Family Feud Game

Family Feud Game Box

This television quiz show was telecast from 1977 through 1995. It started out as a daytime telecast but eventually became a prime time and syndicated show. The game was first issued by the Milton Bradley Company in the United States and Canada in 1977. Since the content of the game depended upon language, Bradley produced two versions for Canada - a French language edition and an English language edition. The box in the photograph on the left is the English language edition. This copy was donated to the Museum in 1991.

On the telecast two families competed for cash prizes by answering questions, the answers for which were gathered through a survey. Questions related to events in an "average" family's experience, such as "What destination would most families consider as a great place to go for a vacation?" The task of the contestants on the quiz telecast was to try to guess what most people in the survey answered. If 85% of the survey respondents had answered "Disneyworld" and one of the families on the telecast came up with that answer they were awarded 85 points. Each family on the telecast tried to accumulate as many points as possible in this manner. While the members of a family could confer, only one spokesperson for the "family" could offer the "official" answer. There were cash prizes for the winning family.

Family Feud Game

In the Bradley edition, a manual cardboard and plastic device - emulating the device on the telecast - was provided. Into this device answer sheets and scores were inserted and revealed.

The boxed game was for two or more players, with "teams" that could compete as on the telecast. The game included question sheets and paper prize money in $1, $5, $10, $100, and $1000 denominations.

An interesting difference in the prizes that were offered on the telecast was that there was a $10,000  grand prize on the evening version, but only a $5,000 grand prize on the daytime version!

Last update May 25, 2010