Variations featuring LGBT contestants began to appear on a few specialty channels.
They usually feature the elimination of contestants until a winner is chosen.
Sometimes they are considered to be "reality playoffs" since their format is similar to that of a playoff in sports.
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 1990s.
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 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 1980s and 1990s, and eventually new shows began to be made along the old concepts.
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.
The Newlywed Game, by contrast, another Barris show, had recently married couples competing to answer questions about each other's preferences.