|Richard Dawson (1975–1985, 1994-1995)|
Ray Combs (1987–1994)
Louie Anderson (1999–2002)
Richard Karn (2002–2006)
Ricki Lake (Gameshow Marathon, 2006)
John O'Hurley (2006–2010)
Al Roker (2008 primetime)
Steve Harvey (2010–Present; 2015–Present primetime)
|Johnny Olson (1975)|
Gene Wood (1976–1995)
Rod Roddy (sub)
Johnny Gilbert (sub)
Art James (sub)
Burton Richardson (1999–2010, 2008 & 2015–Present primetime)
Rich Fields (Gameshow Marathon, 2006)
Joey Fatone (2010–2015)
Rubin Ervin (2015–Present)
Syndication: 9/19/1977 – 5/17/1985Gameshow Marathon): 6/29/2006
|Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions (1975–1982)|
Mark Goodson Productions (1982-1995)
Pearson Television/FremantleMedia North America (1999-present)
|The (New) Family Company (1976–1994)|
Feudin' Productions, Inc. (1999–2010)
Wanderlust Productions, Inc. (2010–Present)
Georgia Entertainment Industries (2011–2018, 2020-Present)
Triple Threat Productions (2015–Present)
|Viacom Enterprises (1977–1985)|
LBS Communications (1988–1992)
All American Television (1992–1995)
Pearson Television (1999-2001)
Tribune Entertainment (2001–2007)
20th Television (2007-2019, Ad Sales)
CBS Television Distribution (2019-Present, Ad Sales)
Family Feud is a spin-off from Match Game’s big money "Super Match" bonus round. This show is where two families battle it out by answering surveys to win points/dollars. The first to reach a set number of points/dollars (originally 200 in the pilot and first season, then 300, and 400 during Dawson's 1984-85 season and their "Tournament of Champions" episode) gets a chance to play Fast Money for a grand cash prize. Each family has 5 members per team, except from 1994 to 1995, when there were only 4 members per team. During the one-hour versions from 1992 to 1995, two new families competed in the first half-hour for the right to face the champions in the second half. Early in Dawson's season, the winners of the first half competed in the second half against a family from the original Dawson era in 1994.
Since its inception in the 70s, the show also had a share of a few alternative titles as well:
- All-Star Family Feud Special (featuring celebrities playing for their favorite charities)
- Family Feud Challenge (CBS daytime version of the show from 1992-1994 which features the Bullseye round)
- New Family Feud (1992-1994 syndicated version of the show that also features the Bullseye round)
- Celebrity Family Feud (similar to the "All-Star" Primetime specials from the '70s)
- 1 Gameplay
- 1.1 Main Game
- 1.2 Bullseye/Bankroll Round & Sudden Death Question
- 1.3 Bonus Round: Fast Money
- 1.4 Returning Champions
- 2 The Uproar Survey (Anderson era only)
- 3 1992 Bullseye Pilot (Combs version Only)
- 4 All-Star/Gameshow Marathon/Celebrity Family Feud primetime specials
- 5 Tournament of Champions
- 6 Galleries
- 7 Additional Pages
- 8 Sounds
- 9 Spin-Offs
- 10 Inventors
- 11 Music
- 12 Studios
- 13 1-900-230-FEUD (1989)
- 14 1997 Proposal
- 15 Family Feud Live!
- 16 Buzzr Version
- 17 International Versions
- 18 Trivia
- 19 Age Requirements
- 20 Ratings
- 21 Rebroadcasts
- 22 References
- 23 Links
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
In each case, a survey of 100 people was taken for each question. (In some cases, a specific group, such as 100 men, women, kids, etc. was surveyed; otherwise, the survey was of 100 random people). Any response that appears as an answer to that question had to be given by at least 2 people (answers given by only one person were discarded).
Main Game[edit | edit source]
Face-Off[edit | edit source]
At the beginning of each round, one member of each family comes up to the main podium to play a mini-round for control of the question called "Face-Off". The host announces how many answers are on the board (which are always in order based on popularity), and then reads a survey question and the first player to buzz-in gets to answer. The player to give the number one answer or have his/her answer be higher than the other player's answer wins control. In case of a tie (both answers with the same number of people who gave it) the player who answers first wins control. If neither player answers to the board, the players at the main podiums get a chance to answer for control.
For time reasons, during Louie Anderson's & the first season of Steve Harvey's tenure, if neither player's answer was on the board the question was thrown out and edited out of the episode, and a new one was played.
During Dawson's first version & the current version, the player that won the Face-Off has a decision to either let his/her family play the question or pass the question to other family opponents.
In the Harvey version, if the contestant buzzes in while he’s reading the question, he would stop reading the question immediately. He will then finish the question to the other family.
Main Question[edit | edit source]
The family that won the face-off earns control of the question. The controlling family's job is to reveal the remaining answers hidden on the board with each correct answer adding points to the bank above the board. The answer's value is determined by how many people who gave it. Each player on the controlling team, in turn, gives an answer and if the answer he/she gives is correct, it is flipped over and revealed. Revealing all the answers on the board wins the round (this is classified as a "Clean Sweep"). Giving a wrong answer at any time earns a strike; getting three strikes (one in the final round from 1999 to 2003) causes the team to lose control of the question, giving the opposing family a chance to steal by giving one correct answer. A successful steal wins the round, but an unsuccessful steal gives the round to the first family. The winners of the round take all the points in the bank plus (in the pilot, from 1992 to 1995, and again from 1999 to 2003) the value of the correct answer given by the stealing family. After that, the host will reveal the remaining answers if there's anything left on the Survey board starting from the top to the bottom. Since Steve Harvey's second season, the remaining answers are revealed from bottom to top (ala Family Fortunes style).
In the Ray Combs era's later years, whichever team member caused the family to get a strike would have to hold a sign that consisted of a black stick with a white card with the Strike Indicator on it.
Question Values[edit | edit source]
The first few questions have their values be worth the number showing. Later on in the game, the values of all the questions are doubled (the double value round wasn't available from 1999 to 2003); and still later, all the point values are tripled (in the Dawson era and the first four years of the current version, the triple valued question would be the last question of the game).
Winning[edit | edit source]
The first family to reach a set number of points wins the game. For most versions, the goal is 300 dollars/points. For the 1975 pilot, the first few months of the 1977–1985 syndicated version, and the ABC daytime show through March 2, 1979, the goal was $200. For the final season of the Dawson run, the goal was set to $400 on both versions. Beginning in 1981, each family would be guaranteed a "house minimum" of $100 which would be increased to $250 in late 1982. The $250 guarantee would carry over to the CBS revival in 1988.
In the original Dawson version and the 1994–1995 season, when the game took too long to reach the $300/$400 goals, he would go to the controlling family and tell them that each teammate had three seconds to answer once he read the question to them. Similarly, beginning in 2003 (when the 300-point goal was restored), Karn only read the question once to both families upon getting to the Triple round. In later episodes of Karn's final season (2005-06), whenever he read the question once, home viewers were shown the survey question at the bottom of the screen (also in a similar style to the British version of the Feud called Family Fortunes, when in the face-off from the main round, the question appeared at the bottom of the screen while the host reads a question).
For the first four seasons of the current syndicated run (1999–2003), there was no goal: the team with the most points won the game, although most families in this period still scored over 300 points. Also, there was only one Strike allowed for the controlling team in the Triple round (Round 4). This created the possibility that a team could give an incorrect answer and still win if there were not enough points in the bank for the other team to win by a successful steal. Other times, when an opposing family already had more points than the bank and the bank was lower than the amount of their lead, if the controlling family gave an incorrect answer, the game would automatically end.
Until the Bullseye format debuted in 1992, dollars were used instead of points (as Ray Combs explained at least once during the Bullseye era, the switch to points was because "the dollars are in your bank"). For whatever reason, the current syndicated run has continued to use points, which has been seen by some fans as a cost-cutting measure.
Beginning in the sixth season of the Harvey version, losing teams receive $500 in the form of a Green Dot Prepaid Card (Green Dot is Harvey's endorsement).
Lollipop Tree (Dawson '76 version only)[edit | edit source]
Due to Dawson giving away boxes of lollipops (often Tootsie Roll Pops) to some of the studio audience members (particularly kids), a lollipop tree was introduced from March 2, 1983, all the way through June 14, 1985, where a tree of Tootsie pops was placed next to the fifth player on each team. If he/she chose a lollipop with a black stem on the bottom, the family won a $100 bonus, which did not affect the outcome of the game.
Lollipop Tree Knockdown[edit | edit source]
Originally, only one lollipop in each tree had a black stem, but within weeks, there were ten on both trees.
In the 1985 finale, when a family member failed to get a lollipop with a back stem, Dawson used a black marker coloring the bottom black, and the family still got a $100 bonus regardless.
Bullseye/Bankroll Round & Sudden Death Question[edit | edit source]
Starting in 1992, Family Feud instituted a new Bullseye round. This was the round that affected the grand prize for either family if and when they make it to Fast Money. In the pilot round during the first half, both families started with a bankroll of $2,000. Each family member would get one question in an attempt to build their family's banks. Giving the Bullseye answer (the number one answer) added $1,000 to the bank for a possible total of $7,000. In the second half of the 1992 pilot after three normal questions, each family member again got one question in an attempt to build their family's banks even higher. Giving the Bullseye answer (the number one answer) added $3,000 to the bank and the family with the most money would get to play for that money in Fast Money. In the series round, both families started with a bankroll of $5,000 ($2,500 in the first half of the Family Feud Challenge). Five questions were asked to each pair of family members in a Face-Off fashion, and only the number one answers counted. The first player to buzz-in with the number one answer added money to their Fast Money bank; this resulted in a possible $10,000 in the first half or $20,000 in the second half. The syndicated version used this round from 1992 to 1994, with the doubled values.
In 1994 when the original host Richard Dawson returned, "Bullseye" was renamed "Bankroll". Plus the number of questions was reduced to three (worth $500, $1,500 & $2,500 in the first half [$1,000, $3,000 & $5,000 in the second half] respectively), and only one member of each family played throughout the entire round. This resulted in a possible $7,000 in the first half or $14,000 in the second half.
In 2009, the Bullseye round made a one-season return in the 11th season of the current version; both families started at $15,000, for a maximum of $30,000.
Scoring[edit | edit source]
The questions and amounts for the 1992–1993 CBS daytime version were as follows:
|Questions||1st Half||2nd Half|
In the first half, each money amount increased in increments of $500, and in the 2nd half, each money amount increased in increments of $1,000.
The questions and amounts for the Syndicated 1992–1994 version were as follows:
The questions and amounts for the Bankroll game were as follows:
|Questions||1st Half||2nd Half|
The questions and amounts for the 2009–2010 syndicated version were as follows:
Starting in 2003, a new Sudden Death tiebreaker was added. If neither family reaches 300 points after four questions, the fifth and final question is played as Sudden Death. It is played the same as the Bullseye/Bankroll questions. The final two players play one final Face-off and the first player to buzz-in with the number one answer earns triple value and wins the game. When the Bullseye round was re-instituted, the Sudden Death question was played after three questions, meaning the fourth players played this question.
Though it never happened in the "one-strike Triple round" era (Anderson and Karn Season 1), the Sudden Death question would be used in the event of a tie after the said question, hence why it was called a "tiebreaker". If neither player gives the number one answer, they will try again with a different question.
Bonus Round: Fast Money[edit | edit source]
The winning family goes on to play Fast Money for a grand cash prize. The winning family chooses which two players will play the game. The first family member stands at center stage while the second family member goes off stage to a soundproof area. The first player has 15 seconds (20 after 1994) to answer five Family Feud questions. He/she has to give the most popular answer to each question. He/she can pass on a question if stumped and return to it if there's time left. When he/she is done, the answers are revealed on a different board followed by the number of people who gave them. After all the answers are revealed and scored, the second player comes out and takes his/her turn. The second player has 20 seconds (25 after 1994) to answer the same five questions but with one exception: he/she cannot repeat any of the answers previously given by the first player (classified as a "duplication") or a double buzzer will sound, at which point the host says, "Try again." The contestant must then give a different answer (the second player will also be charged for similar answers or an answer which fits into the same category as the first player's answer). When the second player is done, his/her answers are revealed and scored. The family wins $5 for each point made in the round ($10 in the Combs pilots), but if the two playing players reach 200 points or more, the family wins the grand cash prize.
Extra Notes[edit | edit source]
- The first contestant from the winning family playing Fast Money would get 200 points and win the big money all by himself/herself. During Ray Combs' tenure, whenever that occurred, he would trick the second player into thinking that the first player did terribly and then ask him/her five phony ridiculous questions. There has never been a contestant to get 200 points by himself/herself in the current incarnation.
- For the first four years of the return of the 300-point-goal in the current incarnation and on rare occasions, a team would win the game by getting to 300 with only three questions. Whenever that happened, there would be a commercial break in between halves of Fast Money. More information in the trivia section.
- The original time limits (15/20) were also used in the British version of Feud called Family Fortunes in their version of the Fast Money round, called the Big Money game/round.
- In the 1994 era, some Fast Money answers were marked with asterisks, which meant that the answer was included in a broader answer. (i.e. the answer "barbecue" would be included in all food)
Grand Cash Prizes[edit | edit source]
The grand cash prizes are different depending on the series:
- Daytime Versions (1976–1985, 1988–1992) – $5,000
- All-Star Version (1978–1984) – first two games – $5,000/third game – $10,000
- Syndicated Versions (1977–1985, 1988–1992, 1999–2001) – $10,000
- Current Version (2001–2009, 2010–present) – $20,000
- CBS Gameshow Marathon Version (2006) – $100,000 for the player's charity (main game win), $50,000 for a home viewer (Fast Money win)
- NBC Celebrity Version (2008) – $50,000 for a win, $25,000 for a loss (both for charity)
- ABC Celebrity Version (2015-present) – $25,000 for a win, $10,000 for a loss (both for charity)
- Steve Harvey's 1000th Family Feud (2016) – $50,000
Bullseye/Bankroll[edit | edit source]
Here are the max values in terms of Bullseye/Bankroll money:
- Combs Version (1992-1994)
- 1st Half – $10,000
- 2nd Half/Syndicated (1992-1994) – $20,000
- Dawson Version (1994-1995)
- 1st Half – $7,000
- 2nd Half – $14,000
- O'Hurley Version (2009-2010) – $30,000
Returning Champions[edit | edit source]
On the ABC run, families retired from the show after winning over $25,000, a limit which had been lifted during the final season to $30,000. On the syndicated series from 1977 to 1985 and from 1999 to 2002, two new families competed on each show. From 1988 to 1992 and from 2002 onward, winning families could return for up to five days. From 1992 to 1995, families simply continued until defeated. Starting in September 2009, families who win five days in a row win a brand new car:
2009-2010: Chrysler 300C
2010-2012: Ford Taurus (blue for 2010-2011; red for 2011-2012)
2012-2013 and 2015-2016: Ford Edge
2013-2014: Ford Fusion
2014-2015: Ford Fusion Hybrid
2016-2017: Jeep Renegade
2017-2018 and 2019-2020: Jeep Cherokee Latitude
2018-2019: Toyota C-HR
2020-present: Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
The Uproar Survey (Anderson era only)[edit | edit source]
When going into the 1st commercial break under Louie Anderson's tenure, the viewers at home were asked an Uproar survey. At the end of the 1st commercial break, the answer(s) were revealed.
1992 Bullseye Pilot (Combs version Only)[edit | edit source]
In 1992, a pilot was shot for the Family Feud Challenge format, but with a drastically different format.
First Half[edit | edit source]
In the first half, each family was staked with $2,000. Each family member was asked a question. The #1 was worth $1,000, while #2 was $500 and #3 was $250, for a maximum of $7,000. Then, standard Feud was played (Single/Double/Triple, 300 wins), followed by Fast Money.
Screenshots[edit | edit source]
Second Half[edit | edit source]
The second half started with standard Feud against returning champions, but instead of a bank built for one family, the bank was instead multiplied by $10, then $20, and finally $30. Whichever family won the round added that money to their Fast Money bank. Also, the "steal answer adds to the bank" rule was used here.
Screenshots[edit | edit source]
Another round of Bullseye was then played; this time the Bullseye answer was worth $3,000 for a maximum of $15,000. Only the #1 answers were allowed here. Whichever family had the higher bank at the end of this round played Fast Money for that bank.
- The cue for when the Bullseye set came down in the pilot was recycled from the short-lived 1990-91 ABC revival of Match Game for when the "Star Wheel" came down in use for the bonus round.
- While the four-digit bank display was carried over into the Family Feud Challenge series, The pilot's second half format did not, hence why the leftmost position was never used.
- In the Buzzr broadcast, the contestant tryout phone numbers for San Diego and Los Angeles respectively (as you can see on the bottom of this screenshot here) are blurred out which indicates that they are not "active" anymore. Also, not even New Yorkers could try out.
- Although you hear Gene Wood say the line "Some contestants will receive…" fee plugs were oddly never aired during the end credits of the pilot, as you only see Ray and the families clapping and talking.
- 23 years later, this never-before-seen pilot aired on Buzzr as part of their special "Lost & Found Week" on September 8, 2015.
All-Star/Gameshow Marathon/Celebrity Family Feud primetime specials[edit | edit source]
In all versions of the All-Star/Celebrity primetime specials, four celebrity teams (celebrities and their families also in the Al Roker version) competed to win money for their favorite charities.
In the Richard Dawson all-star series, there were three games a show. The first two games were played to $200 for a chance at $5,000, while the third one was a one-question showdown for a chance at $10,000.
In the Ricki Lake Gameshow Marathon episode, finalists Kathy Najimy and Brande Roderick along with their families respectively competed to score 300 points first just like the civilian version. The points doubled in round four and tripled in round five and so on. The winning family won $100,000 for the charity of their choice. Fast Money was played with the 20/25 second time limits, and winning earned a home viewer $50,000.
- Kathy Najimy was the winner of the episode and the whole series in general.
Celebrity Family Feud made its debut on NBC as part of their "All-American Summer" block on June 24, 2008, and concluded on July 29, 2008, hosted by Al Roker of The Today Show with Burton Richardson handling the announcing duties. In this version, there were also three games, played single-single-triple, with the winning teams from the first two games playing the third for a chance at $50,000. In Fast Money, less than 200 points were worth $25,000. Families that lost received $10,000 for their charity.
Celebrity Family Feud made its comeback on ABC and premiered on June 21, 2015. This time, it was hosted by current Family Feud host Steve Harvey with Burton Richardson returning as the announcer. Unlike the previous version, two games are played separately, with the losing celebrity teams receiving a donation for the charity of their choice. Winning Fast Money is worth $25,000 while losing is worth $10,000.
Tournament of Champions[edit | edit source]
1988–1994[edit | edit source]
The 1988–1994 version carried special tournaments for the four highest winning families from certain periods returning for a Winner-Take-All Tournament of Champions. These were rarely held at first for both the CBS and syndicated versions.
The main game rules applied, but if a family reached 200 points in Fast Money, $5,000 went into a jackpot that started at $25,000 and went up to potentially $55,000 on the CBS version. Likewise, on the syndicated version, the jackpot started at $50,000 and went up to $10,000 for each time Fast Money was won, up to a possible $110,000. If the score was less than 200, nothing was added to the jackpot, as the $5 a point rule was discarded for the tournament. Each semifinal was the best-of-three games, with the first family in each one to win two games advancing to the finals, which was also a best-of-three match. There was no Fast Money round played during the finals. The scoring was similar to the 1984–1985 season (single-single-single-single-double-triple) or the regular CBS/Syndicated version from late 1989 to 1990 (single-single-single-double-triple) in the finals, with the first family to reach $400 winning the game instead of $300. The first family to win two out of three games won everything in the jackpot in addition to what they won in the regular game. Again, no Fast Money was played.
No additional tournaments were conducted on the syndicated version after the second season. The CBS version continued conducting them, but in mid-1990, tournaments were held every month, with the top four money-winning families of the previous month returning. The main game point goals for winning a semifinal and a final game were the same, but the match format was changed from the best-of-three to a one-game match for both the semifinals and the finals. Thus, the potential maximum was lowered to $35,000.
2002–Present[edit | edit source]
The current version began doing tournaments in 2002. The first occurred in February 2002 with the Family Circle Tournament of Champions, with eight winning families returning in a single-elimination tournament. The jackpot started at $50,000 and went up to $20,000 for each time Fast Money was won, up to a possible $170,000. For this particular tournament only, if Fast Money was not won, $5 per point was added to the jackpot. Each game was played to 300 points except for the finals, which required 500 points to win the game and the jackpot. The winning team for this tournament won a trip to Charleston, South Carolina and tickets to the Family Circle Cup women's tennis tournament in nearby Daniel Island, in addition to the money, which was $112,230. The runners-up for this tournament won a trip to Jamaica. Also, for the finals only, the double round was used, despite the fact they were still using the "three singles and one-strike triple round" format.
This version, however, did not do tournaments on an occasional basis until May 2005. Again, eight families were brought back, but this time, they consisted of either family who previously lost their first game for the tournament that was held in May 2005 and May 2006, or previously winning families, but not necessarily focusing on the higher winning families of the past for the tournament held in February 2006. The differences at this point for the tournaments were that the jackpot started with nothing, except for the February 2006 Tournament of Champions, which began at $10,000 and went up to $20,000 for each time Fast Money was won, up to a possible $130,000. Losses in Fast Money did not add anything to the jackpot, as in the 1988–1994 version, and the championship game was played to 400 points and used the 4 singles-double-triple round format (with Sudden Death if applicable). Trips were sometimes awarded to the jackpot-winning family, including Hawaii during the February 2006 tournament and Mexico during the May 2006 tournament. Again, no Fast Money was played in the finals.
The tournament format did not return until 2013, where the jackpot started at $40,000 and could get as high as $160,000 and was sponsored by Publishers Clearing House. The Fast Money round was won 6 times in a row and had it built up to $160,000. As before, there was no Fast Money round in the finals, and the first team to reach 400 points won the jackpot of $160,000 and the runners-up received $20,000.
Galleries[edit | edit source]
To see pictures of the many looks of the Family Feud logos over the years click here.
To see pictures of the many sets of the Family Feud over the years click here.
To see pictures of show tickets click here.
To see videos of Family Feud click here.
Additional Pages[edit | edit source]
Sounds[edit | edit source]
The strike buzzer, the correct answer clang and the win bells were recycled from a previous ABC Goodson-Todman game show, Showoffs.
The Face-Off buzzer sound was used in a few other Goodson-Todman shows such as:
Spin-Offs[edit | edit source]
Match Game – (as mentioned above) the bonus round "Supermatch" inspired this show.
All-Star Family Feud Special – the original nighttime hour-long special series where celebrities (usually from popular TV shows) competed for their favorite charities. The series aired on ABC from 1978 until 1985.
The Family Feud Challenge – the short-lived, hour-long daytime version where it incorporated the Bullseye round format. It aired on CBS from 1992 until 1993.
The New Family Feud – the short-lived, half-hour syndicated version where it also incorporated the Bullseye round format. It aired in syndication from 1992 until 1994.
The E! True Hollywood Story: Family Feud – A special-like documentary episode about the history of the show along with its first three hosts (Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, and Louie Anderson respectively) that aired on the E! Network on July 28, 2002.
Gameshow Marathon – In 2006, Family Feud was the finale of the 7 games.
¿Que Dice la Gente? – The short-lived, Spanish-language U.S. original that aired on TeleFutura from 2006 until 2008.
Celebrity Family Feud – A nighttime hour-long six-episode summer series (similar to the primetime All-Star specials during the Dawson ABC era) that aired on NBC in 2008 with teams of celebrities playing for charity. All but one episode aired. The new graphics and music this show had were incorporated into the current syndicated version until 2010. The series was then later rebooted on ABC in 2015 where it plays very similar to the current syndicated version.
Philly Pheud – Similar spinoff airing in Philadelphia airing locally on WPHL MNT 17 since 2013.
100 Latinos Dijeron – The Spanish language U.S. reboot, that aired on MundoMax (formerly MundoFOX) from 2013 until 2016.
Family Feud (Buzzr) – The online version of the show that features various internet celebrities as contestants, airing on YouTube since 2014.
Inventors[edit | edit source]
Mark Goodson & Bill Todman
Music[edit | edit source]
Main Cues[edit | edit source]
1975, 1976–1985, 2006 – "The Feud" by Walt Levinsky, Robert A. Israel & Ken Bichel
1988-1994, 1992 Pilot, 2002-2003, 2008–Present – remake of "The Feud" by Edd Kalehoff & Score Productions
1994-1995 – Edd Kalehoff & Score Productions
1999–2006 – John Lewis Parker
2003 (Unused) – John Lewis Parker, based on the 1988 theme by Edd Kalehoff
2006-2008 – John Lewis Parker
The last few notes of the 1976 theme are currently being used on The Price is Right as the introduction to Grand Game; they were also used for the intro to Plinko's first playing. Trivia Trap also used these notes for getting all the wrong answers eliminated. For a brief time in the 1990s, the 1988 theme's endnotes replaced those from the 1976 theme in the aforementioned Grand Game introduction. When the game prop was redone in 2013, the final drum note at the end was removed from the 1976 ending.
The 1994 opening vamps, as well as the unused main themes from the 1994 version, were recycled into the daytime and 1994 versions of The Price is Right as showcase cues.
Although 2003's main theme was unused, replaced with 1988's main theme, the face-off cue was still used on the show.
From 1999 to 2006, the main theme song had a hip-hop music style that used electric guitars or saxophones.
For early 2003, the original 1988 version theme was brought back for the main, despite two updated mixes of the theme being made, as well as the 1988 fiddle/electric guitar face-off cue played when the main game is won. Only the face-off cue from the 2003 package is used.
For Disco Week, a disco remix of the 1999 theme was used based on "You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees. The 1988 theme was dropped afterward and the 1999 theme package was reinstated.
From 2006 to 2008, the main theme song had a remix of the hip-hop music style with a disco music style. The winning cues were recycled from 2002 to 2006.
From 2008 to present, 1988's main theme was brought back again and is the only cue used on the show.
Special Cues[edit | edit source]
- Beauties vs Beasts Special Open – "Olympic Fanfare" by Al Capps (Killer Tracks)
- NWA Wrestlers vs GLOW Wrestlers Special Open – "The Lonely Bull" by Herb Alpert
- Miss USA vs Miss Universe Special Open - "Vogue" by Madonna
- The Price Is Right vs The Young and the Restless Open – "Walking" by Score Productions (also known as the "come on down" cue from Price)
- Christmas-themed Family Feud Challenge open - "Sleigh Ride" by the Boston Pops
- On the 1992 Family Feud Challenge pilot, the cue from the 1990 version of Match Game when the Star Wheel was revealed by Score Productions was used when the Bullseye set lowered onto the stage.
- Armed Forces Week Special Open – "Stars and Stripes Forever" by the United States Marine Corps
- Disco Week Special Main – by John Lewis Parker, based on "You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees
- Disco Week Ending – "YMCA" by the Village People
- NASCAR week Special Face-Off – "Thunder" by David Robidoux
Studios[edit | edit source]
ABC Television Center, Hollywood, California
CBS Television City, Hollywood, California (Celebrity Family Feud [ABC Summer Fun & Games]) (2017)
NBC Studios, Burbank, California (Now the Burbank Studios)
Tribune Studios (Now the Sunset Bronson Studios)
Universal Studios Florida
Atlanta Civic Center
Georgia World Congress Center
Sony Pictures Studios (Celebrity Family Feud [ABC Summer Fun & Games]) (2016)
Los Angeles Center Studios (2017–Present)
1-900-230-FEUD (1989)[edit | edit source]
In 1989, there was a short-lived, 1-900 number game called "1-900-230-FEUD" where you can "Play Family Feud at Home!" twenty-four hours a day and win valuable prizes including a U.S. savings bond, a color TV, CD players and a trip to Los Angeles, CA as a guest of Family Feud. Some prizes were provided by Sharp Electronics while each call was $1.50 a minute and 75 cents for each additional minute. The commercial itself featured the late Ray Combs promoting the game.
1997 Proposal[edit | edit source]
A revival of the show (along with Dawson once again as the host) was planned at the time. However, it fell through at the last minute.
Family Feud Live![edit | edit source]
Family Feud Live! is a stage show originally held at the Foxwoods Resorts & Casino in Connecticut with several hosts, including Michael Burger, Marc Summers, Doug Davidson, David Ruprecht, and Bob Goen. 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 the Feud and other popular TV game shows. (NOTE: The live stage version ran at two casinos in Atlantic City in 2006.) In 2013, a touring version of the show plays mostly in county fairs from the U.S. and Canada, including the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Canada. Actress, comedienne, former talk show host, and television personality Caroline Rhea currently hosts this edition, making her the first woman to host an official iteration of the classic game show.
The set mostly resembles the 1988-94 Combs era while the format mostly emulates from the TV show itself, except with two sets of contestants (usually unrelated audience members) going through the main portion of the game. Following this, two additional audience members play the Fast Money round. Also, various video footage of funny moments from the show's rich history along with a brief history of the show itself is shown.
- There are four team members instead of five (a la 1994-95 Dawson 2.0 era).
- There's no Bullseye Round/Bankroll Game.
Promo[edit | edit source]
In 2019, a new "Celebrity Edition" of the Live show was announced for appearances around the country from May 31-June 14, 2019. This version was hosted by comedian Alonzo Bodden and featured celebrity team captains Brian Baumgartner, Cathy Rigby and "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile.
Buzzr Version[edit | edit source]
International Versions[edit | edit source]
The following countries that did their versions of Family Feud include:
- Belgium (Dutch language only)
- Canada (French language only, currently airing on V) (The American version currently airing on City TV) (The Canadian version currently airing on CBC)
- The Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- The United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom (Family Fortunes)
Additional Notes[edit | edit source]
- Some versions use the 4 vs. 4 team member format (i.e. Australia, Philippines, and Thailand). Before this, the short-lived Dawson '94 version in America had also used the 4 vs. 4 formats.
- Some versions have included the “Bullseye” round format (i.e. Portugal ['93 version], Indonesia and Australia ['06 version]).
- Some versions have logos based on the UK version called All-Star Family Fortunes (i.e. Ireland and Indonesia ['09 and '13 versions]).
- Some versions use two female assistants/models to help the second player to the soundproof booth during the Fast Money round (i.e. Mexico and Australia ['06 version]). Before this, the U.S. Spanish-language versions had also used two female assistants as well (i.e. Qué Dice la Gente & 100 Latinos Dijeron).
- Some versions have been hosted by women instead of men (i.e. Venezuela, Belgium [2002 version] and Slovenia [2007 version]).
- Some versions have been hosted by couples instead of individual hosts (i.e. Turkey [2010 version] and Vietnam [2015 version]).
- The short-lived 2012 Cyprus remake/revival version called Fast Money! is a reference and pay homage to the bonus round from the American version of the same name.
- In 2013, it was announced that the Brazilian network Rede Record was considered in reviving Family Feud with Rafael Cortez as host but plans fell through at the last minute.
- For the short-lived 2001 Spain remake of Vaya Pena (Go Rock) it was originally announced that Ana Garcia Obregon would be the host before she was later replaced by Carlos Lozano as he at the time hosted the Spain version of The Price is Right called El Precio Justo (The Right Price).
- For the short-lived 2014 Belgian revival of Familieraad (Family Council) it was originally announced that Sean D'Hondt would be the host before he was later replaced by comedian Chris Van den Durpel.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In 1975, before they changed the name (and much later the format) to Family Feud, the show was originally going to be called Fast Company where two teams (one celebrity and one civilian) competed to give correct answers to a question. The idea was first pitched to NBC (then later to ABC), but both networks were never sold on it. Then much later in its lifespan, the game format had to be tinkered with once again to use survey questions for its final parts of the show.
- Before Feud, Richard Dawson's first game show that he hosted was the locally-produced Lucky Pair (created by Bob Barker) from 1970 until 1971. Also, he hosted a revival of the 1950s panel game Masquerade Party (under the Hatos-Hall brand) running from 1974 until 1975. Before this, Dawson was a popular panelist on Match Game until 1978.
- The current "WOOSH!" sound effect for when an answer was revealed on the board was recycled from the short-lived 2001–2002 syndicated version of Card Sharks for when a red button was pushed to reveal the next card in sequence. The sound was originally used in O'Hurley's version and has been carried over since then.
- In the second and later rounds, Ray Combs would not say "We surveyed/asked 100 people" as he put the top number of answers up on the board. Richard Karn would often do this too at the start of Round 2 until 2006. Since then, Steve Harvey would often do this as well at the beginning of Round 1.
- When Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Richard Karn, and John O'Hurley went to the controlling family after the face-off question, they sometimes didn't use the word "Name" when asking the same question to the family member.
- When Dawson and Combs started asking the 5 questions in the fast money round, they drop out the word "Name" for the second through fifth questions. Richard Karn has done that on some episodes during the fast money round, too.
- Example: "Name something that has buttons", (player answers), "an animal that eats plants", (player gives the second answer), "something specific that melts", (player gives the third answer), "a sport that's played indoors", (player gives the fourth answer), "something you see in the summertime", (player gives the fifth answer). Also, this style was done on the British version of Feud called Family Fortunes in their version of the Fast Money round called The Big Money game/round.
- The famous "Blip" sound effect from the Fast Money round when an answer was revealed on its Ferranti-Packard (1976-1995) and visually-styled (1999–Present) board made its debut in the 1988-1994 Combs version and has been used since then. However, out of all the previous incarnations of the show, it was never used in the original 1976-1985 Dawson version and the 2006 Gameshow Marathon episode.
- Additionally, the "Blip" sound effect is also used when someone buzzes in on the Celebrity Jeopardy! parodies on Saturday Night Live.
- It was first used on Trivia Trap, to reveal the four choices to a question.
- The famous "Ring-In" sound effect from the "Face-Off" was also borrowed on other various game shows including:
- The sound effect from the "Fast Money" round for which has been used in other previous versions since the Combs version from 1988 was originally from the short-lived Trivia Trap to reveal the four choices to a question.
- The buttons on the "Face-Off" podium in the original 1976-1985 Dawson version were always colored yellow. They were never red until the 1988-1994 Combs version and all other incarnations since then. In the 2006 "Family Feud" episode of Gameshow Marathon, the buttons on the face-off podium were also colored red. Also, when a player slapped the button on the face-off podium, the light wiped in (similar to the rainbow wipe from 1988 to 1995) instead of repeatedly flashing.
- This is the second game show where John O'Hurley and Burton Richardson worked together from 2006 to 2010. The first game show on which they worked together was the short-lived 2000–2002 revival of To Tell the Truth.
- Both the Combs and Dawson '94 versions of the show were the only two incarnations of the franchise to nix The "Play or Pass/Pass or Play" option for which after a contestant in the Face-Off guessed the top answer, or if the opposing contestant guessed a better answer than the one before. His or her team was then forced to play the question out until they got three strikes. However, four years later, the "Play or Pass/Pass or Play" option returned in the 1999–2002 version with Louie Anderson at the helm, and all other previous incarnations have carried over since then.
- In the 1994–1995 Dawson version, the original team size was reduced from five to four. The original size returned in the 1999–2002 Anderson version and all other incarnations have kept it since then.
- For the 1976 Dawson version, to boost the show's sagging ratings for both the ABC daytime and syndicated versions in the 1984–1985 season, they extended the number of points needed to win the game from 300 to 400 (with one more round added to the main game). Sadly, the ratings for both versions were being hammered by the likes of The Price is Right on CBS and Scrabble on NBC. However, the 400-point format later returned in the "Tournament of Champions" finale (for which the Fast Money round was excluded) of the Combs, Karn, O'Hurley and Harvey versions since then.
- It takes at least three rounds to reach 300 points, but normally it took four rounds to reach 300 points. In the last season of both original versions, it sometimes took seven rounds to reach 400 points.
- In 1998, famed country singer Dolly Parton was almost selected to host the revival in 1998 before the job ultimately went to Louie Anderson in 1999.
- Fast Money got played early four times. It happened at least three times with Richard Karn and once with John O'Hurley and the three family teams that won at least 300 points in just 3 rounds won $20,000 in Fast Money.
- After the first run of Fast Money, Richard Karn would bring out the 2nd Fast Money contestant after the 4th commercial break while John O'Hurley brought out the second Fast Money contestant before the fourth commercial break. In both cases, viewers got to see the inside of the isolation booth where the second contestant sat before playing their turn. Viewers also got to see the headphones they had to wear, as well as a large TV monitor displaying the show's logo. Also, when the second player was brought out, the camera would cut to an off-screen stagehand removing the headphones and the player rushing out from the booth.
- On most early episodes until the original finale, before Fast Money was played, when the timer sets the clock, Richard Dawson would not say, "Clock will start after I read this first question." Ray Combs often does this, too, sometimes until 1994. Steve Harvey often does this, too, at the start of the 2012–2013 season.
- During the 2009–2010 season, after the Bullseye round was played, instead of O'Hurley asking to "introduce me to your family", the families would introduce themselves via video clip. The concept would stop since 2010.
- During the 2010–2011 season, before the first half of the Fast Money round started, a special video clip featured a random passer-by wishing the winning family the best of luck in Fast Money. This concept would stop since 2011.
- Despite the different years between them (i.e. 2002–2006 & 2006–2010), both Richard Karn and John O'Hurley are the only two hosts out of the six from the franchise (excluding Ricki Lake and Al Roker respectively) to share the same four-year only hosting tenures during their respective runs.
- The 2002–2005 Karn era Feud set was used for the unsold 2003 game show pilot called I'm With Stupid hosted by Graham Norton. Also, the set was used for the 2002 FOX special called TV's Funniest Game Shows hosted by Richard Karn.
- In 2008, John O'Hurley was not available to host NBC's Celebrity Family Feud (hosted by Al Roker) as he was committed to hosting another network series on CBS called Secret Talents Of The Stars which was a one-episode-only flop at the time.
- During O'Hurley's fourth and final season of the show, the Cunningham family was the first team to win a brand new car in 2009.
- The car gimmick is not carried over in the Fast Money round (i.e. winning the car after reaching 200 points) whether a family wins or loses on their fifth and final appearance on the show.
- Before the reboot of Celebrity Family Feud aired on ABC in 2015, Harvey's first (and last) show he starred in the same network at the time was the short-lived sitcom called Me and the Boys which ran from 1994 until 1995.
- Starting in September 2015, should a family win a car, but with at least one answer unrevealed, the audience was enforced to still read out the remaining answers, as they didn't during the previous seasons.
- Both the Anderson and Karn versions respectively reran on PAX; later the O'Hurley version was rerun on Ion Television.
- The show used to air on Canada's Superstation NTV until June 2014, and on CTS until September 2014, before it was renamed YesTV. It was also rerun on GameTV (Canada's GSN) as well from Harvey's 3rd and 4th year of hosting.
- Along with GSN, Harvey's version reran simultaneously on TV Land, BET, and its spinoff channel Centric.
- On February 21, 2017, the 1988–1994 theme of the show was used on Celebrity Name Game when Craig Ferguson said "I will be the clue giver."; both shows are owned by FremantleMedia North America.
- On July 23, 2017, comedian and former Feud host Louie Anderson had competed on an episode of the ABC version of Celebrity Family Feud where his opponent was singer/actress Christina Milian.
- Sometimes, in the Harvey version of the Feud, at the beginning of Fast Money, Steve will not say any rules of Fast Money at all. Instead, after the final commercial break, the game board will show the Fast Money board, and the round will begin immediately. When it's the second contestant's turn, Steve will remind the contestant how many points are needed to win the $20,000, and then the second player's turn will begin immediately.
- Starting with the 2015–2016 season, the bell can be heard at the beginning and the winning families exclaiming they won the Fast Money Round while the closing credits roll.
Age Requirements[edit | edit source]
When Richard Dawson hosted the show from 1976 to 1985, the minimum age to participate was 16. This was lowered to 14 when Ray Combs hosted the show from 1988 to 1994. Ever since the show was revived in 1999, the minimum age to take part in the show is 16 again.
Ratings[edit | edit source]
Rebroadcasts[edit | edit source]
Game Show Network has aired the entire runs of the Dawson, Combs, Karn, O'Hurley and Harvey versions (though the latter has not been canceled, so new leases are continuously acquired usually on an annual basis). During a Thanksgiving marathon early in the 2010s, GSN aired two episodes of the Anderson version from 2000. Dawson's version aired in some form from the network's first day on the air in December 1994 and aired for over 19 years non-stop before it left GSN in April 2013. Combs' version was aired on GSN during much of the 2000s, but starting in July 2006, that version got intermittently pulled off the schedule and put back on after a while. This trend continued until April 2010, when that version left GSN and has not aired regularly since. Currently, only the Harvey version airs regularly on GSN.
Since the launch of Buzzr on June 1, 2015, the subchannel aired older Family Feud but started with some of the Dawson eras from 1980. The Combs' version was later added in February 2017, but the Dawson era was removed on January 14, 2019, after airing in the 4 a.m. ET slot for some months. Anderson's and Karn's versions aired for a short period, but currently do not air.
GameTV in Canada aired the syndicated Harvey version earlier in the 2010s but no longer airs. However, the network started airing reruns of Celebrity Family Feud with Steve Harvey in December 2018. Since March 8, 2019, GameTV has been airing the Combs version in prime time, as part of its Friday night "Old and New" block, where two back-to-back episodes of the CBS version are being aired, followed by the hour-long Celebrity Family Feud. On July 2, 2019, Combs' version was moved to weekday afternoons, and since September 2019, two episodes aired back-to-back per weekday.
On February 17, 2020, in honor of Family Day, a statutory holiday in much of Canada, GameTV aired a marathon of Family Feud, consisting of the Combs' version, Celebrity Family Feud with Steve Harvey, and also episodes from Richard Dawson's version. It is uncertain at this point whether or not the Dawson version will air regularly.
References[edit | edit source]
Links[edit | edit source]
Official Site (Celebrity Version/Roker '08|via Internet Archive)
Official Site (Celebrity Version/Harvey '15)
Official Video Site (Celebrity Version/Harvey '15)
The "original" official website from the 1999-2002 era featuring pictures from the 2002 Karn era (via Internet Archive)
The "original" official website for the 2002-2006 Karn era (via Internet Archive)
Contestant Call sub-site (O'Hurley era/via Internet Archive)
The "original" official website for the 2006-2010 O'Hurley era (via Internet Archive)
Kyle's Family Feud Dominion
Josh Rebich's Family Feud Rule Sheets
A gallery of the original 1976-1985 Dawson version
A gallery of the revised 1994-1995 Dawson version
Diet Dr. Pepper "CRIME FAMILY FEUD" TV Commercial by Young & Rubicam
Fast Money Spoof Promo for their "January Stand-Up Month" in 2005 on Comedy Central
Official Pearson website for Family Feud (and Family Fortunes) via Internet Archives
Official Pearson website for Family Feud ('99-'02 Anderson era) via Internet Archives
Family Feud's 400 Point Format
Family Feud's Bullseye Game
Ray Combs' Last Fast Money
YouTube Videos[edit | edit source]
Family Feud Live![edit | edit source]
Host Training Family Feud Live!
Family Feud Live! Fairs
Family Feud Live! at the San Diego County Fair promo
Rehearsal of Atlantic City's Family Feud Live! 2006
Family Feud, Live! Highlights
Michael Burger Hosting Family Feud Live!
Family Feud Live! Michael Burger clip
Family Feud Live! Fast Money Roger Lodge clip