The first revival premiered in 1978 and ran until 1980, the second ran from 1986 until 1989, and the last ran from 1996 until 1999 with a season of reruns following.
Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 19 syndicated editions.
Beginning in 1966, The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game.
“I used to always pray, please, God, let me go out with Michael Jackson, and then all of a sudden it happened.” And when it did, Latonya took no chances.
During The Dating Game, Jackson asked her, “Girls always follow me around, tell me what you’d say to them.” Latonya answered: “Go away; he’s mine, not yours!
” INSIDE EDITION spoke to Latonya, a one-time hospital administrator in Los Angeles back in 2003.
Latonya recalled going out on four or five innocent dates with Michael, nothing more than a peck on the cheek. Michael’s love life would become a real-life dating game played out for the world to see.