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Family Feud Pilot

This episode was the pilot episode for the show (the one that the producers show to networks to put the show on the air). Features the Madvigs against the Speirs. Hosted by Richard Dawson and announced by Johnny Olson.

Differences between Pilot & Series

You'll see some obvious differences from this pilot and the series. But here are other differences you may not know about:

  • The team captains or heads of families always play the Face-Off rounds compared to having different players each time. This practice would become in use for 1994 Bankroll games, except it was not always restricted to team captains.
  • There were no "Double" or "Triple" value rounds.
  • On a successful steal, the family that stole the round not only won the bank, but also scored the correct answer's value. That practice would become in use from 1992-1995.

Families

Madvig

Allan Captain
Carolyn Wife
Ida Sister
Carroll Brother-In-Law
Allan Sister's Nephew

Speir

Bob Captain
Dee Wife
Lisa Daughter
Paula Daughter
Greg Son-In-Law

Main Game

Question 1

Question: Something little girls say they want to be when they grow up.

Board

Nurse 50
A Mother 28
Actress 8
Teacher 5
Miss America 2

Contestant Responses

Bob Actress 8 3 8
Allan Nurse 50 1 58

The Madvigs decided to play.

Carolyn A Mother 28 2 86
Ida Ballerina 0 0 X 86
Carroll Singer 0 0 XX 86
Allan Ice Skater 0 0 XXX 86
Speirs Teacher 5 4 Steal 91

Question 2

Question: Something it takes two people to do.

Board

Make Love 31
Get Married 22
Dance 15
Tango 11
Kiss 6
Tennis 6
Seesaw 4
Fight 2

Contestant Responses

Allan Dance 15 3 15
Bob Marriage 22 2 37

The Speirs decided to pass.

Carolyn Tango 11 4 48
Ida Make Love 31 1 79
Carroll Play Cards 0 0 X 79
Allan (2) Go On a Date 0 0 XX 79
Allan (1) Tennis 6 6 XX 85
Carolyn Play Ball 0 0 XXX 85
Speirs Kiss 6 5 Steal 91

Question 3

Question: Any president of the United States, living or dead.

Board

Kennedy, John 30
Nixon 13
Lincoln 12
Truman 12
Washington 12
Ford 10
Johnson, Lyndon 4
Eisenhower 2

Contestant Responses

Allan Nixon 13 2 13
Bob Kennedy 30 1 43

The Speirs decided to play.

Dee Ford 10 6 53
Lisa Washington 12 5 65
Paula Lincoln 12 3 77
Greg Eisenhower 2 8 79
Bob F. D. R. 0 0 X 79
Dee L. B. J. 4 7 X 83
Lisa J. Q. Adams 0 0 XX 83
Paula Jefferson 0 0 XXX 83
Madvigs Truman 12 4 Steal 95

Question 4

Question: A person who has been married many times.

Board

Taylor, Liz 46
Gabor, Zsa Zsa 33
Rooney, Mickey 10
Gabor, Eva 2

Contestant Responses

Allan Elizabeth Taylor 50 1 50

The Madvigs decided to play.

Carolyn Zsa Zsa Gabor 33 2 81
Ida Eva Gabor 2 4 83
Carroll Cher 0 0 X 83
Allan (2) NO ANSWER 0 0 XX 83
Allan (1) Mickey Rooney 10 3 Clean Sweep 91

Question 5

Question: A good luck charm.

Board

Four-Leaf Clover 52
Rabbit's Foot 28
Horseshoe 7
Penny 3
St. Chris. Medal 3

Contestant Responses

Allan Rabbit's Foot 28 2 28
Bob Four-Leaf Clover 52 1 80

The Speirs decided to play.

Dee Charm Bracelet 0 0 X 80
Lisa Leprechaun 0 0 XX 80
Paula Horseshoe 7 3 XX 87
Greg Salt Over Shoulder 0 0 XXX 87
Madvigs Blarney Stone 0 0 No Steal 87

Scores

Question Madvig Speir
Q1 0 91
Q2 0 182
Q3 95 182
Q4 186 182
Q5 186 269

Fast Money

Played by Bob, then Dee.

Questions

  1. A musical instrument
  2. A spice
  3. Something green
  4. A kind of soup
  5. A foreign car

#1 Answers

Q1 Guitar
Q2 Cinnamon
Q3 Lawn/Grass
Q4 Tomato
Q5 NOT MENTIONED

Board

Harp 0 Piano 20
Nutmeg 12 Cinnamon 26
Lawn 55 *Trees 10
Tomato 38 Vegetable 27
Jaguar 6 Porsche 12
SUBTOTAL 111 SUBTOTAL 95
:03 206 TOTAL :08

Speirs: $5,000

Winnings

Madvigs: $186
Speirs: $5,269

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