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Family Feud 

"Family Feud" was one of the most popular game shows on TV, but after nine years with Richard Dawson as host, ratings were starting to slip. In 1986, producers decided that the "Family Feud... See full summary »
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Cast

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Ray Combs ...  Himself - Host 13 episodes, 1988-1993
Gene Wood Gene Wood ...  Himself - Announcer 13 episodes, 1988-1993
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"Family Feud" was one of the most popular game shows on TV, but after nine years with Richard Dawson as host, ratings were starting to slip. In 1986, producers decided that the "Family Feud" needed a makeover, and they wanted a fresh face to breathe new life into this old favorite. "Family Feud" producer Howard Felsher remembered hearing great things about a talented young comic named Ray Combs. The late Mark Goodson chose Ray to host "The New Family Feud." It was a perfect match. Ray's down-home love for people was genuine. But pressures began to amount in 1994 as ratings on "Family Feud" began to slide following the death of Mark Goodson. Son, Jonathan Goodson and consultant Harris Kattleman decided to bring back original host Richard Dawson to try and boost ratings, but a drab set covering, low prize money and bad timeslots forced "Family Feud" back onto the shelf in 1995. Written by Kyle C. Haight <dawsonbot@hotmail.com>

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Feud Challenge See more »

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Runtime:

(1988-1994) | (1992-1993) (1994-1995)

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Stereo

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Color
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Because of declining ratings, in late 1993 the syndication company informed the producers that the show would be canceled unless a change could be made to get it sold for another year. Harris Cattleman came up with the idea of bringing back Richard Dawson. In early 1994, he returned to the Goodson production offices where the producers told Dawson they'd like to bring him back. They also told him he would have to lose 30 lbs before taping starts. However, when taping was to begin he hadn't lost any weight. Dawson agreed to host because he wanted his daughter to see him do "an honest days work." Jonathan Goodson informed Ray that they were bringing Dawson back. On Ray's final taping day, he didn't talk to the families and walked off the stage during the credits. See more »

Quotes

Ray Combs: You need 105 points. If 105 people said milk, out of a survey of 100 people , this show is illegal, and we're all going to be on a documentary in 20 years.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Big Man on Hippocampus (2010) See more »

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The Feud
(1988 Edition)
Written by Robert Israel
Performed by the Score Production Band from 1988 to 1994
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No more Ray Combs!
19 June 2003 | by jmderSee all my reviews

Family feud is one of my favourite tv show. I'm a huge fan of "family feud" and I enjoyed every version, though, I never saw the one hour expansion of the feud when they added the bullseye round and when Richard Dawson returned as host. These episodes will air on gameshownetwork in the future. I especially enjoyed watching Ray Combs' airings of family feud, he was a really great host for family feud and used his energy to make the show as exciting as possible. He made everyone laugh and brought excitement to many people. I feel sorry that he took his own life and he is very missed. I've been watching him on the gameshownetwork and have really enjoyed his era episodes. Game show network allowed me to watch more of Ray Combs' and the Richard Dawson's episodes. "Who knows what the future of family feud will bring without Ray Combs" Every time I see him on G.S.N, he is always fun to watch and entertaining. One thing for sure, Ray was a hard working and funny guy. I currently, enjoy watching the Richard Karn version of family feud, because I like the set design, the music etc. Perhaps, Richard Karn was probably the right person to be chosen for the show cause I think he's a great replacement for Ray Combs and the theme song has returned and it is a great fit for the show. I also heard the updated version of the Comb's theme song that will be used next season, it is a great addition with added drums etc. I thought Louie Anderson did a great job of hosting family feud as well. In the end, may God bless Ray Combs and I hope he rests with peace and I will never forget him for such a great time he offered.


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