The brief but influential Regency period, 1811-1820, gave root to personal trainers, the tabloid press, fashionistas and celebrity clout, according to the series. 3, is part of PBS’ “Hands-On-History” series that’s included “The 1900 House” and “Frontier House.” The new program gathers 10 single men and women in an English country manor and asks them to squeeze their 21st-century psyches and behavior into an alien society for two months.
With the Prince of Wales (later King George IV) serving as regent for his insane father and setting the tone — he collected mistresses and the equivalent of millions of dollars in tailor debts — it was an age of dissolute indulgence framed by social rigidity. They act as characters of the time, some in roles closer to their real lives than others: A dot-com entrepreneur becomes a naval captain, a hairdresser plays an army officer, a countess is a countess.
The houseguests are to seek the best match possible — which is to say the most financially and socially advantageous one.
Strict rules for men, women The show is playful (listen for the strains of the “Dating Game” theme song) but not frivolous, said Jody Sheff, executive producer for Thirteen/WNET New York.
Sometimes, near the end, the series Theme Song will play, allowing good guy to kick some major rear at the Grand Finale.
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It was the first game show to enter Reality TV territory, in that the winning couple actually went on a date after the show.
It was so popular in its original run that it inspired a flavor of ice cream.
A character's strength and abilities are directly proportional with how cool their personal theme music is.
The more suddenly it starts up and the louder it is, the more butt-kicking is about to commence.
Never mind that “The Dating Game” debuted in 1965 and — to my mind, at least — is a relic more of the ’60s than of the ’70s.