Producer In the beginning, the dates provided by the Dating Game were typically just a local night on the town but later the show began opening its pockets for luxurious dates to exotic locations.The Dating Game TV show began as a daytime game show.It was the forerunner for many imitators such as "Love Connection", MTV's "Singled Out" and numerous others.

Then in October of 1966, ABC moved the series to their Thursday night prime-time schedule at PM to replace "The Tammy Grimes Show" that only survived a few episodes.

It had some pretty strong competition from "My Three Sons" on CBS and "Star Trek" on NBC but it was a "fun" show and audiences loved it!

Some things just really need to be kept private from a nationwide television audience!

THE DATING GAME was and still is by all accounts, the premiere game show for singles.

In addition to the old questioning and choosing a date segments, some previous daters would return to tell viewers how their date turned out.

That version lasted through 1989 and was hosted by Jeff Mac Gregor.

It managed to survive in prime-time (a rarety for a game show) for another three years!

It then returned to daytime only until 1973 on CBS.

Then one of the three would be chosen to go out on a date. Host (1973-1974 / 1977-1980 / 1997) Elaine Joyce ............ Viewers might have been skeptical, however, about the permanent nature of those relationships because the follow-ups usually just said that the couple had a great first date and went out again.