For the first season of the 1996 revival, The Dating Game used a different format.
The same question could be asked to multiple bachelors. The bachelorette would make her choice based solely on the answers to her questions.Occasionally, the contestant was a bachelor who would ask questions to three bachelorettes.Typically, a bachelorette would question three bachelors, who were hidden from her view; at the end of the questioning period, she would choose one to go out with on a date paid for by the show.Occasionally, the roles would be reversed with a man questioning three ladies; other times, a celebrity would question three players for a date for themselves or for a co-worker or a relative of theirs.Instead of asking questions of their potential date, the bachelor/bachelorette was presented with two pun-laden statements, each pertaining to one of the potential dates.
When chosen, a new statement replaced the old statement and the potential date explained the reason why that fact pertained to them.
Before becoming famous, Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Yvonne Craig, Lindsay Wagner, Leif Garrett, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors appeared as contestants on the show in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Other contestants who appeared before becoming famous included The Carpenters, Jackson Bostwick, Michael Richards, Joanna Cameron, Andy Kaufman (who went under the pseudonym Baji Kimran), Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, John Ritter, Phil Hartman, Jennifer Granholm (Governor of Michigan from 2003–2010), Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Alex Kozinski.
First Run December 20, 1965 – July 6, 1973(ABC Daytime)October 6, 1966 – January 17, 1970(ABC primetime)September 10, 1973 – September 1974(Syndication)Second Run September 4, 1978 – September 1980 (Syndication)Third Run September 15, 1986 – September 8, 1989(Syndication)Fourth Run September 9, 1996 – September 1999 (Syndication) The Dating Game is an ABC television show.
It first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s.
One standard trademark was that at the end of each episode, the host and winning contestants would blow a kiss to the viewers.