The Dating Game is an ABC television show that first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s.ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it resurfaced in several syndicated versions (1973–1974 as The New Dating Game, 1978–1980, 1986–19–1999; repeats of the last version appeared in the 1999–2000 season.) For years it would almost always be aired in tandem with another Barris production, The Newlywed Game, which premiered on ABC the following year.It was in 1965 that Barris launched “The Dating Game,” which was an instant hit with numerous imitations.Continuing to dominate the TV game show landscape, Barris next introduced “The Newlywed Game,” “The Game Game” and a Mama Cass special, among others.Grade 8 Up–Buddies Madison, Holly, and Lina all become the talk of their high school when they start their own Web site, giving advice and setting up those in need with dates.Holly is dealing with her overdeveloped body and the rumors it has caused while Lina is trying to get her barely-out-of-college teacher to treat her as something more than a student.She is also grinning from ear to ear, her smile as wide as a cantaloupe slice.
Occasionally, the roles would be reversed with a man questioning three ladies; other times, a celebrity would question three players for a date for themselves, a co-worker or a relative of theirs.
Many celebrities played the game looking for love themselves.
The pre-stardom Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lindsay Wagner, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors appeared as "contestants" on the show in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Madison is trying her hardest to act more grown up and get the cutest boy in school to notice her no matter what it takes.
The teens eventually come to the conclusion that the guys they were originally interested in are not necessarily right for them.