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A notable change was that the prospective bachelor/bachelorette knew what the first names of his or her potential dates were at all times.

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.

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.

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.

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.

When the show was revived with a different format in 1996, Brad Sherwood was named as its host.

Chuck Woolery took over in 1997 when the original format was reinstated and hosted for the last two seasons.

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