The grinning, curly-haired Barris became a familiar face as creator and host of , which aired from 1976 to 1980.Patterned after the Major Bowes Amateur Hour show that was a radio hit in the 1930s, the programme featured performers who had peculiar talents and, often, no talent at all. One unsuspecting audience member will find it tonight on the UCB stage, in an entirely improvised dating game show! You may arrive sad and alone, but you could leave with a real love connection! More often than not the questions would be of a quirky nature. G.: "If we were marooned on a desert island, what would be the first thing you'd do and why? During a commercial break, the girl would think about which bachelor she'd select.When the show returned, Jim would have her announce her choice.
The pilot video is the perfect combination of awkward & funny, it even has a pretty shocking ending.
It’s like if Cash Cab & Singled Out f*cked and raised a show in Oakland.
Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family.
THE DATING GAME was and still is by all accounts, the premiere game show for singles.
It was the forerunner for many imitators such as "Love Connection", MTV's "Singled Out" and numerous others.