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.ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.
Producer Tony Cevrone stated that production of the show ended in favor for the newest reboot, New Looney Tunes.Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 19 syndicated editions.The 1986 revival was hosted by Elaine Joyce for its first season and Jeff Mac Gregor for its remaining two seasons.The sax solo was to eighties music what the guest rap is to middle eights today - which raises the question, where have all the saxophonists gone? He spends his life, it goes on, taking on criminals who operate ‘above the law’. Criminals who operate within the law, by definition, are not actually criminals but law-abiding citizens.Great theme tune, though – later sampled by, among others, Busta Rhymes for his hit song Fire It Up. Magnum, PI It wasn’t really a fair competition: the Americans had Magnum, PI: we had Bergerac; they had Tom Selleck with his chest hair and mighty moustache, we had John Nettles and a character with a gammy leg.