Phil McGraw

Biography: Psychologist, life strategist, television host. Born in 1950 in Oklahoma, Dr. Phil was raised both there and in Texas. He grew up to become a 6-foot-4-inch linebacker and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa. He finished his degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Later, in just four years, he picked up his master's and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of North Texas. In 1979, Dr. Phil opened a practice with his father, who earned his psychology degree at the age of 40.
After going into private practice, Dr. Phil soon realized one-on-one therapy wasn't for him. He then launched a popular self-motivation seminar called Pathways. And in 1989, he built a company called Courtroom Sciences. The venture helped trial lawyers build cases using psychology by conducting mock trials, behavioral analysis, jury selection and mediation.
It was through Courtroom Sciences that Dr. Phil met Oprah Winfrey. In 1996, she was being sued by
Psychologist, life strategist, television host. Born in 1950 in Oklahoma, Dr. Phil was raised both there and in Texas. He grew up to become a 6-foot-4-inch linebacker and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa. He finished his degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Later, in just four years, he picked up his master's and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of North Texas. In 1979, Dr. Phil opened a practice with his father, who earned his psychology degree at the age of 40.
After going into private practice, Dr. Phil soon realized one-on-one therapy wasn't for him. He then launched a popular self-motivation seminar called Pathways. And in 1989, he built a company called Courtroom Sciences. The venture helped trial lawyers build cases using psychology by conducting mock trials, behavioral analysis, jury selection and mediation.

It was through Courtroom Sciences that Dr. Phil met Oprah Winfrey. In 1996, she was being sued by cattlemen who claimed she defamed the beef industry on one of her shows, and Oprah hired Dr. Phil to assist during the trial. After helping her win the case in 1998, Dr. Phil became a regular expert on Oprah, dealing with life strategies and relationships. With his catchphrase, "Get real," the plain-spoken Texan served up common sense advice rather than self-help jargon. His tough demeanor made him a psychologist that even men felt comfortable listening to.
In the fall of 2002, he launched his own nationally syndicated series, Dr. Phil. Along with conducting motivational seminars across the country, he is the author of three New York Times bestsellers.

» His fourth, which outlines strategies for weight managemnt, is in the works.
Dr. Phil has been married to his wife, Robin, since 1976. They have two sons, Jay and Jordan.

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Phil McGraw's Scores

Average career score: 50
Highest Metascore: 60 The View: Season 18
Lowest Metascore: 40 Bull (2016): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
2 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
40 Bull (2016): Season 1 Sep 20, 2016 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 4.6
tbd Jimmy Kimmel Live: Season 13 Jan 5, 2015 Guest tbd
60 The View: Season 18 Sep 15, 2014 Himself 3.2
tbd Jimmy Kimmel Live: Season 11 Jan 7, 2013 Guest 8.0
tbd The Oprah Winfrey Show: Season 24 Sep 10, 2009 Himself tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 17 Aug 31, 2009 Guest tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 16 Sep 2, 2008 Guest tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 15 Sep 4, 2007 Guest tbd
tbd The View: Season 10 Sep 5, 2006 Himself tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 14 Aug 28, 2006 Guest tbd
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 15 Jun 5, 2006 Guest tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 13 Aug 29, 2005 Guest tbd
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 14 Jun 6, 2005 Guest tbd
tbd The View: Season 8 Aug 30, 2004 Himself tbd
tbd Dr. Phil: Season 3 Aug 30, 2004 Host tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 12 Aug 23, 2004 Guest 10
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 13 Jun 7, 2004 Guest tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 11 Sep 1, 2003 Guest tbd
tbd Dr. Phil: Season 2 Sep 1, 2003 Host tbd
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 12 Jun 2, 2003 Guest tbd
tbd Dr. Phil: Season 7 Dec 23, 2002 Host tbd
tbd Dr. Phil: Season 1 Sep 16, 2002 Host tbd
tbd The View: Season 6 Sep 3, 2002 Himself tbd
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 10 Sep 3, 2002 Guest 8.0
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 11 Jun 3, 2002 Guest tbd
tbd The View: Season 5 Jan 2, 2002 Himself tbd
tbd The Oprah Winfrey Show: Season 20 Aug 1, 2000 Himself tbd
tbd The Oprah Winfrey Show: Season 17 May 1, 2000 Himself tbd
tbd The Oprah Winfrey Show: Season 16 Apr 3, 2000 Himself tbd
tbd The Oprah Winfrey Show: Season 14 Jan 3, 2000 Himself tbd