Family duel

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Television series
German title Family duel
Original title Family Feud
Country of production Germany , USA , France
Year (s) 1992–2003, 2013–2014, 2016–2018
Grundy Light Entertainment
length 30 minutes
  • working days (1992–2003, 2016–2018)
  • Fridays (2013-2014)
  • Repetitions daily (since 2018)
genre Game show
Theme music Alan Gruner's family duel
  • Werner Schulze-Erdel (1992-2003)
  • Daniel Hartwich (2013-2014)
  • Inka Bause (2016-2018)
  • First broadcast January 26, 1992 on RTL plus
    Countries with their own version of family duel

    Familien-Duell (spelling: Familien-Duell ) is a game show that was initially produced from 1992 to 2003.

    The moderator was Werner Schulze-Erdel , who had previously moderated Ruck Zuck on Tele 5 . It was first broadcast on January 26, 1992 on RTL plus . The last edition of the family duel (episode 2275) ran on October 10, 2003 on RTL.

    A remake of the game concept called 5 versus 5 has been broadcast on Swiss television SF1 since March 29, 2005, but is no longer in the program. In 2006, the show reappeared on RTL II in Germany , but was removed from the program after 69 episodes.

    The American original Family Feud (1976–1985, 1988–1995, since 1999) is currently moderated by comedian Steve Harvey (since 2010; in the meantime, the show was filmed in Atlanta from 2011 to 2017. Since 2017, the show has been back in Los) Angeles shot). In Great Britain the program runs under the title Family Fortunes (1980-2002, since 2006) and in France under the title Une famille en or (1990-1999, since 2007).

    From 2013 to 2014 a new edition was produced in the form of a celebrity special. The moderator was Daniel Hartwich , who also moderated Das Supertalent and Dschungelcamp on RTL.

    In September 2016, RTLplus started a new edition with Inka Bause , which was very successful at the beginning. In 2018, production was stopped after 165 episodes due to poor ratings. Since then, repetitions have been running every night.

    Game concept


    In the show, two families of five people each compete against each other. The game extends over four rounds and a final. At the beginning of a round, one person from each family comes up to whom the moderator asks a question. It searches for the answers that most of the 100 previously interviewed people gave. Whoever hits his buzzer first can answer the question. If the candidate directly gives the “top answer” (the answer given most often), his family continues to play in this round. If not, the other candidate is allowed to respond to give a better answer. If this answer is given more often, his family can continue the round. If no candidate is able to come up with a correct answer, the question goes to the next person in the family of the faster candidate, and so on. In the further course of the round, the other answers have to be found. Each family member is asked in turn and the family is not allowed to consult with one another. The respective number of guessed answers are added up and correspond to points. If the family gives three wrong answers, the other family gets the chance to steal all points earned so far with a correct answer. Each family member suggests an answer and the team captain then gives the binding answer. It does not necessarily have to be one of the suggested ones. In this phase of the game - and only this - the family is allowed to consult before making suggestions. Usually this happens when the other family gives the second wrong answer.

    The rounds

    • Round 1: The task is to find the six most frequent answers. The game is played for the simple number of points.
    • Round 2: The task is to find the five most frequent answers. The game is played for the simple number of points.
    • Round 3: The task is to find the four most frequent answers. The game is played for double the number of points.
    • Round 4: The task is to find the three most common answers. The game is played for three times the number of points. Special feature: When points are stolen, the points behind the guessed term are also credited.
    • Round 5 (if necessary): The task is to find the most common answer. Only played if the result is a tie after four rounds. The family that wins the face-off wins the game.

    Since round 4 played around three times the number of points and the points behind the term were also credited when stealing points, the game remained exciting until the end. Since only the three most frequent answers could be found, the advantage of the three times the number of points was again reduced a little.

    It was extremely rare for the family that won Round 4 not to reach the final. It should also be remembered that the maximum number of points that can be won in a round also depends on the question. For some questions, most people give only a few answers, for others far more than the number one can find. In the latter, many points would be omitted.

    Unlike other versions of the game, there is no fixed number of points to win the game (300 in most versions since 1978). The leading family after four rounds wins.

    The final

    The family that scored the most points after the fourth round made it to the final, the other one was eliminated. In the final, two people played one after the other. While the first was playing, the other had to go to a soundproof booth. The first person was asked five questions within 20 seconds, again trying to find the most common answer. Then the second person was asked the same questions, but was not allowed to give the same answers. That's why this person had five seconds more time, so 25 seconds. In both runs, the counting down of the time only started after the first question had been asked in full. If both had reached 200 points together, the final was won. A final won 5,000  . The victorious family came back as the defending champion in the next episode, regardless of whether the final was won or not. A family could compete a maximum of five times. In the last final she played for 50,000 € (originally 10,000 or 100,000  DM ). If this 5th final round was actually won, all winnings due from the first four final rounds were forfeited.

    In the new edition of RTLplus from 2016, the winnings decreased to 3,000 euros per final and 30,000 euros as the main prize.

    5 against 5

    The format was reintroduced a few years later in German-speaking countries under the name “5 versus 5”. The rules stayed the same. However, not only families but also five people who know each other could play. In addition, the game winnings changed.


    The only undefeated team in all 5-on-5 relays was the “Capital of Culture” team. After three programs in which the main prize was won, the program was canceled. Furthermore, the “Dicke Düneberger” team was the only one to make it into the final 5 times and won € 30,000 there.

    The concept was shown again on February 26, 2007 and March 12, 2007 as an element in the ProSieben broadcast Gameshow-Marathon .


    In contrast to Germany, the format enjoys continued popularity in the evening program; Due to the low production costs and attractive audience figures, the show is also interesting for the broadcaster itself. Since summer 2012, the format has been paused in Switzerland for an indefinite period, as SRF 1 wants to fill this slot with changing formats.

    New editions in Germany

    At RTL

    From 2013 to 2014 Grundy Light Entertainment had celebrity specials of the show recorded in front of 300 viewers in Cologne's Coloneum on behalf of RTL - with a completely renewed backdrop, a slightly modified concept and Daniel Hartwich as the new presenter. The episodes were individually broadcast on Fridays at 8:15 p.m. with a cut length of around one hour each, including advertising.

    In the lavish new edition, four celebrities with their families and friends compete against each other and play for a good cause. Among others, Sonja Zietlow , Joachim Llambi and Uwe Ochsenknecht were there .

    The audience is also part of the program: At the beginning of the third round, the viewers in the studio contribute their own answers to the game using mini tablets (“touchvote” with the Android operating system ).

    At RTLplus

    At RTLplus , which started in summer 2016, another new edition of the show was produced until 2018. Inka Bause , who became known through Bauer sucht Frau in RTL's program, and who has already presented the new edition of the 100,000 Mark show , took over the moderation .

    Web links

    Individual evidence

    1. Episode guide from 2016. In: Retrieved May 16, 2020 .
    2. Report with information on the break on, accessed on February 29, 2012
    3. Show announcement by RTL ( memento from June 19, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on June 16, 2013