Monday, August 29, 2016

The Best to Worst Host of Family Feud Ranked By Me


The Family Feud is one of my favorite game shows. Over the years it has had several host changes, but some of them were pretty bad and some of them were pretty good. I will rank them in order from worst to best, in my opinion. So here they are starting with the worst host the show ever had!

John O'Hurley (2006-2009)
The 5th host of the show, John O'Hurley always reminded me of his character J. Peterman from Seinfeld. He was great on Seinfeld, but as the host of Family Feud he just fell short in so many ways. He was almost too refined and although he came off as friendly, it seemed to be very fake and forced. He wasn't very funny either. I think the show really suffered under O'Hurley's time there. I will say that I thought he was the perfect host for his other game show, To Tell the Truth. Unfortunately, the Family Feud was just not his best work and in my opinion, he was the worst host the show ever had. It seems to me that overall he had the attitude of "I don't really want to be here."

Richard Karn (2002-2005)
The 4th host of the show, Richard Karn was always trying so hard. That was part of the problem. You'd watch him and want to say, "Oh that poor man, he is trying so hard to be a good host and he just sucks." The problem was, for me anyway, that all I see when I look at Richard Karn is Al Borlen from Tool Time. There's nothing wrong with that as far as I'm concerned, but for Richard Karn to step out of the role of Al from his Home Improvement days, has been something almost impossible for him to accomplish. He tried to be energetic and funny and friendly but at the end of the day, it looked like acting, and poor acting at that. I really feel that if Richard Karn was to do a show about fixing houses and tools and stuff where he basically portrayed his character of Al, I think that show would be very popular and successful, because it's just what we all want to see from him. But nobody listens to me and this is about the Family Feud, so I have to say that  overall he had the attitude of "Look, I'm trying!"

Louie Anderson (1999-2001)
The 3rd host of the show, and a very odd choice at the time, was Louie Anderson. Don't get me wrong, I love Louie Anderson. (Loved your cartoon show Louie!) It was just a strange choice for host. I never found him to be fake or unfriendly, but he just has such a strange voice and his type of comedy didn't seem to fit the show very well. That picture up above makes me want to say, "Shut up, Louie." I guess the powers that be agreed because after a few seasons, they let Louie go for another comedian, Richard Karn, and that didn't go well either. I think finding a suitable replacement for Ray and Richard Dawson was proving to be a very difficult task. It was also the same time they changed the sets and music and that just didn't work for the show either. It was all reflected in the host's overall attitude which was, "I don't really care if I'm here or not."

Steve Harvey (2010-Present) 
The show's 6th and current host. FINALLY, a host that is doing a good job! Steve's upbeat personality and comedic timing has found the perfect fit in the Family Feud setting. The show also returned to its roots with the original theme song, and I think we were all happy about that. Unlike the other hosts, Steve Harvey has the ability to criticize answers and players without coming off as rude or some kind of jerk. This adds a whole new dimension to the show. Richard Karn attempted to do it too, but you just wanted to say, "Shut up Al, you're not funny." Steve gets away with it and does it well. Not since Ray Combs has this show had a worthy host in my opinion. He looks like he is actually having fun and the energy he brings is very apparent. Overall he has the attitude of, "I love this job!"

(I was going to make a Steve Harvey Miss Universe joke but at the last minute decided against it.)

Ray Combs (1988-1993)
The second host of the show. How on earth do you replace a legend??? Answer: With Ray Combs. This is the guy that I grew up with knowing as the host. He was full of life and energy and looked like he was just having a ton of fun hosting the show as much as the families had playing it. He could laugh along with a bad answer but it never came off as he was making fun of the contestants. He had a great way of yelling out, "Survey says!" before an answer was shown. As we know, he committed suicide while on suicide watch at a psychiatric center. Where was the staff on that one??? Ray had big shoes to fill after Richard left but he surprisingly did a good job and brought a new life to the fading show. For the 93-94 season, Richard Dawson returned as host before the show's cancellation and it would be several years before syndication brought it back with Louie Anderson. Overall Ray Combs had the attitude of, "I'm having a lot of fun doing this."

Richard Dawson (1976-1985) and (93-94)
The original host and in my opinion, the best. Richard Dawson just had something about him that made him the perfect host for this show. He always respected the families, he was famous for kissing every single female contestant, and he never, EVER made fun of a bad answer. He was quick witted but his dry humor sometimes had the audience missing his jokes. He was sharp and a sharp dresser, always wearing a boutonniere with every three piece suit. Richard was always kind and many of the families would bring him gifts and present them to him on air. He would be missed when he left and that's why he was asked to come back for the shows, would be at the time, final season. Overall the attitude that Richard Dawson had on the show was, "I love this show and I love all of you." And that to me is why Richard Dawson was the best host of the Family Feud, but that's just my two cents.





Ok, I decided to do the Steve Harvey Miss Universe joke after all....


Steve Harvey Best Host of Family Feud in my opinion. 

And the number one host of all time....STEVE HARVEY!!! YES, YOU WON STEVE, YOU WON, YES! YOU'RE THE BEST HOST, OH LOOK HOW HAPPY YOU ARE NOW! Wait.....wait.. hold up......I'm sorry.....I'm sorry Steve, I meant to say Richard Dawson is the best host of all time.



7 comments:

Wayne Kozak said...

I think the worst host was richard dawson. He was always after the women. Kissing. . . . Wearing a tux, a buttoinare, etc. . He just wasn't funny. In second place is steve. None of his jokes are funny. Although, he does have nice clothes.

Wayne Kozak said...

I think the worst host was richard dawson. He was always after the women. Kissing. . . . Wearing a tux, a buttoinare, etc. . He just wasn't funny. In second place is steve. None of his jokes are funny. Although, he does have nice clothes.

Unknown said...

You are crazy. Steve Harvey is by far the best. The ratings confirm

Unknown said...

There is no one funnier than Steve Harvey. The shocked look he gets when a riske answer is stated is priceless. One of the answers was Oprah Winfrey but don't remember the question. Steve was sure her name wasn't there and when it was he screamed like a little girl. I nearly pee'd myself I laughed so hard. America needs a lot more Steve Harvey's to lighten up the mood & help rid the world if the stress & strife.

Lawrence Phelps said...

Really stupid show. Dumbest contestants on earth. Stupid questions. Steve always tells the dumbasses "Be careful now you have two strikes!".

Lawrence Phelps said...

Really stupid show. Dumbest contestants on earth. Stupid questions. Steve always tells the dumbasses "Be careful now you have two strikes!".

Michael L said...

Harvey is great, but there are times when I wish he'd dial it down. Also for a "family" show, there are far too many questions with suggestive (and sometimes outright vulgar) answers--although Harvey usually handles those quite well.