This article is about the television game show. For the 1979 jazz music album, see The Love Connection.
Love Connection
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Genre Game show, Talk show
Created by Eric Lieber
Directed by Paul Miller, Deborah Miller, Tom McConnell[1]
Presented by Chuck Woolery (1983–1994)
Pat Bullard (1998–1999)
Narrated by Rod Roddy (1983–1985, 1986)
Gene Wood (1985–1987)
Rich Jeffries (1987–1988)
Johnny Gilbert (1988–1989)
John Cervenka (1989–1994, 1998–1999)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 11 (1983–1994)
1 (1998–1999)
No. of episodes 2,120 (Original Series)
Executive producer(s) Eric Lieber
Producer(s) Sid Marsh, Tom Weitzel, Louise Brooks, Tom McConnell, John Ryder[1]
Location(s) KTTV Metromedia Square
Hollywood, California
ABC Television Center
Hollywood, California
TAV Celebrity Theater
Hollywood, California
Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood, California
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 21-22 minutes
Production company(s) Eric Lieber Productions (1983–1994)
Distributor Telepictures
Lorimar Television
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network Syndication
Original release September 19, 1983 (1983-09-19) – July 1, 1994 (1994-07-01)
September 21, 1998 – June 25, 1999

Love Connection is an American television game show, hosted by Chuck Woolery, in which singles attempted to connect with a compatible partner of the opposite gender. The show debuted in syndication on September 19, 1983 and ended on July 1, 1994, after 2,120 shows. Reruns continued to air until September 8, 1995.[2] The series was relaunched for one season in 1998 under the same title with Pat Bullard as host.

Love Connection was produced by Eric Lieber Productions in association with and distributed by Telepictures (1983–1986), Lorimar-Telepictures (1986–1989), Lorimar Television (1989–1990), and Warner Bros. Television (1989–1994).



Love Connection's main premise was to arrange dates for couples. By the time the couple appeared on the show, they had already met and gone on their date. The guest had been offered his or her choice of three candidates selected by the show's producers. The choice was made solely on the basis of videotaped profiles. The couple then went on what was essentially a blind date, their first (and often only) face-to-face encounter. After the date, an appearance on the show would be scheduled for the purpose of discussing the details of the date.[1]

Love Connection tapings took place before a live studio audience. The guest would be introduced by Woolery, and excerpts from the three candidates' videos would be shown. The studio audience members then voted on which candidate they thought would be the guest's best choice. (Results of the audience vote were not disclosed at this point.) In the 1998-99 version, home viewers also participated in the voting via the show's website, and their votes counted toward the overall vote with the studio audience. The guest then announced which of the three he or she had actually chosen, and that person, who was backstage in front of a closed-circuit television camera, was introduced. Since contestants were not permitted any sort of contact in the interim, this was theoretically the couple's first interaction since the date. Each party then related his or her impressions of the date's events, with Woolery acting as intermediary and facilitator. If both parties agreed that the date had been successful, the couple would be reunited onstage. If it had not gone well, the backstage contestant would disappear at the conclusion of the (often tumultuous) interview, never to be seen again. Woolery then revealed the results of the studio audience's earlier voting.

If the date had gone well, and a majority of studio audience members had agreed with the guest's choice, Woolery would congratulate the happy couple for making a "love connection." After confirming that they wished to see each other again — usually a formality, but in rare instances successful couples would elect not to pursue a further relationship — they would be offered a second date at the show's expense.

In the event that the date had been successful but the audience had made a different selection, the guest was given the choice of a second date with the same candidate, or a date with the candidate chosen by the audience.

If the date had been unsuccessful, and the audience had chosen a different candidate, the guest was offered a date with the audience's selection.

If the guest and the audience had both been wrong - that is, the guest and audience had picked the same candidate, but the date had not gone well - the guest was offered a date with either of the two unsuccessful candidates.

If a second date took place, the couple would be invited back for a second interview at a later taping.

The great majority of contestants 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 show paid the expenses incurred on the date, plus $75 for incidentals.[3] The incidental amount was increased to $100 for the 1998-1999 revival.

Usually, two or three segments 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.


The show was one of the biggest game show hits of the 1980s and early 1990s, and helped revive Chuck Woolery's hosting career. At 11 seasons and 2,120 episodes, it was one of the longest lasting game shows in syndication. For many years it was third behind Merv Griffin's Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (formerly hosted by Woolery) for longest lasting game show in syndication, but since has been surpassed by Family Feud and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Coincidentally, the show premiered on the same date (September 19) that Woolery's former show, Wheel of Fortune, debuted its syndicated edition in 1983.

As of 1993, of the roughly 22,000 couples who met on the show, there were a total of 29 marriages, 8 engagements, and 15 children, according to Woolery.[4]

A year later, in a Daily Variety Magazine trade ad promoting the end of the original shows' run after 11 seasons, it was stated that there were 35,478 taped interviews, 2,120 Shows, 31 Marriages, and 20 babies.[5]

"Two and two"Edit

Woolery created his trademark phrase, "two and two" on Love Connection (and simultaneously on Scrabble, the daytime game show he hosted on NBC during the same period).[6] The line referred to the fact that the program would return in two minutes and two seconds, the total length of a standard commercial break at the time.


The Chuck Woolery episodes were rerun on the USA Network from October 16, 1995[7] to June 6, 1997[8] and on the Game Show Network from January 6, 2003[9] to July 18, 2008.[10] Beginning November 9, 2009, the Woolery episodes returned to GSN's weekday lineup but have since been removed.[11] The Pat Bullard version has not been aired since its cancellation.


In 2015, a remake of the show was in development by Warner Brothers for a shot in 2016 with comedian Loni Love as host, but those plans fell through.[12][13]

On January 11, 2017, Fox announced plans to revive the series for the summer of 2017, with Andy Cohen serving as host.[14]


  1. ^ a b c Schwartz, David; Ryan, Steve; Wostbrock, Fred (1999). The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows (3 ed.). Facts on File, Inc. p. 130. ISBN 0-8160-3846-5. 
  2. ^ The Intelligencer - September 8, 1995
  3. ^ mentioned on a 1985 episode re-aired on GSN
  4. ^ Meyers, Kate (1993-02-12). "Valentine's Connection". Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  5. ^ Daily Variety Magazine; June 21, 1994; Page 25
  6. ^ "GSN Brings the Love Early With a Three-Hour, Pre-Valentine's Day 'LOVE CONNECTION'". 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  7. ^ The Intelligencer - October 16, 1995
  8. ^ The Post Standard - June 6, 1997
  9. ^
  10. ^ GSN Schedule PDFs - July 14–20, 2008
  11. ^ GSN Schedule PDFs - November 16–22, 2009
  12. ^ "Syndicators Busy With Shows For Next Fall (Love Connection is mentioned in the article)". 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  13. ^ "Get Ready For A New 'Love Connection'". 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  14. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (January 11, 2017). "Fox Reviving Love Connection Dating Show With Host Andy Cohen". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 

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