Da-da, Da-da, Sharks in TV Cartoons

The Deepening - Bob's Burgers
Teddy confronts Mr. Fischoeder's mechanical shark in the all-new "The Deepening" episode of BOB'S BURGERS. FOX

Do you hear the tell-tale "da-da da-da, da-da da-da?" Shark Week on the Discovery Channel has shined a media spotlight on those predators of the deep.The annual TV binge on documentaries and specials all about sharks is a high point of summer TV. Discovery Channel's recent ratings hit was Megalodon - The Monster Shark Lives.

Shark Week has become such a phenomenon that our shark obsession lives on just about every channel come summer time.

In 2013, an incredibly cheesy movie, Sharknado, was released. The sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One was released in 2014, and the third one, Sharknado 3: Oh hell no! aired in 2015.

Sharks have long held a fascination with us two-ers who walk on land. Even cartoon characters have a love/hate relationship with the beasts. There have been several times that sharks have struck fear in the hearts of our favorite cartoon characters. Let's list a few of the instances when FOX's Animation Domination characters came in contact with sharks, real or imagined.

The Simpsons

During "Itchy & Scratchy Land" in Season 6 of The Simpsons, Marge and Lisa get a fright at the beach when a shark comes to shore. Turns out, it's Homer wearing a fin. But Bart has the last laugh when Homer screams at the sight of his own son.

Also during Season 6 of The Simpsons, in "Bart of Darkness," Bart and Lisa convince Homer to buy them a pool.

They purchase their above-ground pool from Pool Sharks, a store in Springfield.

On The Simpsons, Springfield's football team is the Atoms, while Shelbyville's is the -- you guessed it -- Sharks.

Bob's Burgers

During Season 3 of Bob's Burgers, "The Deepening" episode is an homage to the ultimate shark movie, Jaws.

The residents of the seaside town are shaking with fear when Mr. Fischoeder buys a mechanical shark that terrorizes the streets.

Family Guy

In "Play It Again, Brian," during Season 6 of Family Guy, Brian and Lois are lounging on floaties, while Peter swims around them pretending to be a shark, complete with his own version of the Jaws theme. What they don't realize is that a gigantic shark is watching them from below. "I'm half shark/and half Peter/don't come near me/I will eat you."

 

Jumping the Shark

Of course, the biggest fear for all TV shows is "jumping the shark." "Jumping the shark" refers to an episode of Happy Days, when Henry Winkler, as Fonzi, actually jumped a shark. It was a stunt episode, designed to boost falling ratings. Now, whenever a TV show seems to have run out of ideas, you say it has "jumped the shark."

Many older fans of The Simpsons feel Homer and the gang jumped the shark back around Season 8. Or should I say, "jumped the megalodon?"

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