A completely new type of dating show merged the format with the reality game show and produced shows where the emphasis was on realistic actions and tensions, but which used less realistic scenarios than the traditional blind date: Some common threads run through these shows.
When participants are removed, it is usually done one at a time to drag out the action and get audience sympathy for specific players.
He Said, She Said focused not on setting up the date, but on comparing the couple's different impressions afterwards, and for their cooperation offering to fund a second date.
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.
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.
In shows involving couples, there is a substantial incentive to break up any of the existing relationships.
In shows involving singles, there is a mismatch of numbers ensuring constant competition.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.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.All three shows were dropped in September 2013, removing the genre from broadcast syndication for a time.