Will Smith shares the 'jump the shark' moment that made him end 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

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Even the best shows eventually get criticized when the quality starts to dip towards the end of their run.

Many fans can point to the time that their favorite show “jumped the shark" -- a reference to the infamously goofy "Happy Days" episode where Fonzie attempts to waterski over a shark.

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While not every show has an obvious “jump the shark” moment, Will Smith believes he knows the exact moment the beloved sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," was no longer the same.

In Will Smith's new memoir, Will -- which has offered many intense admissions -- the actor discusses his life and career, telling stories of fan favorite projects like "Bad Boys," "The Pursuit of Happyness," and of course, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," the NBC series that made him a breakout star.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Smith claims the show was great up until the episode where his character gets shot, and his cousin Carlton begins carrying a gun. “Anyone who has ever been on a sitcom can tell you the episode in which their show jumped the shark," said Smith. "Ours was season 5, episode 15, 'Bullets over Bel-Air.'"

Of course, Smith went on to have a huge movie career after the show, while "Fresh Prince" has remained a nostalgic series for many. Smith must be over that shark-jumped feeling, as he is in development on a dramatic reboot of the show.

And should fans want to go back and binge the original to get in the mood, at least they now know at which episode they can stop watching.

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