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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 14 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 name Richard Dawson 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!: Subverted/inverted by the Harvey version, with such answers followed by funny quips from Harvey himself.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: It's "Survey SAID", not "Survey SAYS". Even Steve Harvey is guilty of this.
    • 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 or 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didn't stop GSN from referring to Richard Karn's version as such when they acquired it (nor did the fact that he had been replaced by John O'Hurley by that point).
  • 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 is likely one of the reasons.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Karn's Catch Phrases "I'M DOUBLING/TRIPLING THE POINTS!" 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...
  • More Popular Spin-off: Family Feud is based on the Audience Match portion of Match Game. It overshadowed Match Game in the ratings.
  • 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.
  • Special Effects Failure: Several times.
    • 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.
    • The 1994-95 version inexplicably used chyron graphics for the board, even though the studio itself was still using the actual mechanical board. Half the time, the graphics department would forget to put up the chyrons anyway, and the home viewers would see the mechanical board.
  • Squick: During the Steve Harvey run, in 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 never 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). The current record for a five-day run is $42,760.
      • 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 it to "The top (number) answers are on the board". Many episodes from September 2010 - May 2012 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.
  • What The Hell, 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?

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