It's 1997, and Jenny Mc Carthy appears behind a crowd of several dozen men in an MTV studio, wearing a tan lace-up shirt and grabbing her own ass. To understand dating-as-sport TV, we have to start with the date itself.
After two more rounds, one that was stunt-based and another that was question-and-answer, a "couple" was born.
Dates as we know them first became popular about a hundred years ago, when courtship rituals moved outside the home and into the public arena.
The way the show works is that two guys, AKA studs, go out with three different women.
Studs - I was eight years old when this show first aired and I thought it was the sexiest thing since shirtless Prince Eric in the The Little Mermaid.
"The popular culture was a world within which people formed their understandings of how to behave, and what romance was like, and what the conventions of dating were." It makes sense then that TV execs would realize a show solely devoted to dating could be hugely successful. The Dating Game began its initial run in 1965 and ended in 1973, followed by several different syndication revivals (including one in the ‘90s that was presented back-to-back with The Newlywed Game for "The Dating-Newlywed Hour").
Leading up to The Dating Game, competition-based series like What's My Line?