But most of them met the same swift TV demise, eventually.
If two women chose the same guy, he got to pick between them—turning the tables and giving us the drama we craved oh, so much.The controversy surrounding the show – multiple couples would engage in cringe-worthy real fights over the sexually suggestive questions – forced it off the air within five months of its debut; three more of Barris' shows, including The Gong Show, would soon be canceled in 1980, with Barris later blaming Three's a Crowd for the viewer revolt against his programming. "If I died, I wouldn't be surprised if an obituary says, 'Gonged. By the Eighties, Barris retreated from television production and hosting, even as his properties – including Three's a Crowd – experienced revivals in the cable era."I went nuts up there on the stage to a point where it was pitiful. Guests who were deemed unfit for television were "gonged" off the show by Barris.Winners would receive 6.32, supposedly the minimum amount allowed by the Screen Actor's Guild. Obnoxious," Barris told Entertainment Weekly in 2003. It’s also led to several marriage proposals, a baby and a hotel-based spinoff.Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada have all been running their own versions since 2016.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. It (was) that time of the year again: Valentine's Day!After moving to Los Angeles in the Sixties and a stint with ABC, Barris formed his own production company – Chuck Barris Productions – that served as the brainchild for The Dating Game, where a "bachelorette" would question three unseen suitors before choosing which one gets to take her out on a date.Barris, who served as producer, would soon follow that with The Newlywed Game, where newly married couples were probed about how well they knew each other and "makin' whoopee."But Barris' main achievement was as host and creator of The Gong Show, an unpredictable, anti-talent show that tested the limits of good taste with absurd humor and often controversial acts as well as mainstay "talent" like the Unknown Comic and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.