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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TicTacDough.jpg ''"From Hollywood, it's everybody's game of strategy, knowledge and fun! It's '''Tic-Tac-Dough'''!"'' Creator/{{NBC}} knowledge-based GameShow from JackBarry and Dan Enright which was based on the children's game of tic-tac-toe. Two contestants placed their X's and O's on a game board with nine categories, which were shuffled by a mechanical device after every turn. The original series debuted on July 30, 1956 with Barry as quizmaster, although sources differ regarding Gene Rayburn: some state that he only hosted on Fridays until February 1957 (at which point he left), while others claim he replaced Barry sometime after April 3, 1958. Regardless, a nighttime version began in September 1957 with Jay Jackson as emcee, however this run was rigged about three-quarters of the time. October 1958 saw both versions change hosts, likely due to the erupting scandals — Jackson was replaced by Win Elliott on October 2, with the daytime emcee being replaced by Bill Wendell four days later. The nighttime show was canned on December 29 of that year, followed by the daytime series on October 23, 1959. A daytime {{revival}} with Wink Martindale aired briefly on Creator/{{CBS}} from July 3-September 1, 1978. This time, the game board comprised nine TV screens connected to an Altair 8080, with nine AppleII computers as display slaves. The show also had a BonusRound with a Dragon. ''Tic-Tac'' moved to syndication, still with Martindale as host, two weeks after the CBS run ended. In 1985, Martindale left the series to produce and host the syndicated ''HeadlineChasers'', a format he also created. For ''Tic-Tac''[='s=] final season of this run (1985-86), the woodgrain set was redecorated in pastels, more red boxes were added to the game, and Jim Caldwell became emcee. September 10, 1990, saw the debut of another syndicated revival, this time hosted by Patrick Wayne (JohnWayne's son). This iteration, featuring several changes that were roundly disliked, was canned on December 7 after just 13 weeks (although repeats aired through March 8, 1991). ---- !!GameShow Tropes in use: * BonusRound: Present in all versions from 1978 onward, the idea being to complete a goal without finding a "Dragon" to win a prize package and some "Dough". Finding the Dragon "burned" the money. ** 1978: Four "X's", four "O's", and the Dragon are mixed up and arranged to form one TTD. Earn $150 for each non-Dragon pick, find the TTD to win (and after a few weeks, get the money bumped to $1,000). Possible [[MomentOfAwesome CMOA]] if someone leaves two boxes left, one the win, the other the Dragon, and picks the win for $1,200. *** 1978-1986: Cash from $50 (later $100)- $500, a "TIC" and "TAC", and the Dragon are mixed up and placed on the board. Earn $1,000 or more to win, "TIC" and "TAC" are an automatic win, Dragon does what he does. **** 1990-1991: Ripoff of the CBS endgame; seven spaces are random "X's" & "O's", one is you know who, the other is a "Dragonslayer". Shuffling of the board is manual, pick a symbol, earn $500 for the first appearance, double there after. TTD (or "Dragonslayer") wins (up to $8,000, DS on the first pick wins $1,000), Dragon does not. * BonusSpace: Sort of. The center square always required a two-part question to capture. ** Any category in a red box had its own rules. Some of the most important were: "Bonus Category" (three-parter, worth an extra turn), "Secret Category" (doubled the value of the pot, often leading to five-figure pots), "Grand Question" (replaced "Secret Category", added $1,000 to the pot), and "Double or Nothing" (if answered correctly, player could try for a second box but had to risk losing the first one). * ExtraTurn / GoldenSnitch: The "Bonus Category" (see above). If answered correctly, the categories would be shuffled before the player's extra turn, allowing him/her to choose the category again if it turned up. Kit Salisbury was one of those who took advantage of this. Since the champion played first, he/she could win the game by repeatedly choosing the Bonus Category, without the challenger ever having a turn; if this happened, the challenger would be invited back to appear on a future show. * HomeGame: Several. ** Transogram released two editions and two "junior" versions during the 1950s run. Ideal Toys made a single version in 1978, which followed the CBS format. ** A video game adaptation was planned for the [[AtariTwentySixHundred Atari 2600]], but TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 prevented its release. ** Kevin [=DeVizia=] once wrote a shareware game for [[AppleMacintosh Mac OS 9]], called ''[=TicTacTrivia!=]''. It hasn't been available since AOL Hometown closed. ** Another game called "Tic Tac Trivia" is one of the selectable games on the [=MegaTouch=] bartop game, only with a three-game series played and multiple-choice questions asked. ** Sky Zone Mobile made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z8pLod7U98 a version for cell phones]] with the 1978-86 theme, the Martindale logo, and a digital version of Wink himself. The set looks mostly like Martindale's, with a Caldwell-ish contestant/board backdrop. * Personnel: ** TheAnnouncer: Bill Wendell, followed by Bill [=McCord=] when Wendell became host. The 1978-86 era had Jay Stewart, Bob Hilton and Charlie O'Donnell. Larry Van Nuys announced the 1990 version. ** GameShowHost: Creator/JackBarry, Gene Rayburn, Bill Wendell, Jay Jackson, Win Elliott, Wink Martindale, Jim Caldwell, Patrick Wayne. Johnny Olson was an occasional substitute host. ** StudioAudience: A few people would come down to play "Dragon Finder" around 1983. * ThinkMusic: Used on the center square. * {{Whammy}}: The Dragon in the BonusRound. ---- !!This show provides examples of: * BlandNameProduct: The second-edition Transogram HomeGame was re-released in 1960 as ''3-In-a-Row Home Quiz'', with no references to the show whatsoever. * CatchPhrase: Patrick Wayne's "YOU WINNNNNNNNNN!" ** Also from Wayne's version: "Tic Tac is back!" ** "You find the Tic and the Tac, and you get the Dough." * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Once while interviewing an elderly plant expert, Wink asked her, if he were a flower, how she would know he was a good specimen. She replied that she would need to examine his stem. * TheHilarityOfHats: It became a bit of a RunningGag that Wink would don different goofy-looking hats for the sign-off at the end of the show. Also, every Friday was known as "Hat Day". * InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Seriously, what ''do'' dragons have to do with tic-tac-toe? * LuckBasedMission: Barry-Enright loved to do this in the bonus round. ** In the CBS version, this was "Find three-in-a-row to win while avoiding the Dragon". ** In the 1978-86 syndicated run, it changed to picking squares to reach or exceed $1,000 or finding the words "Tic" and "Tac", but avoiding the Dragon. ** The 1990 one was similar to the CBS version, but the contestant picked X ''or'' O as their "designated symbol". One string of three-in-a-row symbols was placed on the board, and it wasn't always possible with the chosen symbol to win the prize package. If the Dragonslayer was found, the contestant won the prizes and double the pot. * MightyRoar: The 1978-86 Dragon. * NoBudget: The NBC era's [[http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r293/VIEWLINER/0909/GAME1.jpg daytime set]], which looked far cheaper and had a different layout than the upscale nighttime set. The UK version (see below) used a version of this set for at least part of its run. Unfortunately, the nighttime version was also rigged, whereas the daytime version was not. * NoIndoorVoice: "YOU WIIIIIIIIIIN!!!" * PungeonMaster: Wink loved his puns, and memorably subjected contestant Dan Klock to a HurricaneOfPuns (saying his job was very "timely", joking that Dan might get "ticked off" by all the puns, so Wink should "watch" what he would say, etc.) The hurricane ended with "It's time to play ''Tick-Tock-Dough''." * TotallyRadical: About six weeks into the 1990 run, the BonusRound began having the Dragon and Dragonslayer ''rap their purpose'' instead of Wayne describing them himself. A couple of egregious examples: -->'''Dragon:''' "Tic or Tac... Tac or Dough... pick the dragon square and you'll be po'." -->'''Dragonslayer:''' "Think hard, think smart, think wise! Pick the dragonslayer and win your prize!" * TransatlanticEquivalent: Several, although none in the same decades as the Martindale/Caldwell era (i.e., the show's peak). ** The United Kingdom got ''[[http://ukgameshows.com/ukgs/Criss_Cross_Quiz Criss-Cross-Quiz]]'', which ran from 1957 to 1967 on {{ITV}}. Jeremy Hawk helmed until 1962, when he was replaced by Barbara Kelly. *** A children's version without cash, called ''Junior Criss Cross Quiz'', aired alongside the parent show from 13 November 1957 to 29 June 1967. Hawk was the original host, followed by a string of what appear to be guest presenters (including [[{{Blockbusters}} Bob Holness]]) until Kelly took over. ** Germany got ''Tick-Tack-Quiz'' on ARD, hosted by Fritz Benscher and running weekly from 1958 to 1967. It returned on RTL Plus in 1992 as ''Tic-Tac-Toe'', now a Reg Grundy-produced daily version with host Michael "Goofy" Förster which was based on the 1990 format. ** Australia had a Reg Grundy adaptation, simply called ''Tic-Tac-Dough'', on the Creator/NineNetwork from 1960 to 1964 with Chuck Faulkner hosting. ** Russia had what appears to be the most recent adaptation — ''Проще простого'' ("Simpler Than Simple"), which aired on NTV during the mid-1990s with host Nikolay Fomenko. ----
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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TicTacDough.jpg ''"From Hollywood, it's everybody's game of strategy, knowledge and fun! It's '''Tic-Tac-Dough'''!"'' Creator/{{NBC}} knowledge-based GameShow from JackBarry and Dan Enright which was based on the children's game of tic-tac-toe. Two contestants placed their X's and O's on a game board with nine categories, which were shuffled by a mechanical device after every turn. The original series debuted on July 30, 1956 with Barry as quizmaster, although sources differ regarding Gene Rayburn: some state that he only hosted on Fridays until February 1957 (at which point he left), while others claim he replaced Barry sometime after April 3, 1958. Regardless, a nighttime version began in September 1957 with Jay Jackson as emcee, however this run was rigged about three-quarters of the time. October 1958 saw both versions change hosts, likely due to the erupting scandals — Jackson was replaced by Win Elliott on October 2, with the daytime emcee being replaced by Bill Wendell four days later. The nighttime show was canned on December 29 of that year, followed by the daytime series on October 23, 1959. A daytime {{revival}} with Wink Martindale aired briefly on Creator/{{CBS}} from July 3-September 1, 1978. This time, the game board comprised nine TV screens connected to an Altair 8080, with nine AppleII computers as display slaves. The show also had a BonusRound with a Dragon. ''Tic-Tac'' moved to syndication, still with Martindale as host, two weeks after the CBS run ended. In 1985, Martindale left the series to produce and host the syndicated ''HeadlineChasers'', a format he also created. For ''Tic-Tac''[='s=] final season of this run (1985-86), the woodgrain set was redecorated in pastels, more red boxes were added to the game, and Jim Caldwell became emcee. September 10, 1990, saw the debut of another syndicated revival, this time hosted by Patrick Wayne (JohnWayne's son). This iteration, featuring several changes that were roundly disliked, was canned on December 7 after just 13 weeks (although repeats aired through March 8, 1991). ---- !!GameShow Tropes in use: * BonusRound: Present in all versions from 1978 onward, the idea being to complete a goal without finding a "Dragon" to win a prize package and some "Dough". Finding the Dragon "burned" the money. ** 1978: Four "X's", four "O's", and the Dragon are mixed up and arranged to form one TTD. Earn $150 for each non-Dragon pick, find the TTD to win (and after a few weeks, get the money bumped to $1,000). Possible [[MomentOfAwesome CMOA]] if someone leaves two boxes left, one the win, the other the Dragon, and picks the win for $1,200. *** 1978-1986: Cash from $50 (later $100)- $500, a "TIC" and "TAC", and the Dragon are mixed up and placed on the board. Earn $1,000 or more to win, "TIC" and "TAC" are an automatic win, Dragon does what he does. **** 1990-1991: Ripoff of the CBS endgame; seven spaces are random "X's" & "O's", one is you know who, the other is a "Dragonslayer". Shuffling of the board is manual, pick a symbol, earn $500 for the first appearance, double there after. TTD (or "Dragonslayer") wins (up to $8,000, DS on the first pick wins $1,000), Dragon does not. * BonusSpace: Sort of. The center square always required a two-part question to capture. ** Any category in a red box had its own rules. Some of the most important were: "Bonus Category" (three-parter, worth an extra turn), "Secret Category" (doubled the value of the pot, often leading to five-figure pots), "Grand Question" (replaced "Secret Category", added $1,000 to the pot), and "Double or Nothing" (if answered correctly, player could try for a second box but had to risk losing the first one). * ExtraTurn / GoldenSnitch: The "Bonus Category" (see above). If answered correctly, the categories would be shuffled before the player's extra turn, allowing him/her to choose the category again if it turned up. Kit Salisbury was one of those who took advantage of this. Since the champion played first, he/she could win the game by repeatedly choosing the Bonus Category, without the challenger ever having a turn; if this happened, the challenger would be invited back to appear on a future show. * HomeGame: Several. ** Transogram released two editions and two "junior" versions during the 1950s run. Ideal Toys made a single version in 1978, which followed the CBS format. ** A video game adaptation was planned for the [[AtariTwentySixHundred Atari 2600]], but TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 prevented its release. ** Kevin [=DeVizia=] once wrote a shareware game for [[AppleMacintosh Mac OS 9]], called ''[=TicTacTrivia!=]''. It hasn't been available since AOL Hometown closed. ** Another game called "Tic Tac Trivia" is one of the selectable games on the [=MegaTouch=] bartop game, only with a three-game series played and multiple-choice questions asked. ** Sky Zone Mobile made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z8pLod7U98 a version for cell phones]] with the 1978-86 theme, the Martindale logo, and a digital version of Wink himself. The set looks mostly like Martindale's, with a Caldwell-ish contestant/board backdrop. * Personnel: ** TheAnnouncer: Bill Wendell, followed by Bill [=McCord=] when Wendell became host. The 1978-86 era had Jay Stewart, Bob Hilton and Charlie O'Donnell. Larry Van Nuys announced the 1990 version. ** GameShowHost: Creator/JackBarry, Gene Rayburn, Bill Wendell, Jay Jackson, Win Elliott, Wink Martindale, Jim Caldwell, Patrick Wayne. Johnny Olson was an occasional substitute host. ** StudioAudience: A few people would come down to play "Dragon Finder" around 1983. * ThinkMusic: Used on the center square. * {{Whammy}}: The Dragon in the BonusRound. ---- !!This show provides examples of: * BlandNameProduct: The second-edition Transogram HomeGame was re-released in 1960 as ''3-In-a-Row Home Quiz'', with no references to the show whatsoever. * CatchPhrase: Patrick Wayne's "YOU WINNNNNNNNNN!" ** Also from Wayne's version: "Tic Tac is back!" ** "You find the Tic and the Tac, and you get the Dough." * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Once while interviewing an elderly plant expert, Wink asked her, if he were a flower, how she would know he was a good specimen. She replied that she would need to examine his stem. * TheHilarityOfHats: It became a bit of a RunningGag that Wink would don different goofy-looking hats for the sign-off at the end of the show. Also, every Friday was known as "Hat Day". * InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Seriously, what ''do'' dragons have to do with tic-tac-toe? * LuckBasedMission: Barry-Enright loved to do this in the bonus round. ** In the CBS version, this was "Find three-in-a-row to win while avoiding the Dragon". ** In the 1978-86 syndicated run, it changed to picking squares to reach or exceed $1,000 or finding the words "Tic" and "Tac", but avoiding the Dragon. ** The 1990 one was similar to the CBS version, but the contestant picked X ''or'' O as their "designated symbol". One string of three-in-a-row symbols was placed on the board, and it wasn't always possible with the chosen symbol to win the prize package. If the Dragonslayer was found, the contestant won the prizes and double the pot. * MightyRoar: The 1978-86 Dragon. * NoBudget: The NBC era's [[http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r293/VIEWLINER/0909/GAME1.jpg daytime set]], which looked far cheaper and had a different layout than the upscale nighttime set. The UK version (see below) used a version of this set for at least part of its run. Unfortunately, the nighttime version was also rigged, whereas the daytime version was not. * NoIndoorVoice: "YOU WIIIIIIIIIIN!!!" * PungeonMaster: Wink loved his puns, and memorably subjected contestant Dan Klock to a HurricaneOfPuns (saying his job was very "timely", joking that Dan might get "ticked off" by all the puns, so Wink should "watch" what he would say, etc.) The hurricane ended with "It's time to play ''Tick-Tock-Dough''." * TotallyRadical: About six weeks into the 1990 run, the BonusRound began having the Dragon and Dragonslayer ''rap their purpose'' instead of Wayne describing them himself. A couple of egregious examples: -->'''Dragon:''' "Tic or Tac... Tac or Dough... pick the dragon square and you'll be po'." -->'''Dragonslayer:''' "Think hard, think smart, think wise! Pick the dragonslayer and win your prize!" * TransatlanticEquivalent: Several, although none in the same decades as the Martindale/Caldwell era (i.e., the show's peak). ** The United Kingdom got ''[[http://ukgameshows.com/ukgs/Criss_Cross_Quiz Criss-Cross-Quiz]]'', which ran from 1957 to 1967 on {{ITV}}. Jeremy Hawk helmed until 1962, when he was replaced by Barbara Kelly. *** A children's version without cash, called ''Junior Criss Cross Quiz'', aired alongside the parent show from 13 November 1957 to 29 June 1967. Hawk was the original host, followed by a string of what appear to be guest presenters (including [[{{Blockbusters}} Bob Holness]]) until Kelly took over. ** Germany got ''Tick-Tack-Quiz'' on ARD, hosted by Fritz Benscher and running weekly from 1958 to 1967. It returned on RTL Plus in 1992 as ''Tic-Tac-Toe'', now a Reg Grundy-produced daily version with host Michael "Goofy" Förster which was based on the 1990 format. ** Australia had a Reg Grundy adaptation, simply called ''Tic-Tac-Dough'', on the Creator/NineNetwork from 1960 to 1964 with Chuck Faulkner hosting. ** Russia had what appears to be the most recent adaptation — ''Проще простого'' ("Simpler Than Simple"), which aired on NTV during the mid-1990s with host Nikolay Fomenko. ----[[redirect:Series/TicTacDough]]
15th Oct '13 2:58:37 PM CorahsUncle
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** GameShowHost: JackBarry, Gene Rayburn, Bill Wendell, Jay Jackson, Win Elliott, Wink Martindale, Jim Caldwell, Patrick Wayne. Johnny Olson was an occasional substitute host.
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** GameShowHost: JackBarry, Creator/JackBarry, Gene Rayburn, Bill Wendell, Jay Jackson, Win Elliott, Wink Martindale, Jim Caldwell, Patrick Wayne. Johnny Olson was an occasional substitute host.

** GameShowHost: JackBarry, Gene Rayburn, Bill Wendell, Jay Jackson, Win Elliott, * TheHilarityOfHats: It became a bit of a RunningGag that Wink Martindale, Jim Caldwell, Patrick Wayne. Johnny Olson would don different goofy-looking hats for the sign-off at the end of the show. Also, every Friday was an occasional substitute host.known as "Hat Day".

* NiceHat: It became a bit of a RunningGag that Wink would don different goofy-looking hats for the sign-off at the end of the show. Also, every Friday was known as "Hat Day".

** Australia had a Reg Grundy adaptation, simply called ''Tic-Tac-Dough'', on the NineNetwork from 1960 to 1964 with Chuck Faulkner hosting.
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** Australia had a Reg Grundy adaptation, simply called ''Tic-Tac-Dough'', on the NineNetwork Creator/NineNetwork from 1960 to 1964 with Chuck Faulkner hosting.
26th Jun '13 9:49:14 PM goldenroad
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* BonusRound: Present in all versions from 1978 onward. The most well-known involved finding enough three-digit figures to get $1,000, or the words "Tic" and "Tac", to win a prize and the "Dough". Finding the Dragon "burned" the money.
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* BonusRound: Present in all versions from 1978 onward. The most well-known involved onward, the idea being to complete a goal without finding enough three-digit figures to get $1,000, or the words "Tic" and "Tac", a "Dragon" to win a prize package and the some "Dough". Finding the Dragon "burned" the money.money. ** 1978: Four "X's", four "O's", and the Dragon are mixed up and arranged to form one TTD. Earn $150 for each non-Dragon pick, find the TTD to win (and after a few weeks, get the money bumped to $1,000). Possible [[MomentOfAwesome CMOA]] if someone leaves two boxes left, one the win, the other the Dragon, and picks the win for $1,200. *** 1978-1986: Cash from $50 (later $100)- $500, a "TIC" and "TAC", and the Dragon are mixed up and placed on the board. Earn $1,000 or more to win, "TIC" and "TAC" are an automatic win, Dragon does what he does. **** 1990-1991: Ripoff of the CBS endgame; seven spaces are random "X's" & "O's", one is you know who, the other is a "Dragonslayer". Shuffling of the board is manual, pick a symbol, earn $500 for the first appearance, double there after. TTD (or "Dragonslayer") wins (up to $8,000, DS on the first pick wins $1,000), Dragon does not.
1st May '13 2:22:03 PM Briguy52748
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** Another game called "Tic Tac Trivia" is one of the selectable games on the [=MegaTouch=] bartop game, only with a three-game series played and multiple-choice questions asked.
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