- Growing the Beard: Many consider Les Dennis's arrival to be when this happened.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- A man who answered to "Name something you wouldn't try even once" with "Sex on a train" becomes more hilarious as that answer became an occurrence in internet pornography.
- During the Big Money round on the first ever episode of the show, Bob Monkhouse sends one of the contestants away to be given a blindfold and headphones playing the latest single from Max Bygraves ("... which is going like wildfire, everybody's burning it!"). Little did Bob know who would eventually replace him when he left the show ...
- Memetic Mutation: The "survey said 0" noise.
- Replacement Scrappy:
- Max Bygraves and Andy Collins. Neither was a particularly bad host per se, but they both fell some way short of the standards set by their respective predecessors, Bob Monkhouse and Les Dennis.
- As seen in this 2005 (pre-Vernon Kay) documentary regarding Andy Collins:Narrator: Family Fortunes ran for over 20 years with four different hosts: perma-tanned Bob Monkhouse, followed by bumbling Max Bygraves, cheeky scouser Les Dennis and erm ... him.
- Some regard Vernon Kay (and the Celebrity Edition in general) as this.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
- When Bob Monkhouse was replaced by Max Bygraves in 1983, the show lost some its popularity and was placed on hiatus in 1985.
- When Les Dennis was replaced by the comparatively-unknown Andy Collins in 2002, the show moved to being a daily daytime version with a lower budget. Fortunes lasted only a few months before being axed.
- Another change viewers thought sucked came in 1987, when a new colour LED board replaced the older-style display board; people complained about it, so the old-style board returned in the following series.
- What an Idiot!: Has its own page.
YMMV / Family Fortunes