Jenny casually gyrates on a guy wearing a straw hat, while a woman in a masquerade mask is paraded in front of the group by a man in a Cupid costume, complete with saggy white briefs. When it premiered in 1995, it was nothing like any show that had preceded it. The setup was simple, but seemingly supersized: 50 men compete for a chance to go on a date with one woman, and 50 women compete for a date with one man.
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 British public has fallen in love with a genre that mixes the suspense of "Will they, won't they?
" with nervous singles blurting out naff chat-up lines.
Billed by CBS as a "twisted new idea" the show aims to find a husband for Lisa Shannon, a 25-year-old advertising copywriter.
It's been 50 years since the first hit dating show was broadcast by ABC in the US.
wrote the rule book for dating shows: corny questions, cheesy answers and a host who acts as a tongue-in-cheek Cupid.
It was still an economic exchange — men, after all, were still footing the bill — but the trade-off for dollars spent was companionship, not (necessarily) sex.
In the 1920s and ‘30s, the concept of "dating and rating" — in which a woman's popularity, or rating, was determined by the amount of dates she had and the quality of men they were with — took hold on college campuses.
Other dating shows included have crossed into dating-show territory through their in-show relationship storylines.