Dr. Phil Show

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  • TV-14
  • 2002
  • 18 Seasons
  • 4.0  (3,327)

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.

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Young, 'Possessed,' and in Love
15. Young, 'Possessed,' and in Love
September 27, 2019
Victoria emailed Dr Phil because she says she feels there's something demonic in her. She also believes she has passed her demons on to her boyfriend, Thomas. They both got an exorcism last February, but they claim it only worked on Thomas. Can Dr. Phil help Victoria?
Lavish, Luxurious, and Spoiled Rotten
14. Lavish, Luxurious, and Spoiled Rotten
September 26, 2019
Seventeen-year-old Ronald says he refuses to work and his only source of income is his $1,000 a month allowance from his mother, Tyheisah! Ronald says $1,000 is not nearly enough for his lavish taste, and in order to buy designer goods, he demands that his mother give him a raise! Tyheisah says she is breaking her back working 120 hours a week to afford Ronald's allowance and fears that if she doesn't give in to his demands, he will resort to stealing or getting money illegally. Ronald says the only thing he cares about is his money, designer goods, and aspirations to become a "famous YouTuber." Ronald says he wants Dr. Phil's help to raise his allowance, but Tyheisah says she wants Dr. Phil to give Ronald a major wake-up call!
Ghosted:
13. Ghosted: "Why Are My Dates Disappearing?"
September 25, 2019
Many singles these days have fallen victim to the "silent" epidemic that has been sweeping the dating world. Yep, we're talking about "ghosting." Ghosting is when someone you've been dating ditches you without warning. Poof! Gone! Brittney, who says she's been ghosted eight times, wants to know why she scares every man away. And Diane and her mother, Marlene, say they were ghosted six months ago by Diane's live-in boyfriend. Will Dr. Phil be able to conjure up some ghosts to see why they suddenly disappeared on these ladies? And, if one appears, will the ladies like what they hear?
Dr. Phil's 3,000th Show
12. Dr. Phil's 3,000th Show
September 24, 2019
After 17 seasons and nearly 20,000 guests, Dr. Phil celebrates his 3,000th episode! Dr. Phil's studio audience is filled with some of your favorite guests from past seasons. From relationships on the brink of divorce and out-of-control teenagers to guests struggling with deadly addictions and disorders, find out how some of Dr. Phil's most memorable guests are now. And, you will not believe which former guest surprised everyone with an engagement ring and proposal on Dr. Phil's stage! Surprise guest messages from Oprah Winfrey, the Jonas Brothers, and more -- hear what they have to say about Dr. Phil's 3,000th milestone. Plus, find out the surprise that left Dr. Phil nearly speechless!
Royal Tragedy: New Clues in Princess Diana's Death
11. Royal Tragedy: New Clues in Princess Diana's Death
September 23, 2019
Princess Diana was one of the most beloved public figures in the world, and her death was a devastating loss. Now, after more than two decades, a private investigator claims he has new clues and information about what really happened when Princess Diana's car crashed in a Paris tunnel, leading to her tragic death.
Tragedy in the Tropics
10. Tragedy in the Tropics
September 20, 2019
In the past year, headline after headline has reported American tourists becoming violently ill, dying, and even being physically assaulted while vacationing in the tropics.
The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos
9. The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos
September 19, 2019
The mysterious disappearance of Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Dulos has captured the attention of the media. Dr. Phil is joined by a team of legal and law enforcement experts to analyze the reported circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Watch while Dr. Phil reveals details from the arrest warrants of Jennifer Dulos' estranged husband, Fotis, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis: two people who have become the focus of intense media and law enforcement scrutiny in the biggest missing person's case this year.
The Good, The Bad and Wanda's Bipolar
8. The Good, The Bad and Wanda's Bipolar
September 18, 2019
Part two with Wanda and Tiffany gets even more heated when Tiffany's twin brother accuses their mother, Wanda, of stealing his wife's wedding rings. Does Wanda have the rings? And if she does, will she hand them over?
The Wrath of My Mother Wanda
7. The Wrath of My Mother Wanda
September 17, 2019
Things get a little wild with a very passionate guest named Wanda. Her daughter, Tiffany, told her mother she ruined her wedding, among many other things. But Wanda says Tiffany is making up lies about her and she knows why; Wanda claims it's payback for Wanda having an affair and abandoning the family when Tiffany was just 14 years old.
Did He Murder His Wife?
6. Did He Murder His Wife?
September 16, 2019
Robert says he was only married for 17 days when his wife was found dead in his million-dollar high rise apartment on June 30, 2018. The death was ruled an accident, but Robert now claims he murdered her, and it was premeditated. He says he should be handcuffed and charged with a crime.
Caught Between Two Brittanys
5. Caught Between Two Brittanys
September 13, 2019
Brittany and Jeramie met in high school and have been in an on-and-off relationship for 18 years, which has led to a tumultuous co-parenting relationship. Jeramie also has an off-and-on relationship with an old classmate named Brittney who is currently living in his home.
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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.

  • Premiere Date
    September 16, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    4.0  (3,327)