{"title":"The Dating Game","dateDebut":"1965","dateEnd":"1999","description":"The Dating Game is an ABC television show that 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\u20131974) as The New Dating Game. It was revived (also syndicated) as follows: 1978\u20131980, 1986\u20131989 and 1996\u20131999 (repeats of the last version appeared in the 1999\u20132000 season). For years it was almost always aired in tandem with another Barris production, The Newlywed Game, which premiered on ABC the following year. The show was a forerunner of a number of other shows themed in the same style.\n\nTypically, a bachelorette would question three bachelors, who were hidden from her view; at the end of the questioning period, she would choose one to go out with on a date paid for by the show. Occasionally, the roles would be reversed with a man questioning three ladies; other times, a celebrity would question three players for a date for themselves or for a co-worker or a relative of theirs.\n\nBefore becoming famous, Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lindsay Wagner, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors appeared as contestants on the show in the 1960s and early 1970s. Other contestants who appeared before becoming famous included The Carpenters, Jackson Bostwick, Joanna Cameron, Andy Kaufman (who went under the pseudonym Baji Kimran), Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, John Ritter, Phil Hartman, Jennifer Granholm (Governor of Michigan from 2003\u20132010), Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Alex Kozinski. Serial killer Rodney Alcala appeared on the show during his murder spree and after he had been convicted of rape in California. Some contestants appeared even after they were fairly well known, including a young Michael Jackson, Ron Howard, Maureen McCormick, Barry Williams, Sally Field, Richard Dawson, Jay North, and Paul Lynde. At the end of an episode the host and winning contestants would blow a kiss to the viewers.","leadImageMedUrl":"http:\/\/distro-1.retrojunk.com\/secure\/630b2bc22eef568f78812c3d135ff0476d1faaa50d6bc9b9c0af690326eec7aadb53ea\/image\/2648VL4jyDT3bRGatTc7M_md.jpg"}