Certain kinds of questions were "off-limits", such as name, age, occupation, and income.When the original format returned to the syndicated revival in 1997, these rules were readopted but there was more of a variety between bachelors and bachelorettes.Instead of asking questions of their potential date, the bachelor/bachelorette was presented with two pun-laden statements, each pertaining to one of the potential dates.When chosen, a new statement replaced the old statement and the potential date explained the reason why that fact pertained to them.
A notable change was that the prospective bachelor/bachelorette knew what the first names of his or her potential dates were at all times.
ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.
The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.
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.
Occasionally, the roles would be reversed with a man questioning three ladies; other times, a celebrity would question three players for a date for themselves or for a co-worker or a relative of theirs.
The same question could be asked to multiple bachelors. The bachelorette would make her choice based solely on the answers to her questions.