YMMV / Tic-Tac-Dough

  • Adaptation Displacement: The 1978-86 version is far better known than the original 1956-59 era.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Crazy Fun", the theme song of the 1978-86 version.
    • Averted in the 1990 version. Although Henry Mancini composed the theme, it sounds more like the cheesy theme to some bad 1980s children's show.
  • Funny Moments: At the end of a 1983 episode, Wink dons a hat sent in by a fan that was so large it covered his whole head. He then spends the entire credit roll blindly fumbling through the set, nearly running into the gameboard, tripping over himself at the contestants' entry point, and bumping into one of the contestants.
    • What really makes it funny is that Wink trips over himself just before Charlie O'Donnell delivers his closing spiel saying that "Tic-Tac-Dough is a Jack Barry and Dan Enright production", and yet Charlie doesn't lose his composure while saying it.
      • It was probably pre-recorded.
  • Memetic Mutation: See the quotes at Replacement Scrappy, below.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Dragon was the source of many nightmares among fans who grew up with the show. He even roared whenever he was picked.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Jim Caldwell. Wooden hosting, constant screwups, and an unhealthy obsession with the red boxes (we'll explain those when we get to them). To his credit, he did get better as the season progressed, and was greatly improved by the time TNN's Top Card debuted in 1989.
    • Patrick Wayne, he of "YOU WIIIIIIIN!" infamy. Some fans feel that while he was no Wink Martindale, his reputation as a terrible host is greatly overstated, and it would've been a lousy adaptation no matter who the host was.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Many fans' opinions of the Caldwell season. The numerous red boxes that dragged the game play down by this point didn't help.
    • The 1990s revival reset the jackpot to $0 after each tie (each box's value was doubled instead), and made other changes which many fans disliked (mostly the Bonus Round, a harder variant of the CBS version, and theme music)...to say nothing of Wayne's hosting. But then about six weeks in, the Dragon and Dragonslayer started rapping their purpose and made the show nigh intolerable. Oh, and did we mention Divorced Couples Week as a November Sweeps stunt?