Vicki Lawrence (NBC, 1987–1989)
Sally Struthers (NBC, sub-host)
Bert Convy (Syndication, 1987–1989)
Robb Weller (Syndication 1989–1990)

Rod Roddy (Sneak Preview)
Bob Hilton
Gene Wood
Win, Lose or Draw Preview Episode '87
Win, Lose or Draw Sneak Preview
Sneak Preview: Taped 11/2/86 (Aired on 9/5 or 9/6/1987
Win Lose or Draw Vicki
Win Lose or Draw Sally
NBC Daytime: 9/7/1987 – 9/1/1989
Win Lose or Draw (Convy)
Syndicated (Daily): 9/7/1987 – 8/30/1990
Burt & Bert Productions/
Kline & Friends/Buena Vista Television

That's right: Win, Lose or Draw is the game show based on Pictionary where two teams of three (two celebrities & one contestant) draw puzzles to help contestants win money.

Original FormatEdit

The First Two RoundsEdit

One member of the team playing had 60 seconds to draw a person, place, thing or phrase, and all the partners had to do was to guess the solution. When drawing, the drawer couldn't use letters, numbers or symbols; however, the only exception to the rules was that the drawer could write down a word that's part of the answer if any of the partners had said it. The drawer could also do "sounds like" by drawing an ear, followed by a clue. After the first 30 seconds, a doorbell would sound, and the drawer could either hand-off to one of his/her two partners or continue drawing. If the guessers could come up with the right answer, the team won $200 ($250 for Sneak Preview), but a correct answer on a hand-off was worth (half that amount or) $100. If time ran out, the opposing team had one chance to guess in an attempt to steal the money. Violation of the said infractions split the value between both teams.

Round 1 had one of the celebrities from each team draw, and the answer is a famous something; Round 2 had the other celebrities on each team and the contestants draw, and the answers could be anything (later a different category).

Later in season two in both versions, in the first round only, the drawers drew clues to a puzzle one at a time (with a maximum of eight or nine) during the next 60 seconds. If the team could guess the puzzle correctly they won the $200; otherwise, the opposing team could steal for the same amount. After the puzzles, each team would be given 30 seconds to identify a $200 drawing. Round 2 was played as normal.

Speed RoundEdit

The final round of the game was called the Speed Round. In the speed round, the drawer had 90 seconds or 1 1/2 minutes (2 minutes for Sneak Preview) to draw as many words & phrases as he/she could. Each correct answer was worth $100, and the drawer could pass no more than twice. The team in the lead went first followed by the trailing team; in case of a tie, the team that started the entire game went first.

Both contestants on both teams got to keep the money and the team with the most money at the end of the speed round won the game, and a $1,000 bonus for the contestant. If the game ended in a tie, the $1,000 prize was split and each contestant received $500 in addition to the cash already won.

Second FormatEdit

In 1989, the format was altered quite a bit. It was first seen in the NBC daytime version before it ended. After that, it was carried over into the final syndicated season when Robb Weller took over. Bert Convy left the syndicated version of the show to host his new creation 3rd Degree, giving the job to Robb Weller.

Also for a brief period, there was one celebrity and two contestants before reverting back to the original two celebrities & one contestant.

The First Two RoundsEdit

The first two rounds were played the same way as the previous format, except that the drawer's partners did not start guessing until the first 25 seconds was up; in addition, the drawer no longer handed off to one of his/her partners. A correct guess after the first 25 seconds was worth $200, and after 30 seconds it was reduced to $100. A successful steal by the opposing team was worth only $50.

Speed RoundEdit

In the speed round, the drawer had 60 seconds instead of 90 to convey as many words & phrases to his/her teammates as possible. Each correct guess was worth $50 instead of $100, and the team could still pass twice. The team with the most money still won the game but did not get a $1,000 bonus added to their score; instead, they earned the right to play a bonus round.

Tie BreakerEdit

If the game ended in a tie, a tie breaker was played with the last team to play the speed round going first. The drawer received a choice of two words, leaving the other for the other team to play. The first team established a time with their chosen word while the second team tried to beat the time using their chosen word. The team with the faster time won the game.

Bonus RoundEdit

The winning team played a bonus round similar to the speed round. The object for the drawer was to get his/her teammates to guess seven words/phrases in 90 seconds. The first correct guess earned $50, with each correct answer thereafter doubling the money. If the drawer passed along the way, all bonus cash earned up to that point was lost. Originally there was no cap to the winnings; later, it was changed to having the winning team solve seven drawings before time ran out, which won the contestants $5,000. The latter carried over into the final syndicated season.

Champions on this version could stay on the show until they were defeated or won ten games.

Audience GameEdit

Whenever there was time left in the show, a member of the studio audience came up on stage to play the game. He/she chose one of the teams to be his/her partners, then had the usual 60 seconds to draw a word or phrase. If the drawer could get the chosen team to guess the subject, the audience member won a prize.


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In Popular CultureEdit

A brief clip of Win, Lose or Draw can be seen on television in the 1991 comedy film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.


ADDITIONAL NOTE: Various brief clips of Davidson's Squares and Pyramid can also be seen on TV.

International VersionsEdit

Countries that did their versions of Win, Lose or Draw include:

  • Canada (French language only)
  • France
  • Scotland (Gaelic language only)
  • United Kingdom


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Thomas Morrison


Bert Convy & Burt Reynolds


CBS Television City, Hollywood, CA



The living room set (designed by veteran set designer John C. Mula) was modeled after producer Burt Reynolds' living room.

The Sneak Preview episode from 1987 is the second game show pilot where Tony Danza and Burt Reynolds both appeared together, the first game show pilot they appeared together on was the 1985 pilot of Hollywood Squares.

In the opening of the Sneak Preview episode, the pictures only showed sketches of the Caricatures heads instead of the whole body.

At the beginning of the show after the participants played a quick round and while the stars were introduced, caricatures of the celebrities were shown on the giant sketchpad. There was also a caricature of the host as well. The caricatures were drawn by seasoned artist Overton Lloyd.

Before the opening and the stars were introduced in later Season two in both versions, there was a cold open for Round 1, as the drawers drew clues to a puzzle one at a time (with a maximum of eight or nine) during the next 60 seconds.

When Robb Weller became the host, the whole set was changed along with the show's logo though the fonts remained. Also a new version of the theme music was played, but after a few weeks, they switched back to the old theme music.

Pictionary (the board game itself that was based on this show) had its very own short-lived game show hosted by the late Alan Thicke that ran in syndication from 1997 until 1998.

The Disney Channel did a short-lived remake/revival of the show with Justin Willman as the host and kid teams in 2014. (Go to Disney's Win, Lose or Draw page for more information.)


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