The 5th Wheel

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The 5th Wheel
Genre Reality/Dating/Comedy
Directed by Keirda Bahruth
Joe Dea
Presented by Aisha Tyler (2001–2002)
Tom Gottlieb (2002–2004)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
Production
Executive producer(s) Jay Renfroe
David Garfinkle
Thomas Klein
Harley Tat
Producer(s) James DuBose
Archie Gips
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Bobwell Productions (Renegade division)
Distributor Universal Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Original run September 17, 2001 (2001-09-17) – May 21, 2004 (2004-05-21)

The 5th Wheel is an American dating reality series that aired in syndication from 2001 to 2004. The show was initially hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, but when Tyler left after completing the first season, the remaining two seasons were hosted in narration by announcer Tom Gottlieb.

The series' closing slogan was, "...where strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers become bitter, suicidal exes all on the same show." However, when Gottlieb took over the show, the catchphrase was altered accordingly to say "...where strangers become lovers and lovers become bitter suicidal exes all in the same show."

Synopsis[edit]

The show would begin with two men and two women, all of whom were sent out on a joint date. Then a provocative 5th man or woman (hence, "the fifth wheel") would join the group. At that point the participants would swap partners to learn more about them and to decide if they would like to go out with each other. The cameras would follow their every move, while commentary in the form of subtitles, animations, and "thought bubbles" (similar to the style used in Pop-Up Video) was added by the show's producers. At the end, they would all vote on whom they would like to go out with, and an option of choosing "nobody" as well. The show was canceled in 2004.

Production notes[edit]

The series was produced by Renegade Productions, a subdivision of Bobwell Prouctions/Gold Coast Entertainment—the same company that produced Blind Date (which would often air before The 5th Wheel) -- but was more provocative and sexual in nature than its sister series, offering crazier and more elaborate subtitles and superimposed animated jokes which altered the appearance of the scene featuring each couple.

Crew[edit]

The 5th Wheel's credits listed veteran comedy writers Rob Dames, Vance DeGeneres, Martin Olson and Archie Gips.

Syndication[edit]

Reruns were eventually aired on Fox Reality, but later was removed from its lineup.

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