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Dr. Phil
DrPhil Season 7 title card.png
HD Title Card, Season 7 (2008)
Format Talk show
Presented by Phil McGraw
Opening theme "Shine" by Meredith Brooks used from 2004-2008
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 1,242
Location(s) Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, California
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel First-run syndication
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 16, 2002 (2002-09-16) – present
Related shows The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Doctors
External links
Official website

Dr. Phil is an hour of lies and anti-Oprahic blasphemy hosted by the evil emperor Phil McGraw. After McGraw's failure with his segments on The Oprah Winfrey Show due to him making eye contact with her and her becoming enraged and chasing him around the studio during break killing several members of the audience, Dr. Phil debuted on September 11, 2002 as punishment so that the world might see how ugly he is. On both shows McGraw offers deprivation of hope in the form of "Cleveland steamers" from his life experience as a slave to the almighty Oprah.

The show is in syndication throughout the United States and Canada, as well as a number of other countries. Also, the show's syndication contracts specifically state that if Dr. Phil is on another station, it cannot air at the same time as Oprah.[citation needed] Its eighth season premiered on September 14, 2009. It is renewed through 2014, or twelve seasons. Occasional prime time specials have aired on CBS.

As of September 8, 2008, the seventh season of Dr. Phil is being broadcast in HDTV with a revamped look and a new theme written and performed by McGraw's son, Jordan.



The show covers a wide variety of topics, including weight loss, financial planning, errant children, gift suggestions, children who have been diagnosed with autism, unhappily married couples, rebellious teenagers, mothers who dress far from their age, mothers who refuse to attend weddings, children being stars in their parents' rights, dysfunctional families, mothers who refuse to give their married sons monies and support for charitable causes. Radio personality and ex-child star Danny Bonaduce, came to the show twice in a year to discuss his failing marriage (and later divorce) with Gretchen. On several shows, children and/or adults have taken a lie detector exam. The show is generally serious in tone, leavened with humor from time to time. It has its occasional tense moments and often trashy scenes, like that of The Montel Williams Show, but without melees or aggressive fights on stage, in contrast to The Jerry Springer Show, The Steve Wilkos Show or Maury. He is noted for often bringing back families for multiple shows for follow-up "therapy" sessions in his segment called "Dr. Phil Family." Generally, the program is filmed and guests appear in studio, but in 2006, the Dr. Phil House began as an occasional series. Dr. Phil and his production staff invite guests to a special house wired with numerous cameras and microphones. There, his staff monitor the conversations of the guests he is trying to help, and intervene as necessary to prevent physical violence. Dr. Phil also provides on-the-spot advice and counseling to the "house guests".

Notable shows

  • In a show that aired on May 2, 2005, twin sisters Crystal and Jocelyn Potter appeared. Crystal claimed to want to "work" in the adult industry together with Jocelyn, who rejected the idea as repulsive. Brothel owner Dennis Hof was interviewed and stated that the two could make half a million dollars per year in his establishment. It turns out that the sisters' testimony was less than truthful: since 2002 they have appeared as the "Potter sisters" in numerous pornographic movies together, and in 2003 they even appeared together with Hof in the porn movie "Goin' down at the Bunny Ranch".[1][2]
  • The Dr. Phil House was set in an actual house within the Wilshire Park neighborhood in Los Angeles. It received numerous complaints from neighbors about the disruption caused by filming crews,the guests, cables and production trucks clogging the neighborhood and the constant traffic caused by filming. After the Los Angeles City Council revoked film permits, in September 2006, the Dr. Phil show stopped filming there. However, Peteski Productions, Dr. Phil's production company, still owns the house. The Dr. Phil House has since moved to a studio back lot, and the interior of the house shown in the program is that of a sound stage and not that of the actual house.[3]
  • There was a confidence scam[citation needed] involving a psychic shop that fraudulently represented the Dr. Phil Show. The women set up a phone line that they claimed to be run by the director of the Dr. Phil show. By telling customers that they could have a phone conversation with Dr. Phil for $750 an hour, they scammed Dr. Phil's viewers out of thousands of dollars.[4]
  • On December 12, 2006, the show featured a segment on bumfights and attacks on the homeless across America. Dr. Phil discontinued an interview with the creator and distributor of the video series in disgust and forced him off the set by order of Paramount Studios security guards, after already inviting him.[citation needed]

Logos and title cards


  • In the Arab World the show airs on MBC 4 at 17:00KSA.
  • In Australia the show currently airs on the Network Ten at 12pm each weekday. Prior to 2006, it aired on the Nine Network. The show is also aired on the W. Channel on cable television.
  • In Belgium the show airs on VijfTV at 03:45 PM. And repeats in the night at 01:15.
  • In Belize, Great Belize Television airs it regularly at 5:30 PM Monday to Friday.
  • In Brazil the show airs on Fox Life every weekday at 20:00
  • In Canada the show airs on CTV, at varying times depending on region.
  • In Denmark the show airs on TV3 at 14:20.
  • In Estonia the show airs on Neljas every day at 18:25 on weekdays and at 18:00 on weekends.
  • In Iceland the show airs on SkjárEinn at 17:45 every day of the week, and all the week's episodes shown again at the weekend.
  • In Finland the show airs on Nelonen at 17:50.
  • In Ireland the show airs every weekday morning on RTE1.
  • In Israel the show airs on yes stars Base and HOT Family at 14:30.
  • In Mexico the show airs by cable on American Network during the week .
  • In New Zealand the show airs on TV3 at 13:00.
  • In Norway the show airs on TV3 at 11:35, and 19:00 (re-run of 11:35)
  • In the Philippines the show airs on Q every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 6:10 to 7:15 pm
  • In Portugal the show airs on SIC Mulher at 4:15, 7:45 and 19:55.
  • In South Africa the show airs every weekday on SABC2 at 12:30.
  • In Sweden the show airs on TV4 Plus at 19:05.
  • In The Netherlands the show airs on RTL5 at 16:40 and on RTL 8 at 18:20.
  • In the United Kingdom the show airs on Living, throughout the week. Zone Romantica will air the show 12 noon and 5pm weekdays from September 2009.
  • In South Africa the show airs on SABC, through out the week.
  • In Poland the show airs on nTalk few times a day (irregularly, but daily you can watch it about 4 times or more, not only re-plays but also new episodes)
  • In Venezuela the show airs on Fox life, through out the week.

Dr. Phil Now

This format of the Dr.Phil show is when he helps or gives advice to people that are having big problems in the news the week the show airs. The "Now" episodes have a set with a desk like a news center, and open with another type of music ("breaking news" music.) It has the same dynamic. Themes have included rapists, criminals or Hollywood stars' issues. One episode included Britney Spears and her 2008 divorce and child custody battle. The show's slogan is If it's happening now, we're going to deal with it now.

In the 2002-2008 opening it has a "Dr.Phil Show Now" logo with Dr.Phil saying the show slogan.


  1. ^ Ben Widdicombe (2005). "Dr. Phil's Double Trouble". New York Daily News. http://web.archive.org/web/20051231052936/http://www.nydailynews.com/news/gossip/story/313967p-268580c.html. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  2. ^ Anon (2005). "How Dr. Phil became Dr. Phoney". OnlineHome.us. http://s91498905.onlinehome.us/DrPhil/. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Phil gets the heave-ho for filming abuses", Office of council member Tom Labonge, 4th Council District Newsletter[1] Last accessed 12 December 2006
  4. ^ "Dr. Phil Confronts Scammers" from Break.Com [2] Last accessed 12 December 2006

As of October 2009, Post Newsweek station KPRC in Houston, TX has decided to drop the Dr. Phil show from its afternoon lineup due to less than expected ratings and Dr. Phil's ongoing legal issues. KPRC has since replaced the show with Dr. Oz, another Oprah Winfrey protege.

Further reading

Sophia Dembling, Lisa Gutierrez (2005). The Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone's Favorite Therapist. Wiley. ISBN 0471696595. 

External links

Simple English

Dr. Phil is an American talk show hosted by Dr. Phil McGraw. It debuted on September 16, 2002, after McGraw had success with the "Tuesdays With Dr. Phil" segment on The Oprah Winfrey Show. On both shows McGraw offers advice in the form of "life strategies" from his experience as a clinical psychologist.

The show is in syndication throughout the United States and Canada, as well as a number of other countries. Also, the show's syndication contracts specifically state that if Dr. Phil is on another station, it cannot air at the same time as Oprah.

The sixth season premiered on September 10, 2007.

It was announced on August 3, 2005 that Dr. Phil had been renewed through at least 2012-2013, lasting through the 11th season.

In 2007, Dr. Phil was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Talk Show Host".

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