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.Variations featuring LGBT contestants began to appear on a few specialty channels.
Questions were often obviously rigged to get ridiculous responses, or be obvious allusions to features of the participants' private areas.
The Newlywed Game, by contrast, another Barris show, had recently married couples competing to answer questions about each other's preferences.
When participants are removed, it is usually done one at a time to drag out the action and get audience sympathy for specific players.
In shows involving couples, there is a substantial incentive to break up any of the existing relationships.
Other shows focused on the conventional blind date, where two people were set up and then captured on video, sometimes with comments or subtitles that made fun of their dating behaviour.
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.Since then, the dating game show has virtually died off from television syndication, though cable television networks such as VH1 have continued to air dating shows with content similar to that of the syndicated dating shows of the late 1990s and early 2000s and major over-the-air broadcast networks have tried, often with marginal success, to use dating shows that are less risque compared to those shows.Attempts to revive the dating show in syndication first came in 2011, when Excused and Who Wants to Date a Comedian?The original dating game shows were introduced by television producer Chuck Barris.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.Gimmicks were the lifeblood of all such shows, which drew criticisms for instigating disaffection that could not have been effected.