The audience sees only the game; an important feature of all dating game shows is that the contestants have little or no previous knowledge of each other, and are exposed to each other only through the game, which may include viewing a photograph or at least knowing the basic criteria for participation typically participants are not already married. There have been a number of dating shows aired on television over the years, using a variety of formats and rules.
They are presented for the entertainment of the viewers. As the genre progressed, the format developed towards a reality-style show and more into a relationship show then simply finding a mate. The dating game show subgenre has its origins in the United States. The original dating game shows were introduced by television producer Chuck Barris. The format of Barris's first dating show, The Dating Game , which commenced in , put an unmarried man behind a screen to ask questions of three women who are potential mates, or one woman who asked questions of three men.
The person behind the screen could hear their answers and voices but not see them during the gameplay, although the audience could see the contestants. The various suitors were able to describe their rivals in uncomplimentary ways, which made the show work well as a general devolution of dignity. Questions were often obviously rigged to get ridiculous responses, or be obvious allusions to features of the participants' private areas.
The Newlywed Game , by contrast, another Barris show, had recently married couples competing to answer questions about each other's preferences. The couple who knew each other the best would win the game; sometimes others got divorced. Gimmicks were the lifeblood of all such shows, which drew criticisms for instigating disaffection that could not have been effected.
The genre waned for a while but it was later revived by The New Dating Game and the UK version Blind Date , and the original shows were popular in reruns , unusual for any game show. Cable television revived some interest in these shows during the s and s, and eventually new shows began to be made along the old concepts. Variations featuring LGBT contestants began to appear on a few specialty channels. Other shows focused on the conventional blind date , where two people were set up and then captured on video, sometimes with comments or subtitles that made fun of their dating behaviour.
He Said, She Said focused not on setting up the date, but on comparing the couple's different impressions afterwards, and for their cooperation offering to fund a second date. These resembled the reality shows that began to emerge at about the same time in the s. The increased popularity of reality television in the early s influenced new types of dating shows, where the emphasis was on realistic actions and tensions, but which used less realistic scenarios than the traditional blind date:.
The Australian series Taken Out also exported internationally under the title Take Me Out uses a more game show-like format, where a bachelor discusses aspects of their personality and interests to a larger pool of singles situated in front of podiums. The singles can press a button on their podium to eliminate themselves from contention if they are not interested in the bachelor, with the game ending if there are no women remaining.
Some common threads run through these shows. When participants are removed, it is usually done one at a time to drag out the action and get audience sympathy for specific players. In shows involving couples, there is a substantial incentive to break up any of the existing relationships.
In shows involving singles , there is a mismatch of numbers ensuring constant competition. This creates the action, tension and humiliation when someone is rejected. There are also reports of mercenary practice, that is, members of one sex paid to participate in the game to attain balance of sex ratio.
The first gay version of these more realistic shows to receive mainstream attention was Boy Meets Boy , with a format similar to that of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The show featured an unusual plot twist: eight of the men from the show's original dating pool were actually heterosexual men pretending to be homosexual; one important part of the plot was whether the gay contestant would be able to recognize the heterosexual men.
Some gay and straight romances have been sparked on the other reality game shows , suggesting that they too may really be "dating shows" in disguise. But any social situation has the potential to result in romance, especially work. The first dating show to regularly incorporate bisexual contestants was MTV series A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila , which included both male and female contestants vying for the affections of the show's star, internet star Tila Tequila , who is bisexual.
From the second series, the show would occasionally include potential dates who were in the process of transitioning. By the late s and early s, a new wave of dating shows began airing in U. As the s progressed, the ratings for many of these shows began to decline, a situation exacerbated by the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy in as production companies out of fear of being imposed with monetary penalties by the Federal Communications Commission FCC for indecent content began self-censoring their dating shows and many syndicated programs targeted at the demographic, in general to levels in which even profanities typically permissible on television were edited out of episodes.
Since then, the dating game show has virtually died off from television syndication, though cable television networks such as VH1 have continued to air dating shows with content similar to that of the syndicated dating shows of the late s and early s and major over-the-air broadcast networks have tried, often with marginal success, to use dating shows that are less risque compared to those shows.
Attempts to revive the dating show in syndication first came in , when Excused and Who Wants to Date a Comedian? Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. Episode Guide. After asking them a See full summary ». Added to Watchlist. Around The Web Powered by Taboola. Create a list ». TV: Game Shows. Game Shows I've Seen. TV Programs Watched. See all related lists ». Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.
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