Back in the early 2000’s, one of my boring/lazy day guilty pleasures was watching reality dating competition shows.These shows all had the same premise: to meet the “love of your life” (or at least someone cute you could make out with).Human matchmaking is involved only in selecting the game's contestants, who are usually selected more for the amusement value than any concern for their happiness or compatibility.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).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 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.Here are 12 old reality dating shows that will make you cringe and laugh all at once.
Maybe it’s the schadenfreude-factor, but it’s SO FUN watching people go out on really terrible, terrible dates. Jen Abidor and Dave Quinn go through them one by one, alphabetically, of course. The contestants are tasked to try and figure out which fellow contestant is their perfect match. I get it.” “Yeah, and then halfway through the show, when she feels like she’s actually falling for one of the dudes based on his personality, we’ll bring in super hot guys and see how she does.” “Perfect. The dater then chooses which of the three he/she wants to date. Or because he wore a mask over his face while in flagrante? was the perfect trendy dating show for the millennial attention span of approximately 5 seconds. One contestant spills the beans on what they’re looking for in a suitor.I loved the terrible scripted dialogue, relished the extra juicy moments, and couldn’t stop hate-watching the people who were total jerks…I felt all these things while simultaneously wondering what in the world I was doing with my time. Who didn’t hate-watch at least one of these insane dating shows?Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @benjaminsolomon.Dating game shows are television game shows that incorporate a dating system in the form of a game with clear rules.
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.