December 20, 1965 – July 6, 1973 1/2 hour episodes (8 seasons in original run) on ABC Other versions of the show appeared during the years: (1973–1974 as The New Dating Game), (1978–1980), (1986–1989) and (1996–1999) on different networks with different production companies Created and Produced by: Chuck Barris, Chuck Barris Productions Jim Lange was the sole host for the entire run of the series (1965-1971) He also hosted two of the shows re-boots (1973-’74) and (1978-’80)Below is a list of guest stars that you may recognize: THE SCOOPThis was sort of a sixties style boy meets girl but first boy must proof that he is worthy of girl by answering some telling questions.The humor was usually found in the answers that the young bachelors would give.The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.The first revival premiered in 1978 and ran until 1980, the second ran from 1986 until 1989, and the last ran from 1996 until 1999 with a season of reruns following.After making her choice, the bachelorette met the two unchosen bachelors before meeting the chosen one.When all said and done, the dating couple went out on a dream vacation which was paid by the producers.The ending of the show always had the host (Jim Lange) and the and winning contestants blowing a big kiss to the camera.Has a very young Michael Jackson as the contestant Ok I finally get it, sixties “just for fun” television hits 21st century social media.
Certain kinds of questions such as name, age, occupation, and income cannot be asked. The bachelorette would make her choice based solely on the answers to her questions.
(Don’t feel left out ladies, they would occasionally turn the tables and have one bachelor asking the questions to three bachelorettes).
The only questions that weren’t allowed were name, occupation, income or age.
Beginning in 1966, The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game.
Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC's The Dating Game, which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin.'They wanted a boy and a girl,' he said in a 1992 interview with the Bay Area Radio Digest.