|Created by||Mark Goodson|
|Directed by||Paul Alter (1976–90)
Marc Breslow (1990)
Andrew Felsher (1990–95)
Bruce Gowers (1999)
Lenn Goodside (1999–2002)
Ken Fuchs (2002–present)
|Presented by||Richard Dawson (1976–85, 1994–95)
Ray Combs (1988–94)
Louie Anderson (1999–2002)
Richard Karn (2002–06)
John O'Hurley (2006–10)
Steve Harvey (2010–present)
|Narrated by||Gene Wood (1976–95)
Burton Richardson (1999–2010)
Joey Fatone (2010–present)
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||ABC: 9
Syndicated 1977–85: 8
Syndicated 1988–95: 7
Syndicated 1999–present: 16
|No. of episodes||ABC: 2,311
Syndicated 1977–85: 976
ABC Specials: 17
Syndicated 1988–95: 1,365
Syndicated 1999–present: 2,560 (as of May 21, 2014)
|Location(s)||ABC Vine Street Theater
Hollywood, California (1976) ABC Television Center
Hollywood, California (1976–85)
CBS Television City
Hollywood, California (1988–95; 1999–2000)
Burbank, California (2000–03)
Sunset Bronson Studios
Hollywood, California (2003–10)
Orlando, Florida (2010–11)
Atlanta Civic Center
Atlanta, Georgia (2011–present)
|Running time||22–26 minutes:
Syndicated (1977–94, 1999–present)
ABC Specials (1978–84)
|Production company(s)||Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions (1976–82)
Mark Goodson Productions (1982–2002)
The Family Company (1976–85)
The New Family Company (1988–94)
Mark Goodson Productions, L.P. (1994–95)
Pearson Television (1999–2002)
Feudin' Productions (1999–2010)
Wanderlust Productions (2010–present)
Georgia Entertainment Industries (2011–present)
|Distributor||Viacom Enterprises (1977–85)
LBS Communications (1988–91)
All American Television (1991–95)
Pearson Television (1999–2002)
Tribune Entertainment (2002–07)
20th Television (2007–present, ad sales only)
|Original run||July 12, 1976
– June 14, 1985 (ABC daytime)|
September 19, 1977 – September 6, 1985 (daily syndication)
July 4, 1988 – September 10, 1993 (CBS Daytime)
September 19, 1988 – September 8, 1995 (syndication)
September 20, 1999 – present (syndication)
Family Feud is an American game show in which two families compete against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey question posed to 100 people. The show was created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman in the United States, and now airs in numerous local formats worldwide.
Since its premiere in 1976, Family Feud has aired during 32 non-consecutive seasons. The show premiered on ABC and was hosted by Richard Dawson until it was canceled in 1985, by which point it had been popular on both the network and in syndication. The series was revived by CBS in 1988 with Ray Combs hosting and aired until 1993. Combs also hosted its accompanying syndicated series until 1994, when he was replaced by Dawson. This series came to an end in 1995. The current series premiered in 1999 and has been hosted by Louie Anderson (1999–2002), Richard Karn (2002–06), and John O'Hurley (2006–10). Since the 2010–11 television season, Family Feud has been hosted by comedian/actor Steve Harvey.
During Harvey's tenure as host, the show's ratings have improved significantly. During the 2011–12 season, the fast-rising game show averaged a 4.0 and became the 5th highest rated show in all of syndication (the show was previously averaging a 1.5 prior to Harvey's reign). In 2013, TV Guide ranked it #3 in its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.
- 1 Gameplay
- 2 Broadcast history
- 3 Family Feud Live!
- 4 International versions
- 5 Merchandise
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Representatives of the family (contestants) are posed questions that have already been answered by a survey of 100 people, although the surveyed audience may sometimes be further narrowed down (e.g., "100 women", "100 married men", or "100 single men"). An answer is considered correct if it is one of the concealed answers on the game board or judged to be equivalent. More points are given for answers that have been given by more people in the survey, with one point per person; dollars were used instead of points prior to 1992 (see below for more information). Answers must be given by at least two of the 100 people surveyed to be included on the board, and a survey question must yield at least three (until 2003) or four (since 2003) total answers to be used on the show. There are five members on each team, except during the 1994–95 season, when each team consisted of four members.
To start each round of the main game, two opposing family members "face off" to see which family will gain control of that particular question. Traditionally, the contestants greet each other with a handshake before the question is read. Whoever guesses the more popular answer in the survey has the option to play the question or pass it to the other family opponents, except from 1988 to 1995, when they were automatically given control of the board. Players are also automatically given control if they guess the answer most commonly given, which is located in the top space of the survey board (referred to in the show's jargon as the "Number One Answer"). If both answers are worth the same number of points, control goes to the player that buzzed in first. If neither player gives a valid answer, the next member of each family provides an answer, with control again going to the family giving the more popular answer.
Starting with the next family member in line, the family members take turns giving an answer to the host. Family members may not confer with one another while in control of the board. There is a time limit, with the host warning of a three-second count if time is short or the contestant appears to be stalling. An answer not on the board or a family member failing to provide an answer within the time limit results in a strike being charged to the family. When a family is able to reveal all the answers on the board before accumulating three strikes, they win the round and the bank.
When a family in control accumulates three strikes, control passes to the other family, who then has one chance to steal the points in the bank by correctly guessing one of the remaining unrevealed answers. The family is allowed to confer before coming up with an answer, which then must be given by the team's captain. If the family guesses a remaining answer correctly, they receive the points accumulated by the other family. If unsuccessful, the opponents keep the points they scored during the round before three strikes. From 1992–95 and from 1999–03, the revealed answer's value was also added to the winning team's score.
For the first six years of the 1988 Family Feud revival, conferring was not allowed. Instead, each team member was polled and asked for a response beginning with the anchor player and moving down the line to the captain, who had to decide whether to take one of the answers from his/her teammates or give another answer. This was similar to another Match Game mechanic used in the Audience Match portion of the Super Match bonus game, where a player would poll the panel for three potential responses and then either choose one or come up with one of their own. The rule was discarded once Dawson returned as host in September 1994 and conferring has been allowed ever since.
After determining who takes the bank for a round, any remaining answers are then revealed. Per tradition, the audience yells each unrevealed answer in a choral response from lowest to highest.
From 1992 to 1994 and in the 2009-10 season, the "Bullseye" round was played before the traditional gameplay began. One at a time and starting with the team captain, each member of the family went up to the podium to answer a survey question worth a dollar amount. Only the number one answer was accepted. Correctly guessing the number one answer added the value of that question to the family's bankroll.
The Bullseye round first appeared on Family Feud Challenge where it was played in both halves of the hour-long show. In the first half, each family began with $2,500 as their starting bankroll. The first question was worth $500, the second $1,000, and so on up to $2,500 for the fifth question. The highest bank a family could play for was $10,000. In the second half hour, as well as on the syndicated series when the round was introduced, all of these values were doubled, with the starting bankroll at $5,000. The questions were worth $1,000 for the first, $2,000 for the second, and so on, up to $5,000 for the fifth. The highest potential bank was $20,000.
The Bullseye round was revised as the "Bankroll" round for Dawson's return, and was played twice on each episode as the syndicated series was expanded to sixty minutes. Instead of each family member going up to answer a question, only one person on each team was required and the two contestants participated in all three questions. The starting bankroll in the first half was $2,500 and the question values were changed to $500−$1,500−$2,500, for a possible bank total of $7,000. These figures were doubled for the second half to $1,000−$3,000−$5,000, making the highest potential bank $14,000.
The round was eliminated for Family Feud's revival in 1999, but was revived in September 2009 for the final O'Hurley season. The starting bankroll was $15,000, with five questions in values from $1,000 to $5,000 in $1,000 increments. This format change only lasted one season.
Questions are played for double and triple points toward the end of the game. Before 1992, families also received money in the amount of their score added to their winnings. The number of double- and triple-point questions in the game has varied over the years.
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1From 1999 to 2003, the leading family after round four automatically won the game regardless of their score, even though most families in this period reached 300 points. In addition, the controlling family was only given one strike for that round instead of three before the opposing family was given the chance to steal. This sometimes created an unusual situation in which a family could win even if the other family successfully made a steal if the answers revealed were not worth enough points. Other times when an opposing family already had more points than the bank, if a controlling family gave an incorrect answer, the game would automatically end. Also, if the two families were tied after the fourth round, a Sudden Death round, one Bullseye-type question, was given. Whoever answered it correctly wins the game.
2The Sudden Death round is administered similar to the Bullseye round. The value is triple points, and if neither family reaches 300 after the Sudden Death round, another one-answer round is conducted.
From March 2, 1983 through June 14, 1985, a tree of Tootsie Pops was placed next to the anchor player on each team. When it was introduced, the player chose a lollipop, and if it had a black stem the family won a $100 bonus, which did not affect the outcome of the game.
The winning family plays Fast Money and chooses two family members to participate in the round. One family member leaves the stage and is placed in an isolation booth, while the other is given 20 seconds (15 seconds prior to 1994) to answer five questions. The clock begins counting down after the host finishes reading the first question. If the contestant cannot think of an answer to a question, he or she may pass and revisit a passed question at the end if time permits. If time runs out and all the questions have not been asked yet, they will still be in play as long as they have not been passed. The number of people giving each answer is revealed once all five answers are given or time has expired, whichever comes first. The player earns one point for each person that gave the same answer; at least two people must have given that answer for it to score. When revealing the number of people giving the same response, it is most commonly revealed with the phrase, "[Our] survey said!"
Once all the points for the first player are tallied, the second family member comes back on stage with the first contestant's answers covered and is given 25 seconds (20 seconds before 1994) to answer the same five questions. If the second player gives the same answer as the first player on a question, a double buzzer will sound and the host will ask for another response, usually by telling the contestant, "Try again."
If one or both family members accumulate a total of 200 points or more, the family wins the top prize. If both family members score a total of less than 200 points, each point awards the family $5. Until 1992, the bonus for winning Fast Money was $5,000 on all daytime versions and $10,000 on all syndicated versions. From 1992 to 1995, the top prize was the amount accumulated in the Bullseye/Bankroll round (see above). The top prize reverted to $10,000 from 1999 to 2001, but was raised to $20,000 in 2001, an increase requested by host Louie Anderson because of inflation. The top prize remained at that level until 2009, at which point the Bullseye round was reinstated, with a potential top prize of $30,000. The top prize reverted to $20,000 and the Bullseye round was removed at the beginning of the 2010–11 season. Since 2009, five-time champion families also receive a new car.
On the Gameshow Marathon episode (2006), the top prize was increased to $50,000 for a home viewer. On Celebrity Family Feud, the jackpot was $50,000 to the charity. If the goal was not reached, the $5/point rule was discarded and $25,000 was awarded to the charity instead.
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Family Feud was created during the increasing popularity of the Goodson-Todman game show, Match Game, which set daytime ratings records in 1976. Richard Dawson, one of Match Game's most popular panelists, was the immediate next choice as host of the spin-off, which combined the team format and form of questioning from the original 1960s Match Game with the survey polling used for the 1970s version's "Audience Match".
Family Feud premiered on ABC's daytime lineup on July 12, 1976 at 1:30 PM Eastern, with Dawson as host and Gene Wood as announcer. Although it was not an immediate hit, ABC moved the series to 11:30 AM on April 25, 1977, where the series became a ratings winner and eventually surpassed the series it was spun off from, Match Game, to become the No. 1 game show in daytime.
The popularity of Family Feud in daytime inspired Goodson-Todman Productions to consider producing a nighttime edition, teaming-up with Viacom (through whom Goodson-Todman was already distributing a nighttime version of The Price Is Right) to launch that series on September 18, 1977 on local stations including those owned and operated by NBC. Like many other game shows at the time, the nighttime Feud aired once a week. Like its daytime counterpart, the nighttime Feud became a hit and expanded to twice weekly in January 1979.
Family Feud moved to 12:00 noon on June 30, 1980 after The $20,000 Pyramid was canceled, while reruns of The Love Boat filled the 11:00 AM hour. Later, in September of that year, the syndicated Feud went from being aired twice weekly to airing daily like the daytime series.
By 1984, ratings for both editions of Feud had slipped from their peak due in part to changing viewing habits in both daytime and syndication. In October 1984, after over four years at noon, ABC moved the daytime Feud back to its previous 11:30 am timeslot and paired it with Trivia Trap, another Goodson production, to make up a game-centric hour and better compete with the lineups on CBS and NBC. The network did not get the ratings they desired from the hour (which saw another low-rated game show, All-Star Blitz, take over as Trivia Trap was quickly canceled) and ABC decided that they would not renew Feud at the end of the season in the spring. In January 1985, a cancellation notice for the syndicated edition came as well. On May 17, 1985, the syndicated Feud aired its final episode with very little indication to the home audience that it was indeed the finale; Dawson made a comment about the audience being "too late" when they greeted him with a standing ovation and he closed the show in a different manner than he normally did but there was no explicit statement.
The finale week of the daytime Feud began on June 10, 1985. Unlike on the syndicated series, the daytime series explicitly stated at the top of the Monday episode of the week that Feud was ending. Each day that week the impending end was noted at the beginning of the episode with some sort of commemoration, such as Dawson giving a total of all the money won across all of the series' run on the first episode of the week and Dawson being moved to tears by the ovation he received on the June 14, 1985 episode. At the end of the episode he gave an emotional farewell speech to the audience, and Gene Wood thanked Dawson and the nationwide audience during the fee plugs at the end of the half-hour.
Three years after the original version ended, Family Feud returned to both daytime and syndication with stand-up comedian Ray Combs taking over for Dawson as host. On July 4, 1988, CBS premiered the new Family Feud at 10:00 AM Eastern, replacing The $25,000 Pyramid. On September 19, the accompanying prime time syndicated series premiered. Both series were taped at Studio 33 (now known as "The Bob Barker Studio") at CBS Television City. On January 14, 1991, the show moved to the 10:30 AM time slot vacated by the daytime Wheel of Fortune (which moved back to its original network, NBC).
On June 29, 1992, the daytime version, renamed Family Feud Challenge, added the Bullseye round. This coincided with an expansion to a full hour, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. The change in the format resulted in three families competing on each episode. Two families competed in the first half hour for the right to play the returning champions in the second half. Family Feud Challenge aired its final new episode on March 26, 1993, with reruns airing until September 10.
The syndicated series adopted the Bullseye round at the start of season five, but kept its half-hour format. The show also changed its name to The New Family Feud to coincide with this change.
Although the daytime Feud was canceled by CBS, the syndicated series remained in production and was entering season six in September 1993. For the first time in its history Feud took its production on the road and recorded three weeks of celebrity specials at Opryland USA in Nashville, Tennessee to serve as the premiere episodes for the season. Following these the show returned to CBS Television City to resume taping. While this was going on, a shakeup at Mark Goodson Productions was in turn ready to cause one at Feud.
Mark Goodson died on December 18, 1992, and his son Jonathan took control of his father's company. Although the syndicated Feud had been renewed for a sixth season, it had been struggling in the ratings for some time and Goodson was beginning to deal with an increasing number of cancellation threats from local stations. Needing something to combat this and keep Feud on the air, the company began brainstorming for ideas to accomplish that.
One of the ideas that was considered involved a change in host. The belief was that if the producers replaced Combs with original host Richard Dawson, whom Goodson's father had clashed with during the previous series and who Mark Goodson refused to consider for the position in 1988, the ratings issues would be resolved. Goodson agreed with the idea and offered Dawson, who outside of his 1987 appearance in the film The Running Man had largely retired, a chance to return to Feud which Dawson accepted. Combs was not happy with his dismissal after six years and following the final show of the 1993–94 season he immediately left the studio without saying goodbye to anyone.
To prepare for Dawson's return, Family Feud underwent a large aesthetic overhaul. Gone were the families' name slider boards and living room scenery, the three-paneled game board, and most of the set pieces and lights. In order to create a more modern look and feel the entire set was covered with glass panels and a dark blue backdrop, which changed colors to red for the Fast Money round. The Ferranti-Packard board was used as the game board as well as for Fast Money, much in the same vein that the British Family Fortunes was doing at the time. A major difference, though, went hand in hand with the modern design idea put in place — for the home audience, a computer generated display was superimposed over the Ferranti-Packard board during the Bankroll round and the entire main game, with the Ferranti-Packard board only shown for Fast Money and the "Family Feud" display screen it usually was used to show.
The team size was reduced to four for this season, and as noted above the Bullseye round was reworked to accommodate this, becoming known as the Bankroll round. As the daytime version had earlier, the syndicated version expanded to sixty minutes in length from thirty, adopting the Family Feud Challenge format; however, affiliates were not required to carry both halves of the show. In addition, several families who had appeared on Feud when Dawson was originally hosting (1976–85) were invited back to play again. Dawson's return did not bring the higher ratings the producers desired and the syndicated Feud was finally canceled at the end of the 1994–95 season.
After a four-year hiatus, Family Feud returned in syndication on September 20, 1999. Dawson was offered the choice of returning to the hosting position, but turned it down and decided to have no further involvement with the show. With Dawson's retirement, producers chose Louie Anderson to host the new incarnation of the show over other leading candidate Dolly Parton. Burton Richardson became the new version's announcer.
Richard Karn was selected to take over for Anderson in season four on September 16, 2002. The same game format was used, but returning champions were reintroduced and could appear up to five days. In mid-November, two months after the start of the season, the retooled version of the show's theme song was replaced by the one previously used on the Combs version.
In 2003, production moved to Stage 6 at Tribune Studios in Hollywood, California. Families again needed to accumulate 300 points to win, and the third round was worth double points. However, for all rounds worth triple points, Karn would not read the question again after the face-off. In addition, the Combs-era theme was replaced by the retooled theme and remained unchanged for the rest of Karn's run. At the end of season seven, Karn left the show and he was replaced by John O'Hurley. Pieces from the set were later sold on eBay.
While the rules remained virtually the same for the O'Hurley run of the show, the set was completely overhauled as a throwback to the original Dawson set. This included the game board, logo and face-off and family podiums. The set was also the only one to feature audience in the round. The music used from 2006-08 was a remixed version of the Anderson / Karn theme, before reverting to the Combs version for the 2008-09 season (which has remained since).
On January 20, 2010, following the departure of O'Hurley and Richardson, comedian Steve Harvey was announced as the new host for season twelve with former 'N Sync member Joey Fatone becoming the new announcer. The show also moved taping locations to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The gameplay also returned to its 2003–09 format, although five-time champions still win a car as a bonus. The Fast Money jackpot reverted to a flat $20,000. Hometown family moments featuring members of the winning family sponsored by Comfort Inn & Suites were also added. These were dropped at the beginning of the 2012–13 season.
After Harvey began hosting, ratings increased by as much as 40% from O'Hurley's last season as host. Two years later, the show had jumped from a Nielsen rating of 1.5 (putting it in danger of cancellation) to 4.0, to become the fifth most popular syndicated program.
On May 7, 2011, announced via the show's official Twitter page, the show moved taping locations for the 2011–12 season to the Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where Harvey lives and hosts his radio show.
The show has been renewed through the 2016–17 season, and started airing in HD at the start of the 2012–13 season on September 10, 2012. On standard-definition television broadcasts, the series continues to be displayed with the 4:3 aspect ratio.
Family Feud regularly ranks in the top 10 highest rated programs in all of daytime television programming. In February 2014, the show achieved a 6.0 share in the Nielsen ratings, with approximately 8.8 million viewers.
Family Feud Live!
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Family Feud Live! is a stage show held at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut with several hosts, including Michael Burger and Marc Summers. The shows are produced in association with RTL Group officials, including former television director Andrew Felsher, producer Cathy Dawson, and others who have worked on the TV version of Family Feud and other game shows. The show also briefly ran at two Atlantic City casinos in 2006.
In 2013, a touring version of Family Feud Live! played fairs in the US and Canada, including the Calgary Stampede; actress and former talk show host Caroline Rhea hosted the 2013 edition, making her the first woman to host an official iteration of the game show. The format emulates the TV show, with two sets of contestants (usually unrelated audience members) going through the main portion of the game; following this, two additional audience members play Fast Money. Video footage of funny moments from the history of Family Feud and a brief history of the program is also shown.
With the success of the Australian, UK, and U.S. versions, countries all over the world have attempted to emulate the success of these game shows. A summary of such attempts may be found at the article above.
Since the show's premiere in 1976, many home versions of Family Feud have been released in various formats. Milton Bradley, Pressman Games, and Endless Games have all released traditional board games based on the show, which have occasionally been given to contestants of the show. Tiger Electronics released two electronic handheld games in 1998 and 1999, which also included expansion cartridges. In 2004, Imagination Entertainment released a DVD game of Family Feud, a second edition in 2006, and a third edition in 2007, with a movie edition of the DVD game also being released that same year.
The game has been released in other formats by multiple companies, with each company generally releasing a number of games over a period of years for different mediums (video game consoles, PC CD-ROMs, PC downloads, and mobile phones). Coleco Adam released the first computer version of the show in 1983, and Sharedata followed in 1987 with versions for MS-DOS, Commodore 64, and Apple II computers. GameTek released versions for NES, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Panasonic 3DO, and PC (on CD-ROM) between 1990 and 1995. Hasbro Interactive released a version in 2000 for the PC and PlayStation. In 2006, versions were released for PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, and PC.
Online versions appeared on Uproar.com and IWin.com. Seattle-based Mobliss Inc. also released a mobile version of Family Feud that was available on Sprint, Verizon, and Cingular. Glu Mobile released a newer mobile version of Family Feud for other carriers.
In conjunction with Ludia, Ubisoft has released multiple versions of the series. The first of these was entitled Family Feud: 2010 Edition and was released for the Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC in September 2009. Ubisoft then released Family Feud Decades the next year, which features sets and survey questions from television versions from all four decades the show has been on air. A third game, entitled Family Feud: 2012 Edition was released for the Wii and Xbox 360 in 2011.
In addition to the home games, a DVD set titled All-Star Family Feud was released on January 8, 2008 and featured a total of 21 celebrity episodes from the original ABC/syndicated versions on its four discs. It was re-issued as The Best of All-Star Family Feud on February 2, 2010.
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