Play continued until time expired, after which the bachelor/bachelorette gave their choice.In several weeks of episodes that aired at various times throughout the season, another format was used.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.
After the version finale in 1980, The Dating Game with the repeats of the 1978-1980 version was seen on Los Angeles TV Station KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TV) Channel 9 from September 26, 1983 to September 12, 1986, as well as some other cities.For the first season of the 1996 revival, The Dating Game used a different format.A notable change was that the prospective bachelor/bachelorette knew what the first names of his or her potential dates were at all times.The same question could be asked to multiple bachelors. The bachelorette would make her choice based solely on the answers to her questions.Occasionally, the contestant was a bachelor who would ask questions to three bachelorettes.In another variation of the final year in reruns, there were some episodes from ABC daytime, ABC primetime and syndicated weekly. (unrelated to the 1959 band, The Regents, famous for their song "Barbara Ann").Some of the celebrities that appeared on The Dating Game appeared as a bachelor or bachelorette before becoming famous or a special guest star include: The show used many contemporary tunes, from Tijuana Brass's music from the 1960s, to pop music used for celebrity guest and band appearances. Starting in 1966, the show used recorded music, with the main theme provided by The Mariachi Brass, featuring trumpeter Chet Baker.One standard trademark was that at the end of each episode, the host and winning contestants would blow a kiss to the viewers.Generally the bachelorette would ask questions written in advance on cards to each of the three hidden bachelors.The 1986 revival was hosted by Elaine Joyce for its first season and Jeff Mac Gregor for its remaining two seasons.When the show was revived with a different format in 1996, Brad Sherwood was named as its host.