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The Newlywed Game, by contrast, another Barris show, had recently married couples competing to answer questions about each other's preferences.

The couple who knew each other the best would win the game; sometimes others got divorced.

Once again, the show featured both present-day and future stars such as Jaye P.

Morgan, Bob Saget and Murray "The Unknown Comic" Langston.

As the genre progressed, the format developed towards a reality-style show and more into a relationship show then simply finding a mate.

(In fact, in light of its success, Baskin-Robbins named an ice cream flavor in honor of the show.) And over the years, the show featured many stars of the day (Burt Reynolds, Paul Petersen and even Dick Clark showed up) as well as newcomers who would in later years become big stars in their own right (John Ritter, Teri Garr, Tom Selleck and Farrah Fawcett were among these.) The show left abc-TV on July 2-6, 1973, but stayed in syndication for another year (1973-1974) before leaving the airwaves altogether.

Creator Chuck Barris brought the show back again 4 years later with Lange as host from 1978 to 1980.

This version lasted for three years with Joyce hosting the 1st season and Jeff Mc Gregor hosting the last 2 Seasons and again as in the previous 2 incarnations, the show featured present and future stars. But if you're a game show retrophile like me, you would have to agree that there's just no Dating Game without Jim Lange with or without the awful tux. (Dates with celebrities are always subject to their availability.) THE BROADCAST HISTORY of : December 20, 1965-March 31, 1967 at am-12Noon on ABC-TV April 3, 1967-July 12, 1968 at -pm on ABC-TV July 15, 1968-July 6, 1973 at -pm on ABC-TV.

(Among the future stars was Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.! And now you don't have to suffer from Lange withdrawal because Game Show Network has some episodes to show you... Now you can see the classic Jim Lange episodes of the original DATING GAME on The Game Show Network- in particular, the ones that featured present-day and future superstars. On 1st Run Syndicated from September 10, 1973-September 15, 2000.

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