I had convinced a friend to come with me on the date (I still had some serious reservations) and her boyfriend dropped us off.
I must say that I was totally blind-sided by this, considering he was at least 20 years older than me and nowhere near my type.
When he saw the look on my face, he started to go on about how it was okay, he's used to women turning him down, and that he doubted if he would go out with himself.
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.
My date said that he would take us home, but had promised a friend that he would stop by his party.
So, off we went, with me knowing that this was a bad idea, my friend periodically kicking my seat to let me know she was pissed and my date blithely unknowing that the two girls in the car with him would have rather been at the dentist having teeth pulled than in a car with 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.
ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.
When the show was revived with a different format in 1996, Brad Sherwood was named as its host.