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Since September 2002, Phil McGraw has tackled tough issues along with guests and visiting professionals on his eponymous "Dr. Phil Show." The widely ranging topics on the show include everything from alcoholism and other substance abuse to rebellious teenagers and bad parenting. Now entering its tenth season, the show's ratings have been decreasing yearly since 2007. In June of this year, it ranked twenty-third among syndicated programs in the United States.

The Dr. Phil Show uses a familiar format. Dr. Phil comes onstage and announces the topic of that particular show. He then expounds briefly on the topic and sometimes asks a few questions of any visiting professional of whom he asks an opinion. He then either introduces the guest, or guests, directly or by way of a video vignette. Sometimes, he uses both. The vignettes generally portray a series of events in the lives of the guests, with the events relevant to the topic of the show. They also generally include recorded interview segments with the guests. He then interviews the guests face to face and asks their feelings, reactions, and ideas regarding the topic of both the video and the show and how it affects the guests themselves. If there are two sides to any conflict, Dr. Phil presents both sides.

Dr. Phil then usually asks for further comment from any visiting professionals regarding the guests' specific problems and segues into another video vignette most of the time. If there are multiple guests, or groups of guests, Dr. Phil gives them all equal time. He continues the process until the end of the show, when he walks offstage with his wife Robin as the theme song plays.

Dr. Phil occasionally takes on a long term project that plays out over a whole season, and sometimes beyond. He chooses a "Dr. Phil Family" and selects topics for a series of shows that relate to the family and its dynamics. He attempts to work with the family and solve the underlying problems causing the faulty dynamics that led him to choose the family in the first place. So far, he has done this twice, with middling results despite his best efforts.

Daily at 3:00 PM et/pt on Syndicated
15 Seasons, 1422 Episodes
September 1, 2002
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Dr. Phil Show Full Episode Guide

  • Making a Murderer Exposed

  • Private Planes, Black Tie Parties, Elite Sporting Events: The Shocking Story of One Woman's Life in Sex Trafficking

  • Brainwashing Con-Artist or Loving Girlfriend? Who Is Matthew Dating?

  • Drinking Since 18, 3 DUIs by 21, Passed Out by the Side of the Road: My Beautiful Daughter Needs Rehab Now!

  • My Mother-In-Law Allowed My Husband to Have an Affair Under Her Roof, and Now My Husband Is Threatening to Kill Me

  • Stay-at-Home Mom Arrested 4 Times for Shoplifting and Used Her Young Children as Decoys

  • My Daughter's Boyfriend Has Been Arrested for Domestic Battery Twice, but She Refuses to Leave Him

  • Slashed Tires, Affairs, Harassment: Dr. Phil, Help Me Escape My Co-Parenting Nightmare!

  • Elora says that when she was going through difficult teen years, her mother put her in the psych ward three times and even put her in foster care, and she fears for her young brother and niece, who currently live with her mother.

  • Parents reunite with their estranged son, Brandon, who is ``peacefully resisting'' a federal arrest warrant by leaving town and heading to Hollywood to become a rock star, and his wife, whom they blame for encouraging him to ``follow his dreams.''

  • Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy sits down with Dr. Phil to discuss his announcement that he is battling dementia and address rumors that he was intoxicated during a recent performance.

  • Madison's parents say she is now corrupting her 13-year-old sister, who has harsh words for them as emotions run high.

  • Parents say they fear for their family's lives, as 15-year-old Madison assaults them, uses drugs, and was in a high-speed car chase that ended in the car being totaled.

  • My Entitled, Lazy Adult Rapper Son Is Sinking This Family!

  • My Ex-Boyfriend Believes He Is Jesus and Scolded, Starved and Tortured Me

  • Neighbor Shooting: Self Defense or an Angry Husband Out for Revenge?

  • Did Step-Dad Molest His Step-Daughter and Granddaughter?: The Polygraph Results

  • Did Step-Dad Molest His Step-Daughter and Granddaughter? Did Grandma Know?

  • Multiple Restraining Orders and Fake Pregnancies: Is It Going to Stop? Part 2

  • Dr. Phil's team uncovers Brittany's history of harassing men and fabricating pregnancies, births and even infant deaths; her former friends and one of her exes make additional accusations.

  • Blake, 26, throws his college education to the wayside to sit around all day and smoke pot in the rent-free house his mother has put him up in; his mother and sister say he is verbally abusive, disrespectful and refuses to work.

  • After spending more than two months locked in a metal storage container, Kala Brown continues to tell her story of captivity, her fight to survive and her dramatic rescue.

  • The Girl in the Box: Kala Brown's Story of Being Abducted by a Suspected Serial Killer NEW

  • Following her heated appearance last year, 13-year-old Danielle unexpectedly became an overnight social media star after she told the ``Dr. Phil'' audience to ``cash me ousside, how bow dah''; why her mom is asking for Dr. Phil's help once again.

  • Joelle says her 28-year-old former high-school cheerleader daughter, Kaitlin, is now six months pregnant with her third child and addicted to heroin; the young woman's sister blames their mother.

  • Inconsistencies pile up in the saga of young Ryan, his girlfriend, Suzanne, and her twin sister's will; Dr. Phil uncovers a massive secret that changes everything.

  • Suzanne's manipulative, mooching young boyfriend was online friends with her twin sister, who passed away, leaving him some big-ticket items in her will.

  • Haley, the teen who was convinced she was pregnant with baby Jesus, now says she realizes her pregnancy wasn't real, but she still hears voices.

  • The teen who said she was pregnant with baby Jesus, swore Eminem was her father and said she was a contestant on "American Idol'' has been in treatment, but her family says she may be more delusional and paranoid than ever.

  • Calah Waskow, 15, made national news when she was abducted by her friend's 37-year-old father; Calah was found safe five days later, but many questions remained; Calah tells her story in an exclusive interview.

  • Marna, who admits she's a liar, reveals to Dr. Phil the outrageous falsehoods she says she's been telling everyone, including her fiancĂ©, Mark.

  • My Sister Went From a College Basketball Player to a Sugar Baby Party Teen With Disturbing Fantasies

  • Lauren struggles to regain control of her life after being held captive and tortured by her mother and stepfather from the ages of 2 to 8 years old and now suffers from flashbacks, nightmares and night terrors.

  • Tabitha claims she has no problem with her spouse Gary being a self-proclaimed ``virtuous pedophile''; his past foster daughter, who was just 10 years old when she lived with Gary, confronts with him and makes some surprising accusations.

  • Eight-year-old Michael's stepmother says he is a troubled child with behavior problems, who could be a serial killer in the making; the child's mother, who lost custody, provides a videotape she says is evidence the stepmother is coaching him.

  • A woman who is living on the streets thinks that Michael Jackson wrote his hit song ``Smooth Criminal'' about her and that she is going to cash in on the royalties to the song; Michael Jackson's former sound/audio engineer reveals the truth.

  • A former couple who married soon after their first date have young children stuck in the middle of a bitter custody dispute; Dr. John Chirban (book ``Collateral Damage'').

  • Homeless and Addicted, but We Are Still Good Parents

  • Was Her Boyfriend Falsely Convicted of Sexual Assault? Her Parents Want Him Gone

  • A Vindictive Ex-Wife or an Erratic Ex-Husband Using His Religion to Excuse His Behavior?

  • Our Toddler Grandson Is Malnourished and Living in a Homeless Shelter With Our Troubled Son

  • Discipline Dilemma: How to Help a Shoplifting, Class-Cutting, Sexting 16-Year-Old

  • Jeremy thinks his wife is cheating with multiple men and is trying to kill him in order to collect his insurance money.

  • Christina believes the wrong person was convicted of killing her son, Steffin.

  • Weekly Ambulance Rides, Nearly 100 Doctors: My Mother Thinks She Is Dying, but It's All in Her Head

  • My Handsome Reality TV Star Ex and Father of My Son Thinks He's God's Gift to Women

  • My Overbearing Mom Wants to Parent My Child and Calls My Boyfriend a Part-Time Dad!

  • I Canceled the Wedding Because I Refuse to Sign the Prenup!

  • Every Parent's Worst Nightmare: The Senseless Killing of a 6-Year-Old Twin Girl and a Family's Struggle With the Aftermath

  • Were Pet Owners Scammed Out of Thousands of Dollars by a Service Dog Company?

  • My Head-Butting, Furniture-Throwing 9-Year-Old Daughter Looks Like an Angel but Behaves Like a Wild Child: Who's to Blame for Her Behavior?

  • Mom, Stop Harassing Me and Give Me Back My Children!

  • My Money-Hungry Mom Is an Ungrateful Brat Who Treats Me Like Her Meal Ticket

  • Our Bratty, Mooching Daughter Stole Her Dad's Identity and Aunt's Credit Card and Spent Thousands of Dollars!

  • My Narcissist Boyfriend Refuses to Change: Should I Leave Him?

  • Jemma's adult daughters say she mentally and physically abused them, but she says that she has no memory of it and that they are using her as a scapegoat.

  • Nikki ships her child 2,000 miles away to live with friends so she can engage in a wild lifestyle; Pastor T.D. Jakes gives her a heartfelt message.

  • Our Lawyer Sister's Cluttered House: Is She Facing a 3rd Eviction?

  • Country Pop Singing Wife vs. Sod-Busting Husband: We're Over $50,000 in Debt and Fighting Over a Postnup!

  • Young, Smart and out of Control: Our 17-Year-Old Son Is Facing 2 DUIs and Prison!

  • Our Daughter-in-Law Is Putting Us in the Middle and We Don't Know Who to Choose

  • My Foul-Mouthed 74-Year-Old Mom Is on a Rampage, Picking Fights With Neighbors, Strangers, Cops and Family

  • A Daughter's Ultimatum: Stop Enabling My Addict Brother or I'm Done With My Family

  • Todd Herzog, winner of "Survivor: China," fights for his life.

  • The Doctor Who Has Been Waiting Six Years for Two Mystery Boxes Totaling $6.5 Million: Is It a Scam?

  • My Doctor Has Sent $1 Million to a Woman Overseas to Get 2 Boxes Containing $6.5 Million in Cash, Jewelry and Diamonds

  • A Hollywood Star's Descent Into Mental Illness: Saving The Shining's Shelley Duvall

  • Confronting the Monsters Who Sexually Abused Me: My Parents

  • Dr. Phil, My Parents Did the Unthinkable. How Can I Forgive Them?

  • Exclusive: Megyn Kelly Speaks Out: Trump, Sexual Harassment and Women Fighting Back!

  • The Tragic Update of the Bride Whose Husband Plummeted Out a High-Rise Window

  • Privileged, Addicted and Pregnant; Can Niki and Her Baby Be Saved?

  • Beautiful, Privileged, Addicted, Homeless ... and Pregnant!

  • A Dangerous Dilemma: I Still Love My Husband, Even Though He Has Slapped My Face, Tried to Head-Butt Me & Broke My Nose!

  • Busting a Bad Mom? Discipline or Abuse?

  • The College Student, the Frat Boy and the Football Tailgate Party That Ended in Rape: The Exclusive Interview

  • A Tragic Death, a $3 Million Settlement and a Mom Out of Control

  • My Daughter Believes She's Pregnant With Jesus; What Will the Ultrasound Show?

  • My Daughter Is Delusional and Lying About Being 9 Months Pregnant

  • We Are Convinced Our 78-Year-Old Mother Is Being Catfished by a Man Who Has Left Her Facing Bankruptcy & the Police

  • Former Priest Pete vs. Scorned Ex-Wife Pamela: Who Is to Blame for Their Son's Death?

  • Pamela's husband, who used to be a priest, left her and their two teen sons for a massage therapist, then their 15-year-old son committed suicide.

  • All charges have been dismissed against the man convicted of killing D.C. intern Chandra Levy in 2001; former Rep. Gary Condit, said to have had an affair with the young woman, breaks his silence.

  • Three sisters want their mother to acknowledge that one of them was sexually abused multiple times as a child and that their mother's current husband exposed himself to her toddler grandson.

  • Brandon and Danielle continue trading accusations in their custody battle for their 10-year-old daughter.

  • Brandon and Danielle trade accusations in an ongoing custody battle for their 10-year-old daughter.

  • Sheila says that her 17-year-old is so focused on transitioning from male to female that "he"' has neglected school and other priorities; the youngster accuses Sheila of physical and emotional abuse.

  • Son-in-Law vs. Mother-in-Law and a Wife Caught in the Middle

  • Help, Dr. Phil! We're Worried Our 18-Year-Old Teen Is Being Groomed by a Man in Argentina to Be Sold as a Sex Slave!

  • A Teacher's Sexual Relationship With a Student

  • Katie's mother, sister and ex-husband say she exhibits erratic and unsafe behavior and is an out-of-control and neglectful mother.

  • Dr. Phil interviews the man sentenced to 60 days in prison for stalking and harassing actress Brooke Shields; he says he was wrongly convicted and blames Shields for his sister's death.

  • Twin 16-year-old girls say they may have only a few months to live due to their deadly eating disorder; their father blames their mother and says he is ashamed to be seen with them.

  • Robin and Daniel's daughters, ages 12 and 14, say they have been torn between both parents for years; Daniel reveals a heavy accusation against his ex-wife.

  • Robin says her ex-husband kidnapped their two daughters and refuses to return them; he says the girls ran away from her because she has a problem with alcohol and dates abusive men.

  • The family of a teen who went missing seven years ago while on spring break talks about what a jailhouse informant claims happened to the girl; a surprise guest may know something about Brittanee's disappearance.

  • Grace claims her sister Ashlan abandoned her 14-month-old son and her priorities are stripping and partying; Ashlan doesn't think she's a bad mom and wants Grace to stop making such accusations because she says she only strips to support her son.

  • Ted wants to get custody of his 14-year-old daughter from her grandmother, who has taken care of her for the past 13 years, but the girl says she doesn't want a relationship with her father; author Dr. Art Markman (``Brain Briefs'').

  • Dr. Phil speaks with ``Making a Murderer'' subject Steven Avery via phone from prison to discuss his relationship with fiancee Lynn Hartman and new details in his case.

  • Dr. Phil speaks with Lynn Hartman, the fiancee of ``Making a Murderer'' subject Steven Avery, about finding true love with a man who famously spends time in prison for being found guilty of murder.

  • Brittany and her mother confront her father, who she says sexually abused her starting at the age of 7.

  • A young man who hitchhiked to Los Angeles to pursue his call to greatness as a rap superstar is now homeless and seems to have no desire to get off the streets.

  • My Daughter Believes She's Pregnant With Jesus; What Will the Ultrasound Show?

  • Beatings, Bruises, Withholding Food: My Mom's Cycle of Abuse

  • Korin has lost custody of one of her children because of her boyfriend's abusive behavior, and she fears losing the rest.

  • Parents of two young children have a marriage that is loud, violent and full of rage, and one of them reveals a secret he has been keeping.

  • Marcia fears that her 19-year-old daughter is living in a motel with a pimp and a prostitute, who she thinks have taken her under their wing.

  • The parents of a little boy who vanished six years ago without a trace believe that his stepmother knows what happened to him and exhibited bizarre behavior after the disappearance; part two of an interview with the stepmother.

  • The parents of a little boy who vanished six years ago without a trace believe that his stepmother knows what happened to him; part one of an interview with the stepmother.

  • Fitness diva Janet Jones says one of her former employees is out to destroy her and anyone associated with her; the employee says it is Jones and her followers who are harassing and stalking her; Dr. Phil visits the set of TV drama "Bull.''

  • Part three of an interview with 29-year-old Burke Ramsey, brother of murder victim JonBen?t Ramsey; John Ramsey gives his final interview.

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