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This was especially true when the two shows entered syndication; in fact, in 1996 the revivals of both The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game were sold as a package called "The Dating-Newlywed Hour".
The program was originally broadcast in black-and-white, but when a prime-time version began in October 1966, both it and the daytime version were broadcast in color; the daytime version thus became the first ABC daytime series to be broadcast in color on a regular basis.
Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 19 syndicated editions.
Actors and actresses need love, too--and they were willing to go on this classic game show to find it!
Scroll through the photos below to see who went on air to see if they could find the man or woman of their dreams.
This format saw the players choose a potential date based on how good they looked and another based on personality.
To determine the "looks" portion, the bachelor/bachelorette observed their potential dates (another change not seen on any Dating Game series beforehand) for several seconds; the three players wore noise-cancelling headphones so they could not hear what the bachelor/bachelorette was saying about them and they identified by numbers.
The 1986 revival was hosted by Elaine Joyce for its first season and Jeff Mac Gregor for its remaining two seasons.