These resembled the reality shows that began to emerge at about the same time in the 1990s.
A completely new type of dating show merged the format with the reality game show and produced shows where the emphasis was on realistic actions and tensions, but which used less realistic scenarios than the traditional blind date: Some common threads run through these shows.
But any social situation has the potential to result in romance, especially work.
The first dating show to regularly incorporate bisexual contestants was MTV series A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, which included both male and female contestants vying for the affections of the show's star, internet star Tila Tequila, who is bisexual.
Barkley, Rodriguez and a former NFL player played by Kenan Thompson debated the strengths of their respective sports. Barkley broke into laughter slightly when Mc Kinnon applied deodorant to his mouth before kissing him.
Today on The Champions, we talk to some of the best athletes of our time... By the end of the sketch, Mc Kinnon was laughing, too.
The show featured an unusual plot twist: eight of the men from the show's original dating pool were actually heterosexual men pretending to be homosexual; one important part of the plot was whether the gay contestant would be able to recognize the heterosexual men.
Variations featuring LGBT contestants began to appear on a few specialty channels.
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.
Gimmicks were the lifeblood of all such shows, which drew criticisms for instigating disaffection that could not have been effected.
The genre waned for a while but it was later revived by The New Dating Game and the UK version Blind Date, and the original shows were popular in reruns, unusual for any game show.