Celebrity Family Feud

 
Star-studded spin on classic a bit iffy for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Many of the game topics infer references to sex, drinking, having affairs, and other iffy behavior. Some celebrities seem to enjoy flaunting their star status. On the plus side, the contestants' winnings are given to charity, so greed isn't an issue. And while there's a fair amount of playful banter among the teams, it's all in good fun.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Lots of innuendos (in at least one instance, sex is described as a way to "quiet a man down") and use of slang references like "booty" and "Mr. Winky." More graphic references are edited out. Some female contestants wear revealing clothing.

Language

Words like "jackass" are infrequently used as answers to survey questions.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

No consumption shown, but references to drinking and booze are common.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this star-studded version of the classic game show Family Feud often references sex or encourages contestants to mention it with suggestive survey topics (like "something that's wet and slippery"). Some women wear (and flaunt) revealing clothing, and slang anatomical terms like "booty" and "Mr. Winky" are used -- though words like "penis" are edited. There are also frequent references to alcohol, but no one's actually shown drinking. Some celebrity contestants come across as shallow and self-absorbed, and the show itself often feels like a platform for their fame, which greatly overshadows the game's charitable angle.

What's the story?

In CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD, stars and their loved ones face off as they try to guess the most popular responses to a series of survey-type questions. In each match-up, the contestants are asked to name possible answers for topics like \"things mothers should teach their sons\"; the teams accumulate points based on where their guesses rank in the list of the top responses. In other words, it's just like the classic game show Family Feud -- only this edition is hosted by Al Roker, and the famous contestants are competing, tournament-style, for a possible $50,000 prize for the charity of their choice.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Unfortunately, this show suffers setbacks that even popular stars like Raven-Symone, Wayne Newton, and Bill Engvall can't overcome. It fails to find a happy medium between tastefully reviving a classic and adding modern-day glitz to a show with a clearly dated format. (True, the reader board has gotten a makeover, but aren't those red plungers a bit past their prime?) In today's circle of flashy game shows like Deal or No Deal, this one gets lost in its own drabness.

Even more disappointing is that this version of Family Feud isn't entirely appropriate for family viewing. Survey questions often touch on sex in some way ("animal-related titles for a cheating boyfriend," for example) or lead to responses that do (hmmm, "something that's slippery and hard to hold onto"?). Tweens could get iffy messages from lighthearted references to drinking, too. Ultimately Celebrity Family Feud seems more like a platform for the celebs to flaunt their stardom than anything else, and even the quick-witted, exuberant Roker can't tone down the most obnoxious of them. While it's always fun to see stars removed from their element of fame, this show often feels forced and overacted. And it may be the charities that suffer the most, since they receive barely a mention at the start of the show.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about it would be like to be famous. How do you think people who are famous view themselves and their status? What burdens and privileges accompany fame? How are celebrities perceived in our culture? What makes a person famous? Why do we revere stars so much? What do you think it's like to be related to a celebrity? How would it affect your life? Also, why do you think the families on this show chose to play the game? Do you think it's primarily for charity or primarily to get more time in the spotlight? Or both?

TV details

Cast:Al Roker
Network:NBC
Genre:Game Shows
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent Written byFrankinf March 25, 2012
age 10+
 

not very good

They refence sex and garbage alot
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byeazy__breezy March 5, 2015
age 12+
 

Awesome and funny!

Family fued is yes, inappropriate in many ways with its mature questions and sexual talk, but it is also extremely good and entertaining. Most kids who are in middle school will understand the sexual stuff, but kids 13-14+ will truly find humor here in it. My rating; appropriate for 12/13 and up, iffy for 11-12, inappropriate for 10 and under (unless you are my brother, who knows a ton about sexuality)
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byLowe's man February 6, 2014
age 17+
 

questionable questions

This is NOT Richard Dawson's FAMILY FEUD!!! It's not Ray Combs's game either. Both of them only asked clean questions, such as, "What's the first song a kid memorizes?", or, "The funniest man in a tv series." On this new version there are way too many questions about sex and things like that. This even makes the name of the show arguably inappropriate. A real disappointment for those who want clean programming, especially for families.

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