Game Show Marathon: Family Feud (finale)
(S01E07) In my opinion, it's pretty hard to mess up a game like Family Feud. Sure, you could have a bad host like Ray Combs or Louie Anderson, but that usually doesn't deter from the game play of the families who participate on the show. So it's no surprise that Game Show Marathon chose this particular classic to be the Championship Game. That, and the fact that it could easily be played in an hour and not feel awkward like some of the other games that were played during the series.
Oh, and it certainly didn't hurt that both finalists, Kathy Najimy and Brande Roderick, had actually been on Feud in the past: Najimy back in 1981 with host Richard Dawson, and Roderick back in the late 90's with host Louie Anderson. Pretty convenient, don't you think?
The set used was from the Richard Dawson era of the series. However, like many of the games re-enacted (except for maybe Press Your Luck) there were some minor modern differences. The most glaring of these examples was the electronic display board, which really wasn't a electronic display board. It seemed to be a large video screen that projected a computer simulated version of the original board. Other differences could be seen (the head-to-head podium used the mushroom plungers rather than the original flat-top signalers) and heard (the theme music seemed to be from the Ray Combs version of the show, but I could have imagined it). But for the most part they did a good job, although I'm sure brother Joel would have a different opinion on that.
Game play between the Najimys and the Rodericks was even during the first two rounds, and both sides did an admirable job in guessing the top answers. However, Kathy's team took the lead during the third round and then won the game during the fourth (when money values were doubled). She guessed the last answer on the board was 'diet' (the question was: name something people cheat on). The Fast Money game, played by Kathy and husband Dan, was fairly easy. I mean, would they really have peppered it with questions like 'Name a famous 18th Century physicist'? They certainly didn't give Najimy a hard question on last week's Match Game episode during the Head-to-Head match. Blank Kong? Come on!
For her final game Ricki Lake did pretty well. She used her talk show skills and made the contestants feel comfortable, and she seemed comfortable herself. The only thing that grated on my nerves was the repeated mention that it only took three strikes before the other team could try and answer the question. The show has been on for 30 years now in some form or another, and has probably been seen by a majority of the population. We know that the families only have three strikes. Plus, as I mentioned previously, Kathy and Brande had played Feud before. I don't think they needed a constant refresher about the rules each time.
Now that the show is over (at least for the time being) I can say that I enjoyed Game Show Marathon. Yes, the first two episodes (featuring The Price is Right and Let's Make a Deal) were not the greatest, and some of the celebrity contestants had as much personality as a piece of cardboard; however, as the show progressed the games and enthusiasm of the contestants improved. The best episodes were when they played Press Your Luck, Card Sharks and Family Feud. While Ricki was a little rough at the beginning the last group of episodes she hosted were pretty good, and I wouldn't mind if she came back for a next round of the show.
That's it from my easy chair. Hope to see you again for more Game Show Marathon.