The Doctors (talk show)

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The Doctors
Doctors 2008 logo.png
Created by Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw
Directed by Lynn Hermstad
Theme music composer Moon Martin
Opening theme adaptation of "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11[2]
No. of episodes 1,534[3]
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Stage 29 Productions[1]
Distributor CBS Television Distribution[1]
Original network Syndication
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release September 8, 2008 (2008-09-08) – present
Related shows Dr. Phil
External links

The Doctors is an Emmy Award-winning American syndicated daytime talk show that has offered timely, topical and practical health, wellness and lifestyle information since 2008. It is currently in its 10th season and was recently renewed for an 11th season.[4] The hour-long daytime program is produced by Stage 29 Productions and is distributed domestically and globally by CBS Television Distribution. Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington, Patricia Ciano and Dr. Phil McGraw are executive producers.


The concept, which originated on Dr. Phil, mostly focuses on health and medical issues, as a team of medical professionals (and sometimes celebrity guests/speakers) discuss a range of various health-related topics and answer questions from viewers who are too embarrassed to ask their own doctors.

The series is hosted by emergency room physician and former The Bachelor participant Travis Stork, a University of Virginia trained physician, who has appeared frequently on Dr. Phil, with pediatrician Jim Sears,[5] obstetrician/gynecologist Lisa Masterson, and plastic surgeon Andrew Ordon rounding out the discussion panel.[6]

On May 6, 2011, it was announced that Jillian Michaels had been added to the cast of The Doctors doing mainly segments outside the studio, along with serving as a "special correspondent" on Dr. Phil."[7] Wendy Walsh, a psychotherapist and relationship expert seen usually in pundit panels on CNN and HLN, was announced as a fifth regular panelist to the show on September 1, 2011, to start as of September 12.[8]

During the holiday break at the end of 2011, Michaels left the show to return to The Biggest Loser, with Walsh also departing the series and returning it to the original four-doctor format for the 2012 season. Lisa Masterson did not return for the sixth season. Urologist Jennifer Berman and family medicine physician and sexologist Rachael Ross joined the series.[1]



The show had not ranked in the top 20 syndicated programs at all during the beginning of its first season, coming in behind the syndicated version of the game show Deal or No Deal among new syndicated programs, garnering a 1.3 rating at the time of its launch.[9] Since then, it has been the only talk show to gain viewers this season,[when?] registering a 1.5 rating by the end of October, up to 1.9 by December, and 2.3 by January, surpassing Deal or No Deal; the show remains the top new talk show of the season.[10]

There is also evidence in individual markets of the show's success: for instance, in Buffalo, New York, the show is credited with increasing the lead-in for WKBW-TV's 5:00 newscasts, to the point that the station is once again competitive with other stations in the market.[11]

Quality of advice[edit]

A 2014 study in the British Medical Journal examined 40 randomly-selected episodes of The Doctors and studied the veracity of 80 randomly-selected statements or recommendations made in each episode. The study determined that "evidence supported 63%, contradicted 14%, and was not found for 24%" of recommendations made by the panel of doctors, and advised that "the public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows."[12]

Non-US versions[edit]

In Canada, a French version called Les Docteurs airs on Radio-Canada (simultaneously with The Doctors, which airs on a different channel at that time). The show, whose format is identical to the previous seasons of the English version, features French-Canadian doctors in a similar-looking set with the same color scheme and French wording, though it did not license the theme song and goes without sound effects.[13]

In Mexico, a Latin American version called Los Doctores is airs on Televisa.[14] In Malaysia, an Malay version of The Doctors is called MY Doctors airs on Astro Ria. In Lebanon, an Arabic version of The Doctors is aired on MTV. In Vietnam, the program is called Các Bác sĩ nói gì? (What did the Doctors say?). In Portugal, the show airs in English with Portuguese subtitles on SIC.

In Egypt, after the end of Al-Bernameg, rumors surfaced on the internet that Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef will return with a new program on Egyptian television that has no relation with satire and politics. Bassem denied the rumors. However, it was revealed on 5 September 2014 that Bassem Youssef will return to television with an Egyptian version of The Doctors.[needs update]


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  2. ^ "CTD's 'Face the Truth' Is a Firm Go for Fall". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 13, 2018. 
  3. ^ "The 1,000 Episode Club". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 13, 2018. 
  4. ^ "CTD's 'Face the Truth' Firm Go for Fall". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  5. ^ "Urine as a health elixir? 'The Doctors' hosts put urine facials, drinks to the test". NY Daily News. May 27, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "From The Futon Critic". October 24, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jillian Michaels to join 'The Doctors' - May 6, 2011 18:46:39 | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Dr.Wendy Walsh Joins 'The Doctors' - September 1, 2011 18:54:50 | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ Fitzgerald, Toni. Hot thing in syndie 'Deal or No Deal'. Media Life. October 17, 2008.
  10. ^ "Travolta Tragedy Affects Syndie Mags - January 21, 2009 19:58:45 | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  11. ^ Pergament, Alan. Channel 4 returns to the lead, but cable quarrel boosts Channel 7. The Buffalo News. November 18, 2008.
  12. ^ Koronyk, C.; et al. (December 17, 2014). "Televised medical talk shows—what they recommend and the evidence to support their recommendations: a prospective observational study". The British Medical Journal. doi:10.1136/bmj.g7346. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Les docteurs". August 29, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Carla Estrada lista para Los Doctores". August 13, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 

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