Dr. Phil Show

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  • TV-14
  • 2002
  • 18 Seasons
  • 3.8  (4,190)

The Dr. Phil Show is a daytime talk show hosted by Phil McGraw, a licensed psychologist, and author. The show first premiered in 2002 and aired for 21 seasons until 2023. It was broadcasted in syndication across the United States. The show was known for its focus on controversial and sensational topics, with a particular emphasis on self-help and personal improvement. A typical Dr. Phil episode would feature real people, usually families or couples, who were dealing with a range of issues in their lives. These issues could be anything from addiction to financial troubles to marital problems.

Dr. Phil's job was to offer his insight and expertise as a psychologist to help these people work through their problems. He would often use tough love and direct, no-nonsense language to get his point across. While his approach could be controversial at times, it was clear that his main priority was helping people make positive changes in their lives.

One of the show's most popular segments was "Brat Camp," in which troubled teens were sent to a wilderness camp to learn discipline and responsibility. This segment was particularly controversial, as critics argued that the show was exploiting vulnerable teens for the sake of entertainment.

Despite the controversy, the Dr. Phil Show was incredibly successful, consistently ranking as one of the top-rated talk shows on television. Part of its appeal was Dr. Phil himself, who quickly became a household name and a trusted authority on psychology and self-help. His folksy demeanor and easy-to-understand advice resonated with viewers across the country.

Over the course of its 21-year run, the Dr. Phil Show tackled a wide range of topics, from addiction to abuse to infidelity. Some episodes were heartwarming and uplifting, showing people making inspiring changes in their lives. Others were more difficult to watch, featuring people in extreme distress or involved in complicated and emotional situations.

One of the show's most memorable episodes occurred in 2006 when Dr. Phil interviewed a man who claimed to have multiple personalities. The man, known as "The Boy with 100 Personalities," became a viral sensation, and the episode was widely discussed online and in the media.

Another popular segment of the show was the "Dr. Phil House," in which a group of people with similar issues (such as addiction or compulsive behavior) would live together under Dr. Phil's supervision. The goal was to help them work through their problems and support each other in their efforts to change.

The Dr. Phil Show also frequently featured celebrity guests, who would open up about their personal struggles and experiences. These guests included everyone from Britney Spears to David Hasselhoff to the Kardashian family.

Overall, the Dr. Phil Show was known for its no-holds-barred approach to self-help and personal improvement. While some criticized the show for being too sensationalistic, there's no denying that Dr. Phil's advice and insights helped countless people make positive changes in their lives.

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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!
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.
  • Premiere Date
    September 16, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    3.8  (4,190)