If you watched any television in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s, you probably saw at least one episode of ‘The Dating Game’ hosted by Jim Lange.
The show was created by Chuck Barris, who usually packaged it to run back to back with another show he created: ‘The Newlywed Game’. Most of the time a bachelorette would question three bachelors hidden from view, but sometimes the roles would be reversed. At the end of the questioning, the girl or guy would choose one of those questioned to go out on a date – paid for by the show.
Many pre-fame celebrities appeared as contestants including: Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck, Sally Field, Andy Kaufman, Suzanne Somers, Steve Martin, The Carpenters, Burt Reynolds, John Ritter, and Lindsay Wagner.
At the end of each show the host and winning couple would blow a kiss to the viewers.
After Jim left the show in the early 80’s, he went on to host several other game shows including ‘$100,000 Name That Tune’ and ‘The New Newlywed Game’. He retired from broadcasting in 2005 and was living in Mill Valley, California with his wife, former Miss America Nancy Flaming, when he died of a heart attack on Tuesday.
Jim Lange was 81 years old.
Here’s some of the music used on the show:
Here are clips of some of the best celebrity appearances on ‘The Dating Game: