Dating shows history
These to shows although very different in tone and style, represent two arenas of reality television that have since become incredibly popular.
In a way very voyeuristic, MTV’s began to a large degree the modern world’s fascination with watching the lives of everyday people interacting with one another and fueled this interest in reality television.
Within this same time period and other relationship style reality programming was introduced, proving just how interesting audiences found the lives, love lives and dating struggles of their peers.
These competition-style reality programs, which began in the 50’s, have been a successful model for modern reality TV as we see it today.
The first game show whose name still means anything to anyone is What's My Line? It was another simple panel game, nevertheless it ran in numerous different versions on two different channels through to the mid 90s.