Dr. Phil (talk show)

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Dr. Phil is an American talk show created by Oprah Winfrey and the host Phil McGraw. After McGraw's success with his segments on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil debuted on September 16, 2002. On both shows McGraw offers advice in the form of "life strategies" from his life experience as a clinical and forensic psychologist.[2]

Dr. Phil
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GenreTalk show
Created by
Presented byPhil McGraw
Opening theme"Shine" by Meredith Brooks used from 2002 to 2008
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons18
No. of episodes2,191[1]
Executive producers
  • Carla Pennington
  • Phil McGraw
Camera setupMultiple
Running time41-48 minutes
Production companies
Original networkSyndication
Picture format
Original releaseSeptember 16, 2002 (2002-09-16) –
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The show is in syndication throughout the United States and a number of other countries. Its tenth season premiered on September 12, 2011. Occasional prime time specials have aired on CBS. The program has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award every year since 2004. Since September 2008, Dr. Phil has been broadcast in HDTV with a revamped look and a new theme written and performed by McGraw's son, Jordan.

The executive producers are Phil McGraw and showrunner Oprah Winfrey. It is a production of Peteski Productions and distributed by CBS Media Ventures. Harpo Productions co-produced the series until 2010, with Paramount Domestic Television and its successor, CBS Paramount Domestic Television, serving as secondary co-producers until 2007. It was originally distributed by King World Productions.

The program is recorded before a live studio audience in Stage 29 on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, California. It is recorded from August through to May with a break in December for the holiday season. Reruns of earlier episodes of the series began broadcasting on the Oprah Winfrey Network in January 2011. On October 25, 2018, it was announced that Dr. Phil had been renewed for four additional seasons, taking the show to May 2023, or the end of its 21st season.

McGraw's advice and methods have drawn criticism from psychotherapists as well as from laypersons. McGraw said in a 2001 South Florida newspaper interview that he never liked traditional one-on-one counseling, and that "I'm not the Hush-Puppies, pipe and 'Let's talk about your mother' kind of psychologist."[3] In 2004, the National Alliance on Mental Illness called McGraw's conduct in one episode of his television show "unethical" and "incredibly irresponsible".[4] McGraw's critics regard advice given by him to be at best simplistic, and at worst, ineffective.[5]

Shelley Duvall, an actress retired since 2002, who was reportedly suffering from mental illness,[6] appeared on a segment on the show in 2016.[7] It drew significant criticism from the public, with many suggesting that Duvall's mental illness was being exploited.[7] In the segment, she refused the offered treatment.[7]


The show covers a wide variety of topics including weight loss, financial planning, errant children, gift suggestions, autistic children, unhappily married couples, rebellious teenagers, mothers who dress far from their age, mothers who refuse to attend weddings, children being stars and their parents' rights, the emotional benefits of controlling, dysfunctional families, mothers who refuse to give their married sons money, and support for charitable causes. Radio personality and former child star Danny Bonaduce came to the show twice in a year to discuss his failing marriage (and later divorce) with second wife Gretchen.

On several shows children and/or adults have taken polygraph tests, usually done by retired FBI agent Jack Trimarco. The show is generally serious in tone, leavened with humor from time to time. It has its occasional tense moments and often trashy scenes. McGraw is noted for often bringing families back on multiple shows for follow-up "therapy" sessions in his segment called "Dr. Phil Family."

Dr. Phil NowEdit

Episodes under the Dr. Phil Now banner usually feature current events in the news with McGraw's viewpoint, often with an interview with the subject involved, which may include a suspect in a true crime case, the parents in a contentious child custody battle, or a celebrity subject. These episodes often feature more urgent music, and often feature McGraw originating the segment from the master control room of KCBS-TV with a bank of monitors tuned to various news networks and local news stations to give a more news-like feel to the episode.


  1. ^ "Episodes: Dr. Phil on Syndication". TV Guide. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "About Dr. Phil | Dr. Phil". October 22, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Lavin, Cheryl. "Dr. Tell it Like it Is." South Florida Sun Sentinel, July 3, 2001, Page 1E
  4. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (September 1, 2004). "On Dr. Phil, a Dose of Bad Medicine?". Washington Post. p. C7. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Salerno, Steve (2005). SHAM; How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless. Crown Publishers. ISBN 1-4000-5409-5.
  6. ^ "'Shining' actress Shelley Duvall tells Dr. Phil she's mentally ill". USA Today. November 16, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c De Moraes, Lisa (November 18, 2016). "'Dr. Phil' Airs Hour Of Ill & Confused Shelley Duvall For November Sweep Broadcast, Triggering Hollywood Outrage". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 23, 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2019.

Further readingEdit

Sophia Dembling, Lisa Gutierrez (2005). The Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone's Favorite Therapist. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-69659-5.

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