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Note: As with the other Game Show pages in What an Idiot, some of the following contestants may very well have given these stupid answers on purpose. That doesn't make them any less stupid, mind you, but instead become far more worthy of being here. Just about all the times this happens, they blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. And of course, the other family members will be prompted to say "Good answer" regardless of how dumb it really is to save face.
September 2, 1977: One family had a member who gave "Frog" as an answer for "Name an animal with three letters in its name" in Fast Money, followed by "Regular" as "A brand of gasoline", then cranked the stupidity Up to Eleven with "Snow" as an answer for "Name something that comes with a Summer storm". His father managed to go Up to Eleven with an even worse answer of "Alligator" on the first question, but he at least had something of an excuse since he had apparently misheard the question (although the excuse only reduced it to being a pretty bad answer instead of a mind-bogglingly bad one, since he said he misheard it as "three of the same letter"). Also, he answered "Ethyl" for a brand of gasoline. He actually gave pretty decent (albeit not top-scoring) answers to the other three questions, supporting his claim that he had just misheard the two he gave bad answers for. However, he had no such excuse for an answer he gave on the following show:
Richard Dawson: You're a man of the world, traveled all over the world. Name something Russia is famous for, Bob. Bob: Russians. (audience laughs) (Beat) Richard Dawson: (to audience) Do you think he's been lying, that he's not been anywhere at all? Just been telling me fibs?
A member of the same family had also guessed "Wheat" too ... somehow.
Dawson's deadpan response to the "Alligator" answer: "You don't use narcotics, do you, Bob?". Bob answered "No, but I will now."
1978: A plethora of bad answers:
Dawson: Name something made with milk. Contestant 1: Calcium. Dawson: Other than the burger, tell me something in a Big Mac. Contestant 1: Tomato. (Which is not an ingredient.)
This particular incident became one of Richard Dawson's most infamous moments; when he had to ask the same question to the second contestant, he absolutely lost it over the sheer ridiculousness of the answer, and had to desperately explain away why he was suddenly laughing about "September". Just as he finally got back on track, the second contestant gave another unintentionally hilarious answer ("Name a noisy bird." "Cuckoo.") and lost it again, prompting him to just disregard the clock entirely and let her finish ("To hell with that!").
A string of bad answers, and a very rare example of the first contestant scoring 0 points in their turn at Fast Money:
Dawson: Name something associated with pigs. Contestant: Grease. Dawson: Name something you put in your ear. Contestant: Ear wax. Dawson: Something you add to tomato juice. Contestant: Tomatoes.
Even worse, this contestant dawdled so long on each answer they didn't get past that question!
An incident where a contestant rushes to answer a question (from the same episode with the "Alligator" incident):
Dawson: Name something made of leather... (contestant immediately buzzes in) Dawson: Yes, sir? Contestant: A purse. Dawson: You're gonna be slightly embarrassed when I finish this question. A purse? (Strike sound) Dawson: (laughing a bit) Name something made of leather that a cowboy uses. (audience laughs)
Another odd Face-Off:
Dawson: Name something you may accidentally leave on all night. Contestant: (after buzzing-in) Your shoes. Dawson: I hope you don't take this the wrong way, Kenneth, but you are weird. (turns to board) Shoes! (Strike sound) Contestant #2: Your bra? Dawson: Your bra! (Strike sound) Dawson: You're a little strange.
Dawson was nearly driven to despair on one occasion where the question was "Name a question such as 'How old are you?' that you might answer with a lie." Things quickly went wrong when the first contestant interrupted Dawson after he said, "How old are you?" and gave her supposed age ("18"), which of course got no points. Then, the second contestant in line also gave an age even after Dawson kept explaining the question; a third contestant gave "What's your occupation?" and fourth gave "Do you have a prison record?" (which Dawson replied "Do you?") which both got no points. Finally, the fifth contestant asked gave the #1 answer of "How much do you weigh?"
The next time they used this question, it was rephrased as "'How old are you?' is a question you might answer with a lie. Name another." No confusion that time.
The father of a family on a Harvey episode recalled their past appearance on a Dawson episode; he still regretted the moment that his wife responded to "Name a way kids get around" with "Parents", allowing their competitors to get the number one answer of "Bicycle", and win.
This trifecta of stupid answers:
Dawson: Name an article of clothing children always lose. Contestant: Their pants. Dawson: The price of a dozen roses. Contestant: $1.75. Dawson: Besides a bird, name something in a birdcage. Contestant: Hamster. Dawson: A popular... (timer stops) Dawson: (beat) Make a note of this show.
1982: "Name something parents buy for their son before he goes to college." "Toaster oven."
"Name something that can kill a lively party." "A gun."
"Name a part of the telephone." "The bottom part."
"Name a children's story about an animal." After a long pause, one contestant rings in with "David and Goliath". To Be Fair: The contestant might have been thinking of the religious children's cartoon Davey and Goliath.
"Name an invention that has since replaced stairs." "The wheel."
"Name the month with the best weather." "Spring...Oh, wait, I mean...January."
Another weird Fast Money:
Dawson: Name something you squeeze. Contestant: Peanut butter. (timer stops, Dawson makes hand motions in an vain attempt to understand her logic)
This memorable question to a female contestant:
Dawson: Name the first article of clothing you take off when you get home from work. Contestant: Um, underwear? (everyone laughs as she gasps) Contestant: What am I saying?! Dawson: Next question - what time do you get home from work?
Another Face-Off question:
Dawson: Name a reason you might stay indoors on a beautiful day. (teenage contestant immediately buzzes-in) Contestant: Because it's raining? (immediately folds over, Face Palming) Dawson: Raining? (Strike sound) Dawson: You're, uh... Contestant: We'll play! Dawson: You're, uh (chuckles), you're not planning to go to Cornell, are you?
"Name something you buy that might turn out to be phony." "A horse." "The dreaded 'phony horse' gag!"
"Name an occupation in which you disguise your appearance." "A doctor."
"Name a kind of attraction you see in almost every parade." "A merry-go-round."
"Name something you buy in a large size if you have a large family." "Jeans."
Dawson: Name something you wash once a week. (contestant buzzes in) Dawson: Claudia? Claudia: Yourself. Dawson: Yourself? (the audience laughs) Dawson: I will not be coming around...
"Name a kind of bear." "Papa bear."
1985: This one didn't lead to an extended laughing attack (a la the infamous "September" answer), but Richard sure thought it was funny:
Dawson: Name something you make conversation about when you meet a total stranger. Contestant: Mutual friends? Dawson: (chuckles, as audience begins to laugh) I don't think I've seen him before. How's Harry? (beat) Who's Harry? My friend ... "
Dawson: "Name a pie that does not contain fruit." Contestant: Lemon meringue.
"Name a piece of clothing wives buy for their husbands." "Halter tops."
This particular Fast Money instant was featured in the Gameshow Marathon episode:
Dawson: Name a food that comes in instant form. Contestant: Asparagus.
During a particularly bad Fast Money round:
Dawson: Name a day of the year when you really want to be with friends. Contestant: December. (the audience laughs) Dawson: (almost laughing) A car known by its initials. Contestant Uh, uh, Corvette.
A particularly memorable Fast Money round, from 1994 (also on the show's official website, no less):
Dawson: 'What would be the ideal, every day temperature?' Everybody... disrobe! 98.6. Survey said...(buzzer sound)... zee-oh! It's like living on the equa-taah (equator).
"Name a vegetable you marinate." "Grapes."
"Name something that comes in pairs." Fred, aka the "At night" guy, says "Bananas", while his opponent says "Love birds", making Richard quip, "You both need help."
"Name something normally worn only by children." "Clothes."
Combs: Name a famous country/western singer. Contestant:VanWaylon? Combs: Van Waylon. Van Waylon...we've got the #2 answer up there, and I'm pretty sure it's Van Waylon. I have no doubt. (mouths "No way!" to the camera; cue audience's laughter) Show me...Van Waylon! (Strike sound)
During a Fast Money round:
Combs: I asked you to name a dangerous piece of playground equipment. You said "A tire." (audience erupts) Well, if it's still attached to the car, it would be dangerous.
"Name a type of fly." "Butterfly."
Combs: Name a country in South America. Contestant: Africa.
There were more bad answers, including Spain, Fiji, Armenia and Saudi Arabia.
"Name a birthday men dread the most." "Wife's."
Ray: Must have forgotten the Mrs. a few times...
"When kids finally move out of the house, name something specific they often leave behind." "Your parents."
Combs: Name something associated with evil. Contestant: The color black. (the other team, an African-American family, grimaces)
Another bad Fast Money guess:
Combs: A way parents reward children. Contestant: Time-out. (as in punishment time out)
"Name a tradition associated with Christmas." "Hanukkah."
Name a state with the word "New" in it. Contestant: "New-braska."
"Name something with a hole in the middle." "Hole punch!"
Yet another bad Fast Money guess:
Combs: A food that makes noise when you eat it. Contestant: Um... (buzzer) ...a really loud hamburger! Combs: Did he say it in time, judge? He said "a really loud hamburger". (audience laughs) Combs: (to contestant) That's called extra rare.
2000s: Before a faceoff, a lady buzzed-in before Karn read the question.
Karn: Ooh, ooh! Call on me, call on me!
2000s: "Name something you feel before you buy it." "Excited."
March 14, 2003: One Fast Money round was just loaded with stupid answers. The first contestant offered 15 as an answer to "Tell me the age that even someone with good vision might need reading glasses", Los Angeles for "a city known for its museums" and milk for "something that pours very slowly". And the second contestant's answers were hardly any better:
Karn: Tell me a man's name that starts with the letter K. Contestant: Kentucky Fried Chicken. Karn: Name a food that's red on the inside. Contestant: Watermelon. (buzz-buzz) Kiwi. Karn: Name a city known for its museums. Contestant: L.A. (buzz-buzz) England.
2000s: An idiot moment here, when the opposing family went for the steal with five of the six answers showing. The question was "Name a country beside the US that you admire." Africa and Europe were teammates suggestions and the captain went for Europe.
2000s: One episode had the question "Name a famous rabbit". After being stumped, one contestant on the returning team just answered with "Daffy Rabbit".
2000s: One episode featured the question "Name something that rises." The first couple of contestants said reasonable things like "dough", but the third contestant replied with "a cock". Quoth the Karn, who was probably trying to dodge the issue: "You mean like a rooster, right?
2000s: "Name an animal associated with the Zodiac." "Reindeer."
2000s: During a Fast Money round:
Karn: Name a sport husbands and wives play together, you said... "Kickball"! You know, you're not usually married in the 3rd Grade...
From the same Fast Money round:
Karn: Name an animal you might see drinking out of a pond. Contestant: Elephant. Karn: Name a state that likes country music. Contestant: Texas. (buzz-buzz) Idaho.
Yet another pair of stupid answers:
Karn: An occupation that might make $100 an hour. Contestant: Construction. Karn: A class students enjoy going to. Contestant: Beverly Hills.
And this one:
Richard: Name an animal whose eggs you'd probably never eat for breakfast. Contestant: Hamster. Richard: A hamster! I hate to tell you but, you know, those little pellets aren't eggs.
A case of the people surveyed giving stupid answers, one episode had Karn ask "What did Dorothy and her friends ask for when they met the Wizard of Oz?" (or something to that effect). All the answers on the board except the last one were uncovered and the teams were trying to guess what the last one could be. The last answer? "Which way does the road go?" The answer is obviously incorrect since they wouldn't need to know where the road goes, having already followed it to the Wizard! (Or you could just watch the movie). A few people asked must have confused the Wizard with Glinda.
Name something you'd find in an operating room. You said: "Operator"! Well, somebody's gotta operate!
2005: This question:
Karn: Tell me one fact about John Lennon. Contestant: He's still alive? Karn: (beat) In our hearts. In our hearts, he'll always be alive. He's still alive? (buzzer sounds)
This Fast Money round:
Karn: Name something dogs do better than people. You said: "Pee"! (everybody laughs) Karn: They-they can do it better! Contestant: They got a lotta different ways. Karn: They-well, yeah! They got reasons, too! Survey said: (buzzer sounds)
During a Halloween episode:
Karn: Name an insect that flies.
Contestant: A fly [buzz buzz] Uh, a bird?
"Name an animal whose legs are featured on a restaurant menu.". As the players stand in a long, awkward pause, Richard leans over and hits his head on the podium as the buzzer sounds. Upon getting up, he throws the card away and says "I don't even wanna know!".
From the Zambrano family's second Fast Money attempt:
Karn: We asked 100 people, how old do you want to live to be? First Contestant: 45. (later) Karn: Name somewhere where a fight could break out. Second Contestant: A movie theater.
Season 7 (2005-06): "Something you see along the side of the street." "Carnage." After the answer is buzzed by the survey, Karn says the #1 was trash, "which hides the carnage."
Season 7: These from the same Fast Money round:
Karn: Name the perfect desert for a supermodel. First Contestant: Chocolate cake. Second Contestant: Brownies.
Karn: Name an appliance you should definitely keep your fingers out of. Second Contestant: Dishwasher.
Season 7: Another from Fast Money:
Karn: Name a country whose name begins with the letter B. Contestant: Bostonia?
John O'Hurley (2006-10)
2006: A Fast Money question: "Name a country known for its beautiful beaches." Both contestants say Hawaii.
Season 8 (2006-07): "A night with the worst TV programs." "UPN."
O'Hurley: (after reading the question again) "...and you politely killed our possibility of ever syndicating the Family Feud on this network!" (UPN is revealed on the board.)
Season 8: "A card game that's easy to cheat at." "Checkers."
Season 8: The question "Besides America, name a country that begins with the letter A." With Argentina on the board, one contestant said "Asia" and the others went dead silent. For the steal, the captain ends up giving "Amsterdam" while his teammates clearly yell "Australia" and "Afghanistan".
2008: "Tell me one thing you know about Al Gore." "He's a Republican."
2008: During Fast Money:
O'Hurley: At what age did you stop wanting to be older? Contestant 1: 15. Contestant 2: 14.
C. 2008: "Tell me one thing you know about Cuba." "It's in South America."
Harvey: Name something a woman does for her baby that she- Contestant (after buzzing-in): Changes his diaper. (Strike sound; Steve leans toward her) Harvey (rereading question, a smirk on his face): Name something a woman does for her baby that she also does for her hubby.
A contestant needed only about 40 points to win Fast Money. But...
Name something you might accidentally get hit by at the park: "A car."
How many hours do you spend doing housework on a given day: "30 minutes."
Name a sport where players wear gloves: "Badminton."
"Name something that gets passed around." Contestant: "A joint!" Steve was stunned, expecting that no one would admit to something generally considered a crime as their response. Funnily, a joint came up as the number 5 answer. The opponent, having the right to respond, chose something quite a bit cleaner as her option, which, hilariously, was the number 6 answer. A church collection plate.
Name something a pirate might lose in a fight: "The fight."
"Name something that follows the word 'pork'." A female player answered "loin" (a sensible answer nonetheless), however with her thick accent it sounded like "lawn"; in response to Harvey's confusion, she said "Loin, L-I-O-N!"
And then, just when you thought things couldn't get any worse, her brother gave "-cupine" as his answer (as in porcupine). Harvey proceeds to lose it.
"What is -cupine? It's the greatest answer I've ever heard!"
The final question: "Name something with a trunk." The answer: "Girl." To make things worse, the family had 197 points...
"On a scale of 1-10, what chance do you have of dating a girl who's a 10?" "Four."
"Name a place where people keep checking their watch." "Restaurant."
"Name a noisy insect" (Passed)
"Name something a person's belly does." "Throws up"
"A married couple might be deeply in what?" "Marriage."
Surprise surprise, they all got 0.
In her defense, her answers to the first two questions were reasonable and her partner managed to get four of the number one answers, leaving her flustered to try and think fast enough to provide a good number two.
On at least three separate occasions — twice on Dawson's (one of which was the notorious "alligator" episode above) and once on Combs' — both contestants in Fast Money misinterpreted the question "Name a brand of gasoline", instead giving types of gasoline (e.g., unleaded). In response to the contestant from the "alligator" episode:
In another case of the people surveyed giving stupid answers, the question: "What do you think is the largest U.S. state?" The number one answer was Texas.
One from both the Karn and O'Hurley versions (the former during a Survivor special): "Something that comes after the word double." "U."
"Name something commonly found in a woman's purse." "A cat."
"Name something a blind man might use." "A sword."
"Name a fictional character other than Superman who can fly." "Batman."
"Name a famous animal threesome." "The Seven Dwarfs."
"Name a bill that's always more than you think it will be." The top answers were "Plumber bill" and "Auto repair bill" — a contestant said "Hundred-dollar bill". After a brief anxious silence, the host gave the contestant another chance. The contestant's new answer? "Thousand-dollar bill!"
In one episode, a player was asked "Name a part that's readily available and on-hand in an auto parts store". The answer he gave? Oil. It was the #1 answer, which means the majority of those surveyed made the same mistake.
Tool-Assisted Speedrunners managed to make the SNES version (released 1993) look pretty idiotic, with vulgar and nonsensical answers counting as valid. That said, an observant viewer may notice that the legit answers are contained, in a proper left-to-right order not unlike Split Decision, in the nonsensical ones.
For example, "Name a piece of clothing that leaves a mark when you take it off." The answer of "Abracadabra I win" is accepted for "Bra" because the game read it as "_bra_______ _ ___". Or "Swiss Murder Suit" taken as "Bathing Suit" because it read "Swi__ m_____ suit".
Even the actual, unaltered, SNES game had occasional stupidity moments. For example, "Name a first experience" is responded to with "Taking a huge crap." It actually showed up on the board as "Kiss".
A similar experience occurred with the 2012 Edition for the Wii with the guys from Giant Bomb, who answered the question "Name a way people got around before cars were invented" with "Bike" and got the number one answer: "Horseback." Cue a flurry of Flat Whats from the guys themselves.
The Facebook version seems to have been programmed by idiots. Completely random phrases will count as valid, and a Christmas-themed makeover had a question about "What do people associate with A Christmas Carol?" The top answer is Christmas, which suddenly makes that Russia question a whole lot funnier.
From the Australian version when it was hosted by Bert Newton.
Bert: Name a celebrity known by only one name. Contestant:Brangelina.
Bert: Name something that increases and decreases in price as people buy and sell it. Contestant: Weet-Bix!
Food in general was an answer, of course.
"Name a famous US mountain." The answer? "Mt. Everest."
From the PC version, "Name something that is fluffy." "Grass."
From the the German TV version, "Name a black and yellow striped insect." "Giraffe."
From the Russian version, one contestant spent the whole 20 seconds in Fast Money in total silence.
Here's one who is not from the contestants but from the answers. In the French-Canadian version (2009-present), one of the questions were "Except the Earth, name a planet from the solar system." The contestants have answer all the planets (including Pluto who was a planet) but the last remaining answer was... The moon.
From a French version: "Name a dangerous number at the circus." "Soixante neuf!" (69; probably meant "number" as in an "act")
During its heyday, Family Feud was used in several situation comedy plots, and has even been parodied on programs such as Saturday Night Live and in animated programs, such as Family Guy. Usually, the point of comedy is someone giving a horribly bad answer that costs the family either a shot at the championship or the big prize in Fast Money. Below are a few examples: