Series / Love Connection
This talk show/Game Show
hybrid was basically The Dating Game
for The '80s
. Hosted by Chuck Woolery and created by Eric Leiber, Love Connection
gave young unmarried contestants a choice of three potential dates, and the Studio Audience
voted on whom the contestant would date.
The series originally aired in syndication
from 1983-94, with a revival from 1998-99. A new primetime version for Fox
with Andy Cohen
premiered on May 25, 2017, and was renewed for a second season.
- Carried by the Host: There wasn't much of a "game" to speak of, so Chuck's interviews with the contestants were the basis of the show.
- The Announcer: Rod Roddy announced from 1983-85 (and filled-in during 1986). He was followed by Gene Wood from 1985-88 (with Rich Jeffries as a substitute announcer during 1987), Johnny Gilbert from 1988-89, and John Cervenka for both the rest of that run and the revival.
- Game Show Host: Chuck Woolery on the original series, Pat Bullard on the revival, Andy Cohen on the Fox version.
- Studio Audience: Voted on the couples.
This show provides examples of:
- Animated Credits Opening: One opening featured animated contestants spinning as if in the windows of a slot machine.
- Catch-Phrase: Chuck's "We'll be back in two and two" (complete with a two-fingered hand gesture), referring to what was then the length of a commercial break (two minutes, two seconds). This was later used on his version of Lingo and referenced in an ad for Greed reruns on GSN.
- Happily Married: Out of the nearly 2,800 couples who appeared, a mere 31 actually got married.
- Opening Narration:
- (1983-1984): Profiles of the contestants fill up the white background one by one, with Rod Roddy saying the following: "This is (contestant's name). We showed him/her videotapes of three single men/women, and he/she picked one as their date. Which one will he/she choose? Which one will our audience choose? And this is (contestant's name). Which one will he/she choose? Which one will our audience choose? Today on Love Connection, you'll find out who they picked, who the audience picked, and everything that happened on their dates. Now, here to tell us more about Love Connection is our host, Chuck Woolery!"
- (1984-1986): Same thing as above, but this time with a pink background being filled up by Love Connection logos, and either Rod Roddy or Gene Wood adding "Welcome to Love Connection" to the beginning of the spiel and the end changed to "Now, here's your host, Chuck Woolery!"
- (1986-1988): Two slot machines of cartoon characters expressing different reactions when seeing each other, with either Gene Wood or Rich Jeffries saying "Welcome to Love Connection! Where old-fashioned romance meets modern-day technology. Where you hear all the intimate details of a first date. Sometimes our dates have a happy ending... ...and some other times... there's... just an ending. But it's always unpredictable when two strangers meet, trying to make that Love Connection! And now, here's our host, Chuck Woolery!"
- (1988-1994); Same as the previous one, but with the "Sometimes our dates" line dropped, and with either Johnny Gilbert or John Cervankas narrating. The 1988-1990 opening consisted of an animated heart on the shows' opening logo, being dumped by the other heart, only to find true love with the other one, the 1990-1992 opening had clips from season 7 episodes, and the 1992-1994 opening had season 9 clips.
- Rearrange the Song: The theme was rearranged once in 1986, and once more in 1991.
- Title Drop: Chuck often made reference to the contestant making (or not making) "a love connection".
- Unfortunate Names: Please welcome...Robert Fagot.