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DVD review: Season 5: When 'Happy Days' jumped the shark

Published May 20, 2014 9:26 am

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Grade • C

DVD • The folks behind the DVD release of "Happy Days" Season 5 clearly have a sense of humor.

Pictured on the bottom of the case is Fonzie (Henry Winkler) on water skis — he's about to jump the shark. In the first of 27 episodes that season — a particularly dumb episode — Fonzie, sporting swimming trunks and a leather jacket, water skis and jumps over a shark. "Jump the shark" has become a byword for the point at which a TV series does something so terrible it's all downhill from there. (Although, in the case of "Happy Days," it actually jumped the shark in Episode 17, the first episode of Season 2.)

Season 5 also includes the first appearance of Robin Williams as alien Mork from Ork. —

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