Feud" was one of the most successful game shows launched in the 1970ís.
Mark Goodson came up with the idea for "Family Feud" from one
of his other hit game shows, "Match Game." The "audience
match" round of "Match Game" featured panelist Richard
Dawson and a contestant trying to match the correct response to an audience
Within one year of its debut on ABC, "Family Feud" became the
number one game show on daytime television. A prime time syndicated version
of "Family Feud" which aired as a weekly series, launched in
September 1977. The weekly series quickly expanded to two nights a week
in January 1979 and in September 1980, extended into five nights a week.
"Family Feud" was honored with an Emmy award in 1977 for outstanding
television game show.
The original run of "Family Feud" featured two teams composed
of five members from the same family, who competed against each other
to match answers to the results of a survey of one hundred people.
Money" bonus round paired two members of the winning team. Each contestant
played separately to guess the most frequent survey response to five questions.
The first player was given 15 seconds and the second player 20 seconds.
One point was awarded for each person in the survey who gave that answer,
and if the team could reach two hundred points they won $5,000. The nighttime
version (syndicated) awarded $10,000. If less than 200 points where scored,
the contestants received $5 per point.
In May 1978,
ABC added "Family Feud" as a series of one-hour, primetime specials.
Each special featured five members of a cast of a television series, competing
for charity. The daytime version of "Family Feud" also featured
Feudís" original ABC run ended June 1985 and the syndicated version
in September 1985. In July 1988, CBS revived "Family Feud" for
their daytime schedule with a syndicated edition that premiered in September
with new host, Ray Combs.
In June 1992,
CBS re-named the show "Family Feud Challenge and expanded to a one-hour
format to accommodate the new "Bullís Eye Round." The "Bullís
Eye Round" was also added to the syndicated version in September
In March 1993
CBS broadcast repeat episodes of "Family Feud" until September
1993 when the network brought back the hour show to their local stations.
The fall of
1994 brought a series of changes to "Family Feud" including
the return of Richard Dawson as host (Combs left the show and later committed
suicide on June 2, 1996), as well as the expansion of the syndicated version
to a one-hour format. The number of players per team was reduced to four
and each game began with the "Bankroll Round."
Fall 1999 saw
another successful revival of "Family Feud" with host, Emmy
Award- winning comedian, Louie Anderson. The show debuted in September
1999 and experienced a triumphant season. In 2001 the show doubled its
grand prize from $10,000 to $20,000.
In Fall 2002,
"Family Feud" introduced a new host, actor Richard Karn, who
portrayed the role of "Al," Tim Allenís "Tool Time"
craftsman sidekick on ABC TVís hit comedy "Home Improvement."