Dr. Phil

The BEST episodes of Dr. Phil

Every episode of Dr. Phil ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Dr. Phil!

Dr. Phil is a talk show hosted by Phil McGraw. After McGraw's success with his segments on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil debuted on September 16, 2002. On both shows McGraw offers advice in the form of "life strategies" from his life experience as a clinical psychologist.

Last Updated: 11/19/2022Network:Syndication
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Broken Bones, Broken Hearts and Broken Engagements?
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#1 - Broken Bones, Broken Hearts and Broken Engagements?

Season 11 - Episode 47 - Aired 11/14/2012

Brittany wants to marry her abusive, unfaithful boyfriend, who says he is willing to make changes.

Whatever It Takes
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#2 - Whatever It Takes

Season 9 - Episode 74 - Aired 1/7/2011

A lead investigator and a former student involved in the Steinmetz Academic Decathlon cheating scandal; the lengths to which some college students go to ace an exam; the latest cheating techniques used in schools.

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I Sold My House for Online Love! Part One
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#3 - I Sold My House for Online Love! Part One

Season 20 - Episode 106 - Aired 2/21/2022

Rebecca says her best friend, Jane, is being scammed by her online boyfriend, "Jonathan," who claims he is stuck on a construction site in Miami. Jane says she's in love with "Jonathan" and has been sending him money -- totaling nearly $1 million dollars.

A Family Cursed?
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#4 - A Family Cursed?

Season 20 - Episode 101 - Aired 2/14/2022

Ida, a woman who had two sets of twins before she was 19 writes to Dr. Phil to help break the cycle of dysfunction. Ida feels that she failed to protect her daughters from the dangerous situations that led to her own youthful indiscretions.

Publicly Shamed by 'The Cart Narcs' 
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#5 - Publicly Shamed by 'The Cart Narcs' 

Season 20 - Episode 39 - Aired 11/4/2021

Dr. Phil welcomes controversial YouTuber “Agent Sebastian,” who runs a page called “Cart Narcs” where he posts hundreds of explosive videos of him apprehending shoppers in parking lots who do not return their carts to the corrals. “Agent Sebastian” meets one of his so-called “victims,” Tromaine, who was filmed in public by Sebastian for leaving out his cart. Watch while Tromaine tells Sebastian exactly why he believes what he is doing is morally wrong. Dr. Phil also welcomes Australian radio and TV host Mel Grieg, who experienced the unimaginable in 2012 when an innocent radio prank resulted in a suicide. Then, academic Dr. Nicholas John confronts Sebastian about his motivation for his “Cart Narcs” page. And, social media lawyer Ethan Wall takes part in the conversation to reveal whether what Agent Sebastian is doing is illegal. Is Sebastian breaking the law? Tune in to find out!

Love or Larceny: My Father's Fiancée is Fake
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#6 - Love or Larceny: My Father's Fiancée is Fake

Season 20 - Episode 34 - Aired 10/28/2021

Dr. Phil meets Brittany, who claims her dad, Charlie, is being scammed by his online fiancée, “Stephanie,” and her roommate, “Carina.” Charlie says he has given “Stephanie” over $25,000 – and she hasn’t paid him back, despite her promises to do so. Charlie says he's tired of her excuses and even wants her arrested! Brittany says “Stephanie” claims she is expecting a $4.5 million inheritance and tells her dad she is sending him $250,000 – and Brittany says she wants answers. Dr. Phil starts his investigation in Los Angeles and ends in Denmark, where “Stephanie” claims her inheritance is being held. Tune in to find out what happens!

Torn Between Her Heart and Head: Is Anna’s Boyfriend Real?
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#7 - Torn Between Her Heart and Head: Is Anna’s Boyfriend Real?

Season 19 - Episode 47 - Aired 11/17/2020

Dr. Phil meets Nino and his fiancée, Alexandria, who say they are 100% convinced Nino’s mom, Anna, is being scammed by her alleged online boyfriend, “Sammie Lee Strong.” Despite their efforts to intervene, Nino says Anna is ignoring all the red flags and has sent “Sammie” over $120,000. Anna says she loves “Sammie,” but Nino has put so much doubt into her head, she doesn’t know who to believe. But where is “Sammie”? And, how can Dr. Phil help Anna? Find out today on part 1 of this three-part story.

A “Dr. Phil” Catfish Investigation: What’s Really Inside Lois’ Safe?
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#8 - A “Dr. Phil” Catfish Investigation: What’s Really Inside Lois’ Safe?

Season 18 - Episode 164 - Aired 5/19/2020

Dr. Phil continues to uncover the truth behind Lois’ online relationships. Last year, Lois says she met with an "associate" of one of her former fiancés, "The General," and received something extremely valuable and keeps it in her home safe under lock and key. Today, Dr. Phil opens Lois’ safe. What is inside? Dr. Phil enlists the help of retired U.S. Secret Service Agent Ron Williams to analyze its contents. Dr. Phil also locates another one of Lois’ alleged former fiancés, “Fred Adler,” who Lois claims is working in Africa. Lois says “Fred” is a "good and honest man." Today, find out if “Fred” is telling Lois the truth.

Exclusive: Ahmaud Arbery’s Family Speaks Out
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#9 - Exclusive: Ahmaud Arbery’s Family Speaks Out

Season 18 - Episode 162 - Aired 5/15/2020

A case that has caused outrage and grief across the nation: The family of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Georgia man who was killed in February, say he was simply out for an afternoon jog when he was shot and killed by two armed men in a pickup truck. The two men, charged with murder and aggravated assault almost three months after the incident, claim that they believed Arbery was a burglary suspect and they acted in self-defense. Arbery's parents speak out.

Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe
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#10 - Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe

Season 18 - Episode 130 - Aired 3/27/2020

Grocery stores are being wiped clean of toilet paper and food, and there’s another product that people are stocking up on: guns and ammo. People who normally have never even given a thought to purchasing a gun are buying one. Is panic buying a gun really going to calm your fears? L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells us how the largest sheriff's department in the country is handling this pandemic.

“Terrorized By My 10-Year-Old”
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#11 - “Terrorized By My 10-Year-Old”

Season 18 - Episode 80 - Aired 1/10/2020

Alisha says her 10-year-old son, Kevin, is pushing his family to their limits of tolerance as they live in fear of his next violent outburst. They currently have to hide all the knives and lighters in the house, and his other siblings have to barricade themselves in their rooms at night when he flies into a rage. Alisha says she’s more frightened of the future Kevin hurting her entire family or ending someone’s life one day. She says Dr. Phil is her last hope to control her son’s behavior before it’s too late.

“Battered and Bruised: My Grandson Nearly Killed His Baby”
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#12 - “Battered and Bruised: My Grandson Nearly Killed His Baby”

Season 18 - Episode 77 - Aired 1/7/2020

Emma claims she’s so angry with her grandson, Jordan, that she says she could, “Kill him, the next time I see him!” Emma says that her grandson nearly beat-to-death his then 1-month-old daughter, Leigh, who suffered multiple life-threatening injuries, but by a miracle, survived. Emma says despite her grandson being locked up, she is still concerned for Leigh’s well-being, because her daughter, Jenny, adopted the child, and she fears that despite legal orders, Jenny may be allowing Jordan to have contact with her, a claim Jenny adamantly denies.

“My Wife Tricked Me into Getting a Divorce”
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#13 - “My Wife Tricked Me into Getting a Divorce”

Season 18 - Episode 76 - Aired 1/6/2020

Doug says he and his ex-wife, Amy, have been living in the same house since their recent divorce so they can co-parent their two children. He says it wasn’t his idea to end the marriage – and he wants his wife back. He blames his former steroid addiction for causing him to have an affair with an 18-year-old cheerleader. Amy claims Doug was always an abusive husband, and steroids only made it worse. She says Doug is using their children to manipulate her and pressure her to reconcile. She says she’s done with the marriage and wants nothing from Doug except to co-parent.

Chased by Police and Accused of An Interstate Crime Spree
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#14 - Chased by Police and Accused of An Interstate Crime Spree

Season 18 - Episode 63 - Aired 12/4/2019

Vicki says her 23-year-old granddaughter, Alexis, is accused of going on a crime spree across two states with a 30-year-old man named Lance, whom she met only four months ago. According to authorities, Lance was caught on a store security camera robbing a clerk with a gun, while Alexis waited for him in a stolen car. Stacey, Alexis’ mom, says Alexis completely changed when she met Lance. She says Alexis and Lance are accused of going through seven counties and stealing five cars before their arrest. Alexis says she will stand by Lance because he gave her love and acceptance after everything that has happened to her after she was raped three years ago. She says she is engaged to Lance and is willing to wait until he gets out of prison.

I’m Leaving My Husband Next Week if He Doesn’t Get Help with His OCD!
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#15 - I’m Leaving My Husband Next Week if He Doesn’t Get Help with His OCD!

Season 18 - Episode 61 - Aired 12/2/2019

Robin wrote in to the show desperate for help for her husband, Mike. She says it’s urgent because she is ready to leave her husband if he won’t get help with his severe OCD. Robin says she’s set a deadline, and if he doesn’t get help, she’s out of his life and he may be out on the streets. Mike says his OCD has taken over his life and he’s a prisoner in his own head. He says he spends his life living in torment, but he’s willing to do anything to keep Robin in his life.

Battle of the Exes
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#16 - Battle of the Exes

Season 18 - Episode 62 - Aired 12/3/2019

Mike and his fiancé, Julia, claim that ever since their engagement, Mike’s ex-wife, Christy, has become “crazy with jealousy” and has been stalking and harassing them. They claim Christy has sent the police to their house over 20 times for no reason and even sent them to Mike and Christy’s son’s football practice! Christy denies their allegations and claims, instead, that her ex-husband is an irresponsible, overbearing, narcissist, who is poisoning their son against her. She says she couldn’t care less about Mike and his new “90-day fiancé,” Julia. Christy says she’s not stalking or harassing them, and has only used the police to ensure she receives her court-ordered weekends with her son. Can Dr. Phil help these battling exes come to a truce? Find out!

Unbearable In-Laws
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#17 - Unbearable In-Laws

Season 11 - Episode 52 - Aired 11/21/2012

A woman says her in-laws don't accept her because she is a different race than her husband, who feels like he is in a tug-of-war.

It's Either Me or Your Deadbeat Son: Meet Grandma
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#18 - It's Either Me or Your Deadbeat Son: Meet Grandma

Season 11 - Episode 163 - Aired 5/23/2013

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

Season 15 - Episode 120 - Aired 3/21/2017

Kendall claims she was sold by her parents at birth to a powerful international sex trafficker. She says when she wasn’t locked in a cage with other kidnapped children, she was flown all over the world on private planes, being sold to wealthy and powerful men. Kendall says as she grew older, she would often escort these rich and prominent clients to black tie affairs and high profile sporting events. From doctors and politicians to even law enforcement, Kendall says she was taught how to act and dress in order to never raise suspicion. For the first time since she says she left her life of sex trafficking three years ago, Kendall tells her story and explains why she is still petrified that the boss of this operation, whom she calls “the man who owns her,” will find her and bring her back.

If Looks Could Kill: The Victim in the Model Murder for Hire Speaks
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#20 - If Looks Could Kill: The Victim in the Model Murder for Hire Speaks

Season 17 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/11/2018

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.

Sex Trafficking Survivor Demands Answers from Her Therapist Mother
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#21 - Sex Trafficking Survivor Demands Answers from Her Therapist Mother

Season 17 - Episode 114 - Aired 3/1/2019

Savannah was repeatedly sexually abused as a young child before being adopted at age 6. As a teenager, Savannah was involved in prostitution and was eventually kidnapped and sex trafficked. Savannah believes her adoptive mother, Andrea, should have done more to protect her. Andrea says she received her master’s degree in psychology to try and help understand her daughter but says, “it didn’t work,” and turned to Dr. Phil for help. Emotions run high when Savannah comes face-to-face with her mother, who she has not seen in a year. Also, Dr. Phil catches up with actress Jan Broberg. Jan says she can absolutely relate to Savannah’s story after being abducted as a teen — not once but twice — by a close family friend who molested, raped, and brainwashed her into believing they were supposed to have a child together in order to save the world. Jan’s story is the subject of the Netflix documentary, Abducted In Plain Sight. Jan lends a supportive voice to Savannah.

Save My Beautiful Daughters from Their Narcissistic Father
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#22 - Save My Beautiful Daughters from Their Narcissistic Father

Season 17 - Episode 117 - Aired 3/6/2019

Stay-at-home mom Jessica claims her soon-to-be ex-husband of 23 years, Mike, is a narcissist who controls everything in her and their teenage daughters’ lives, especially the finances. Sixteen-year-old Chloe and 18-year-old Zoey say the worst thing he did was to shatter their dreams of becoming professional dancers in New York City. But Mike claims Jessica is putting the girls in the middle of their fight and brainwashing them to hate him. Dr. Phil tells Mike and Jessica what every couple needs to do with children when their marriage falls apart.

Impostor Poses as Missing Boy: Where is the Real Timmothy Pitzen?
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#23 - Impostor Poses as Missing Boy: Where is the Real Timmothy Pitzen?

Season 17 - Episode 169 - Aired 5/17/2019

Timmothy Pitzen was just 6 years old when he disappeared in 2011. His mother, Amy, lied about a family emergency, took him out of school, and left. The two were spotted together at a zoo, a water park and a resort. But two days later, Amy checked into a hotel alone. She died by suicide, and the only clue she left behind was a note claiming Timmothy was safe and he would never be found. Eight years after Timmothy mysteriously vanished into thin air, an impostor told police he was Timmothy, and he had escaped kidnappers. Police doubted his story ... but if this wasn’t him, where is the real Timmothy Pitzen? His father and Aunt speak out for the first time.

I Think My Husband is Cheating and I Have Proof
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#24 - I Think My Husband is Cheating and I Have Proof

Season 17 - Episode 170 - Aired 5/20/2019

Angie says she is convinced that her husband of 23 years, Joe, is having an affair right under her nose with a 21-year-old woman. Angie says she installed surveillance cameras all around their home in hopes of catching Joe in the act. But Joe says he loves his wife and would never have an affair. After watching hours and hours of surveillance footage, Angie claims she has proof and believes Joe is lying. She says she sees images of Joe with someone else and hears a woman’s voice. Will Dr. Phil see what Angie sees? And, the alleged “other woman” is here and what she has to say may surprise you.

Dr. Phil's 3000th Show
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#25 - Dr. Phil's 3000th Show

Season 18 - Episode 12 - Aired 9/24/2019

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!

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