Dating game economist
Some contestants appeared even after they were fairly well known, including a young Michael Jackson, Dusty Springfield, Ron Howard, Maureen Mc Cormick, Barry Williams, Sally Field, Henry Morgan, Richard Dawson, Jay North, and Paul Lynde.
One standard trademark was that at the end of each episode, the host and winning contestants would blow a kiss to the viewers.
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.
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.
In several weeks of episodes that aired at various times throughout the season, another format was used.
This format saw the players choose a potential date based on how good they looked and another based on personality.
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.
The same question could be asked to multiple bachelors. The bachelorette would make her choice based solely on the answers to her questions.
When chosen, a new statement replaced the old statement and the potential date explained the reason why that fact pertained to them.
Play continued until time expired, after which the bachelor/bachelorette gave their choice.
After the game ended the bachelor/bachelorette chose one panelist based on looks and one based on personality, then was prompted to choose either of the two.
In the case the bachelor/bachelorette chose the same person for both looks and personality, they won a cash prize of 0.