The Dating Game

The Dating Game

What was a single person to do when companionship eluded them in the 60s? Simple, go on The Dating Game where you could question three lovely members of the opposite sex and find that perfect person of your dreams, or at least have fun trying, on one of the most popular game shows ever created.

Premiering in 1965, The Dating Game was the brainchild of Chuck Barris (best remembered as the host of The Gong Show) who also created the companion game show, The Newlywed Game. The premise was simple – a bachelor or bachelorette would question three members of the opposite sex who were hidden from his/her view. Going only by their voices and often-hilarious answers, the contestant would use this information to decide whom they wanted to go out on a date with.

To make things more interesting, the contestant and/or panelists were occasionally celebrities who wanted to find a date just like everyone else. Burt Reynolds, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Groucho Marx and Tom Selleck (who lost twice) all appeared, as did Greg, Marcia and even Alice from The Brady Bunch. One of the most memorable guests of all time, however, had to be Andy Kaufman, who remained in his “Foreign Man” character throughout the show, thoroughly confused-sounding and absolutely hilarious.

The Dating Game originally ran from 1965 – 1973, hosted by former DJ, Jim Lange. It was revived in the 80s with Elaine Joyce as its host, and in the 90s, hosted by Chuck Woolery who had previously enjoyed a very successful run hosting a similar game show called Love Connection for a decade.

But, it was the original version that captured the hearts of television viewers. With the familiar theme song “Spanish Flea” performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass to kick things off each week, viewers were sure to find plenty of entertainment and risqué humor to keep them amused. And, in the ever-growing list of game shows that have appeared on television over the years, this was certainly one of the most iconic.

If you remember curling up in front of the television to watch the nightly antics on The Dating Game, we hope you’ll take a moment to share your recollections with us in our comments section below.

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