Top 20 Dumbest Family Feud Fails
VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
WRITTEN BY: Mimi Kenny
We've seen some dumb fails on "Family Feud" over the years, but these are on another level! For this list, we'll be looking at the worst answers given on any iteration of this popular survey-themed game show. Our countdown includes one contestant thinking Hanukkah is a part of Christmas, another thinking "Papa" is a type of bear, a man's shame as he answers "Gynecologist" for dirty jobs, and more!
Script written by Mimi Kenny
The story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is one of the most enduring fairy tales ever crafted. So, when this contestant was asked to name “one of the three bears” during the Fast Money round, it should’ve been easy. However, he seemed to forget all about the common fairy tale and quickly responded “Yogi.” The round was soon interrupted by everyone from the contestant with a pilot background to the studio audience all guffawing. Host Richard Dawson even got in a wisecrack about how the competitor was “flying airplanes for us.” While this contestant may be good at flying actual planes, his answer definitely crashed and burned.
#19: “Mutual Friends”
Sometimes, “Family Feud” answers are more than just wrong: they’re completely illogical. When this contestant is asked to name "something you make conversation about when you meet a stranger" she responds with "Mutual Friends." We’re not quite sure how that would work. And admittedly, the contestant doesn’t sound too confident in her answer either. Host Richard Dawson can’t help but playfully teases her about the response and imagining an entire scenario in which two people meet by chance and try to talk about a mutual acquaintance. This unfortunate answer results in the family’s third strike. While a stranger can be a friend you haven’t met yet, there was no way her response was going to be on the board.
#18: “Because It’s Raining”
The pressure of being on “Family Feud” has caused many a contestant to give an answer that doesn’t make a lick of sense. At the start of a round, competitors are asked to “Name a reason you might stay indoors on a beautiful day.” Unfortunately one contestant was clearly more concerned with ringing in first than comprehending the question. After slamming his hand on the buzzer he replies, “Because it’s raining.” Something tells us he heard the first part of the question but not the second. Speed on “Family Feud” is not nearly as important as accuracy.
There are so many traditions associated with Christmas. You decorate the tree, unwrap gifts and also…celebrate Hanukkah? That’s what a contestant named Debbie suggested during her time on the show. When asked to name a Christmas tradition, she seemed to forget that Hanukkah was a completely separate holiday that has a long and rich history of its own. Debbie and host Ray Combs start cracking up right after she makes this blunder. Honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised if a new holiday tradition at her house is her being reminded of this classic response.
Certain answers risk revealing more about who gave the response than intended. When one contestant is asked to name “Something you wash once a week,” she buzzes in with, “Yourself.” Judging by the competitors' wincing reaction, this was another ridiculous answer that doesn’t reflect her actual bathing habits. However, host Richard Dawson makes the best of the moment and milks the misstep for all it’s worth. It makes for an absolutely hilarious mid-game exchange. And as an added bonus, this answer definitely promotes water conservation.
The Fast Money round is a treat for viewers who enjoy seeing contestants give absurd answers under pressure. After being asked to “name an animal with three letters in its name,” he responds: “frog.” Although the contestant tries to shake off this bad answer, he doesn’t fully recover. Later in the round, he’s asked to name “something that comes with a summer storm” and he says: "snow. It certainly didn’t help that his teammate gives an even more inaccurate response to the animal question. We hope that this family didn’t need those Fast Money earnings too badly.
What’s more embarrassing than giving an incorrect response? Shouting out a wrong answer and acting like you nailed it. On “Family Feud Canada,” a round’s opening question was “Name Popeye’s favorite food.” The contestant to ring in first replies: “chicken" with utter confidence complete with a victory dance. This premature celebration leaves host Gerry Dee and the competitor’s family stunned. To add insult to injury, the other contestant easily replies with the correct answer. While mixing up Popeye the Sailor with the chicken chain was bad at the moment, the answer paid off. The restaurant offered her $10,000 worth of menu items.
#13: “The Bottom Part”
Remember the days of landline phones? We’d pick up the receiver, dial the buttons, and wrap the cord around our fingers. Those are just three examples of how this contestant could’ve answered this particular question. Unfortunately, when a contestant was asked to name a phone part she went with “the bottom part.” Although we can understand what she was going for, a vague answer like that was never going to fly for the show. It also stings that her teammate had earned her family 58 points by answering “receiver” earlier. At least she didn’t say “the top part.”
A number of “Family Feud” contestants would do great if the show did an Opposite Day episode. One such contestant would have excelled in a fast money round where she was asked to name a yellow fruit. The competitor responds with “orange." It’s hard to forgive her for going with a fruit that tells you exactly what color it is in its name. You can immediately tell that she wishes she could go back and give another, more accurate response. Or, to speak in terms of an answer she should’ve given instead: it looks like it drove her bananas. Guess she couldn’t make lemonade out of these lemons…okay, we’ll stop.
Different words can have varied meanings depending on the context. You can certainly “feel” an emotion like excitement. But that’s not the kind of feeling this question was referring to. When asked to name “something you feel before you buy it,” this contestant responds not with an item but an emotion. We’re guessing he let his own excitement get the best of him. Host Richard Karn looked equal parts shocked and amused at this response. Fortunately, the contestant was also entertained by this misunderstanding. If you could actually buy excitement, we assume this competitor would visit that store every day.
What would “Family Feud” be without Steve Harvey and his classic reactions? Sometimes, Harvey is so flabbergasted by a contestant’s response that it appears he’s lost all faith in humanity. When asked to name something that’s hard to do with one’s eyes open, this contestant confidently says, “read.” Harvey reminds the audience that the contestant is in college and roasts him further. It’s even funnier when you realize that since it wasn’t a Fast Money or round-starting question, he had more time to think about it. We’re not sure how exactly he reads, but it doesn’t seem particularly efficient.
There are many different types of bear out there: polar, grizzly, panda…but, believe it or not, “papa bear” is not an official type. For this round, host Richard Dawson asks the contestants to “name a type of bear.” Not one to let his opponent get an answer in, this man quickly hits his button and answers: “papa bear,” and quite unenthusiastically we may add. What makes this moment so funny isn’t necessarily the answer itself, but the man’s reaction: he knows he messed up, but the words are already out of his mouth. We can only assume the 100 people surveyed weren't fans of Goldilocks.
You can see where the thought process was with this one, but…come on. When Steve Harvey asks contestant Anthony to give him a boy’s name that starts with the letter H, Anthony slams the table and confidently blurts out, “Jose!” His answer is obviously wrong, but it’s Anthony’s confidence that makes it even funnier. He is absolutely sure that he nailed the question, despite the bewildered looks of both Steve Harvey and even his own family. As it turns out, the survey, unlike Anthony, knows that Jose doesn't start with an H.
#7: “Pork ...Upine”
This answer has become “Family Feud” legend, and is one of Steve Harvey’s personal favorites. When Harvey asks the contestants to name something that follows the word ‘pork’, things don't pan out the way he expects. Not only does the first contestant fail to pronounce – or spell – “pork loin” correctly, but the man succeeding her then drops an absolute bombshell of an answer: upine. As in: porcupine. Not only is the answer gut-bustingly stupid, but Steve Harvey’s completely befuddled response and resulting tangent is now legendary. You know it’s bad when your family laughs and Steve Harvey doesn’t even say “good answer!”
This is one heck of a family. During the fast money round, players were asked to “name an animal with three letters in its name.” And oh boy, did they not do that. The first contestant to go answers “frog”, to everyone’s amusement, and it only gets worse from there. His partner answers “alligator” to uproarious laughter, and Richard Dawson puts a hand on his shoulder as if to say “well, you tried”. The contestant explained that he thought the challenge was to name an animal with three of the SAME letters, but even then, alligator still doesn’t fit the bill. It's just a massive fail all around.
#5: “Pie in the Horse”
Well, we all knew that this was going to be interesting. During “Celebrity Family Feud,” Snoop Dogg is tasked with performing in the fast money round, where he has to fill in the blank: “pie in the” what? To which Snoop, devoid of all apparent logic, answers: “horse,” because why not? Steve’s response is priceless, as he legitimately doesn’t know what Snoop has said, and when he figures it out, he proceeds to go on one of his characteristic rants. Well, Snoop ended up fulfilling Steve’s prophecy after all: he ended up on YouTube, and we all had a good laugh.
Gotta say, as bad as this answer was, no one has ever seen a look of regret come upon a contestant’s face so quickly before. After being tasked with naming “a job that is dirty but someone has to do it,” Rocco says “plumber,” a great answer. Too bad the same answer was already taken by his fast money partner. Thinking quickly – perhaps a little too quickly – Rocco blurts out “gynecologist,” only to stand there in stunned and awkward silence with Steve as the audience and his family laugh all around them. Rocco’s family is never going to let this one go. Especially his wife.
#3: “Naked Grandma”
Oh, sorry, not naked grandma. It’s “nekkid grammah”! This bold answer is easily one of “Family Feud’s” most popular, as it has been making the rounds on the internet for some time. Steve asks the contestants to “name something a burglar would not want to see when he breaks into a house,” to which Rod, very passionately, yells “Naked grandma!” Steve doesn’t like the answer, to say the least. And then, unexpectedly, Rod actually receives the points due to one of the answers being “occupant.” This has to be one of the biggest stretches in “Family Feud” history, but hey, it is technically correct.
This answer is at least right some of the time. When host Richard Dawson asks this contestant the question “during which month does a woman start to look pregnant”, she gives an answer that, judging by her confidence and quick response, might be based more on personal experience then what a survey says. Dawson is so flabbergasted by the answer that he even asks to reset the clock, because he’s too busy laughing to continue the game. As if that weren’t enough, he continues breaking out into fits of laughter for the next several minutes. Sometimes even the pros can’t hold themselves together.
#1: “Mommy and Nana”
Sheila must have been messing with Steve, because there's no way these were legitimate answers. Steve asks the Patterson family to give him another way that people say “mother.” What follows is absolute anarchy. Sheila originally gives the answer “nana,” despite the person before her saying the exact same thing. After getting another chance, she says “mommy,” despite the answer already being on the board. She then gives “mommy” and “nana” as answers AGAIN but pronounced slightly different, while Steve slowly loses his sanity. After finally saying “mom” once more, Steve just stops the game before this madness can continue indefinitely. And it very well may have.