Dating game game show
The format of Barris's first dating show, The Dating Game, which commenced in 1965, 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.
But they all have the same influence: Chuck Barris, the creator of the one that started it all!The Newlywed Game, by contrast, another Barris show, had recently-married couples competing to answer questions about each others' preferences. The genre waned for a while but The New Dating Game and the UK version Blind Date revived it, and the old shows were popular in reruns, unusual for any game show.THE DATING GAME was and still is by all accounts, the premiere game show for singles."THE DATING GAME" first premiered on December 20-24, 1965 on abc-TV and remained a fixture on the network in both daytime and nighttime incarnations through the rest of the 1960s and well into the 1970s.Jim Lange, fresh from his announcing duties with Tennessee Ernie Ford stepped through the flower-speckled rotating partitions for the first of many, many times shortly before Christmas 1965. On one side you had 3 bachelors answering questions from a girl on the other side of the partition (each not being able to see the other).