Dating in the gym game

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.

One standard trademark was that at the end of each episode, the host and winning contestants would blow a kiss to the viewers.

Occasionally, the contestant was a bachelor who would ask questions to three bachelorettes.

Certain kinds of questions were "off-limits", such as name, age, occupation, and income.

The program was originally broadcast in black-and-white, but when a prime-time version began in October 1966, both it and the daytime version were broadcast in color; the daytime version thus became the first ABC daytime series to be broadcast in color on a regular basis.

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.

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.Beginning in 1966, The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game.This was especially true when the two shows entered syndication; in fact, in 1996 the revivals of both The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game were sold as a package called "The Dating-Newlywed Hour".Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 19 syndicated editions.The 1986 revival was hosted by Elaine Joyce for its first season and Jeff Mac Gregor for its remaining two seasons. So help her prep for it; her boyfriend, Stan, came with a weird idea: a date at the local gym.

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