America’s silliest question and answer game has a special spot in our hearts.
Since 1976, the show has been entertaining us with really dumb answers (even though we probably couldn’t do any better). If you watch Family Feud every day, you may be surprised by these 11 secrets about the show.
1. Boring families need not apply
“There’s no such thing as too over-the-top,” she explained. “Pick the most outgoing members of the family when putting together your team. We love loud and energetic contestants.”
2. They cut out a lot of wrong answers
Each round begins with a face-off question where members of the competing families go head-to-head. What you don’t see on TV is that both players will often get a wrong answer.
If neither player gets their team on the board, both of them go back to their original positions, and they re-start the round with a new question, like nothing ever happened.
3. There’s a practice episode for both teams
Like Wheel of Fortune, the format of Family Feud can be a little complicated. To get players warmed up and familiar with the studio, both teams play a practice game on the set. There’s even a stand-in Steve Harvey who hosts the phony game.
4. Thank a host for raising the grand prize value
Older viewers will remember the Fast Money round used to award just $10,000. Producers didn’t want to raise the show’s grand prize until host Louie Anderson insisted.
Anderson grew up watching the show, and understood why people tune in at home: to see families win big bucks. “You’re rooting for those people who are playing, you really are,” he said.
5. They don’t tell you the survey is for Family Feud
Have you ever been called by Applied Research-West on the telephone? That’s the firm that takes the polls for Family Feud. They usually call and ask 30-40 questions which appear on the show in a month or less.
The bland name keeps people from giving really outrageous answers just to throw off the show.
6. A host got in trouble for his kissing habit
As the show’s host in the ’70s, Richard Dawson was known for his bizarre habit of kissing the female contestants. Complaints poured in about Dawson’s behavior, and the host was forced to poll the audience to ask if he should stop.
The show’s producer, Howard Felsher, told The Washington Post, “I don’t remember the exact totals, but it was something like 14,000 who said ‘kiss’ and 300 or 400 who said ‘don’t kiss.’ It was that lopsided.”