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* SerialKiller: What in retrospect is one of the creepiest moments in the history of American television took place in 1978 when serial killer Rodney Alcala appeared as a contestant. The producers had no way of knowing that Alcala had killed at least four people, but probably should have done enough research to find out that he was a registered sex offender with two convictions for sexual assault. Alcala won the game, but the girl who was picking bachelors refused (per Wiki/TheOtherWiki) to go out with him.


* TheSixties: Look at the set design, which is full of stereotypical television show design of the time (basically ''Series/TheSmothersBrothersComedyHour'' aesthetic.)



* TheSixties: Look at the set design, which is full of stereotypical television show design of the time (basically ''Series/TheSmothersBrothersComedyHour'' aesthetic.)

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* SignatureTransition: In the original '60s and '70s version:
** Host Jim Lange would introduce the three bachelors by announcing "And heeere they are!" and doing an extravagant pointing to the area of the stage where they were seated, which was the cue for the partition to turn and reveal them to the contestant.
** At the end of the show, Lange and the winning couples would, on cue, fade back and blow the viewers a kiss, accompanied by the word "Kiss" appearing onscreen and approaching the camera, which was followed by the closing credits.


Syndicated {{revival}}s were moderated by Elaine Joyce, Jeff [=MacGregor=], Brad Sherwood, and Chuck Woolery.

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Syndicated {{revival}}s were moderated by Elaine Joyce, Jeff [=MacGregor=], Brad Sherwood, and Chuck Woolery.
Woolery. In February 2021, ABC announced yet another revival, ''The Celebrity Dating Game'', with Music/MichaelBolton as executive producer and Creator/ZooeyDeschanel as host.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The game became ''very'' raunchy as its popularity grew, with virtually all the questions (and answers) being veiled innuendos.

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The game became ''very'' raunchy as its popularity grew, with virtually all GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this in the questions (and answers) being veiled innuendos.future, please check the trope page to make sure your example fits the current definition.

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Usually aired alongside sister show ''Series/TheNewlywedGame''.

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* TheSixties: Look at the set design, which is full of stereotypical television show design of the time (basically ''Series/TheSmothersBrothersComedyHour'' aesthetic.)

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* RealSongThemeTune: Herb Alpert's "Spanish Flea", "Lollipops and Roses" and "Whipped Cream" were all used as music cues.


* SerialKiller: What in retrospect is one of the creepiest moments in the history of American television took place in 1978 when serial killer Rodney Alcala appeared as a contestant. The producers had no way of knowing that Alcala had killed at least four people, but probably should have done enough research to find out that he was a registered sex offender with two convictions for sexual assault. Alcala won the game, but the girl who was picking bachelors refused (per TheOtherWiki) to go out with him.

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* SerialKiller: What in retrospect is one of the creepiest moments in the history of American television took place in 1978 when serial killer Rodney Alcala appeared as a contestant. The producers had no way of knowing that Alcala had killed at least four people, but probably should have done enough research to find out that he was a registered sex offender with two convictions for sexual assault. Alcala won the game, but the girl who was picking bachelors refused (per TheOtherWiki) Wiki/TheOtherWiki) to go out with him.


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GameShow by Creator/ChuckBarris Productions which debuted on Creator/{{ABC}} in 1965 with host Jim Lange. It was the first game show to enter RealityTV territory, in that the winning couple actually went on a date after the show. It was so popular in its original run that it inspired a flavor of ice cream.

A young woman asked provocative questions of three bachelors who sat on stools behind a large wall. After questioning, the "bachelorette" chose one of the bachelors for her date, based only on how they answered her questions. On occasion, the role would be reversed (one bachelor, three bachelorettes).

Syndicated {{revival}}s were moderated by Elaine Joyce, Jeff [=MacGregor=], Brad Sherwood, and Chuck Woolery.

The UK version of [[http://www.datingsims.net/dating-games Dating Games]], ''Blind Date'', had a hugely popular run [[LongRunners from 1985 to 2003]] and was hosted by Cilla Black.
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!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* AllOrNothing: Somewhat, at least for the three potential suitors -- either you get the girl/boy, or you don't.
* CarriedByTheHost: Averted. Jim did little more than introduce the bachelors/bachelorettes.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Johnny Jacobs is probably the best known.
** GameShowHost: Jim Lange. Elaine Joyce hosted in 1986/87, followed by Jeff [=MacGregor=] from 1987 to 1989. Brad Sherwood hosted the first season of the 1990s revival, followed by Chuck Woolery.
** StudioAudience
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!!This show provides examples of:
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The game became ''very'' raunchy as its popularity grew, with virtually all the questions (and answers) being veiled innuendos.
* RealSongThemeTune: Herb Alpert's "Spanish Flea", "Lollipops and Roses" and "Whipped Cream" were all used as music cues.
* SerialKiller: What in retrospect is one of the creepiest moments in the history of American television took place in 1978 when serial killer Rodney Alcala appeared as a contestant. The producers had no way of knowing that Alcala had killed at least four people, but probably should have done enough research to find out that he was a registered sex offender with two convictions for sexual assault. Alcala won the game, but the girl who was picking bachelors refused (per TheOtherWiki) to go out with him.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Series/LoveConnection'' was basically this, but much more host-driven. ''Series/SingledOut'' was similar, but had the contestant picking from ''50'' potential dates.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: Britain and Australia had their own variations of "The Dating Game", titled "Blind Date" and "Perfect Match", respectively.
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