Family Feud Game Rules

Family Feud premiered in 1978 with host Richard Dawson and has been one of the longest-running game shows on television 2. The television game show is hosted by comedian Steve Harvey, as of the date of publication, and pits two families against each other to provide the most popular answers faster than the other team.


Each person who is participating will be on one of two teams. Each team will assign a captain who will be the first person to answer and be the person who provides the group answer to a question once the play goes to the family for a final answer. The customary number of people that is on each team is five, but this number can be increased or decreased as needed.


Players use an answer board for each question of the game. Each round can have a different number of answers on the board. The most popular answer is in the first slot, along with the number of people who gave this answer. The second most popular goes under the first, and so on until the board is finished. An emcee is assigned to read the question and work the board. Players can use a PowerPoint or other presentation software in a classroom or larger group setting.


Two members of each team face off to answer a question for each round of the game. Their goal is to provide the most popular answer to a question that was polled to 100 survey participants. The emcee for the game reads the question aloud and the players buzz in when they think they have an answer on the board. The first player who buzzes in gives his answer. The emcee announces if the answer is on the board and reveals the answer's position on the board. If the answer is the No. 1 answer, that player's team gets to decide to pass or play the category. If the answer was not the No. 1 answer, the other person who was in the face-off gives her answer. Whichever team is responsible for the answer that is higher on the board gets to decide to pass or play. A new team member starts a face-off each time.

The Feud

Each member of the family that plays the round gives one answer at a time, trying to provide the correct answers for all slots on the board. If the answer is correct, it is revealed on the board. The team wins the round if it gives every correct answer on the board. If the answer is wrong, the team gets a strike. If the team gets three strikes, play passes to the other team, which gives a final answer after conferring with each other. A correct answer gives the team all of the points that have been earned by either team during the round.


Points correspond to the number of people who responded to the survey with the provided answer. For example, if 35 people gave an answer that a team member calls out, 35 points are in the point bank. Rounds one and two give players one point for each point in the bank while subsequent rounds double the points. Whichever team gets to 300 points first, participates in the bonus round.

Fast Money

The winning team selects two team members to participate in the bonus round. One team member leaves so she won't hear the answers that the other team member gives. The emcee reads five questions to the first team member who has 20 seconds to give answers. After time runs out, the emcee reads the questions and answers aloud. The second team member then plays the round with 25 seconds and must give a different answer -- if she repeats an answer the first team member gave. If the team gets 200 points, they win the fast money round.

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