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.
#1 - “My Wife Chose Her Boyfriend over Her Children”
Season 13 - Episode 115 - Aired 3/2/2015
George says his estranged wife, Rachel, once was loving, fun and honest, but after 19 years and six children together, he claims she has become a liar, cheater and an unfit mother who puts boyfriends ahead of her kids’ needs. George claims Rachel has had sex with a boyfriend while their children were home, and on another occasion she even gave their youngest kids melatonin to make them sleep so she could go out partying — all of which Rachel denies. Rachel admits she had one affair during their marriage but claims it happened only after she discovered George had a girlfriend — and she blames him for neglecting her and their family. With a divorce imminent, the estranged couple face each other on Dr. Phil’s stage. How has their fighting affected their children? Don’t miss Dr. Phil’s advice and words of warning for the separated couple. Can they calm the chaos and learn to peacefully co-parent?Watch Now:Amazon
#3 - Invested in Love or Just Another Scam?
Season 21 - Episode 139 - Aired 5/2/2023
Two years ago, Terri says she met her millionaire boyfriend, Ricardo, who she plans to marry. But, there was just one problem: They have never met in person. Terri says shortly after they met, Ricardo moved to Canada for work and asked Terri to invest $10,000 in Bitcoin, with promises that it would make her at least $1 million in six months. Terri continued to send money for two years, totaling nearly $80,000! Terri says not only has she not met her boyfriend, but she also hasn’t seen a penny of her investment. Terri’s sister, Tammy, says she believes Ricardo is nothing but a scammer who is using an innocent man’s photos and sweet-talking Terri out of her hard-earned money.
#5 - Prophet or Pedophile?
Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired 9/27/2011
Former spokesman Willie Jessop, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, talks of crimes that took place within the polygamous sect.
#6 - 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!
#7 - 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!
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.Watch Now:Amazon
#10 - Our Family is Being Bullied by Raging Ryan
Season 18 - Episode 100 - Aired 2/7/2020
Alyssa, Amanda, and their brother, Dylan, say they live in fear of their 25-year-old brother, Ryan, who turns into a monster, destroying whatever is in his path if he doesn’t get what he wants, which mainly includes: spending money, his favorite meals and a continuous supply of marijuana. The family says when Ryan rages, he will kick holes in walls, punch doors, destroy furniture, and scream at the top of his lungs. They say Ryan has even terrified Alyssa so badly that she hid in her closet with her dog and a Taser! But despite all of Ryan’s acts of intimidation, his siblings and their mother, Erika, admit to giving into almost all of Ryan’s demands to make sure he is kept happy. But is Ryan “happy?” Dr. Phil talks with Ryan and learns more about what is going on behind his violent rages that go on at home.
#11 - “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.
#12 - Our 15-Year-Old Runaway Daughter Claims She’s Pregnant, But is She?
Season 18 - Episode 50 - Aired 11/15/2019
Maribeth and John say their 15-year-old daughter, Marie, has become distant, angry, and is no longer the charming honors school student they once knew. They say around one year ago, Marie began running away – appearing in the news and social media – until the police hunted her down! But they claim Marie has continued to act out by selling stolen items, driving her parents’ car without a license, and sneaking out at all hours of the night. So, Maribeth and John installed surveillance cameras, bolted Marie’s window shut, and took away her phone. But Marie disappeared again, and this time when she returned, she said she was pregnant.
#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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - Mystery at Sea: What Happened to Actress Natalie Wood?
Season 17 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/13/2018
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.Watch Now:Amazon
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - Ghosted: “Why Are My Dates Disappearing?”
Season 18 - Episode 13 - Aired 9/25/2019
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. 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?
#20 - 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.
#22 - Romance Scams, Fraudsters, and Their Victims
Season 21 - Episode 140 - Aired 5/3/2023
Terri says she has been waiting two years for her millionaire boyfriend, Ricardo, to return home from Canada with their Bitcoin investment. Terri says as soon as Ricardo comes home with their money, they will be moving into their condo in Houston, TX, that Ricardo’s CEO purchased for them. However, Terri’s sister, Tammy, says everything Ricardo has told Terri is a lie. Is Ricardo being honest about anything, including his identity, and if not, who is Ricardo? Plus, see updates on some former Dr. Phil guests who were scammed. After being scammed once – and in some cases, twice – have they learned anything?
#23 - Missing in the Dark World of Sex Trafficking
Season 21 - Episode 133 - Aired 4/24/2023
Four years ago, 15-year-old Kristen Galvan ran away from home. Kristen’s mother, Robyn, claims an up-and-coming Houston rapper lured her daughter with promises of nice things and pretty nails. After a desperate two-week search, police found her little girl on a Houston street notorious for prostitution. Two months later, Kristen disappeared again, drawn into the dark world of child sex trafficking. She’s now been missing for three years.Watch Now:Amazon
#24 - Exclusive: Grieving Parents React To Chris Watts Confession
Season 17 - Episode 120 - Aired 3/11/2019
Authorities release a shocking five-hour prison confession from Colorado killer dad Chris Watts describing disturbing new details about the murder of his pregnant wife, Shan’ann, and their two daughters. In an exclusive interview, Shan’ann’s parents and brother reveal their reaction to Watts finally admitting what happened to their daughter and grandchildren in their final moments.
#25 - I Wish I Was Never a Mother, but I Have 5 Children
Season 16 - Episode 142 - Aired 4/25/2018
Jenny's teens say their mother rarely gets out of bed and is always threatening to leave them or to drive her car off a cliff; Jenny reveals a family secret that she has been keeping for 17 years.Watch Now:Amazon