In this show, a single woman would be given a choice of three bachelors whom she could talk with, but not see.
After asking them a series of questions, she would chose which one to go on a date with.
A number of noted celebrities, including Tom Selleck and Jim Carrey, have started out as bachelors on this show.
Serial murderer, Rodney Alcala was accepted as a contestant on The Dating Game in 1978.
The show's format: a young man or woman questions three members of the opposite sex, hidden from her view, to determine which one would be the best date.
The questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers."I've never been out on a date before. " a teenage Michael Jackson asked one of his potential dates on a 1972 episode of the show."Well, we'd have fun," the girl answered.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told the Associated Press Wednesday.
Keeping the conversation going can be difficult if you are shy or dating someone who is self-conscious, so pulling out a few favorites can help you get through any uncomfortable moments.
The Dating Game was surely the inspiration for several other shows and today's most popular reality dating shows which tinkered with its structure to reflect the changes in societal attitudes toward sex.
For instance, after choosing their date, contestants on "Love Connection(1983-99)" and "Studs(1991-93)" would return to the program to relay the details of what did happen on their date.
This show has screened all over the world's most watched TV channels till 2000s.
In early 1990s' under the title "Saklambaç", it was also introduced in Turkey, as well; thanks to the unforgettable episodes with the host Nurseli Idiz.