The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.
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.
It’s why when he started performing as a professional wrestler, but was only wrestling women and wearing the championship belt as the Inter-Gender Champion, people lost their minds. A comedian in professional wrestling should have been the easiest thing in the world to mark as pure showmanship. There was no one like him before, and no one quite like him since, because no one has ever committed to his art the way he did, without worry about approval and without ever winking at the audience.
He didn’t care if you loved him, he just wanted to generate an honest reaction from you, even if it meant you genuinely hated him.
It 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.
First Run December 20, 1965 – July 6, 1973 (ABC Daytime) October 6, 1966 – January 17, 1970 (ABC primetime) September 10, 1973 – September 1974 (Syndication) Second Run September 4, 1978 – September 1980 (Syndication) Third Run September 15, 1986 – September 8, 1989 (Syndication) Fourth Run September 9, 1996 – September 1999 (Syndication) The Dating Game is an ABC television show.Subscriptions are available for home delivery of the print edition and for a digital replica viewable on your mobile device or computer. Kaufman's alter ego, Tony Clifton, shows up for a "Taxi" rehearsal with two prostitutes and starts insulting the entire cast.Kaufman hated being called a comedian, seeing as how he never told any jokes, preferring the title of “performer” or “song and dance” man instead, but he might have been the funniest person ever to grace the world of comedy.By inverting the relationship between comedian and audience, making it so the audience did not actually know if they were watching a performance or not, and making their reaction the joke, he created a new way of entertaining.