Cream dating game
After moving to Los Angeles in the Sixties and a stint with ABC, Barris formed his own production company – Chuck Barris Productions – that served as the brainchild for The Dating Game, where a "bachelorette" would question three unseen suitors before choosing which one gets to take her out on a date.
Barris, who served as producer, would soon follow that with The Newlywed Game, where newly married couples were probed about how well they knew each other and "makin' whoopee."But Barris' main achievement was as host and creator of The Gong Show, an unpredictable, anti-talent show that tested the limits of good taste with absurd humor and often controversial acts as well as mainstay "talent" like the Unknown Comic and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.
After questioning, the "bachelorette" chose one of the bachelors for her date, based only on how they answered her questions.
On occasion, the role would be reversed (one bachelor, three bachelorettes).
Game Show by Chuck Barris Productions which debuted on ABC in 1965 with host Jim Lange.
It was the first game show to enter Reality TV territory, in that the winning couple actually went on a date after the show.
THE DATING GAME was and still is by all accounts, the premiere game show for singles.
Okay, Stacy, you ready wit' your questions over there? Joey Tarentina: You would be like a lemon sherbet, you know?
It was so popular in its original run that it inspired a flavor of ice cream.
A young woman asked provocative questions of three bachelors who sat on stools behind a large wall.
Isolated in Nevada, it would be two decades before they travelled to Bard, California, where they were nurtured and cajoled into bearing fruit fit for worldwide consumption.
Swingle would never have dreamt that his experiment would…