Format[ edit ] Love Connection's main premise was to arrange dates for couples. A guest appeared on the show after going on a date with one of three contestants, having chosen on the basis of the contestants' videotaped profiles. After the date, the televised appearance was scheduled. Woolery would introduce the guest and show excerpts from the three candidates' videos. The studio audience would then secretly vote on which candidate they preferred for the guest.
In the version, home viewers voted online and were included in the tally. The guest then revealed whom he or she had actually dated, and the date joined the conversation from backstage via closed-circuit television camera.
Woolery led the guest and date to discuss their time together. If they both agreed that the date had been successful, the couple would be reunited onstage; otherwise, the date's participation in the show ended. Woolery would then reveal the vote result; if the guest had had a successful date with the vote winner, Woolery would congratulate the couple for making a "love connection," and they would usually but not always accept the offered prize of a second date at the show's expense.
After a successful date, the guest was always offered another date with that person. However, if the vote winner was one of the other contestants, the guest could choose a date with the vote winner, regardless of the success of the first date. In addition, if the guest had already unsuccessfully dated the audience pick, the guest could choose to go on a date with either of the other contestants.
If a second date took place, the couple would be invited back for a second interview at a later taping. Two or three segments usually aired per show. In a variation that aired on Fridays, a bachelor or bachelorette who had not yet chosen a date would make an appearance and allow the studio audience to make the choice for him or her, based on video excerpts.
The couple would report back in the usual fashion several weeks later. If the couple hit it off, they were entitled to a second date at the show's expense. If not, the contestant could choose between the two losing candidates for the second date. In the revival, the guest appeared on the show after having gone on a date with each of the three contestants, and all three were interviewed from backstage after the video intros and audience vote. This version added a segment where guests and contestants rated their first impressions of each other's looks on a scale of while the date's physical appearance is intended as the basis of the score, some contestants have based their scores in part on other factors, including their date's style of dress, personality, and personal physical preferences.
Thus ending the aforementioned 'Love or Money' twist. The great majority of contestants in the original series were in their twenties and had never been married. However, older never-married, widowed, and divorced some multiple times contestants were occasionally selected as well.
The relationship status of the contestants was noted on-screen in their profile summary in both syndicated iterations of the show, but is not referenced in the revival. Legacy[ edit ] The show was one of the biggest game show hits of the s and early s, and helped revive Chuck Woolery's hosting career.
At 11 seasons and 2, episodes, it was one of the longest lasting game shows in syndication. For many years it was third behind Merv Griffin 's Jeopardy!
Coincidentally, the show premiered on the same date September 19 that Woolery's former show, Wheel of Fortune, debuted its syndicated edition in As of , among the couples who met on the show, there were a total of 29 marriages, 8 engagements, and 15 children, according to Woolery.
Revivals[ edit ] In , a remake of the show was in development by Warner Bros.