The dating game 1996
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.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.Before becoming famous, Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Yvonne Craig, Lindsay Wagner, Leif Garrett, 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, Michael Richards, 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 2003-2010), Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Alex Kozinski.The 1986 revival was hosted by Elaine Joyce for its first season and Jeff Mac Gregor for its remaining two seasons.
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.
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.
In the case the bachelor/bachelorette chose the same person for both looks and personality, they won a cash prize of 0.
The ABC daytime episodes are believed to have been erased after broadcast, as was the standard practice with network daytime programs prior to the late 1970s.