Television dating

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.

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 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.

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.

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