Over a series of meetings, the participants are given the opportunity to determine who their ideal partner is through various non-visual methods such as speech, smell, and compatibility tests.
After this, each participant works with a sketch artist to create a drawing of his or her chosen partner, which is then passed to the person in question.
Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 19 syndicated editions.
The 1986 revival was hosted by Elaine Joyce for its first season and Jeff Mac Gregor for its remaining two seasons.
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ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.
After this, each of them must decide whether they will go on a proper date with their chosen partner by going to the library, or whether they will leave the house and stand them up. Based on the Dutch programme Daten In het Donker, which translates as "Dating in the Dark".
The third series of the programme tweaked the format slightly, by starting proceedings with eight individuals. Despite being stood up by his chosen date Dorianne De Pao, contestant Alan Warren would later team up with her to sing Rock Me Amadeus on an episode of Harry Hill's TV Burp.
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The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.