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The pre-stardom Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lindsay Wagner, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors appeared as "contestants" on the show in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Other contestants who appeared in their unknown or pre-stardom eras included The Carpenters, Jackson Bostwick, Joanna Cameron, Andy Kaufman (who went under the name Baji Kimran), Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, John Ritter, Phil Hartman, Jennifer Granholm (Governor of Michigan from 2003-2010), the actor Jay North, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Tom Selleck (who went on the show twice but was not chosen as a "date" either time).
ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it resurfaced in several syndicated versions (1973–1974 as The New Dating Game, 1978–1980, 1986–19–1999; repeats of the last version appeared in the 1999–2000 season.) For years it would almost always be aired in tandem with another Barris production, The Newlywed Game, which premiered on ABC the following year.
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, a co-worker or a relative of theirs.
Many celebrities played the game looking for love themselves.
(1973–1974)Firestone Program Services (1978–1980)Worldvision Enterprises (1986–1987)Barris Program Sales (1987–1989)Columbia Tri Star Television (1996–2000)Broadcast Original channel ABC (1965–1973)Syndicated (1973–1974; 1978–1980; 1986–1989; 1996–2000)Original run First Run December 20, 1965 – July 6, 1973 (ABC Daytime)Second Run October 6, 1966 – January 17, 1970 (ABC primetime)Third Run September 10, 1973 – September 1974 (Syndication)Fourth Run September 4, 1978 – September 1980 (Syndication)Fifth Run September 15, 1986 – September 8, 1989 (Syndication)Sixth Run September 9, 1996 – September 1999 (Syndication) I was on this show in 1986-1987 and won. lee majors was the bachelor my sister was the bachelorette chosen they went to London England. contact me @ [email protected] was on the The Dating Game show with Chuck Woolery in 1999 (I THINK it aired in 2000, maybe not) and won a trip to Miami, Florida and stayed at the Eden Roc Hotel! I was wondering if you'd be doing an archive of those shows.
(2006), The Big Finish with Graham Norton (2006), When Will I Be Famous?
(1968–69, 1981–82), It's Academic (1969–71), The Who, What, or Where Game (1969–74), The Magnificent Marble Machine (1975–76), Blank Check (1975), Word Grabbers (1976, unaired pilot), Catch Phrase (1985)Boys and Girls (2003), Head Jam (2004), Celebrities Under Pressure (2004), All Star Family Fortunes (2006–15), Gameshow Marathon (2007), Beat the Star (2009-09), The Whole 19 Yards (2010), Skating with the Stars (2010; USA), Million Dollar Mind Game (2011; USA), Let's Get Gold (2012), Splash!
(2013–14), 1000 Heartbeats (2015–present), Drive (2016)The Big Game (1958), You Don't Say!
The Dating Game was hosted by Jim Lange from its debut on ABC until the late 1970s syndicated series went off the air.
The 1986 revival was originally hosted by comedienne Elaine Joyce, who was replaced by Jeff Mac Gregor after its first season.