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.
Beginning in 1966, The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game.
This was especially true when the two shows entered syndication; in fact, in 1996 the revivals of both The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game were sold as a package called "The Dating-Newlywed Hour".
When the original format returned to the syndicated revival in 1997, these rules were readopted but there was more of a variety between bachelors and bachelorettes.
For the first season of the 1996 revival, The Dating Game used a different format.
One standard trademark was that at the end of each episode, the host and winning contestants would blow a kiss to the viewers.
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.
Generally the bachelorette would ask questions written in advance on cards to each of the three hidden bachelors.
The same question could be asked to multiple bachelors. The bachelorette would make her choice based solely on the answers to her questions.