The various suitors were able to describe their rivals in uncomplimentary ways, which made the show work well as a general devolution of dignity.
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.
Fifteen years ago, that was a question that had zero cultural significance.
Now you can’t watch a single dating show without hearing it come out of the mouth of someone who's had too much red wine.
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.
This is a list of reality television series, by general type, listed with the date of their premiere.
A few details are added for some shows that don't have their own article. This, the biggest and most successful reality genre, features contestants who compete for prizes, while often living together in close quarters.
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.
Variations featuring LGBT contestants began to appear on a few specialty channels.