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.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).

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They are presented for the entertainment of the viewers.

As the genre progressed, the format developed towards a reality-style show and more into a relationship show then simply finding a mate.

The dating game show subgenre has its origins in the United States.

The original dating game shows were introduced by television producer Chuck Barris.

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.

Once, someone divorced after appearing on The Newlywed Game got a "second chance" on The Dating Game.

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.