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Family Feud has been around for many years.


Family Feud is a game show where 2 families (made up of 5 members each) compete against each other for a chance to win $20,000.



Cartoon depiction of Family Fued

Cartoon depiction of Family Fued

Steve Harvey hosting

Steve Harvey hosting

Example of the final game

Example of the final game

♦One person from each family goes to the buzzer. When asked a question, the first person to give the number one answer on the board (based on a survey of 100 people) wins the round. If the person guesses an answer that is not number one, the other family's team member gets a chance to guess. The person who wins then gets to decide if they want to play the round for themselves, or pass it to the other team.

♦The rest of the family members on the team that's playing now have to make guesses. If their answer is on the board, the next member guesses. If it isn't, they get a strike. 3 strikes mean that family is now done guessing and the other family gets a chance to steal. If they give just one answer that's still remaining on the board, that family steals the points. If they don't get it, the original family gains the points they had originally accumulated.

♦The first family to get to 300 points now gets the chance to send 2 of their members to the Fast Money round. The first person makes their guesses while the other is backstage. Then the first person goes back with the group while the second person takes their guesses. To win the $20,000, together the two must come up with 200 points within the 5 questions they are asked. If the second person's answer is a duplicate to the first person's, they will hear a buzzer which tells them to guess again at that question. The first person in the original show got 15 seconds to answer and the 2nd person got 20 seconds because it was harder. Now they get 20 and 25 seconds.

Richard Dawson: host #1

Richard Dawson was the first Family Feud host

Richard Dawson was the first Family Feud host

The very first host of Family Feud was Richard Dawson. He hosted the show from 1976 until 1985 when the show got cancelled. It returned in 1988 with another host. Dawson then returned as host in 1994 for one season until it was cancelled again.

Richard Dawson was also an actor. He is best known for his role of Corporal Peter Newkirk on the TV series Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 79.

Watch Richard Dawson on Family Feud

Ray Combs: host #2

RIP to Ray Combs

RIP to Ray Combs

The second host of Family Feud was Ray Combs. He hosted the show from 1988, when it was revived, until 1994, when they replaced him with original host, Richard Dawson.

In 1996, Ray Combs had trouble getting gigs. His home went into foreclosure. His wife left him. At the age of 40, Ray Combs sadly committed suicide.

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Watch Ray Combs on Family Feud

Louie Anderson: host #3

Louie Anderson on Family Feud

Louie Anderson on Family Feud

The third host of Family Feud was Louie Anderson. He hosted the show from 1999 to 2002. He was then replaced with Richard Karn.

Louie Anderson appeared in the film Coming to America, with Eddie Murphy. He also had a tv series called Life With Louie from 1996 to 1998. He is still a working comedian and actor, playing on the FX show, Baskets from 2016-2019. He's got other titles under his belt already or in the works.

Watch Louie Anderson on Family Feud

Richard Karn: host #4

Richard Karn hosting Family Feud

Richard Karn hosting Family Feud

The fourth host of Family Feud was Richard Karn. He hosted the show from 2002 to 2006.

Richard Karn is most well known for his role of Al Borland on the television series Home Improvement, where he starred next to Tim Allen. He also hosted the show Bingo America in 2008 and has several other movie and TV roles under his name or in the works.

Watch Richard Karn on Family Feud

John O'Hurley: host #5

John O'Hurley on Family Feud

John O'Hurley on Family Feud

The fifth host of Family Feud was John O'Hurley. He hosted the show from 2006 to 2010.

John O'Hurley is an actor who is most known for his role in Seinfeld from 1995 to 1998. He has appeared in many other shows and movies, including Devious Maids, Malibu Dan the Family Man, 7 Days to Vegas, Charlie's Christmas Wish, and Christmas in New England. The man actually has 157 acting credits to his name.

Watch John O'Hurley on Family Feud

Steve Harvey: host #6

Steve Harvey on Family Feud

Steve Harvey on Family Feud

The sixth and current host of Family Feud is Steve Harvey. He has hosted the show from 2010 to present. In 2015, he added Celebrity Family Feud to the mix.

Steve Harvey had his own show called, The Steve Harvey Show, from 1996 to 2002. He brought a version of the show back, just titled Steve Harvey, and later only Steve. He has also appeared in several movies including The Fighting Temptations, Love Don't Cost a Thing, You Got Served, Johnson Family Vacation, Racing Stripes, Madea Goes to Jail, and Think Like a Man. He also hosted Little Big Shots and is hosting a new show, Judge Steve Harvey.

Watch Steve Harvey on Family Feud

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© 2012 Brandi Goodman


LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on September 18, 2014:

Steve is a comedian, he makes fun of everyone.

I wouldn't take it personal. I didn't take it personal when 99% of the contestants on the original show were Caucasion.

sissy57 on August 30, 2014:

Steve Harvey never introduces the families like the others. That's because he thinks he is the only important one there. I have not watched Family Fued since he took over. I just don't see what people see in him. It's not because he is black because I have a good friend who is black and she feels the same way.

grannypam97 on April 08, 2013:

Steve Harvey is funny, but he also seems prejudice against whites.

friend on March 02, 2013:

hi i love steve haryry he is rather cool

ty on November 25, 2012:


LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on September 28, 2012:

Amazing how this show keeps our interest after 36 years.

Anonymous 234 on September 10, 2012:

Whenever I look at all these, they're always missing one host. Al Roker!!!

FamilyFeudd on June 13, 2012:

oh my gosh

ME on June 03, 2012:

Richard Dawson died today of cancer.

Rex Meier on May 31, 2012:

Why doesn't Steve Harvey announce the scores on each Q/A like the others did. No sense in tuning in when you are blind. Again us Blind are a big joke to him...

steve on May 25, 2012:

Doing a good job steve...Making me laugh

Brandi Goodman (author) from Holland, MI on March 28, 2012:

Yeah I like it with Steve Harvey the best. He's definitely the best host so far and very entertaining to watch. Thanks for commenting. :)

Theresa Ventu from Los Angeles, California on March 27, 2012:

Hi urguri_bri, I am a fan of this show esp on facebook too. As the current host, Steve Harvey is really funny :-)

Brandi Goodman (author) from Holland, MI on March 05, 2012:

Thanks for the comment Journey. I've always been a fan of family feud but Steve Harvey is definitely my favorite host by far. He IS hilarious, like you said.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on March 05, 2012:

Hi urgurl_bri,

This hub is so interesting. What a good topic to write about! I actually currently enjoy the Family Feud game show a lot. Good silly fun. Steve Harvey is hilarious. I had forgotten or maybe even never considered who some of these previous hosts were. Thanks for sharing the info. This is great.

Take care,

Journey *

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