"Growing the Beard" is the definitive moment when a series begins to become noticeably better in quality and "Jumping the Shark" is the opposite.
What is it that gives a certain TV show that first burst of success? What maintains that initial popularity, and what are the signs that a show has endured past its prime?
Focus on shows such as "Happy Days," "Firefly," "Battlestar Galactica," and "Star Trek: TNG".
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