04/17/2012 10:09 am ET

From Chaperones To Proposals: The Evolution Of TV Dating

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette may fill our dating show quota these days, but there's a long history of TV shows about the crazy world of dating. Whether you loved watching reruns of the Love Connection or you still wish Jenny McCarthy was hosting Singled Out, click through to check out how the wonderful world of TV dating shows has evolved from game shows to reality TV over the last 40-plus years!

The Dating Game (1965-1973)

The first TV show of its kind, The Dating Game brought a whole new inventive strategy to the tube. One lucky single girl would be given a choice of three bachelors who she could not see but would talk with. After asking them a series of questions, she'd pick the guy she'd like to go out on a date with. Some famous celebs like Michael Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger even made appearances on the show! But have no fear, all of the dates were chaperoned so there was no funny business.

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