8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Family Feud’

  
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Family Feud has been through many formats and syndication styles since it first aired back in July 1976, and remains one of the most popular American game shows on TV. Through the years some things have changed but at the heart is a hilarious, sometimes extremely difficult and always competitive game show pitting two families against each other. In its first year on air, Family Feud became the top game show on television and in 2013 the beloved show was ranked third on TV Guide’s list of the 60 Greatest Games Shows of All Time! Take a look behind the scenes with these 10 things you never knew about Family Feud:

8. Face-Off

As Family Feud fans are well aware, each round starts off with two family members facing off against each other at the podiums in a race to be the first to hit the buzzer and have the most correct answer. A few times, however, this process hasn’t gone smoothly and the entire question has had to be scrapped. If a question is asked and neither contestant gets an answer on the board, the question is eliminated and the two players are sent back to their original positions in their family line-up and brought back up as though the question had never happened.

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7. Third Time’s A Charm

Family Feud premiered for the very first time on July 12, 1976 and instantly became a hit. The series ran for nine years before the plug was pulled and the last episode aired in June, 1985. Luckily for fans, only a few years later CBS took over the show and relaunched it in 1988 and it had another fantastic run before coming to an end in 1993. Yet again, Family Feud could not be given up on and the current edition of the series began airing in 1999 and is the version fans know and love today.

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