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.

These resembled the reality shows that began to emerge at about the same time in the 1990s.

They are presented for the entertainment of the viewers.

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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.

The person behind the screen could hear their answers and voices but not see them during the gameplay, although the audience could see the contestants.

Dating game shows are television 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, who are usually selected more for the amusement value than any concern for their happiness or compatibility.

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.The genre waned for a while but it was later revived by The New Dating Game and the UK version Blind Date, and the original shows were popular in reruns, unusual for any game show.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.This creates the action, tension and humiliation when someone is rejected.There are also reports of mercenary practice, that is, members of one sex paid to participate in the game to attain balance of sex ratio.Variations featuring LGBT contestants began to appear on a few specialty channels.