For the first season of the 1996 revival, The Dating Game used a different format.
A notable change was that the prospective bachelor/bachelorette knew what the first names of his or her potential dates were at all times.
Serial killer Rodney Alcala's episodes were shown during his murder spree and after he had been convicted of rape in California.
ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.
The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.
Typically, a bachelorette would question three bachelors, who were hidden from her view; at the end of the questioning period, she would choose one to go out with on a date paid for by the show.
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 or for a co-worker or a relative of theirs.
This format saw the players choose a potential date based on how good they looked and another based on personality.
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.
In the case the bachelor/bachelorette chose the same person for both looks and personality, they won a cash prize of 0.
The ABC daytime episodes are believed to have been erased after broadcast, as was the standard practice with network daytime programs prior to the late 1970s.
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".
The program was originally broadcast in black-and-white, but when a prime-time version began in October 1966, both it and the daytime version were broadcast in color; the daytime version thus became the first ABC daytime series to be broadcast in color on a regular basis.
One standard trademark was that at the end of each episode, the host and winning contestants would blow a kiss to the viewers.