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.When the show returned, Jim would have her announce her choice.After meeting the 2 boys she didn't select, she's meet her date at which point Jim would tell them where they were going for their dream date.After questioning, the "bachelorette" chose one of the bachelors for her date, based only on how they answered her questions.
Jim Lange, fresh from his announcing duties with Tennessee Ernie Ford stepped through the flower-speckled rotating partitions for the first of many, many times shortly before Christmas 1965. On one side you had 3 bachelors answering questions from a girl on the other side of the partition (each not being able to see the other).
)Once a person was selected by the questioner then they would go out on a date, all expenses paid by the show.
Sometimes still photos of “the date” would be shown during a later show.
Game Show by Chuck Barris Productions which debuted on ABC in 1965 with host Jim Lange.
It was the first game show to enter Reality TV territory, in that the winning couple actually went on a date after the show.