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If you think that "The Bachelor" started the reality show dating game, you couldn't be more wrong. Each episode helped one man or woman find a date with eligible contestants. The catch? The potential partners were hidden out of sight behind a board while the eligible bachelor or bachelorette made decisions based solely on their answers and voices. By the time the show ended in after four separate runs , the game had become iconic, and was parodied on comedy shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
It started out the same as "The Dating Game," but then sent the couples on epic first dates where they would finally meet one another. Some people ended up at ice cream factories, but others met in the Maldives or Anguilla. Now, it's coming back this year after 14 years off the air. Fox decided to put several happy couples in the same house as a group of lively singles. The idea was to test the couples' commitment to each other when there was so much temptation — get it?
It was controversial before the first episode even aired , which helped drive up ratings in its first season. In the following years, several shows would take notes from this dramatic dating game. Things got competitive when "The Bachelor" hit screens in The show pitted 20 or so women against each other to compete for true love.
The elimination style put a twist on the average dating show. Here are all the couples from the show that are still together. Producers tested out "The Bachelorette" for a few seasons after "The Bachelor" first began, but went on hiatus after three seasons until coming back in The show chooses leading women from the seasons to find someone new. Now the "Bachelor" stars are also chosen out of the pool rejects from "The Bachelorette. After appearing on "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" many contestants were offered spots on "Bachelor Pad" or " Bachelor in Paradise ," both of which were set up more like game shows.
These shows also used the elimination-style antics and seemed to be more inspired by game shows like "Survivor" or "Big Brother" rather than typical dating shows. They didn't know that the man, Evan Marritott, was actually just an average guy until the very end. Then the winner had to decide if his average-ness was acceptable. An even bigger twist came when the winner, Zora Andrich, chose the construction worker and producers surprised them with a million dollar check. The show was supposed to be a one time thing, but thanks to it's overwhelming success , producers gave it a second shot.
Unfortunately, the ruse was up. The show gave a group of average men i. This show also followed the elimination style game, but switched things up by bringing in a group of not-so average Joe's in the middle of the season. The producers took note from "The Bachelorette" and offered Adam Mesh, one of the rejected Joe's, a chance to find love in season three before returning to their normal structure for season four. Thanks to the success of "Joe Millionaire," many producers started to bring money into the picture. Dating shows began to look more like game shows. If the bachelor chose someone who was gay, the pair would win a cash prize and a trip.
Of course, there was a ton of backlash. Even his best friend Andra Stasko who appeared on the show to help him along the way was furious. MTV made dating shows appeal to an even younger demographic. With the success of "Room Raiders" it was only a matter of time before they put more efforts into dating shows.
MTV became a mecca for young dating shows. Unlike many of the other dating show producers, the minds behind these MTV hits didn't seem to care that everything was so obviously staged. They often took the fan favorites from other shows and gave them their own dating competitions. The reality show followed matchmaker Patti Stanger as she coached millionaires on dating.
Unlike other shows, "Millionaire Matchmaker" wasn't a game at all. The people on the show were real and many really were looking for love. After eight successful seasons, the show came to an end in , and there hasn't been a popular show like it since. The man or woman deciding on the dates during this minute show eliminates contestants based on their secrets and problems — presented in suitcases or "baggage" — until only one is left standing.
Then the tables turn and the bachelor or bachelorette must reveal their own baggage. Each contestant on this show is scientifically matched with their perfect partner before the show begins. When they all move into the same house, they're tasked with figuring out who matches with who. They spend their days in the house competing in games, going on dates, and of course, falling in and out of love. If they all pair up perfectly by the end of the season, the contestants get to split a ton of prize money. Believe it or not the show has produced quite a few successful couples.
Many people dated their matches after the show and there are still five couples from the show that are still together. The ongoing show features two main daters, a man and a woman, who are introduced to new contestants every week. At the end of each week, the main daters get to pick one person to stay for the next week.
The cycle continues until the end of the season when the main daters make their final pick. Instead of pitting men and women against each other in the name of love, Ellen DeGeneres plans to have this "reality show" be as real as possible. The fly-on-the-wall cameras will let viewers watch first dates as they unfold, bringing a whole new definition to the term "reality TV. Who knows? Maybe series like this will become the new standard as far as dating shows go.
You can watch the trailer for it here. World globe An icon of the world globe, indicating different international options. Get the Insider App. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. Amy Daire. The next big dating show was "Blind Date," UK's big hit that started in and lasted until It first aired in Runner ups from "The Bachelor" got a chance to get over their ex on "The Bachelorette. Dating shows began to evolve further into game shows when "For Love or Money" came out later in It was around that same time that MTV started to dive into dating shows as well.
They kicked things off with "Room Raiders" in MTV made several trashy TV hits for the younger generations over the next several years. Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker" hit the small screen in and veered far from the traditional game show style. But staged dating competitions were still a massive success. Take 's "Baggage" for example, hosted by Jerry Springer. VH1's "Dating Naked" took things to a whole new level in And now, "First Dates" is set to premiere on April 7, Could it revolutionize dating shows?
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