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.ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.
In another variation of the final year in reruns, there were some episodes from ABC daytime, ABC primetime and syndicated weekly. (unrelated to the 1959 band, The Regents, famous for their song "Barbara Ann").
Some of the celebrities that appeared on The Dating Game appeared as a bachelor or bachelorette before becoming famous or a special guest star include: The show used many popular music from its time ranging from Tijuana Brass music from the 1960s, to pop music used for celebrity guest and band appearances. Later on, during 1966, the show used recorded music, with the main theme provided by The Mariachi Brass, featuring trumpeter Chet Baker.
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.
Serial killer Rodney Alcala's episodes were shown during his murder spree and after he had been convicted of rape in California.
Some contestants appeared even after they were fairly well known, including a young Michael Jackson, Dusty Springfield, Ron Howard, Maureen Mc Cormick, Barry Williams, Sally Field, Henry Morgan, Richard Dawson, Jay North, and Paul Lynde.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.Play continued until time expired, after which the bachelor/bachelorette gave their choice.In several weeks of episodes that aired at various times throughout the season, another format was used.For the first season of the 1996 revival, The Dating Game used a different format.