The Philip DeFranco Show

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The Philip DeFranco Show
Also known asThe PDS
GenrePop culture and news
Created byPhilip DeFranco
Presented byPhilip DeFranco
Country of originUnited States
Running timearound 7 to 22 minutes
Original networkRevision3
Picture format240p to 1080p
Original releaseJune 21, 2007 (2007-06-21) –
Related showsSourceFed
The Vloggity
External links

The Philip DeFranco Show, usually abbreviated and referred to as the PDS, is a pop culture and news series created by American YouTube personality, Philip DeFranco, and his main claim to fame. The show has gone through several schedule changes through its lifetime, but as of 2019, airs weekly, Monday through Thursday. The first video with The Philip DeFranco Show included in its intro was uploaded on June 21, 2007. As DeFranco became increasingly popular, he signed with Revision3, which would eventually acquire all of DeFranco's assets, including the PDS. The Philip DeFranco Show has been sponsored by Netflix, Ting, and State Farm. The show has been nominated for and has won several awards that focus on internet culture and web series. As of 2017 Philip DeFranco purchased his assets back from Group Nine (the company that replaced Discovery Digital Networks) and the Philip DeFranco show is now a part of the Philip DeFranco Network and produced by Rogue Rocket, DeFranco's production company.


The show is recorded by DeFranco in his production office in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.[1] The PDS is then edited by James Girardier so that the episode is presented in a fast paced vlog format, complemented with use of frequent jump cuts throughout.[1][2][3] The topics discussed in the show vary, but usually cover pop culture and news.[4] Episodes usually have a 10-minute duration in which Defranco lists both arguements of a story and then states his opinion.[2] During the show's early existence, in 2007, DeFranco stated that he usually searches websites such as Technorati to find topics to discuss.[5] Episodes of the series include recurring segments, such as the "Douchebag of the Day" segment and "Today in Awesome."[6]

Some of the older episodes have been noted to include racy thumbnails, such as Big Boobs and You.[7] As of June 2013, the video now holds a thumbnail of DeFranco speaking.[8] The video was chosen as one of DeFranco's top five YouTube moments by New Media Rockstars.[9] DeFranco commented on racy thumbnails in an Los Angeles Times article.[10]


Philip DeFranco speaking at VidCon 2012

DeFranco created his sxephil channel on September 15, 2006.[11] DeFranco would begin to upload vlogs, before uploading the first PDS on June 21, 2007.[12] Despite this, the show's debut date is disputed, and has been cited for being 2006.[13]

Early episodes of The Philip DeFranco Show were short and black and white for either most of or the entire duration of an episode. This was because DeFranco was limited to a $20 black and white camera.[14]

In 2008, an episode of the PDS used footage of the 2008 Toronto propane explosion captured by then 24-year-old Saejin Oh without permission, a violation of YouTube's community guidelines. "I’m disgusted by it," said Oh in an e-mail exchange. "Personally, I’m not worried they stole my video or made profit out of it. I’m rather more disgusted by the fact that they used a video of real-life event that caused death of two people to pay tribute to ... a movie." DeFranco declined a request from Wired for an interview on the subject. Saejin Oh submitted a YouTube copyright strike with YouTube, and the entire PDS video (not just the short segment featuring Oh's content) was eventually taken down.[15] The video received over 351,094 views and had monetization enabled, giving DeFranco potentially hundreds of dollars from Google Adsense (if earning the average CPM).[16]

During December 2008, one of his videos was removed from the front page, although as a YouTube partner, however, his account was not suspended.[17]

DeFranco has, on several occasions, announced the "end" of The Philip DeFranco Show. Each time, he shortly went against his word. The first time was on November 3, 2008, when DeFranco announced the show would end on November 3, 2009.[18] DeFranco stated in an interview, "I don't want to overrun my time because it'll mean a lot less to me."[19] On October 6, 2009, however, DeFranco announced that the show would continue past November 3, 2009.[20] On April 22, 2010, DeFranco had announced, in then the final episode, the conclusion of the show's run.[21] However, DeFranco stated he "needed to cancel the show", due to a contract he signed with a company "way back in the day" that allowed them to advertise his show which he would have to agree to. DeFranco would continue uploading similar content on his sxephil channel, under the name Not Safe For Work, which was abbreviated NSFW.[22] The show, however, shortly returned to its original format, on May 7, 2010.[23]

In May 2013, The Philip DeFranco Show, as well as DeFranco's other assets, were acquired by Revision3, a network which DeFranco was signed under.[13][24][25]

On December 19, 2013, DeFranco once again flirted with the idea of ending the PDS, tweeting out "I think 2014 is going to be the last year of the PDS. But we'll have 365 days to figure it out together."[26] The show would continue into 2015, however.[27]

Over the course of the series, guests have appeared on the show, such as cosplayer Jessica Nigri, and video game journalist Adam Sessler.[28][29][30]

On May 1, 2017, DeFranco announced via his YouTube series that he would be launching a Patreon campaign and network called DeFranco Elite, reclaiming the assets of the Philip DeFranco Show to extend the brand on his own, with the help of his fans and followers. However, some fans were upset with DeFranco claiming transparency despite not revealing the amount of money and donators he has.[citation needed]


The show has been able to attract large view numbers, as an Los Angeles Times article states "at its best, surpassing the average viewership of such recognizable programs as CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, HLN's Nancy Grace, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show and even Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart".[2] By early 2013, DeFranco's sxephil channel, driven almost entirely on the PDS, had accumulated over one billion video views.[31] The series has been met with critical success, as well; DeFranco has been called "the Walter Cronkite of the YouTube generation".[1] DeFranco has also been compared to Jon Stewart.[32] Despite this, DeFranco has stated that "... in no world should I ever be considered a journalist. I'm just a guy talking about the world trying to have a conversation with people."[33]

The PDS has been criticized for being "YouTube-centric".[34] DeFranco has admitted that a common criticism he receives is his use of jump cuts throughout episodes of the show.[35]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Year Category Award Result Ref
2010 Best Vlogger 2nd Streamy Awards Nominated [36]
2013 Best News Web Series 2nd IAWTV Awards Won [37][38]
Best Writing (Non-Fiction) Nominated [39]
Best First-Person Series 3rd Streamy Awards Nominated [40]
Best News and Culture Series Won [41]
2014 Show of the Year 4th Streamy Awards Nominated [42]
2015 Show of the Year 5th Streamy Awards Nominated [43]
2016 Show of the Year 6th Streamy Awards Won [44]
Best News and Culture Series Won [44][45]
2017 Show of the Year 7th Streamy Awards Nominated [46]
Best News and Culture Series Nominated [46]
2018 Show of the Year 8th Streamy Awards Nominated [47]
Best News Series Won [47]


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  2. ^ a b c Chmielewski, Dawn C. (August 28, 2012). "YouTube gives wacky anchorman Philip DeFranco greater exposure". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Jaworski, Michelle (August 13, 2012). "YouTube's Philip DeFranco braves dangerous new waters for Shark Week". The Daily Dot. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  4. ^ Humphrey, Michael (July 27, 2012). "YouTube PrimeTime: Philip DeFranco's 'People First' Plan Has SourceFed Booming". Forbes. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
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  6. ^ Rayne (August 21, 2009). "sxePhil: A Little News, A Little Sarcasm, and Your Douchebag of the Day". Mind Cryme. Retrieved November 26, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ Sarno, David (October 14, 2007). "The bait is sexy; be prepared for a switch". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  8. ^ "big boobs and you search query". YouTube. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
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  10. ^ Sarno, David (February 4, 2009). "Technology". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  11. ^ "sxephil about". The Philip DeFranco Show. YouTube. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  12. ^ DeFranco, Philip (June 21, 2007). "Fake Rape is the new Black". The Philip DeFranco Show. YouTube. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Discovery's Revision3 Buys Philip DeFranco's YouTube Ventures". Hollywood. Deadline. May 30, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ Frank Chindamo; Lynn Chindamo (September 4, 2013). "Philip Defranco's Perserverance [sic], Sex Appeal Lead To YouTube Stardom". Tubefilter. Retrieved September 9, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ Wortham, Jenna (August 21, 2008). "Underwire Taking the Pulse of Pop Culture Popular YouTubers 'Borrow' Disaster Footage to Spoof Cloverfield". Underwire. Wired. Retrieved June 14, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ Learmonth, Michael (August 20, 2008). "YouTube Producers Milk Fatal Toronto Explosion For Fun And Profit". Business Insider. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
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  18. ^ DeFranco, Philip (November 3, 2008). "End of the Road For Me". The Philip DeFranco Show. YouTube. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  19. ^ Powers, Nicole (January 2, 2009). "Philip DeFranco is sxephil". Suicide Girls. Retrieved June 13, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  20. ^ DeFranco, Philip (October 6, 2009). "Peepshow's Aubrey Has Issues and It May Involve VRNWAAZ". The Philip DeFranco Show. YouTube. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  21. ^ DeFranco, Philip (April 22, 2010). "The Last PDS and How we killed 55.8 Black people in 1787". The Philip DeFranco Show. YouTUbe. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  22. ^ DeFranco, Philip (April 26, 2010). "NSFW- BoobQuake 2010". Not Safe for Work. YouTube. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  23. ^ DeFranco, Philip (May 7, 2010). "CRAZY TSA Beatdown bc Body Scanner Reveals Tiny Pen*s!!!". The Philip DeFranco Show. YouTube. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  24. ^ Shields, Mike (May 31, 2013). "YouTube Star Phil DeFranco Talks Revision3 Deal". Adweek. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  25. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew (January 5, 2012). "Revision3 signs Philip DeFranco". Variety. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  26. ^ Gutelle, Sam (December 19, 2013). "2014 May Be The Final Year Of 'The Philip DeFranco Show'". Tubefilter. Retrieved December 24, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  27. ^ DeFranco, Philip (January 5, 2015). NEW QUEEN OF PORN SPARKS OUTRAGE!!. The Philip DeFranco Show. YouTube. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  28. ^ Solinsky, Kolby (August 6, 2014). "Cosplay coming back to Vancouver for Anime Revolution 2014". Burnaby NewsLeader. Retrieved August 26, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  29. ^ DeFranco, Philip (October 4, 2012). "Best News Day Evarrr!!". The Philip DeFranco Show. YouTube. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  30. ^ DeFranco, Philip (June 13, 2013). "Wendy's Wants To Make You Fat!?". The Philip DeFranco Show. YouTube. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  31. ^ Murphy, Kyle (January 11, 2013). "Philip DeFranco With Engadget At CES 2013". The Inquisitr. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  32. ^ Kessler, Sarah (August 4, 2014). "Inside YouTube's Fame Factory". Fast Company. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  33. ^ DeFranco, Philip (October 7, 2016). My Response to All the Hate and Angry Comments... The Friday Show. YouTube. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  34. ^ Shaw, Lucas (November 13, 2013). "Can Vice Build YouTube's First Huge News Channel?". The Wrap. Retrieved November 17, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  35. ^ DeFranco, Philip (May 16, 2013). "YouTuber Philip DeFranco AMA". Reddit. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  36. ^ "Streamy Awards: 2010 List". Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  37. ^ Manarino, Matthew (January 9, 2013). "Shocking News: Felicia Day & Phil DeFranco Among Winners at 2013 IAWTV Awards". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  38. ^ DeFranco, Philip (January 8, 2013). "My beautiful girlfriend accepted my IAWTV award for best news show bc I got stuck but YAY thank you Nation!!". Retrieved June 13, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  39. ^ Manarino, Matthew (November 12, 2012). "BREAK OUT THE AWARD POLISH AND KLEENEX: THE IAWTV AWARD NOMINEES ARE IN". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  40. ^ "3rd Annual Nominees & Winners". Streamys. Retrieved June 14, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
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