UConn adapts family feud for UConn

“Family Feud” can be considered one of the most popular game shows this century, so it makes sense that SUBOG would host its own version. Groups of friends from the University of Connecticut took the place of families for this competition, with highly entertaining results.

For those unfamiliar with the way the show works, producers and interns from the show ask 100 people a question and take the four to eight most popular answers. Contestants are then asked that question and have the guess the most popular answers to win the round. SUBOG kept this format intact for the most part, although the first round of games played were over after just one question.

Regardless of the minor differences between the actual show and the SUBOG adaptation, little details from the show, from the soundtrack to the behavior of the host, are faithfully adapted. Carlyle Bethel served as host for the SUBOG competition, and while he was initially reluctant to mix it up with the guests, by the end of the show he was channeling classic Steve Harvey, the current host of the real show.

Although the competition had a large number of teams in attendance, no less than eleven byes were given out, as most of the first round passed by in a flash, with just under a dozen teams getting up only to sit right back down when their opponents failed to appear.

Most of the questions were average, not quite up to the standard of the real show, but proved entertaining nonetheless. Maybe the most entertaining aspect of the show was the way the audience reacted to questions, as they whispered answers among themselves and some even shouted out ridiculous answers. The audience was clearly made up of fans of the game show, as they clapped along to the title theme and repeated unguessed answers just like on the real show.

Some of the differences between the SUBOG competition and real game show were also hilarious in ways that the organizers may not have foreseen. For example, while the real show has a short time limit for contestants to answer, the first few rounds of the SUBOG competition had no such time limit. As a result, contestants would often be left stammering or dumbfounded when they had no answer, although the lengthy silence must have been as uncomfortable for the contestants as it was funny to the audience.

There are other moments unique to “Family Feud” that may have frustrated contestants, but served as great entertainment to the audience. As always, you sometimes have to wonder where they found the respondents to these questions, when over a third of the respondents suggest they would be eager to sit in the front of a movie theater or a fifth say that bringing flowers on the first date is indicative of husband material (it’s actually indicative of a serial killer).

Ultimately, it took 32 rounds for “Team Emoji” to win the game, earning each of the three members gift cards worth $75 to the UConn Co-Op, while the second place team, “Team Oddball,” received $50 gift cards. While the organizers of the next “SUBOG Family Feud” would do well to think of some questions more in line with classic “Family Feud,” this competition turned out to be almost as entertaining as the prime time show it’s working off of.


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