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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 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.
This creates the action, tension and humiliation when someone is rejected.
There are also reports of mercenary practice, that is, members of one sex paid to participate in the game to attain balance of sex ratio.
As the 2000s progressed, the ratings for many of these shows began to decline, a situation exacerbated by the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy in 2004 as production companies out of fear of being imposed with monetary penalties by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for indecent content began self-censoring their dating shows (and many syndicated programs targeted at the 18-49 demographic, in general) to levels in which even profanities typically permissible on television were edited out of episodes.
In July 2014, VH1 aired Dating Naked, modeled on Dutch show Adam Zkt.Some gay and straight romances have been sparked on the other reality game shows, suggesting that they too may really be "dating shows" in disguise.But any social situation has the potential to result in romance, especially work.Attempts to revive the dating show in syndication first came in 2011, when Excused and Who Wants to Date a Comedian?both debuted; this was followed in 2012 by NBCUniversal Television Distribution's sale of reruns of the Game Show Network series Baggage into syndication.