Halfway through the double date, the contestants would switch partners.
By the time the show ended in 1999 after four separate runs, the game had become iconic, and was parodied on comedy shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." It started out the same as "The Dating Game," but then sent the couples on epic first dates where they would finally meet one another.
Some people ended up at ice cream factories, but others met in the Maldives or Anguilla.
The idea was to test the couples' commitment to each other when there was so much temptation — get it? It was controversial before the first episode even aired, which helped drive up ratings in its first season.
In the following years, several shows would take notes from this dramatic dating game.
Fifteen years ago, that was a question that had zero cultural significance.
Now you can’t watch a single dating show without hearing it come out of the mouth of someone who's had too much red wine.
Check out the roller coaster evolution of dating shows below.
Each episode helped one man or woman find a date with eligible contestants. The potential partners were hidden out of sight behind a board while the eligible bachelor or bachelorette made decisions based solely on their answers and voices.
Each man would get 60 seconds to make his case, and the girls had the chance to, essentially, swipe right or left.