The show usually featured a bachelorette asking questions of three bachelors she couldn't see, and ultimately choosing one to go on a date.
Sometimes, it would be one bachelor asking questions to three bachelorettes.
As noted, I was one of the many bachelors the program offered up like cuts of meat to the ladies.
But it appealed to our most basic Darwinian instinct: selecting a good mate.
You can't go wrong when a show's premise is hard-wired into human DNA.
wasn't social commentary, political analysis, Shakespearean-level drama or even blunt-force comedy.
It was just the televised equivalent of meeting someone at a bar.
and when choices for glasses were pitifully sparse.
In 1970, you either looked like John Lennon or Buddy Holly – those were your choices. They’d be the butt of jokes in Christmas Vacation a couple decades later; but in 1970, they were tops.“I’ve told people for years that Chuck Barris supported a lot of struggling artists,” Reubens told In truth, contestants weren’t supposed to make repeat visits to “Gong Show.” Reubens had to disguise himself in his various acts lest the show run afoul of the FCC rules that govern game shows following the quiz show scandals of the early 1960s.But a number of actors, comedians, and fellow Groundlings members were semi-regulars on “Gong Show,” because Barris knew they would deliver, even if they didn’t win.He hosted a show for a few years before attending school at the University of Minnesota and then spent a few years as a Marine, the Bay Area Radio Museum noted in a 1992 interview with him.He went into television in 1962 as an announcer and sidekick on "The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show," and stepped into the national spotlight once he joined "The Dating Game." He would go on to host more game shows, including "0,000 Name That Tune" and "The New Newlywed Game." After television, he moved back into radio as a DJ in Los Angeles and San Francisco before retiring in 2005. This was the golden era of the game show, as hosts with tinted eyeglasses and bushy sideburns held oddly thin microphones on twinkling stages.