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This was especially true when the two shows entered syndication; in fact, in 1996 the revivals of both The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game were sold as a package called "The Dating-Newlywed Hour".
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.
On January 22nd 1967, Abbe Lane performed a Spanish language version of "Spanish Flea" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show' (she sang it a medley with "Call Me" and "La Bamba")...
Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 19 syndicated editions.
As well, the use of marimba underpins the melody perfectly, providing a clever counterpoint.
The song and recording also achieved some modernist "kitsch" notoriety when it was used in the cartoon show The Simpsons, with the main character, Homer Simpson, singing an out-of-tune vocal rendition in his happier moments.
I mean, this is almost worth digging up some money to start a smarmy "Dating Game" type show, just so I can use "Spanish Flea" as the theme.
Speaking of odd themes, I seem to remember Family Film Festival hosted by "Popeye" Tom Hatten on L.