This format saw the players choose a potential date based on how good they looked and another based on personality.To determine the "looks" portion, the bachelor/bachelorette observed their potential dates (another change not seen on any Dating Game series beforehand) for several seconds; the three players wore noise-cancelling headphones so they could not hear what the bachelor/bachelorette was saying about them and they identified by numbers.ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.
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.
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.
For the first season of the 1996 revival, The Dating Game used a different format.