A syndicated version was produced from 1977 until 1980, and the show was revived yet again as The Newlywed Game in the fall of 1985, a version that lasted until 1990.“What was the strangest place you’ve ever made whoopee?Barris quickly sold three more shows: , and at NBC's insistence, he hosted it himself.Critics argued that the show demeaned its contestants, with its emphasis on showcasing outlandish and wacky acts for a panel of three celeb judges (including the likes of Phyllis Diller and David Letterman) who had the option of hitting a big gong to end a performance. In his book, Barris claimed to have been a CIA assassin in the 1960s and 1970s, assertions that the CIA itself has refuted and which various media entities have implied should be taken with a grain of salt. Della passed away in 1998 at the age of 36 from a drug overdose.
Similar to the original "Dating Game", singles will interview potential dates and ask them general questions before actually seeing the contestants, who will be behind a curtain.
He eventually graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1953 and held several odd jobs before moving to New York.
In 1962, Barris wrote "Palisades Park,” a popular song inspired by the New Jersey amusement park, which was performed by Freddy Cannon.
Since its debut in 1965, The Dating Game remains one of the leading dating shows of all time, airing in over 25 countries and bringing countless couples and cultures together.
This iconic format starts with the wall, dividing the love-struck ‘picker’ from three potential suitors on the other side.