The next year, Mc Graw published his first best-selling book, Life Strategies.and launched his own syndicated daily television show, Dr. The format is an advice show, where he tackles a different topic on each show, offering advice for his guests' troubles.In 2003, Mc Graw entered the weight loss business, selling shakes, energy bars, and supplements.These products were promoted on his show with his sisters Deana and Brenda and nephew Tony among the featured testimonials on the show.In 1968, he was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where he played middle linebacker under Coach Glenn Dobbs. Mc Graw admits that some of the material from Life Strategies, his first best-seller, is taken directly from the Pathways seminar.On November 23 of that year, Mc Graw's team lost to the University of Houston 100–6, which is one of the most lopsided games in college football history. However, he has never mentioned Box or her contributions to his success in any of his books or TV shows.It was reported that a psychologist filed a complaint with the California Board of Psychology (BOP), alleging that Mc Graw had practiced psychology without a license and had violated doctor-patient privilege by discussing Spears' case with the media.The teen had been booked at the Polk County, Florida, jail on charges that included kidnapping and assault. Phil show had made plans to tape a one-hour show devoted to the incident and had sent a production assistant to Orlando to help book guests for the show. Phil show producer had posted bail for the teen, the outcry caused the show to cancel their plans. Riccio sued Mc Graw in Los Angeles Superior Court for defamation, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false light for what Riccio claims to have been deceitful editing of the Dr.
Mc Graw attended Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas. Phil shows were coined by Box and presented by Mc Graw in this seminar.These products' labels, which carried the brand name "Shape It Up, Woo, Woo!", stated: "These products contain scientifically researched levels of ingredients that can help you change your behavior to take control of your weight." This met with swift criticism from various sources, accusing Mc Graw (a clinical psychologist, and not a physician) of lacking the expertise to recommend weight loss products."In this case certain staffers went beyond our guidelines," said Theresa Corigliano, spokesperson for the Dr. "We have decided not to go forward with the story as our guidelines have been compromised." Mc Graw was sued by Thomas Riccio, the memorabilia collector responsible for taping the Las Vegas robbery that led to O. Phil Show on which he appeared in early October 2008.
Mc Graw's advice and methods have drawn criticism from some fellow psychotherapists as well as from some laymen.
The show is hosted by television personality and ER physician Travis Stork (The Bachelor).