The BEST Episodes of Dr. Phil
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 23, 2019
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.
#1 - Blended Families
Season 10 - Episode 12
#2 - Whatever It Takes
Season 9 - Episode 74
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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Season 10 - Episode 40
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Season 10 - Episode 122
#5 - The Six Quickest Ways to Ruin a Marriage
Season 10 - Episode 129
Is your marriage headed down the aisle of divorce? Denise says she and her husband of two years, Rick, are physically abusive, constantly argue, rarely have sex and are in so much debt, they’re struggling to pay the bills and keep food on the table for their five children. Rick says Denise enables her mother, Sandy, to instigate their arguments. Can this marriage be saved? And, learn the six quickest ways Dr. Phil says couples ruin their marriages.
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Season 10 - Episode 150
#7 - A Twisted Family Tragedy
Season 11 - Episode 25
A young woman says, from the ages of 6 to 17, her father molested her and gave her drugs; how to protect children from predators.
#8 - Unbearable In-Laws
Season 11 - Episode 52
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.
#9 - Ashley Toye: Monster or Mistake?
Season 11 - Episode 78
A young woman, facing life in prison for the torture and murder of two teens, may have the opportunity for a reduced sentence.
#10 - Affair Aftermath
Season 11 - Episode 129
#11 - It's Either Me or Your Deadbeat Son: Meet Grandma
Season 11 - Episode 163
#12 - The Bitter Battle Over Modern Family's Ariel Winter
Season 12 - Episode 9
The mother of teen "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter, who lost custody of the girl amid accusations of physical and verbal abuse, tells her side of the story.
#13 - Dropout Daughter: Confronting the Boyfriend
Season 12 - Episode 11
Nathan and Jacy say their 16-year-old daughter, Valencia, is making poor choices, including dropping out of school, abusing drugs and dating a 25-year-old, who they say contributes to the teen’s dangerous behavior. They claim that David uses drugs with Valencia, makes vulgar comments and has threatened them with violence. Sparks fly as the parents sit down with David for the first time on Dr. Phil’s stage. Does David think he’s putting Valencia in harm’s way? Then, Nathan and Jacy talk about their struggles with controlling their daughter — and Nathan makes a shocking confession. Is he crossing the line when disciplining Valencia? What does Dr. Phil say this family must do to get back on track? Plus, Nick Carter is back with a special performance — dedicated to Valencia.This show contains strong language and sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.
#14 - Young, Jealous Love
Season 13 - Episode 115
Ilene, 20, says her boyfriend of two years, Matt, 20, is destroying their relationship with his jealous and controlling behavior. She says he constantly accuses her of cheating on him, and nothing she has done to prove her faithfulness has eased his suspicions -- including quitting her job, deleting her social network profiles and passing a lie detector test. She says Matt’s lack of trust in her has turned to anger, and he often calls her demeaning names. She says he even cheated on her in retaliation and sent her an audio clip of the act. With a 1-year-old child together and another on the way, how can Ilene convince Matt she has been faithful? Matt admits he makes Ilene prove herself all the time but claims he is certain she has cheated -- and he even doubts that the baby she’s carrying is his. What’s behind Matt’s trust issues? Tune in to hear Dr. Phil’s theory. Can this relationship be saved?
#15 - Exclusive: Bobbi Kristina’s Boyfriend, Distraught and Out of Control: The Nick Gordon Intervention
Season 13 - Episode 120
In a national television exclusive, Dr. Phil conducts an emotionally-charged intervention with 25-year-old Nick Gordon, boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of singer Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston. With his mother, Michelle, at his side, Nick expresses to Dr. Phil the mental anguish he says he has been suffering since Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January, as well as from the tragic loss of Whitney Houston three years ago. Why does he say he has not been able to visit Bobbi Kristina, who remains on life support in an Atlanta hospital? And, why does he blame himself for not being able to save Bobbi Kristina or Whitney? Michelle says she fears for her son’s life, as he battles drug and alcohol addiction and has become increasingly self-destructive. Will Nick accept Dr. Phil’s offer of help?
#16 - If Looks Could Kill: The Victim in the Model Murder for Hire Speaks
Season 17 - Episode 2
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.
#17 - Mystery at Sea: What Happened to Actress Natalie Wood?
Season 17 - Episode 4
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.
#18 - Mystery at Sea: The Captain Speaks: Claims Hollywood Star Natalie Wood's Death Was No Accident
Season 17 - Episode 5
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.
#19 - My Mother Is Dating the Man Who Abused My Sister
Season 17 - Episode 32
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.
#20 - My Fiancé Believes He's a Superhero
Season 17 - Episode 98
Kalan wrote into the show desperate for Dr. Phil’s help because she says her fiancé, Giovanni, made a major shift in his life goals. Just two days after he asked Kalan to marry him, she says the Army veteran made a very serious decision to change his identity. Kalan says he has now taken on the persona of a superhero and will only answer to “Goose Wayne Batman.” Kalan says he refuses to take off his mask or eye makeup and although she’s loved him since she was 14, this may be too much to handle. “Goose,” as he refers to himself, says he just wants to help and protect people, and being “Goose Wayne” is a non-negotiable part of his life and also his full-time job. The two are engaged to be married, but Kalan says she doesn’t want to be walking down the aisle with a masked man.
#21 - Sex Trafficking Survivor Demands Answers from Her Therapist Mother
Season 17 - Episode 114
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.
#22 - Save My Beautiful Daughters from Their Narcissistic Father
Season 17 - Episode 117
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.
#23 - Impostor Poses as Missing Boy: Where is the Real Timmothy Pitzen?
Season 17 - Episode 169
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.
#24 - I Think My Husband is Cheating and I Have Proof
Season 17 - Episode 170
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.
#25 - Angie’s Demands: DNA Test, A Polygraph or a Confession. Is Joe Cheating?
Season 17 - Episode 171
Joe says for the past two years, he has felt like a prisoner in his own home, and his wife, Angie, is the warden. He says Angie won’t let him out of her sight because she’s convinced herself that he’s been having an affair right under her nose with a 21-year-old friend of their daughter. Last year, this young woman had a baby, and Angie says it could be Joe’s. Angie says Joe and the young woman deny the affair and she wants to know if she’s the “crazy” one. Angie wants a DNA test and polygraph exam to prove his innocence. But Dr. Phil says there could be a completely different explanation for all of this, and you won’t believe what it is.