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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
18 Seasons, 1672 Episodes
September 16, 2002
Talk & Interview
Cast: Phil McGraw
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Dr. Phil Show Full Episode Guide

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ayanna says she is the reincarnation of Pocahontas and claims she even has memories from the 1600s.

  • Acclaimed actress Kathy Bates talks about her battle with cancer, living with the disease lymphedema, and her work with advocates at the Lymphatic Education and Research Network.

  • The doctor gives self-help advice and strategies for a healthy life.

  • Examining the controversial practice of parental humiliation, and whether its tactics could be considered child abuse.

  • The disappearance of 19-year-old Corinna Slusser; the body of a missing teen is found.

  • A team of investigators and a criminal profiler go inside the mind of Chris Watts, the seemingly doting father who murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters.

  • Janey, the sister-in-law of convicted murderer Scott Peterson, brings evidence to Dr. Phil that she says will prove Peterson didn't murder his wife, Laci.

  • Sasha has a secret to reveal to her family and friends a month after her fiance left her at the altar and her 125 guests, who had traveled from all over the country, and even abroad, were turned away by the wedding venue.

  • Melinda says her 18-year-old daughter, Cassidy, smashes and destroys anything around her and has assaulted her; Cassidy says it is all a lie and she is being falsely accused.

  • A teen is accused of killing his baby brother and sister, but his mother insists he is innocent and has no behavioral issues; Payne Lindsey (podcast "Up and Vanished") looks into a small-town mom's disappearance; preview of Dr. Phil's new podcast.

  • Stacie says her ex-husband has involved their 17-year-old twin daughters in some of his unhealthy behaviors, and they have refused to see him for the past eight months because he has been harassing, stalking and freaking them out.

  • Noelle, 14, is out of control, brings drugs into the house, has stolen a car and backed it into a neighbor's mailbox, and has caused her stepfather to leave the home to escape the chaos of living with her.

  • Michelle says her family of 12 children is full of problems from addiction, to clutter, to finances, and many of the children say they feel neglected by their parents; Dr. Phil proposes a new parenting plan, but Michelle doesn't agree with all of it.

  • Pamela is consumed with anxiety about the welfare of her 15 cats and rarely leaves her home for fear that something bad might happen to them; her husband says something needs to change.

  • Nancy and Lance say their daughter left her baby with them in order to live in a car with her girlfriend; Lance says he's been waiting to confront her until they get on Dr. Phil's stage.

  • Angie's husband of 25 years kept his inheritance a secret and spent more than $100,000 without her knowledge; despite being caught red-handed, he refuses to admit what or who he blew the money on, until he reveals the full extent to Dr. Phil.

  • Depressed teen Brandon transitioned into a beautiful young woman named Diamond, who says she lives a glamorous lifestyle; her mother says Diamond is a jobless, homeless and emotionally unstable escort who has been kicked out of 13 shelters and homes.

  • Jenn claims her husband Seth's anger is out of control and destroying their marriage; her mother says she is afraid of her son-in-law when he rages and has even had to call the police on him.

  • BeVee and Steve say they are on constant high alert, as they never know when their 15-year-old daughter,Taylor, will be triggered into a violent outburst, punching holes in walls and hitting her mother.

  • Despite their picture-perfect family life, Angela says she has cheated on her husband with nearly 20 men, claiming that, because of a "sex addiction," she just can't stop being unfaithful.

  • Soap-opera actress Tracy seeks Dr. Phil's help for her hoarding 71-year-old-mother, who could be evicted from her home at any minute, and tells him what it is like growing up in a home full of filth, chaos and animals.

  • Bronwyn and Brett each have thousands of pages of evidence claiming the other parent is unfit and have been battling in court for years; Charlamagne Tha God (radio show "The Breakfast Club") tells how anxiety has been a driving force in his life.

  • Bronwyn claims a man she hooked up with a few times has teamed up with her mother to destroy her, and they have come up with so many outlandish lies against her that Child Protective Services knows her on a first-name basis.

  • Catfish Sarah meets her bait and tells why she has been pretending to be a man online for so long; Alan and his wife say they don't believe she will ever stop.

  • For the past nine years, Alan's photos from social media have been used as catfish bait to lure women into online relationships; with the help of a private investigator he and his wife were surprised to learn who the catfish was.

  • More than two decades after helping to put his father, Dr. John Boyle, behind bars, Collier Landry confronts him about his mother's death.

  • Dr. Phil continues his conversation with D'Andre, who claims that his abusive relationship with his girlfriend, Autumn, is partly due to what he calls her "messed up" upbringing.

  • Autumn claims she was pushed to the point of insanity after being stuck in a cycle of abuse for almost two years, when, she says, her ex-boyfriend, D'Andre, choked her, head-butted her and sexually assaulted her.

  • Michele says her adult daughter, Stephanie, drinks to the point of hallucination and almost set their house on fire; Stephanie says her mother falsely accused her of assault, causing her to be arrested and jailed.

  • Family members feel that Carly is pushing her child to transition from male to female too soon, and they think the child is complying with her in order to get her approval; former guests Toni and her transgender daughter, Ash, discuss their journey.

  • Amanda's mother and sister say she is an extreme alcoholic who has nearly died twice and must use a pacemaker because of her drinking; her father lets her live with him because she would otherwise be homeless.

  • Kimberly says she had so choice but to obtain guardianship of her then-6-year-old niece because the child's parents were neglectful drug addicts with a history of arrests; they want her back, despite currently living in a homeless shelter.

  • Mindy says she is petrified that her daughter Jourdon's boyfriend, Richard, is going to kill Jourdon due to his physical abuse; Mindy claims Richard admitted to stabbing and even attempting to drown Jourdon.

  • Police say Ashley duped people into believing she was the wife of a firefighter collecting donations for the devastating California wildfires, creating a fantasy husband, fake children and different identities.

  • Shayna and Zona say their pregnancies have lasted far more than nine months, but no one believes them, and they are looking desperately for answers.

  • Frankie and his former wife were accused of scamming would-be adoptive parents out of thousands of dollars, but he now says eight of his children were placed for adoption without his knowledge; he meets one of his adult offspring for the first time.

  • A marriage counselor may go to prison after falling for a catfish scam, believing she is romantically involved with an actor from "The Walking Dead," being taken for thousands of dollars, and being put in the middle of a criminal conspiracy.

  • Treasure, 16, is African-American, but aligns herself with European-Americans and has racist views against other African-Americans.

  • Alyssa, an 18-year-old college student, says she is horrified that her mom, Carla, is dating Ron, the man who was convicted of assaulting her baby sister 12 years ago.

  • Jorell and his wife say they fear his father will never stop trying to convince them to return to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and that his father forced him to stay on his "compound" for several days.

  • LiAnne, who admits she has made some mistakes, says her mother went behind her back and stole custody of her children; her mother says LiAnne was evicted and homeless and is now living with her business partner, who ruined her life.

  • What "white privilege" really means and what can be done about it; Rene says she was wrongly accused of using her white privilege to harass a street vendor; legal assistant Quevaughn says he was singled out and viciously attacked at a pizzeria.

  • Actor Gary Busey's new autobiography tells of his ups and downs of almost 50 years in Hollywood, surviving a drug overdose, and what he says led to his addiction; Busey's doctor discusses the actor's traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident.

  • Marcea says her soon-to-be-ex-husband paid a ransom to prevent himself from being exposed as a sugar daddy; Dr. Terry and Heather Dubrow (book "The Dubrow Diet").

  • Musician Jimmy and his wife say Jimmy's 37-year-old daughter has made all sorts of outrageous, untrue accusations against them.

  • Lorreine claims her husband, Chance, is a controlling, vindictive narcissist; Chance says it's Lorreine who is always angry and childish; the ugly truth behind designer dogs.

  • Dr. Phil continues his conversation with Theresa, who claims her 16-year-old daughter, Tessa, is out of control, and that she violently attacked her grandmother.

  • Theresa claims her 16-year-old daughter, Tessa, has set the house on fire, physically attacked her, and even launched a violent attack on her grandmother.

  • Heather admits to stealing pain medication from her job; her 18-year-old son begs his mother to get clean.

  • Valerie says she's worried her 16-year-old daughter is lying, breaking curfew and hanging with the wrong crowd; her daughter claims her mother is a hyperactive stalker.

  • Elizabeth says her evil, manipulative ex-husband, Brian, has brainwashed their son against her; Brian says Elizabeth is unfit and unstable and conspired with two of his ex-girlfriends to file false charges against him.

  • Parents say Hannah was a loving, well-behaved daughter until she got caught stealing at age 15, and since then has lived a life of crime and partying; she says they are too strict and can't understand anything about having fun.

  • Stephanie searches the streets for her homeless, heroin-addicted boyfriend, whose mother says he was once a rising star musician with a record deal; celebrity stylist Jason Schneidman gives him a haircut and a pep talk.

  • Jennifer says her marriage is in shambles because her family has been targeted by "hackers" for the last year-and-a-half, but her husband says he has evidence that leads back to her phone, proving she is the hacker.

  • Jennifer says her husband, Billy, is so obsessed with his devices being hacked that he has lost weight and is about to lose the family auto business.

  • Alex has had numerous arrests, including one for assaulting her sister with a butcher knife; Alex says her family needs to stop harping on old news.

  • Jake, 16, says he prefers to play video games 24/7 to keep his mind from his family's troubles, including the vicious divorce battle between his parents; they say he is refusing to go to school and is getting violent with the family.

  • Susan and Taylor get new information that sheds even more light on the living conditions in Susan's former home and the fallout for her young children; Susan says her daughter is a narcissist and needs to move on from the past.

  • Taylor wrote in to the show claiming that her mother and siblings are living in filthy, neglectful conditions; her mother says she and Taylor had a good relationship until an inappropriate Instagram post started them in a downward spiral.

  • Married couple Pepper and Chris accuse each other of stalking, speeding, physical assault, death threats and firing a gun into the floor during an argument; Dr. Simone and Cecil Whitmore (Bravo's "Married to Medicine").

  • Kristen says her mother and sister have destroyed her relationships with the entire family and brainwashed her daughter into hating her; they accuse Kristen of telling her ex-brother-in-law to kill her sister and their children and commit suicide.

  • Teen Benjamin Eastman's father describes how he used social media to find his missing son's body and says one of the boy's brutal killers was Benjamin's best friend.

  • Self-help book author Xavier says his adult sons are entitled, violent, and unable to survive without their parents' help; Dr. Phil finds out why he is so afraid of them.

  • Victoria, 19, says her rage has escalated to the point where she throws and breaks things at home and abuses her fiance, who says he is still completely in love with her; Jesse Palmer ("DailyMailTV").

  • Inside actress Natalie Wood's final hours; the boat captain says he witnessed a fight between her and her husband, Robert Wagner, and believes she was murdered.

  • Yachting with husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken, actress Natalie Wood somehow ends up drowned in the Pacific in the dead of night; her sister, Lana Wood, insists she was murdered.

  • The exclusive interview with Tara Lambert, the former model at the center of a dramatic murder-for-hire plot continues; the undercover police sting video; Tara's ex-husband, Brandon Lambert, speaks out.

  • An interview with model Tara Lambert, who was convicted of hiring a hit man to kill her husband's former flame; the intended victim and the woman Tara called to set up the hit also speak.

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