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.

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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.

The statement round was used to determine the "personality" portion.

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.

Serial killer Rodney Alcala's episodes were shown during his murder spree and after he had been convicted of rape in California.

The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.

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.

In several weeks of episodes that aired at various times throughout the season, another format was used.

This format saw the players choose a potential date based on how good they looked and another based on personality.

After the game ended the bachelor/bachelorette chose one panelist based on looks and one based on personality, then was prompted to choose either of the two.

In the case the bachelor/bachelorette chose the same person for both looks and personality, they won a cash prize of 0.

When the show was revived with a different format in 1996, Brad Sherwood was named as its host.