The dating show is a constantly evolving creature. The latest variation on the species: NBC’s Age of Love (premiering June 18), which adds a creepy ”cougars vs. kittens” twist. How did we get here? Our hand flowchart explains.
THE DATING GAME (1965)
A young man or woman grilled three hopefuls before picking one for a show-sponsored first date. As host Jim Lange would say, Mwwwah!
THE BACHELOR (2002)
The Dating Game on steroids: 25 hotties live together — and are jettisoned one at a time by a handsome man on a ”journey.”
AVERAGE JOE (2003)
It’s Bachelorette with a twist: A gorgeous woman had to choose between nerds and studs. Shocker: She usually chose the studs.
JOE MILLIONAIRE (2003)
A ripped, blue collar hunk posed as a rich heir, while a group of gold-digging catfighters desperately tried to win his love.
AGE OF LOVE (2007)
The Bachelor: Ageism Edition. The women after tennis ace Mark Philippoussis, 30, range from 21…to (horrors!) 40-plus.