Family Feud

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Family Feud is an American television game show, and the original version of our own Family Fortunes, where two families compete to name the most popular responses to survey questions in order to win cash and prizes.

Each episode of Family Feud features ten contestants from two different families competing to win cash and prizes, including a new car for those families who win five matches, with five members apiece representing each family.

The rounds begin with a “face-off” question that serves as a toss-up between two opposing players, with Steve Harvey asking a survey question that was previously posed to a group of 100 people. A certain number of answers are concealed on the board, starting with the most popular. Only answers that receive two or more responses can appear on the board. The first player to buzz in gives an answer; if it is the most popular, his/her family immediately wins the face-off. Otherwise, the opponent responds as well and the higher-ranked answer wins. Ties are broken in favor of the player who buzzes in first. If neither player’s answer is on the board, the other eight players have a chance to respond, one at a time from alternating sides, until an answer is found. The family that wins the face-off may choose to play the question or pass control to their opponents.

The family with control of the question now tries to win the round by guessing all of the remaining concealed answers, with each member giving one answer in sequence. Giving an answer not on the board, or failing to respond within the allotted time, earns one strike. If the family earns three strikes, their opponents are given one chance to steal the points for the round by guessing any still-concealed answer; failing to do so awards the points to the family that originally had control.

Answers are worth one point for every person in the 100-member survey who gave them. The winning family in each round scores the total points for all revealed answers to that question, including those given during the face-off but excluding the one used to steal. The number of answers on the board decreases from round to round, and certain rounds are played for double or triple value. The first family to score 300 points wins the game and advances to the Fast Money bonus round for a chance to win a cash bonus. Until 1992, both teams received $1 per point scored.

If neither team reaches the goal after four rounds, one last question is played for triple value with only the #1 answer displayed.

Since Harvey took the reigns as host, Family Feud has regularly ranked among the top 10 highest-rated programs in all of daytime television programming in the US and third among game shows – we have equally high hopes for it on Challenge and think it’s huge fun. Hopefully you agree!

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