the core characters (Eric and Kelso) are off the show and they’ve brought in some truly terrible replacements (one character who’s already been killed off and another who’s so weak I don’t even remember his name). The current season has been utterly painful to watch and at this point, I’m done with it. The writing has gotten terribly stilted and you can tell the remaining actors are just riding out their contracts.

Perhaps the most telling sign that this show should end is based on the introduction. When the show started, the opening credits would end with a shot of a Wisconsin license plate that would have tags based on the year of that current season. I believe it started showing a 75 or 76. I think they doubled up once, showing a single year for two seasons. But now that the timeline has so obviously moved into the 1980s, they don’t bother showing the year tag anymore since it would only underline how long ago the show should have ended.

If only Freaks and Geeks had stayed on the air this long…

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: David
DATE: Friday January 13, 2006 -- 1:34:26 pm
When you say they killed off a character, do you mean they were written out, or did the character supposedly die in the context of the show?
Don't keep me waiting -- I gots to know.



FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday January 13, 2006 -- 3:27:41 pm
They killed off Charlie, the Eric replacement, by having him fall off the water tower to his death. In a flashback, even!



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday January 13, 2006 -- 8:17:08 pm
Yup... what Rob said. By far the best moment of the season.



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