Remembering Chuck Barris: Goofy With A Big Heart

‘Gong Show’ Creator Chuck Barris Dies At 87

Chuck Barris  made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with The Dating Game, hosted by Jim Lange. After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated. New products included The Newlywed Game, ‘The Parent Game, ‘The Family Game and even The Game Game. At one point Barris was supplying the television networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows. The grinning, curly-haired Barris became a familiar face as creator and host of The Gong Show, which aired from 1976 to 1980.