Mad About Youby Carder

In real life, the arrival of a baby is cause for joy and celebration. On a TV series, however, a birth marks not the beginning… but the beginning of the end.

In many cases, the addition of a new baby to the cast has been the show’s “jump the shark” moment — the turning point after which the series begins to experience a noticeable decline. It can’t be a coincidence that a number of once-popular shows left the air just a season or two after a baby’s arrival.

~ Kelly Woo, introducing 15 TV shows that experienced low ratings after the introduction of a baby in the series, including “Mad About You” (pictured) Yahoo!TV, February 10

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