"Family Feud" was one of the most popular game shows on TV, but after nine years with Richard Dawson as host, ratings were starting to slip. In 1986, producers decided that the "Family Feud... See full summary »
Contestants, selected by calling a phone number, are chosen based on their ability to arrange 4 answers to a question in the correct order the fastest. They then have to answer 15 ... See full summary »
The classic game show with a twist; the answers are revealed, but it's up to the contestants to supply the questions. Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed. Six ... See full summary »
Jeopardy-like game show featuring Ben Stein as both a host and a contestant. The second and third rounds of the game are played by Ben Stein himself as he tries to defend "his" money ... See full summary »
A more recent version of the hit television quiz show. Starting with easy multiple-choice questions that gradually get more challenging, contestants have only their wits and three lifeline ... See full summary »
The original version of the long-running game show, hosted by veteran host Bob Eubanks. Newlywed husbands and wives would take turns answering (often risque) questions while their spouses ... See full summary »
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
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At the end of the last show some time was saved for Richard to address the audience and tell poignant set of stories and tell many members of the staff thank you, especially Howard Felsher. At the closing of the final episode, the audience gave Richard a standing ovation. The theme music, "The Feud", wasn't played. The next day Richard called up Cathy Hughart Dawson and told her he wanted everything he said about Howard taken out of the show. See more »
[Richard Dawson's farewell speech on the June 14, 1985 finale]
So, the Mackins were our final winning family, and they've won $5,504, and I'm proud of 'em. I've had the most incredible luck in my career. I've done lots and lots of jobs, and I've never, ever had a job like "Family Feud." I've never DREAMED I would ever have a job where so many people could touch me and I could touch them. And it was... there was a great magic about this show that I've never seen on any other show. I want to ...
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The original Richard Dawson run of "Family Feud" was some of the best times I had watching TV as a child
I've watched several episodes of the original Richard Dawson run of "Family Feud" on YouTube lately, not to mention the entire one-hour episode of Richard's return in 1994 and the opening and closing of his absolute final one that same season. Among the eps from the original run I saw: the unaired pilot, the first broadcast one (in both of which he makes a crack about drilling Jack Lord's hair), his final from the original ABC run (where he thanks the crew and ABC in the beginning and-in a segment not seen publicly until 1999-acknowledges exec producer Howard Felsher on the show), the one where he met his future wife Gretchen Johnson (too bad the second part on YT-where she was called to the board-was blanked on audio), three segments of Fast Money where the first contestant managed to give answers that were mostly No. 1 on the survey rendering the second contestant moot (on the Dawson's return ep, he recounted with a returning family how one member was stuck in the booth for so long that when that family went for dinner, she was still stuck there for about 48 more minutes! She said she forgave him on that show.), one of the winners of that segment that reached 200 points on her own was a member of the Trejo family and when she did another of those on a subsequent show she contributed to one of the funniest moments in game show history. The question Richard asked for this one was "What is the month in which a pregnant woman shows?" Her reply was "September" resulting in the host's laughter for several seconds before composing himself to ask the rest of the questions though he loses it when recounting those answers and then again when the second contestant has to give her replies especially when it comes to "Name a noisy bird" and she says "cukoo"! I watched this show quite frequently as a child during summer and always got a kick out of it though I have to admit at first I was creeped out seeing Richard kissing all the female contestants on the show. In fact, it's interesting to see that it didn't start out that way and when he returned, he mentioned he promised his daughter with Gretchen-of which he showed a cute picture of-that he'd stop doing that. Having said all that, I definitely think Richard Dawson was the best host of "Family Feud" and seeing all those eps makes me think of how I miss him to this day...Update: 9/20/13-I finally saw all the eps with Gretchen Johnson and with full audio intact. No wonder Richard married her!
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