The Newlywed Game–which during the 1960s made the phrase "making whoopee" a nationally recognized catchphrase for fornication as its way slide by network censors–is casting for same-sex couples whose marriage is legally recognized in their state!

This is a huge, seriously huge step towards mainstream recognition. The show, originally produced by Chuck Barris, is now presented by eHarmony which last year was forced via an anti-discrimination lawsuit to create an LGBT dating division called Compatible Partners. 

The listing is up on Craigslist.org in Los Angeles and reads:


Date: 2009-08-05, 11:23AM PDT
Reply to: THENEWLYWEDGAME@EMBASSYROW.COM [Errors when replying to ads?]


The Game Show Network is currently casting season 2 of
“The Newlywed Game”

Producers are seeking fun, outgoing couples to participate in the next season of this classic television game show!

Gay Couples: *Marriages must be legally recognized in 1 state

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please contact the Casting Team IMMEDIATELY at:
PLEASE INCLUDE: Names/Ages, City/State, Phone Number (with area code), Email Address, Wedding Date, and PHOTO.

All participants must be 18 years of age or older and married 2 years or less.

  • Location: LOS ANGELES
  • Compensation: tbd
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 1307423013

As an elementary school kid I loved this show with its slightly smutty questions, like

How long is your husband’s inseam? ( Answer: 7 inches)

The original version, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1974 with Bob Eubanks as the host, had African American couples on with white couples beginning in their first season. This broke down the color barrier for the daytime television viewer, so it would be really awesome if the show would have same-sex couples on with opposite-marriage couples, rather than ghetto-izing them.

The Game Show Network, the Newlywed Game and their advertisers deserve kudos for this. Wow!

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.