Dating game shows are television game shows, some say reality 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 - usually for amusement value as opposed to any concern for their happiness or compatibility.
Game shows are not the same as reality competitions which span through weeks (i.e. (2004)The Object Is (1963), Missing Links (1964), The ,000/,000/,000/,000/0,000 Pyramid (1973–80, 1981 & 1982–89), The Krypton Factor (1981), The Challengers (1990–91), Scattergories (1993), It Takes Two (1997), Winning Lines (2000)Act It Out (1949), Winner Take All (1952), Bank on the Stars (1954), The Price Is Right (1956–65), Eye Guess (1966–69), Three on a Match (1971–74), Winning Streak (1974–75), The ,000 Pyramid (1974–79), Pass the Buck (1978), Blockbusters (1980–82), Child's Play (1982–83), Hot Potato (1984), The Joker's Wild (1984–86)The Quizz Club (1936), Fun Parade (1939), Take a Chance! (1968–69, 1981–82), It's Academic (1969–71), The Who, What, or Where Game (1969–74), The Magnificent Marble Machine (1975–76), Blank Check (1975), Word Grabbers (1976, unaired pilot), Catch Phrase (1985)Boys and Girls (2003), Head Jam (2004), Celebrities Under Pressure (2004), All Star Family Fortunes (2006-15), Gameshow Marathon (2007), Beat the Star (2009-09), The Whole 19 Yards (2010), Skating with the Stars (2010; USA), Million Dollar Mind Game (2011; USA), Let's Get Gold (2012), Splash!
American Idol, Survivor, etc.) Crackerjack (1968-74), A Song for Europe (1969; 76), The Movie Quiz (1974), Quest (1975), Star Games (1978-80), Give Us a Clue (1979-84), Child's Play (1984-88), Ultra Quiz (1984), Murder Weekend (1989), Blockbusters (1997), Going for a Song (2001-02)Rent Free (2002), Get Staffed (2003), 19 Keys (2003), Back to Reality (2004), The Big Idea (2006), Richard Bacon's Beer & Pizza Club (2010-11), Show Me the Telly (2013), The Big Painting Challenge (2015), Eternal Glory (2015)Juvenile Jury (1947–56 & 1970–71), Life Begins at Eighty (1950–1956), Twenty-One (1956–58), Tic-Tac-Dough (1956), Concentration (1958), The Generation Gap (1969), The Joker's Wild (1972–75 & 1977–84), Break the Bank (1976–77), Joker! (2013-14), 1000 Heartbeats (2015-present), Drive (2016)The Big Game (1958), You Don't Say!
These programmes have also been criticised for complicating courtship with needless public expectation (see observer-expectancy effect).
In spite of this, some programmes have produced episodes that portray follow-ups of unions forged therein, possibly with off-springs.
As well, the use of marimba underpins the melody perfectly, providing a clever counterpoint.Questions were often obviously rigged to get ridiculous responses, or be obvious allusions to features of the participants' privates. Once, someone divorced after appearing on the Newlywed Game got a "second chance" on the Dating Game. This drew criticisms for instigating disaffections that could not have been effected.The Newlywed Game, by contrast, another Barris show, had recently-married couples competing to answer questions about each others' preferences. The genre waned for a while but The New Dating Game and the UK version Blind Date revived it, and the old shows were popular in reruns, unusual for any game show.(2011-12)Globo Loco (2003-05), Magic Numbers (2010), The Big Quiz (2011-12; 2016-), Catchphrase (2013-), Big Star's Little Star (2013-), Get Your Act Together (2015), Reality Bites (2015), Pick Me!(2015), Go for It (2016), The Next Great Magician (2016-)The Price Is Right (1957–58), Dotto (1958), Top Dollar (1958–59), Video Village (1960–61), Seven Keys (1961–64), I'll Bet (1965), Beat the Clock (1969–72), Concentration (1973–79), Now You See It (1974–75)Who Wants to Be a Superhero?