After appearing on The Dating Game in 1972, Ron Howard made his mark in the director's chair with 1977's Grand Theft Auto (not to be confused with the popular video game franchise of the same name).
The 1979 crime drama film The Onion Field (based on the true crime book from 1973 by Joseph Wambaugh of the same name) has a brief clip of The Dating Game being played on TV in prison.
The show was also parodied on the hit NBC sitcom Punky Brewster. This was where Betty Johnson appeared as a contestant trying to win the date with one Chuck Mc Kinley (Johnny Brown from Good Times).Another sketch-comedy show MADtv has also had a share of a few parodies of The Dating Game.In a 1980 episode of Laverne & Shirley, Lenny & Squiggy both appeared as contestants on the same episode of the Dating Game (featuring a very accurate re-creation of the 60s-era set and Jim Lange portraying himself as host).On ABC's That Girl (1966-1971), Ann Marie (Margaret "Marlo" Thomas) appeared on the set of "The Mating Game." Prior to this, in 2001, a Diet Dr Pepper commercial also called "The Mating Game" was a parody of the show as well.The commercial starts with a Jim Lange-type host asking the generic male contestant "So are you ready to meet your date? " while the husband on the left side of the bed says: "I'm so happy for them!
The actor who played the host was future Supermarket Sweep host David Ruprecht.