Studs (game show)
|Presented by||Mark DeCarlo|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2.5|
|No. of episodes||580|
|Executive producer(s)||Howard Schultz|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Original run||March 11, 1991– September 3, 1993|
Studs follows a somewhat similar format to that of The Dating Game and Love Connection. Two men go on dates with three women; afterward, the men would have to match answers with the women regarding the date. Each correct answer would win the man a stuffed heart. At the end of each episode, each woman would decide which man they chose as a "stud" and wanted to go out with again. If the men could correctly guess which woman chose them, both received an all-expense paid date to a location of their choice. In the event that two couples chose correctly, the man with the most stuffed hearts won the date.
A few episodes featured variations on the usual theme, with individual shows having two women date three men, (this episode was alternatively titled "Studettes") women who went out with younger men, women who wanted to go out with millionaires, and men who went out with magazine centerfolds.
- Ronald Goldman appeared as a contestant in 1991, three years before he was murdered (along with Nicole Brown Simpson) in 1994 for which O.J. Simpson was found civilly liable, but not criminally guilty.
- Three daughters of Illinois Republican Congressman and Presidential Candidate Phil Crane appeared on the show in 1992.
- Dr. Dan Diaco stated he was a contestant on Studs, billed as Sam. While on the Bubba the Love Sponge show May 30, 2013.
- Chris Hardwick stated he was a contestant on Studs during a Nerdist Podcast at San-Diego Comic Con in 2013.
In Popular Culture
- Former television host Jim Perry of Card Sharks and Sale of the Century fame opened an episode of Studs in 1991.
- Longtime KING-TV sketch comedy television program Almost Live! did a parody of this show entitled "Studs from Microsoft", with Pat Cashman as host.
- The ABC sitcom Family Matters also spoofed this show and called it "Dudes", with Eddie Winslow and Steve Urkel appearing as contestants.
- The Simpsons did a spoof of this show, titled Hunks. DeCarlo guest-starred as the host.
- The 1992-1993 Fox sketch comedy series The Edge parodied the show in a sketch entitled "Sluts".
A board game was manufactured by TDC Games in 1992.