Contestants play Tic Tac Toe by answering questions in order to secure squares on an electronic game board.


Cast overview:
 Host (1978-1985)
Jim Caldwell ...
 Host (1985-1986)
Jay Stewart ...
 Announcer (1978-1980)
Charlie O'Donnell ...
 Announcer (1982-1986)
Mike Darrow ...
 Sub-Announcer (1980)
Bob Hilton ...
 Sub-Announcer (1980-1981)
Johnny Gilbert ...
 Sub-Announcer (1981)
Art James ...
 Sub-Announcer (1981-1982)


In this series, contestants play a variant of Tic Tac Toe by answering questions in order to play their X or O on an electronic game board in order to get three in a row. After that, the winner plays a bonus round where they attempt to get another three in row without accidently picking the screen with a dragon that will cost them their bonus game winnings. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Release Date:

3 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tic Tac Dough  »

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(1525 episodes)

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Did You Know?


In an interview, Wink Martindale said that while the CBS version began airing, Barry & Enright Productions secured a spot to air a syndicated version that began in the fall (the idea being to make it the first game show to air in both network daytime and daily syndication). The CBS version ended due to poor ratings, but the syndicated version drew high numbers, and as a result, had an eight-year run. See more »


[the first episode on CBS, July 3, 1978]
Wink Martindale: This could be the best game show I've come across!
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Followed by Tic Tac Dough (1990) See more »

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Superb Fun
8 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the creative minds of Jack Barry and Dan Enright, this children's game basis becomes a quiz show. This is a really nice game show format. I saw this when I was like about 3 years old. This game is unique in its own way. Right after beating your opponent, you get to play a bonus game called "Beat The Dragon". I named the dragon "Bowser", because in the graphics of the computers at that time, he somewhat looked like King Bowser from Super Mario Bros.

The video arcade game manufacturer Merit Industries made a similar video game machine called "Tic Tac Trivia". I once played that as a child in the summer of 1987.

Tic Tac Dough deserves to stay on GSN. Now that I got a satellite dish and GSN, I can enjoy this version. As a video gamer, I think Tic Tac Dough should be available as a digital download for the PlayStation Network service for PS3 and the XBOX Live Arcade Service for XBOX 360.

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