Oscar Madison and Felix Unger on Password (The Odd Couple)Sometimes television’s real and fictional worlds intersect, creating the mind-bending possibility that everybody on TV—be they action heroes, sitcom stars, athletes, newscasters, or game-show hosts—exists in the same shared universe.In a 1972 episode of The Odd Couple, slobby sportswriter Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) is invited to be a celebrity guest on Password after he runs into the show’s host, Allen Ludden, and his wife (Betty White) at a restaurant.Ralph starts out smug, but his confidence dissipates when the game’s first task leaves him with a face full of whipped cream.As the couple begins their next task—moving lemons from one spot to another while keeping a balloon aloft—the show ends, and the Kramdens are invited to return next week.
A popular variation of this is that the host only invited over two or three friends and the party just shows up out of nowhere.
First Run December 20, 1965 – July 6, 1973 (ABC Daytime) October 6, 1966 – January 17, 1970 (ABC primetime) September 10, 1973 – September 1974 (Syndication) Second Run September 4, 1978 – September 1980 (Syndication) Third Run September 15, 1986 – September 8, 1989 (Syndication) Fourth Run September 9, 1996 – September 1999 (Syndication) The Dating Game is an ABC television show.
It first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s.
The girls fail to get on The Dating Game but Lenny & Squiggy(somehow)get chosen by host Jim Lange.
The boys turn the show upside down with their crazy antics and answers.