Showcase v1 #10 gives you an idea of how hardcore game shows were in the 50's:
See that tank they put you in? Seems totally unnecessary, doesn't it? Well, I have it on good authority that if you didn't provide enough entertainment value, they would fill that tank with water and the audience could watch you re-enact the sinking of Atlantis.
Actually, I have no authority on that, but I'll bet I'm not the first person who considered it.
It seems to me like the "you have to get someone to marry you" element of the contest should have come up beforehand. I enjoy a good sucker-punch as much as the rest of them, but that's pretty rough. I do enjoy Lois' candor wherein she admits that she's a big loser in love on national television. It would be decades before we became a culture without shame, so she was really ahead of her time, Lois was.
The lesson, of course, is that a smart girl can never get a man. Hope you're paying attention, ladies!
See you tomorrow!