Dating game shows are television game shows that incorporate a dating system in the form of a game with clear rules.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).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.
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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.
Once, someone divorced after appearing on The Newlywed Game got a "second chance" on The Dating Game.