Tic Tac Dough (1956)

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Tic Tac Dough (1956)
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Premiere July 30, 1956
Finale October 23, 1959
Creator Howard Felsher
Network NBC
Style 30-minute game show
Company Barry, Enright & Friendly Productions
Seasons 3
Episodes 5 per week plus nighttime
Origin USA

Tic Tac Dough (1956) was a quiz program on NBC in which two players, one designated by "X", the other by "O", answered questions in an attempt to make a tic-tac-toe with his/her symbol and win the game.

Nine boxes are presented on a tic-tac-toe grid, each box with a category. In turn, the contestants select a category and capture the box if correct. Each captured box was worth $200 in the jackpot, to be won by winning the game. The middle box was harder and was worth $400. The player selecting the middle box was given ten seconds to think of the answer. The contestant making a successful tic-tac-toe wins the game and the money in the pot. In case of a tie game, the money building in the jackpot carries over to the next game.

Tic Tac Dough was fingered in the Quiz Show Scandals that befell sibling Barry-Enright show Twenty-One. Howard Felsher, producer of the show, told a grand jury that he provided answers to some thirty contestants and asked them and staff members to lie about it if it ever came up in an investigation. Kirsten Falke, a 16-year-old aspiring singer, was one of those contestants, and she deliberately threw the game. She told the grand jury that she was fed answers and was asked to lie. Charles Van Doren, the Twenty-One champion who fell from grace, originally tried out for Tic Tac Dough but was persuaded to go for the former show. Felsher, who had perjured himself to boot, followed the same path to TV exile as Barry and Enright did, only to land at Goodson-Todman Productions in 1976 where he was the producer for Family Feud.

19 years after being canceled, Tic Tac Dough returned to TV in an updated edition for CBS daytime (as The New Tic Tac Dough). It ran two months, followed by a syndicated run that lasted eight years.

Barry, Enright & Friendly Productions produced the series, with distribution now handled by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Jack Barry Daytime Host 1 2
Jay Jackson Nighttime Host 1 2
Gene Rayburn Daytime Host 3
Bill Wendell Daytime Host 3
Win Elliot Nighttime Host 3
Bill Wendell Annoucer 1 2
Bill McCord Annoucer 3

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