Jim Lange, the host of The Dating Game, died last week. The Dating Game was a silly and often embarrassing game show where contestants would select a date from a pool of three eligible people. The show reflected the changing morals of the 1960's (albeit in a sanitized TV fashion), and lasted in various incarnations into the 1980's. At a time when American TV was limited to three networks, I frequently watched the show, even as a child with no interest in dating.
The Dating Game can arguably claim to have started the careers of many aspiring artists. Karen Carpenter, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett all appeared on the show before becoming famous. It's unclear how many of these dates lead to second dates, let alone marriage.