10 Small Details You Only Notice Rewatching Arrested Development

6. That Time The Fonz Jumped The Shark... On Arrested Development

Arrested Development
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Back in the early days of sitcom television, there was a show called Happy Days, which featured the fun and fancy-free antics of Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, who was played by Henry Winkler. Winkler is also on the series, where he plays the family's incompetent lawyer named Barry Zuckerhorn.

There was a point in Happy Days that pretty much ruined the show. Call it a turning-point where the show went from being a fun series to one that was ridiculous. The event that brought this about had the Fonz literally jump over a shark on water skis.

Since the episode, the term, "Jumping the shark," refers to any point in a show's history that was so bad, it ended it for most viewers due to an overall decline in quality. In one episode of Arrested Development, as the characters are walking along the water, Barry Zuckerhorn literally jumps over a shark that's lying on the ground.

This wasn't the only time the series had a callback to an actor's other work. Barry also repeated his famous combing in the mirror scene from Happy Days. When the Saddam Hussein lookalikes show up, George Bluth refers to one of them as the "Soup Nazi." The actor, Larry Thomas, was the man who played the "Soup Nazi" in a Seinfeld episode.


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