The dating game in 1972

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One of Bob Eubanks’ favorite questions to ask contestants was the strangest or most off-beat places the couples ever wanted to “make whoopee.” That questions resulted in a couple of notorious TV moments, including the above 1977 clip in which a woman, Olga, tells Eubanks that the strangest place she ever wanted to have sex wasn’t in a car or outside, but “in the [expletive].” As Eubanks said of the clip later, it never actually made it to air, but still became one of the most infamous clips in game-show history.

Chuck Barris reportedly wanted to buy the Phillies Philly-born 'Gong Show' host, who claimed to be a CIA assassin, has died From our archives: Chuck Barris the local guy and game-show mastermind we know ...

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The show became an enormous hit with young viewers.

(In fact, in light of its success, Baskin-Robbins named an ice cream flavor in honor of the show.) And over the years, the show featured many stars of the day (Burt Reynolds, Paul Petersen and even Dick Clark showed up) as well as newcomers who would in later years become big stars in their own right (John Ritter, Teri Garr, Tom Selleck and Farrah Fawcett were among these.) The show left abc-TV on July 2-6, 1973, but stayed in syndication for another year (1973-1974) before leaving the airwaves altogether.

THE DATING GAME was all but forgotten until the mid-80s, when Barris decided to do it yet again. I don't know terribly much about it except for the following: By the time the 90s rolled around, Chuck Barris sold the rights to all his shows to Columbia-Tristar Television.

The oldest televised game show episode known to exist is from 1947's that was filmed by RKO for theaters (a practice that lasted from about 1939-42).

The comparative lack of circulating game show episodes may also be due to the format's perceived inherent lack of rerun potential, due to the genre not really being episodic or having any plot to speak of.

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