Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with “The Dating Game,” hosted by Jim Lange.The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.It’s been a much slower process for me each time I’ve gone into a relationship. Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla. I don’t know any of us who are in relationships that are totally honest – it doesn’t exist. I have a lot of boyfriends, I want you to write that. I was dating this guy and we would spend all day text messaging each other. I don’t know the first real thing about the dating game. But I don’t want to put myself in the position where I’m in a monogamous relationship right now. ‘Sex and the City’ changed everything for me because those girls would sleep with so many people.
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.
The first revival premiered in 1978 and ran until 1980, the second ran from 1986 until 1989, and the last ran from 1996 until 1999 with a season of reruns following.
Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 19 syndicated editions.
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I’ve never been Romeo who meets a girl and falls for her immediately. My philosophy of dating is to just fart right away. I’m not great at dating, but I need to do it to relax. Well, dating has become a sport and not about finding the person you love. My mom is going to kill me for talking about sleeping with people. I think I’m a change from what it would be like dating a normal guy who doesn’t talk too much.
Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-“Charlie’s Angels” Farrah Fawcett, introduced as “an accomplished artist and sculptress” with a dream to open her own gallery.