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The eight best celebrity appearances on 'The Dating Game'

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Anyone who was a fan of "The Dating Game," whose host, Jim Lange, died Feb. 25, knew that the show's basic idea was to feature regular contestants as bachelors and bachelorettes to be set up for dates.

But often the show would feature celebrities and many of those appearance now are quite, well, let's say, interesting because of not only that they took place but also the moment in time when they occurred. Not only that, it's the fact that occurred at all with some of the, looking back, unlikely celebrities involved.

Here is our selection of some of the most interesting appearances with YouTube links to videos of the appearances.

As Jim Lange often said on the show, "And here-e-e-e-e they are!"

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Farrah Fawcett
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Farrah Fawcett

A young Farrah Fawcett appeared on the show before she exploded with "Charlie's Angels" and she hadn't yet gotten the look that that would sell a million posters. Lange introduced her by saying she wanted to open her own gallery. She was so unknown the first bachelor asked Lange to repeat her name. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the time Mr. Olympia who had also won several other body-building titles, appeared on a show that also featured Miss Universe trying to get her own date in the second half of the show. His bachelorettes featured a Miss Orange Juice and a Playboy Bunny. 

Maureen McCormick
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Maureen McCormick

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! Maureen McCormick of "The Brady Bunch" guest starred on the show during a special program to pay tribute to spring vacation. The three youthful bachelors had to answer such questions from McCormick as "How hard do you hug?"

Andy Kaufman
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Andy Kaufman

Comic Andy Kaufman appeared in an unusual show in his Latka persona before his role on "Taxi." Even stranger, he was introduced as someone who was grabbed off the street at the last minute to substitute for another contestant. Andy/Latka responded to the first question from the gorgeous contestant about if they were Santa and he was on her lap by playing it straight. 

Barry Williams
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Barry Williams

Speaking of "The Brady Bunch," Barry Williams (Greg Brady) also appeared on "The Dating Game" himself in 1972 just before the release of his own solo album. The bachelorettes included a music student and a prom queen. Williams started off the questioning with "If I promise not to get fresh with you, what will you promise me?" The first answer came as "Anything you want."

Michael Jackson
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Michael Jackson

A boyish Michael Jackson appeared on the show in 1972 around the time of his hit "Rockin' Robin." Lange introduced him as loving candy and bubblegum and the studio audience roared at his name. For his first question, Jackson said he'd never been out on a date and asked what two people do. 

Groucho Marx
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Groucho Marx

The legendary Groucho Marx appeared on a special Father's Day show in 1967 when he was doing the questioning to get a date for his daughter, Melinda. For his first question, he told the bachelors, "Say the secret word and you can win a date with my daughter."

Don Rickles
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Don Rickles

"Mr. Warmth" Don Rickles didn't appear on the show to get a date for himself, but to substitute for a bachelorette and question the bachelors for her. Rickles played the role to the hilt. He even got Jim Lange in on the barbs, saying, "Just butt out and hope the jacket comes back in style."  


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