Dr. Phil (talk Show)
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Dr. Phil Talk Show

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 episodes3,000[1]
Production
Executive producers
  • Carla Pennington
  • Phil McGraw
Camera setupMultiple
Running time41-48 minutes
Production companies
Distributor
Release
Original networkCBS, Syndication
Picture format
Original releaseSeptember 16, 2002 (2002-09-16) -
present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

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] The show is in syndication throughout the United States and a number of other countries. Occasional prime time specials have aired on CBS. The program has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award every year since 2004.

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. 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.[3]

History

The Dr. Phil show premiered on September 16, 2002.[4] Prior to starting the show, McGraw had made regular appearances as a guest expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[5][6]

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. Its tenth season premiered on September 12, 2011. Reruns of earlier episodes of the series began broadcasting on the Oprah Winfrey Network in January 2011.

Since 2011, Dr. Phil has ranked as the top syndicated talk show, prior to that it was the second highest rated talk show after The Oprah Winfrey Show.[7] In October 2015, it was reported that Dr. Phil had been renewed through 2020.[8]

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."[9] In 2004, the National Alliance on Mental Illness called McGraw's conduct in one episode of his television show "unethical" and "incredibly irresponsible".[10] McGraw's critics regard advice given by him to be at best simplistic, and at worst, ineffective.[11]

On April 13, 2008, an un-named staffer for Dr. Phil put up 10%, or a total of $3,300 towards the $33,000 bail for 17 year old Mercades Nichols, one of a group of eight teenage girls who beat another girl and videotaped the attack. Someone not affiliated with the show put up the remaining 90% of the bail for Nichols, who had been booked at the Polk County, Florida jail.[12] Theresa Corigliano, spokesperson for the Dr. Phil show said that "In this case certain staffers went beyond our guidelines," and that the producers had "decided not to go forward with the story as our guidelines have been compromised."[13][14]

Shelley Duvall, who was reportedly suffering from mental illness,[15] appeared on a segment on the show in 2016.[16] It drew significant criticism from the public, with many suggesting that Duvall's mental illness was being exploited.[16] In the segment, she refused the offered treatment.[16]

On October 25, 2018, it was announced that Dr. Phil had been renewed for four additional seasons, for a total of 21 seasons, ending in May 2023.[3]

Format

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 Now

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.

Reception

Ratings

On May 21, 2007 the Dr. Phil show was ranked 4th by Nielsen Media Research, with 6.68 million viewers. The show was ranked 6th with 5.69 million viewers on May 12, 2008.[17][18] In May 2008, the Dr. Phil was the second most popular talk show on television, after The Oprah Winfrey Show.[19]

On July 30, 2019 Dr. Phil was the top syndicated show with a 2.9 national Nielsen rating, ranking first among talk shows for the 150th consecutive week.[20] The Dr. Phil show was the highest rated talk show in the first week of March 2020, with a 2.8 national Nielsen rating.[21]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2019 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement The Dr. Phil show Nominated
2018 Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Daytime TV Host Nominated
2016 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement Nominated
2014 Outstanding Talk Show Informative Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Daytime TV Host Nominated
2013 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design Nominated
Outstanding Promotional Announcement Nominated
2012 Outstanding Talk Show Informative Nominated
2011 Nominated
2010 Nominated
2009 Nominated
2008 Nominated
PRISM Award Outstanding Television Talk Show Episode Nominated
2007 Won
Daytime Emmy Award Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host Phil McGraw Nominated
2006 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show The Dr. Phil show Nominated
PRISM Award Outstanding Television Talk Show Episode Nominated
GLAAD Media Award GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode Nominated
2005 Daytime Emmy Award Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host Phil McGraw Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Daytime TV Host Nominated
PRISM Award Outstanding Television Talk Show Episode The Dr. Phil show Won
2004 PRISM Award Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host Phil McGraw Nominated
2003 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show The Dr. Phil show Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host Phil McGraw Nominated

References

  1. ^ https://www.drphil.com/shows/dr-phils-3000th-show/
  2. ^ "About Dr. Phil | Dr. Phil". October 22, 2015. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 25, 2018). "Phil McGraw To Host 'Dr. Phil' Through 2023 In New Mega Deal Extension With CBS Television Distribution". Deadline. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (September 24, 2002). "Blunt Advice And No Pity Get Ratings For Dr. Phil (Published 2002)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ Day, Sherri (October 27, 2003). "MEDIA; Dr. Phil, Medicine Man (Published 2003)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "Dr. Phil Goes Hollywood". D Magazine. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 20, 2015). "Phil McGraw To Host 'Dr. Phil' Through 2020 With New CBS TV Distribution Deal". Deadline. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (October 20, 2015). "Phil McGraw Renews Talk Show Pact with CBS Through 2020". Variety. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ Lavin, Cheryl. "Dr. Tell it Like it Is." South Florida Sun Sentinel, July 3, 2001, Page 1E
  10. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (September 1, 2004). "On Dr. Phil, a Dose of Bad Medicine?". Washington Post. p. C7. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Salerno, Steve (2005). SHAM; How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless. Crown Publishers. ISBN 1-4000-5409-5.
  12. ^ Finn, natalie (April 15, 2008). "Dr. Phil Staffers Bail on Show Guidelines". E! Online. Archived from the original on October 29, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ LEDGER, JEREMY MAREADYTHE. "'Dr. Phil' Intervenes in Beating Case". The Ledger. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "'Dr. Phil' Staff Bails Out Jailed Teen". ABC 30 Action News. May 22, 2008. Archived from the original on October 29, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "'Shining' actress Shelley Duvall tells Dr. Phil she's mentally ill". USA Today. November 16, 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ 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 2019.
  17. ^ "Week of May 21, 2007". Nielsen TV. Nielsen. 2007. Archived from the original on June 9, 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  18. ^ "Week of August 11, 2008". Nielsen TV. Nielsen. 2008. Archived from the original on June 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  19. ^ Wyatt, Edward (May 26, 2008). "A Few Tremors in Oprahland". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on August 15, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ "'Dr Phil' Hits 150 Weeks as Top-Rated Syndicated Talk Show". TheWrap. July 30, 2019. Retrieved 2021.
  21. ^ "'Dr Phil' Hits Season-High Ratings Amid Coronavirus Preemptions". TheWrap. March 10, 2020. Retrieved 2021.

Further reading

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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