The history of game shows as we know them is no different.The first one ever, called Spelling Bee, emerged from similar programs that aired on radio. The first one after that was Truth or Consequences and aired in 1941, near the very beginnings of the medium itself.ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.But TV was coming into its own, even back then, and once the technology improved to where more families could afford to have a TV set in the 50s, game shows became a fixture for most broadcasters.
THE DATING GAME was and still is by all accounts, the premiere game show for singles.
It is hard to imagine TV being around at all during those times, as radio was still the big way most families got their at home entertainment.
I imagine the 1940s and 30s with families gathered around the radio, listening to dashing heroes or damsels in distress being captured by evil villains.
It was the forerunner for many imitators such as "Love Connection", MTV's "Singled Out" and numerous others.
But they all have the same influence: Chuck Barris, the creator of the one that started it all!