Family Feud (1999– )
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What the heck is the point of playing the first two rounds if you can lose them both and still win by winning the third round??????
9.5/10 This show was the best with Richard Karn! Keep it alive on TV!
When O'Hurley decided to leave the show, FremantleMedia made the right decision in hiring Steve Harvey as host. His energy, enthusiasm and very funny interaction with the contestants have turned the marginally rated game show into a hit. Ratings shot up nationally by 40% since Harvey became host and a number of stations (including Minneapolis-St. Paul) have moved Family Feud into much better time slots.
My parents and I usually watch the show when we have dinner on Thursday nights and to me, Harvey is definitely the right host for the show. Unlike a number of comedians who hosted game shows, he doesn't over power the families and he's very quick witted and thinks on his feet so well, which is important for a successful game show host.
The only dislike I have about this current incarnation is that a lot of the questions have become raunchier than the last two versions. Also, they shouldn't have let announcer Burton Richardson go. He is a very good game show announcer and to me, replacing him with former N'Sync member Joey Fatone was a bad decision.
Fortunately, the ratings turnaround has sparked a renewal through 2015. Hopefully Harvey will still be hosting the show with one of the best formats ever invented.
While John O'Hurley is a much better host than Louie Anderson or Richard Karn, the show has now become way too glitzy and obnoxious. When Karn replaced Anderson, he was okay for the first couple of seasons. Then, he began saying repetitive phrases like "A shot at TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS!!" or "I'M TRIPLING THE POINTS!!!" to make the audience and contestants scream. I think he just wanted everyone to have a good time, but didn't add anything else to the show.
Another thing, why is Fast Money STILL $5 a point if lost? It's been that way since 1976! I guess Fremantle is trying to save money so they can ruin another game show in the near future (Oh wait, they just made Sale of the Century horrific to watch. What's next?).
This show may have been fun for a while, but I won't miss it when the execs decide to eventually pull the plug.
The questions suck!!!! Either about canibals, cheating, or steve harvey himself.
Also the final $20k questions are either softballs or killer hard, never right in the middle.
Family Feud used to be a good time for the whole family, but I'm not sure that I'd let my kids (if I had any) watch this. The questions are ridiculous and the answers have more sexual overtones than an episode of The Newlywed Game.
Louie looks like he'd rather be doing anything but hosting this game, which is another reason this version doesn't work. This show relies on a strong, personable host and Louie is neither. A few times I've seen him resort to name dropping Richard's name in an effort to make himself look better. It's not working Louie.
Thank God GSN shows the good Richard Dawson and Ray Combs versions of this show, because if it weren't for them...well, survey would say...no way!!!
Very anxious to play the real game live in my home,
Louie Anderson came off very well in the E Channel story about the Family Fued. He seems like a good and decent man. It's just that with Louie now gone as the host the new host will have to be more comfortable with people than Louie had been for the show to succeed. It appeared that Louie never was confortable with the silly banter between the host and guests that is neccessary for the show to succeed.
Richard Dawson set the mark for Family Feud with his swagger and wit. He was on the fans side by often allowing for the last question and answer to be completed even if the time ran out.
Thank God for the Game Show Network to see the Dawson and Combs versions of the "Feud." I have no interest in the Louie Anderson version as he's just not the right guy for the role and the new set is too distracting.
My biggest complaint about him is he's not really cut out to be a game show host. One of the most important things a game show host does is to set up situations for the viewer, to build the tension for an outcome. Example: if a family got four of five answers in the original version of the show, Dawson might say something like, "If your answer's there it's a clean sweep and you take a big lead in the game; if not it's your third strike and the Owens have a chance to steal." Louie doesn't do that and it annoys me.
A host also explains the rules, even if briefly, at the beginning. The rules of "Family Feud" HAVE changed. On the original show, a family won if they racked up 300 points, which could take three to five rounds to do. On the new version of the show, it's the family that has the most points after four rounds (pity that fifth player on each team that wants to play the "face-off" but can't!). It took me weeks of viewing the show to figure out the rule change. Louie could have explained this early on.
The host makes any game show. Although Louie is a funny guy, there are other folks out there I would have chosen. But I still like the "Feud"!