The BEST Episodes of Dr. Phil
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2021
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 - Aired Sep 27, 2011
#2 - tba
Season 10 - Episode 150 - Aired May 2, 2012
#3 - Unbearable In-Laws
Season 11 - Episode 52 - Aired Nov 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.
#4 - It's Either Me or Your Deadbeat Son: Meet Grandma
Season 11 - Episode 163 - Aired May 23, 2013
#5 - The Bitter Battle Over Modern Family's Ariel Winter
Season 12 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 20, 2013
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.
#6 - Mystery at Sea: The Captain Speaks: Claims Hollywood Star Natalie Wood's Death Was No Accident
Season 17 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 14, 2018
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.
#7 - Impostor Poses as Missing Boy: Where is the Real Timmothy Pitzen?
Season 17 - Episode 169 - Aired May 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.
#8 - Angie’s Demands: DNA Test, A Polygraph or a Confession. Is Joe Cheating?
Season 17 - Episode 171 - Aired May 21, 2019
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.
#9 - Dr. Phil's 3000th Show
Season 18 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 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!
#10 - Dying to Be Hot
Season 18 - Episode 30 - Aired Oct 18, 2019
Brazilian butt lifts, or BBLs as they are also known, are a growing trend -- often with dangerous results. Celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian have countless fans, followers and admirers, but trying to emulate those hourglass figures can have a cost. Dr. Phil interviews the mother and grandfather of Danea Plasencia, who died after a Brazilian Butt lift surgery in Miami earlier this year. Then, Dr. Phil speaks with R&B singer and star of the hit reality show Love & Hip Hop, K. Michelle, about her traumatic experience getting black market butt injections and the numerous surgeries required to help her recover. Plus, Dr. Phil and K. Michelle meet Marlene, who also got black market butt injections and says she doesn’t know exactly what is inside of her. With the help of several doctors, including Dr. Andrew Ordon from The Doctors, Dr. Phil helps Marlene get to the bottom of what is going on medically.
#11 - Our 15-Year-Old Runaway Daughter Claims She’s Pregnant, But is She?
Season 18 - Episode 50 - Aired Nov 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.
#12 - We’ve Lost Control of Our Raging, Possibly Pregnant, Teen
Season 18 - Episode 55 - Aired Nov 22, 2019
Tony and Heather claim their 17-year-old daughter, Rae, has violent meltdowns that have ended with police intervention as many as 80 times! But that’s not all; they also say Rae is claiming she’s pregnant. Rae spent the morning before taping Dr. Phil, barricading her terminally ill mother in a car. Will this family ever make it to stage for Dr. Phil to help them? Find out!
#13 - After Barricading Her Mom in the Car, Rae Makes it to Stage
Season 18 - Episode 56 - Aired Nov 25, 2019
After resisting all morning, Rae finally makes her way to the Dr. Phil stage. She claims her parents not only ignore her, but her mother’s illness and father’s alcoholism and physical abuse are the main reasons for her out-of-control anger. What happens when Rae refuses to go for treatment? You do not want to miss how this out-of-control teen drama ends!
#14 - I’m Leaving My Husband Next Week if He Doesn’t Get Help with His OCD!
Season 18 - Episode 61 - Aired Dec 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.
#15 - Battle of the Exes
Season 18 - Episode 62 - Aired Dec 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!
#16 - Chased by Police and Accused of An Interstate Crime Spree
Season 18 - Episode 63 - Aired Dec 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.
#17 - “My Wife Tricked Me into Getting a Divorce”
Season 18 - Episode 76 - Aired Jan 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.
#18 - “Battered and Bruised: My Grandson Nearly Killed His Baby”
Season 18 - Episode 77 - Aired Jan 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.
#19 - “Terrorized By My 10-Year-Old”
Season 18 - Episode 80 - Aired Jan 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.
#20 - Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe
Season 18 - Episode 130 - Aired Mar 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.
#21 - Exclusive: Ahmaud Arbery’s Family Speaks Out
Season 18 - Episode 162 - Aired May 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.
#22 - A “Dr. Phil” Catfish Investigation: What’s Really Inside Lois’ Safe?
Season 18 - Episode 164 - Aired May 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.
#23 - 25 Dating Apps and Desperate for Love: “Our Teen’s Out of Control!”
Season 18 - Episode 167 - Aired May 22, 2020
Evan was adopted at age 8, along with his sister Lexi, who was 10. Evan’s adoptive mom, Tina, says Lexi was an ideal child, but the now 18-year-old Evan steals, lies and has engaged in questionable and dangerous relationships. She says she and her husband, Tim, have given him everything but he’s so desperate for love, he has downloaded 25 dating apps.
#24 - My Dad Believes He’s Married to a Woman Named ‘Maria’ He’s Never Met
Season 19 - Episode 45 - Aired Nov 13, 2020
Shelby wants to find the truth about her father, David’s, online relationship with a woman he has never met. David says he met a woman named “Maria” online, and she has an inheritance of $10 million. David says he knows for a fact that “Maria” is a real person and can’t wait to introduce her to his daughter one day. Shelby says her relationship with her dad is broken and wishes he would spend more time with her, rather than chasing a woman who she fears doesn’t exist.
#25 - Is “Maria” Real? A Big Surprise for David
Season 19 - Episode 46 - Aired Nov 16, 2020
David says he is in love with a Christian woman from Texas named “Maria,” who claims she has an inheritance of $10 million. David says even though they have never met, he has paid $25,000 over the last two-and-a-half years to their lawyer in order to get the inheritance money. Dr. Phil investigates “Maria” to find out if she is a real person or if David is part of an online catfish scam.