"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 »
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Ray Combs Ray Combs ...  Himself - Host 13 episodes, 1988-1993
Gene Wood Gene Wood ...  Himself - Announcer 13 episodes, 1988-1993
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"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" needed a makeover, and they wanted a fresh face to breathe new life into this old favorite. "Family Feud" producer Howard Felsher remembered hearing great things about a talented young comic named Ray Combs. The late Mark Goodson chose Ray to host "The New Family Feud." It was a perfect match. Ray's down-home love for people was genuine. But pressures began to amount in 1994 as ratings on "Family Feud" began to slide following the death of Mark Goodson. Son, Jonathan Goodson and consultant Harris Kattleman decided to bring back original host Richard Dawson to try and boost ratings, but a drab set covering, low prize money and bad timeslots forced "Family Feud" back onto the shelf in 1995. Written by Kyle C. Haight <dawsonbot@hotmail.com>

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USA

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English

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4 July 1988 (USA) See more »

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Family Feud Challenge See more »

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(1988-1994) | (1992-1993) (1994-1995)

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Stereo

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On Ray Combs' last episode, the winning family got several zeros in "Fast Money," which prompted Combs to say something to the effect of, "I've been hosting this show for six years, and I think this is a damn fine way to go out." As the cameras continued to roll during the credits, Combs walked off stage and out of the studio. See more »

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Ray Combs: I've been hosting this show for six years and I think this is a damn fine way to go out. I thought I was a loser until you walked up here; you made me feel like a man.
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Follows Family Feud (1976) See more »

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The Feud
(1988 Edition)
Written by Robert Israel
Performed by the Score Production Band from 1988 to 1994
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No more Ray Combs!
19 June 2003 | by jmderSee all my reviews

Family feud is one of my favourite tv show. I'm a huge fan of "family feud" and I enjoyed every version, though, I never saw the one hour expansion of the feud when they added the bullseye round and when Richard Dawson returned as host. These episodes will air on gameshownetwork in the future. I especially enjoyed watching Ray Combs' airings of family feud, he was a really great host for family feud and used his energy to make the show as exciting as possible. He made everyone laugh and brought excitement to many people. I feel sorry that he took his own life and he is very missed. I've been watching him on the gameshownetwork and have really enjoyed his era episodes. Game show network allowed me to watch more of Ray Combs' and the Richard Dawson's episodes. "Who knows what the future of family feud will bring without Ray Combs" Every time I see him on G.S.N, he is always fun to watch and entertaining. One thing for sure, Ray was a hard working and funny guy. I currently, enjoy watching the Richard Karn version of family feud, because I like the set design, the music etc. Perhaps, Richard Karn was probably the right person to be chosen for the show cause I think he's a great replacement for Ray Combs and the theme song has returned and it is a great fit for the show. I also heard the updated version of the Comb's theme song that will be used next season, it is a great addition with added drums etc. I thought Louie Anderson did a great job of hosting family feud as well. In the end, may God bless Ray Combs and I hope he rests with peace and I will never forget him for such a great time he offered.


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