YMMV: Family Feud

Ray Combs: This last Bullseye question is worth $5,000, here we go... we asked 100 people: 'Besides 'Main' Pages, name another section of TV Tropes." [contestant buzzes in] Trope-tan?
Trope-tan: "Your Mileage May Vary"?
Ray Combs: Is "Your Mileage May Vary" the number one answer? [clang] BULLSEYE!

  • Adaptation Displacement: Zig-zagged like crazy. Although the current version has lasted 16 years (compared to the nine-year run of the original), it's also on its fourth host and might be seen as separate runs in the eyes of some viewers. However, even most non-fans would probably recognize the names Richard Dawson and Ray Combs in association with the Feud.
  • Browser Narcotic: Several YouTube commenters have noted that the clips of the Steve Harvey version put up on the official Family Feud YouTube channel are highly addictive, and that watching them is inadvisable if one has something else that needs attention.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Zig-zagged in the Harvey version, with such answers followed by funny quips and sarcastic remarks from Harvey himself.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • It's "Survey SAID", not "Survey SAYS"; both O'Hurley and Harvey are guilty of this. Also, it's only ever said in Fast Money, never in the main game, which Ricki Lake was guilty of during the relevant episode of Game$how Marathon.
    • For the love of God, do not spell the title "Family Fued".
    • Family Feud Challenge was the one-hour CBS edition from 1992-93. New Family Feud (note the lack of "the") was the half-hour 1992-94 syndicated run. Do not get them mixed up.
    • Also, New Family Feud isn't the official title of either the prior four seasons (198892) hosted by Combs, the 1994-95 season hosted by Dawson, or any subsequent versions. This didn't stop GSN from referring to Richard Karn's version as such when they acquired it (nor did the fact that he had been replaced by John O'Hurley by that point).
  • First Installment Wins: Richard Dawson's (original) version is the one most people think of when referring to the show pre-Steve Harvey, and Dawson himself is still often cited by fans as the best host. Ray Combs often gets this as well.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In an episode from 2012, a double-score survey asked "Name an annoying celebrity you wish would just go away." One of the answers was Joan Rivers. Joan would pass away in early September 2014 after a botched throat surgery put her on life support, which she was soon taken off of.
    • Whenever "suicide" was suggested as an answer on the Combs version, Combs would shake his head and urge young viewers not to kill themselves before seeing if it made the survey. If only Combs had taken his own advice...
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Ray Combs was blamed for the show's low ratings come 1994, and was essentially told by the company that he was being replaced by his predecessor, Richard Dawson. Combs' firing from Feud was the event which sent his entire life crumbling, and while he tried to recover with a talk show and Family Challenge, nothing worked and he committed suicide in 1996. It didn't help that Ray's final Feud had one of the worst Fast Money rounds ever, with 77 points scored by the first player and zero by the second. While not directly stated as his finale, a few of Ray's comments make it clear that it is.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The family involved in the 1980 "September" incident which drove Richard Dawson nuts returned during his 1994-95 tenure, but this time, one of the daughters was pregnant with a due date in... September.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Dawson-vs.-Combs debates can get incredibly heated.
    • So can debates about the merits of subsequent hosts (aside from maybe the near-universally disliked Louie Anderson), and especially ones about the content of Steve Harvey's version.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The show's return to using the classic theme song has generated mixed reactions, with some saying it seems anachronistic on the current version, most feeling that the 1994 theme song would've made a better choice.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Among game show fans, Steve Harvey's version. GSN's repeated airings of this version and the fact that it uses Getting Crap Past the Radar humor is likely one of the reasons.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Karn's Catch Phrases "I'M DOUBLING/TRIPLING THE POINTS!", "YOU'VE SWEPT THE BOARD!" and "THE [name] FAMILY HAVE DRAWN FIRST BLOOD!" were very popular on game show forums for a while...if not necessarily for any positive reasons.
    • The "Strike" and "Ding!" noises are used quite a bit in game show parodies.
    • Giving "naked grandma" as an answer in the comments for YouTube clips.
    • "Good answer! Good answer!"
    • Name something that gets passed around...
    • Steve Harvey's reactions to contestants giving oddball answers deserves mention.
  • More Popular Spin-off: Family Feud is based on the Audience Match portion of Match Game. It overshadowed Match Game in the ratings.
  • Nausea Fuel: The third question of the May 4, 2015 episode: "If there was a KFC for cannibals, what parts would people order buckets of?"
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Louie Anderson, who was hated mainly for his gravelly, nasal voice and seemingly bored demeanor.
    • Richard Karn. While he showed promise once he got over his first-time jitters and initially considered a marked improvement (in part because, unlike Louie, he seemed to show genuine interest in hosting the show), he became obsessed with his Catch Phrases and somehow lost what little ad-libbing ability he had initially shown.
    • As far as announcers go, Joey Fatone who replaced Burton Richardson when Steve Harvey began hosting. Past announcers would mention the families at the beginning of each show and read the fee plugs (or closed captioning since 1999). Not only does Fatone not announce the families, they use the same two pre-recorded clips of his voice on every single show: one to introduce Harvey and another for the closed captioning plug. With the diminished role, Family Feud has no need for an announcer so why they insist on crediting Fatone is anyone's guess. It's made even worse when Steve Harvey says his name at the start of the show anyway.
  • Special Effects Failure: Several times.
    • During the "mechanical" era, when the board wasn't digital, answers were accidentally revealed when they weren't supposed to have been on more than one occasion, resulting in their respective questions being thrown out.
    • On one episode of the original Dawson era, the electronic board wasn't working for Fast Money, so that round was played on cue cards.
    • The board was even more prone to glitching out in the Combs era, perhaps because it had been in storage for three years. On one episode, the electronic "FAMILY FEUD" logo it showed in the intro ended up erasing the "FE" on-camera. Combs quickly noticed this and made multiple jokes about the "Family Ud". On another occasion it read "FAM FE" for a while, but nobody seemed to notice.
      • One episode saw an abrupt dimming of the stage lights; Combs joked about CBS Television City forgetting to pay its electrical bill.
    • The 1994-95 version's scaled-down set necessitated throwing out the 'trilon' that displayed main game answers and the Fast Money board, inexplicably using chyron graphics in its stead while in-studio the Ferranti-Packard Fast Money board was used. Half the time, the graphics department would forget to put up the chyrons anyway, and the home viewers would see the mechanical board.
  • Squick: Many answers during the Steve Harvey run thus far. One such example was a response to "Name something of Grandpa's that might accidentally fall in the toilet" — one of the actual answers on the board was "Low-hanging nads."
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The last season of the daytime Combs version (last two seasons of the syndicated version) used a Bullseye round that dragged gameplay down.note  When Dawson returned in 1994, the Bullseye round was renamed the "Bankroll" roundnote  and families were cut to four members. In archived footage seen in the E! True Hollywood Story episode on the series, Dawson said that he hated the Bullseye round; it's highly likely the Bankroll round was a compromise between him and the show's producers.
      • The later Combs episodes and Dawson '94 were both hated for their increasing use of celebrity teams instead of actual families.
      • Hell, let's just go with Dawson '94 period. The above Bankroll change; the aforementioned theme song re-recording; a smaller, cheaper set (previously used when the show went to the Grand Ole Opry); and Dawson himself wasn't exactly the same Deadpan Snarker audiences knew and loved from before.
    • The O'Hurley version added a similar Bullseye round in 2009, but there were fewer complaints about this one due to its comparatively faster pace and cleaner execution. After one season, it was dropped again.
    • The Anderson version had a Golden Snitch structure of Single-Single-Single-Triple, with only one Strike in the Triple round. Many families swept the first three rounds but still lost due to just one bad answer (and one ended up winning with a dismal 163 points). This rule was retained through Karn's first season, after which it was finally changed to Single-Single-Double-Triple with a Sudden Death round if neither family hit 300 points.
    • Many things pertaining to the Harvey era:
      • Questions that are adult-oriented. During the Dawson era, a question might be, "Name something a clown might take off after the end of his show"; in the Harvey era, it is common to hear the question as, "We asked 100 women: Name something you would take off a clown before having sex with him." In addition, many questions pertain to divorce that don't really add to the question or are just played to appeal to the lowest common denominator. For instance, it is not enough to merely ask a question such as, "Name something a divorcing couple might have trouble splitting up," but the Harvey era takes it a step farther by asking such fare as "If Tarzan were to get a divorce, what would Jane get in the settlement?" and "If Santa Claus got a divorce, what would Mrs. Claus get?" Questions encouraging answers pertaining to the male anatomy and bodily functions were uttered every day. Even seemingly benign questions, such as "Name something a squirrel does with a nut," are asked to get contestants to utter responses that are euphemisms (in this example, "scratch it"). These questions are probably meant to take advantage of Harvey's comedy, which is why you see many of those type of questions end up on their YouTube page, but they even started appearing during John O'Hurley's waning days. Harvey himself lampshades this during one episode.
      • Structuring of the game. If one team wins the first two (single-round) questions, the maximum available score for the double-round question is never more than an amount that, when added to the leading team's score, would total 300 or more. (A score of 300 is needed to win the game, and the producers don't want the game to end early, as had happened twice during the Karn run [they split Fast Money between commercials]).
      • In Fast Money, getting five No. 1 answers rarely adds up to more than about 175, so as to allow the second player to play ... and possibly blunder and cost his family the chance at the grand prize. Some have also contended that the setup of Fast Money questions are such that some rounds are virtually impossible to win; indeed, five-time champions rarely leave with more than $40,000 (meaning, two Fast Money wins plus any consolation cash). Subverted on the second-run episode that aired 4/24/15, a family won Fast Money three times, a feat only done a decade before, setting a new record for a five-day run of $61,455.
      • A few other reasons for why some people might not like Steve Harvey's incarnation of the show could be (but not limited to) the shortened intro with a pre-recorded Joey Fatone voice announcement at the beginning, the discontinued introduction of individual family members before the game starts, and even the simple fact that Steve Harvey does not start the show with "You know how we play the game. We surveyed 100 people. The top (number) answers are on the board. Try to get the most popular answer". Instead he has just shortened every introduction to "The top (number) answers are on the board" without even clarifying who was surveyed. Many episodes in Harvey's first two seasons also left out information as to which family was returning for what number day [2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th] with the amount of money won and where both families were living in the U.S.A.; a lot of this seems to be so the producers can squeeze in as much of Harvey and his ratings-grabbing antics as possible.
  • They Just Didn't Care: A painful example from February 11, 2011; the survey question Which food do you think should be chosen as the national food of America? leading to a contestant's answer being mistaken as a duplicate (a possible jump cut makes it unclear who is responsible), and then the same answer being accepted for the steal at the end of the round. The question was not discarded.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Ray Combs succeeding Richard Dawson as host, to more than a few people.
  • What an Idiot: See this page, proving that Feud has few rivals when it comes to stupid game show answers.
  • Win Back the Crowd: While the appeal of each version varies, the current run of the show under hosts Louie Anderson and Richard Karn are often considered the show's Dork Age. John O'Hurley helped restore some of the show's reputation, but it was Steve Harvey who propelled it to be one of the top-rated syndicated shows on television, and cemented its status as GSN's top show.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: The 1999 revival Who on Earth would pick an overweight, unattractive comedian with a flat, gravelly voice (especially over Dolly Parton, a reasonably telegenic, upbeat person with considerable experience in just about every medium)? Or his successor, a scruffy low-level actor whose only significant role was second banana on Home Improvement?