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Series / Win, Lose or Draw

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Game Show created in 1987 by Bert Convy and Burt Reynolds, alongside Kline & Friends and Buena Vista Television. In it, two teams, each comprising two celebrities and a contestant, competed in what basically amounted to televised Pictionary (never mind that there have been two different game show versions of Pictionary proper). It consisted of three rounds wherein a team member attempted to convey a given answer (usually a person, place or thing) by drawing it. At the 30-second mark a doorbell sound effect was heard, and the team member doing the drawing could opt to pass the marker to the next person in line. A correct guess earned $200 (or $100 if the marker was passed) for the team in play; if they failed to guess, the opposing team could take a guess for $100.

Both contestants competed in a Bonus Round called the "Speed Round". Here, both contestants attempt to draw as many one-word answers as possible within 90 seconds, earning $100 for every correct guess from their teammates but allowing only two passed answers. Whoever had more money at the end of this round won the game and $1000 (split for a tie). Later it was dropped to a minute and $50/word.

The show aired in two different formats, both of which debuted on the same day in 1987 — a daytime version on NBC hosted by Vicki Lawrence, and a nighttime syndicated version hosted by Bert Convy. The daytime version was canned in 1989, and Robb Weller of Entertainment Tonight took over on the syndicated version for the 1989-90 season (Convy left to host 3rd Degree!, which he, Reynolds and Kline also produced, but with Warner Bros. Television instead of Disney).

The Disney Channel produced its own version, called Teen Win, Lose or Draw and hosted by Marc Price. This version began in April 1989, initially taping at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida before moving to LA, and outlasted the syndicated run, airing until 1992. Kline & Friends weren't involved with this version—instead, Jay Wolpert produced season 1, with Stone-Stanley Productions taking over thereafter. Disney Channel revived the series as Disney's Win, Lose or Draw in early 2014 with Justin Willman as host.

A video game version was also released in 1990 by Hi-Tech Expressions for the NES, and Milton Bradley also released a box game adaptation. A Japan-only version was released in 1995 by Banpresto for the SNES add-on BS-X Satellaview Satellite; this downloadable game remained accessible until the Satellaview service ended in 2000.

This show provides examples of:

  • The Announcer:
    • Gene Wood announced the Convy version. Bob Hilton announced on the daytime show and occasionally filled in on the nighttime version; Johnny Gilbert was an occasional substitute as well. Rod Roddy did the pilot.
    • Brandy Brown, Chase Hampton, and Tiffini Hale rotated duties on the first season of Teen. Mark L. Walberg became the permanent announcer when the show moved to California in September 1990.
  • Bonus Round: Debuted toward the end of the daytime version: The winner had 90 seconds to draw as many one-word answers as possible. The first word was worth $50, then doubling with each successive answer; there was no limit to the winnings. The syndicated version's last season adapted this format (along with a 10-day returning champion format), but limited it to seven words, with the seventh bumping the money from $1,600 to $5,000.
    • Also played straight in the 2014 revival with only one team in play.
  • Ascended Extra: Marc Price was a celebrity partner on the Convy version before becoming the host of Teen Win, Lose or Draw.
  • Celebrity Edition: The 2014 Disney Channel revival featured current Disney Channel stars participating with regular contestants in every episode.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Markers of various colors were provided to help players with answers to convey such as "Jolly Green Giant" and "Devil with the Blue Dress On".
  • Game-Breaking Bug: An unusual trope for a live-action game show - there seemed to be a lot of miscommunication between the judges in terms of what exactly is allowed and whether or not the contestants are able to guess the word in time.
  • Opening Narration:
    • Convy's version used the following: "Welcome to the quick draw game that everyone can play! It's Win, Lose, or Draw! Come on in and join our host, Bert Convy! With Bert's guests...(announcer lists off each celebrity partner, as a caricature of each is revealed on the sketch pad)...And one more time, Bert Convy! (caricature of Bert is revealed)"
    • The teen version is used in the following: "You know why all these kids are in Marc Price's driveway? They're about to play America's favorite quick draw game! So grab your mother's lawn chair and drag it on over! It's time for Teen Win, Lose, or Draw! And now let's meet today's special guests! (insert celebrities' names) CELEB #2: And now here's the host of Teen Win, Lose or Draw, Marc Price!"
  • Pilot: The syndicated version had a pilot taped on November 2, 1986, with Bert Convy as host, Rod Roddy announcing, and the celebrity guests being Loni Anderson and Betty White vs. Tony Danza and Burt Reynolds. It aired as a special sneak preview episode.
  • Rearrange the Song:
    • The Weller version used a mellower remix of the theme, at least for the first few weeks.
    • The Hawaiian episodes featured a version of the theme as Don Ho might have played it.
    • The Teen run had a sort-of electric guitar version.
  • Shout-Out: One episode of the Weller version had his caricature drawing consist of him being Covered in Gunge by Marc Summers.
  • Transatlantic Equivalent: It was exported to Britain in The '90s.

Alternative Title(s): Teen Win Lose Or Draw