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Before becoming famous, Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Yvonne Craig, Lindsay Wagner, Leif Garrett, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors appeared as contestants on the show in the 1960s and early 1970s.Other contestants who appeared before becoming famous included The Carpenters, Jackson Bostwick, Michael Richards, Joanna Cameron, Andy Kaufman (who went under the pseudonym Baji Kimran), Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, John Ritter, Phil Hartman, Jennifer Granholm (Governor of Michigan from 2003–2010), Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Alex Kozinski.The tune has been featured in four episodes of The Simpsons: "The Otto Show", "Team Homer", "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday", and "Natural Born Kissers".In the fingerprint scene in Rosewood's home in Beverly Hills Cop II, Eddie Murphy (playing Axel Foley) and Judge Reinhold (playing Billy Rosewood) improvised the idea of humming the tune."Spanish Flea" was also covered by Trudy Pitts on her debut album Introducing the Fabulous Trudy Pitts (1967), by the Doodletown Pipers on The Doodletown Pipers Sing-along '67 (1967) and by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley on Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Spotlight on the Moog, also recorded in 1967.Julius Wechter himself, with his Baja Marimba Band, recorded the song on the 1971 album As Time Goes By.
Beginning in 1966, The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra did a rendition of the song as the last track on the album "Something New: The Glenn Miller Orchestra plays the Tijuana Brass" (1966) Allan Sherman did a parody of this song on his album Togetherness (1967).
Another parodic cover version, spoofing Alpert's version, appeared on the mock Alpert tribute album Sour Cream & Other Delights by the Frivolous Five.
When Taggart (John Ashton) asks what the tune is, Rosewood replies, "The Dating Game!
" In the 1997 film Perdita Durango, the two main characters happily groove to the song while abducting two teenagers.