Family Feud (1976–1985)

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Two families compete by trying to outguess the opponents about survey results.

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 Himself - Host (42 episodes, 1978-1985)
Gene Wood ...
 Himself - Announcer (33 episodes, 1978-1985)
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Richard Dawson hosted this TV game-show, which pitted members of two families against each other. Each team tried to guess the results of survey questions faster and more accurately than the other team. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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(3529 episodes)

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(1976-1983)| (1983-1985)

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The sound effects used on this show originally were used on Showoffs (1975). The bell clang for revealing answers was the bell which sounded whenever a teammate guessed the word correctly on "Showoffs". The dings for a #1 answer in the Face-Off, a family winning the game, and for answering the Fast Money round questions in the regulated amount of time were originally used on "Showoffs" for winning a game. The time's-up buzzer on "Showoffs" was used on this show as the strike buzzer. The time limits on Fast Money rounds were 15 seconds for first family member and 20 seconds for second family member, at answering the same five questions during the Fast Money rounds, originally. See more »

Quotes

[During Fast Money]
Richard Dawson: Name an article of clothing children always lose...
Contestant: Their pants.
Richard Dawson: The price of a dozen roses...
Contestant: $1.75.
Richard Dawson: Besides a bird, name something in a birdcage...
Contestant: Hamster.
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Richard Dawson: Make a note of this show.
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The Feud
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Written by Robert Israel (BMI)
Performed by the Score Productions Band
Published by TattleTales Music (BMI)
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One of TV's All-Time Best Game Shows
20 November 2006 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

Since Family Feud debuted in 1976, it has become of the best game shows of all-time as well as very durable. It's a very simple game and most important, it involves the home audience who can't watch without playing along. Richard Dawson's unique hosting style was also a key to the show's success. His kissing the female contestants was under fire early in the run, but viewer response was strongly in favor of his kissing. The diversity of the families was a positive representation of America's melting pot. Also memorable was announcer Gene Wood's introductions of the families.

In addition to the nine year ABC run, there was a syndicated version that began as a once a week show, expanded to twice a week and eventually Monday through Friday. Also, there were celebrity prime time specials.

As for the Ray Combs version, it went very well until the producers added the Bullseye round, tampering with a great format. Also, the death of creator Mark Goodson and his son Jonathan hiring a consultant to improve the show's ratings by bringing back Dawson didn't do any good. Ray Combs was an outstanding host and he shouldn't have been let go.

The current version fortunately stuck to the basic game but Louie Anderson was terrible as a host, despite his sign off "Be good to your family!" Richard Karn was an improvement over Anderson, despite his inexperience and John O'Hurley is a much better host, keeping the game moving and bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Through all the hosting changes, there has been one constant, the show's announcer, who is one of the best, Burton Richardson.

Hopefully the O'Hurley version will keep the classic game on the air for more years to come.


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