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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 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.