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Family Feud "Family Feud" was one of the most successful game shows launched in the 1970's. Mark Goodson came up with the idea for "Family Feud" from one of his other hit game shows, "Match Game." The "audience match" round of "Match Game" featured panelist Richard Dawson and a contestant trying to match the correct response to an audience survey. The segment became a huge hit with audiences and soon the survey, Richard Dawson and the "Family Feud" were on the air.

Within one year of its debut on ABC, "Family Feud" became the number one game show on daytime television. A prime time syndicated version of "Family Feud" which aired as a weekly series, launched in September 1977. The weekly series quickly expanded to two nights a week in January 1979 and in September 1980, extended into five nights a week. "Family Feud" was honored with an Emmy award in 1977 for outstanding television game show.

The original run of "Family Feud" featured two teams composed of five members from the same family, who competed against each other to match answers to the results of a survey of one hundred people.

A player from each team faced off, answering a question to earn the choice to either play or pass. If the controlling team failed to get all the answers with less than three wrong guesses, they could have their points stolen by the opposing team, if the other team got one more correct response. Points were awarded on the basis of the survey results and the team that first scored three hundred points won the game and played "Fast Money."

The "Fast Money" bonus round paired two members of the winning team. Each contestant played separately to guess the most frequent survey response to five questions. The first player was given 15 seconds and the second player 20 seconds. One point was awarded for each person in the survey who gave that answer, and if the team could reach two hundred points they won $5,000. The nighttime version (syndicated) awarded $10,000. If less than 200 points where scored, the contestants received $5 per point.

In May 1978, ABC added "Family Feud" as a series of one-hour, primetime specials. Each special featured five members of a cast of a television series, competing for charity. The daytime version of "Family Feud" also featured celebrity weeks.

"Family Feud's" original ABC run ended June 1985 and the syndicated version in September 1985. In July 1988, CBS revived "Family Feud" for their daytime schedule with a syndicated edition that premiered in September with new host, Ray Combs.

In June 1992, CBS re-named the show "Family Feud Challenge and expanded to a one-hour format to accommodate the new "Bull's Eye Round." This new segment was played at the beginning of each program and determined how much money each family might play for in the "Fast Money" segment if they won the game. By guessing the top answer to five "Bulls Eye Round" questions family members could add from $1,000 up to $5,000 per question to the initial bank amount. The "Bull's Eye Round" was also added to the syndicated version in September 1992.

In March 1993 CBS broadcast repeat episodes of "Family Feud" until September 1993 when the network brought back the hour show to their local stations.

The fall of 1994 brought a series of changes to "Family Feud" including the return of Richard Dawson as host as well as the expansion of the syndicated version to a one-hour format. The number of players per team was reduced to four and each game began with the "Bankroll Round." The "Bankroll Round" featured one member from each team who competed in a head-to-head competition to come up with the most popular response to a survey question. The questions were valued at $500, $1,500 and $2,500 and were asked as the teams tried to increase their bankrolls from the original $2,500 stake.

In the second half of the show, the winning team played a championship family from the original Richard Dawson version of "Family Feud." The values of the initial stake were doubled to $5,000 and the bankroll questions value was doubled.

Fall 1999 saw another successful revival of "Family Feud" with host, Emmy Award- winning comedian, Louie Anderson. The classic format, which made the show a perennial hit remained with the set design updated to enhance the show's exciting competitive theme. The show debuted in September 1999 and experienced a triumphant season. In 2001 the show doubled its grand prize from $10,000 to $20,000.

In Fall 2002, "Family Feud" introduced a new host, actor Richard Karn, who portrayed the role of "Al," Tim Allen's "Tool Time" craftsman sidekick on ABC TV's hit comedy "Home Improvement." "Family Feud" continues to be a success in its current run in national syndication.

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