Thursday, May 26, 2005

Family Feud

Family Feud has to be about the most worthless game show on TV today.

The idea is good enough: get two gomer families to compete guessing the most popular responses to rather ordinary questions. It's simple, you can play along while watching.

What's stupid is the money.

These two families battle over a grand total of $10,000 (oh, wait, update, in 2001 they doubled the grand prize to $20,000!).

Now, I'm not one to turn my nose up against $20,000 - but that's the limit, that's all an entire family can win! Divide by five, and you get $4,000 per person. The Feud organizers probably make that much money just selling popcorn to the audience during the shows.

Most of the time the family doesn't win the grand prize, they $5 per point (200 points is the grand prize) and generally score 140 points or so - a grand total of $700. Perhaps the family has picked up two thousand along the way to getting to the "final round". The average winnings are probably less than $3000 (for those who don't win the grand prize).

Let me contain my excitement.

Now, Fear Factor is a real game show...

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