THE DATING GAME was and still is by all accounts, the premiere game show for singles.
Creator Chuck Barris brought the show back again 4 years later with Lange as host from 1978 to 1980.
But they all have the same influence: Chuck Barris, the creator of the one that started it all!
"THE DATING GAME" first premiered on December 20-24, 1965 on abc-TV and remained a fixture on the network in both daytime and nighttime incarnations through the rest of the 1960s and well into the 1970s.
Along with an updated version of "The Newlywed Game" and 2 new shows, ("The Gong Show" and "The .98 Beauty Show") "The Dating Game" returned to syndicated in 1978, only this time with a more adult-oriented borderline dialogue format--perhaps in an effort to recapture the same audience that had grown up watching THE DATING GAME in the 1960s.
More often than not the questions would be of a quirky nature. G.: "If we were marooned on a desert island, what would be the first thing you'd do and why? During a commercial break, the girl would think about which bachelor she'd select.
When the show returned, Jim would have her announce her choice.