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.
  • Memetic Mutation: See the quotes at Replacement Scrappy, below.
  • Narm: The melodramatic intro to the 1990 version, saying how the game "intrigued a nation".
  • 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. Every bit as wooden when interviewing or reading the questions, but Suddenly Shouting when a contestant blocked or won.
  • 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 redone set and recolored logo, however, are often seen as nice and less harsh on people's eyes (it's been stated that the new set was needed because Wink's set was falling apart by the time he left).
    • The 1990s revival reset the pot 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?