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Tic Tac Dough (CBS, Syndication), “Crazy Fun”

This video collage that I made is from the game show, “Tic Tac Dough” that aired on CBS from July 3, 1978 to September 1, 1978. The Syndicated version ran from September 18, 1978 to May 23, 1986. The hosts were: Wink Martindale (1978-85) Jim Caldwell (1985-86 The theme song (supposedly) is called “Crazy Fun” by Hal Hidey. From 1:21 to 2:00, the following 7 pictures are of Thom Mckee, the biggest winner on Tic Tac Dough who won 43 straight games for a grand total of 2700 back in 1980 (today, those winnings back then would be nearly a million). The status of the CBS version is uncertain. It is believed to have been destroyed (except the first four episodes), but the syndicated run with Martindale, and later Jim Caldwell, is intact and currently held by Sony Pictures Television/CBS Television Distribution. Reruns from the Martindale run aired on CBN in 1984 and on the USA Network, while reruns of the Martindale and Caldwell runs appeared on GSN (The Game Show Network). Martindale reruns also appeared in prime-time on WOR-TV New York in the mid 1980s, starting with the first syndicated episode. GSN began airing Tic Tac Dough again on January 7, 2008 at 11:30am ET, starting with the first episode of the second syndicated season. This is the first time in nearly 5 years that Tic Tac Dough will have a regular time slot on any network.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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25 Responses to “Tic Tac Dough (CBS, Syndication), “Crazy Fun””

  1. juan833blue says:

    @AaronBruceLadner Dragon Bad, Dragon Slayer Good.

  2. FrankG5874 says:

    This was one of the shows that met their doom when Wheel of Fortune debuted in 1983. TTD came on before Wheel of Fortune in Philadelphia until 1985 when Jeopardy! (Wheel of Fortune’s) companion show moved into that time slot on WPVI (ABC) Philadelphia.

  3. SeanElGatoTelevision says:

    An unusual use for this music: college radio station WVST (broadcasting from the campus of Virginia State University) uses it for their sports coverage…on promos for VSU Trojans baseball, football and basketball games aired live on the station.

  4. AaronBruceLadner says:

    Tic Tac Dough was brought back in 1990 with Patrick Wayne, Son of John Wayne. the 1990 Tic Tac Dough Bonus Round featured the Ferocious Dragon, Some X’s and O’s, and a Brave Dragon Slayer.

  5. kennyrocksable says:

    HAHAHA! Thanks, i could use the residuals!

  6. TheIdentCritic says:

    @kennyrocksable IF I ever did host a TTD revival, you have a deal on the music. Doesn’t sound outdated at all ^^

  7. daddydog97 says:

    Happy Birthday, Wink Martindale, And Many More :-)

  8. DorvellTStewart says:

    Just out of curiosity, wasn’t Todd Newton one of those considered to host Price is Right when Bob Barker retired? I know Drew Kerry got it, which if you ask me was a mistake, but didn’t Todd audition for the position?

  9. DorvellTStewart says:

    Actually, I think Chuck’s in his 60′s, and I believe he’s admitted that leaving Wheel of Fortune was a mistake on his part.

    BTW, lets not forget that Bob Barker was 83 when he retired as host of the Price is Right.

  10. MrLogoman007 says:

    Maybe Jim can do it. After all, he had only one season where as Wink had 7. That’s a distinct disadvantage.

  11. MrLogoman007 says:

    He’s in his 70s. Besides, Chuck should’ve never left Wheel of Fortune.

  12. daddydog97 says:

    Hear, hear! :-)

  13. kennyrocksable says:

    Who cares WHO hosts the next version of tic tac dough, as long as they bring back this swingin’ theme music–that’s what really counts!

  14. tnawcwvictoria says:

    and BTW, Wink Martindale is younger than the likes of

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Richard Dawson and his Good Friend fellow DJ Casey Kasem.

  15. BenJabituya says:

    1:16 – That dragon reminded me of King Koopa (a.k.a. “Bowser”) from Super Mario Bros.!

  16. jDink2101 says:

    dont u remeber the tic tac dough tournament of champions

  17. mikeysaur65 says:

    The bonus round from Tic-Tac-Dough is similar to one of the bonus games on Yoshi’s Island DS, only it had Kamek the magikoopa sneaking behind one of the boxes, instead of a dragon.

  18. mikeysaur65 says:

    Assuming this game show revives (and I hope so, too), my guess for emcee would be Todd Newton, who hosted “Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck.”

  19. bluebear1985 says:

    From Hollywood, it’s everybody’s game of strategy, knowledge, and fun! It’s Tic Tac Dough! Now here’s our host, Wink Martindale!

  20. smashwhammy says:

    out of which 3 are dead

  21. MTheChequeGuy says:

    I always remeber this game show from when I was growing up, and it made me love trivia. The music was good also :-)

  22. DorvellTStewart says:

    Maybe Chuck Woolery? Chuck’s a pretty good game show host!

  23. Stratman78 says:

    Oh……….I found it somewhere. LOL

  24. GarfieldnPyramid says:

    Wow the tic tac dough board game! Where did you get it?

  25. GarfieldnPyramid says:

    Wow, the Tic Tac Dough board game, where did you get it?

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