Best Of Dr. Phil

Full episodes of Dr. Phil with intriguing guests presenting compelling yet relatable stories from the real world and Dr. Phil's down to earth, common sense, usable advice for the challenges of life. Hear America's doctor talk about things that matter to people who care.

Society & Culture
Mental Health
On The Outs With In-Laws
Manipulative, violent, controlling, downright diabolical. These are words Anna-Laura uses to describe her mother-in-law Janice. She says Janice is forcing her husband Morgan to choose between his mother and his wife. What can this family do to get along?
30 min
Fighting Over The Will
When you imagine getting an inheritance, you might assume all your financial problems would be solved. But can the money be more trouble than it's worth?
42 min
Slave To My Spouse
Do you constantly have to compromise to get along with your mate? Do you feel like you have to give up a vital part of yourself to be in a relationship? Dr. Phil talks to controlling guests, and the loved ones who feel trapped by them.
42 min
Twisted Love: The Aftermath Pt. 2
Dr. Phil follows up with Charles and Tracy. After coming to the conclusion that his dream of being shared by his wife and mistress was never going to happen, did Charles follow through and end his relationship with the other woman? Part 2
42 min
Twisted Love Pt. 1
Can a man introduce another woman into his marriage and form a healthy, "triangular" relationship, in which he is shared by his wife and his mistress? Part 1
41 min
The Honeymoon's Over
Do couples give up too easily on marriage? More newlyweds, married only a few months, are pulling off their wedding bands and calling it quits. Dr. Phil's guests haven't even been married a year, and are already wondering if they made the right decision.
42 min
What makes a good wife? Is it cooking, cleaning, raising the kids and having great sex? Dr. Phil says too few couples understand what it means to be a "Mrs." He delves into the role of the wife in 2005.
42 min
When you and your beloved say "I do," it's "for better or worse." But what happens when all you feel is the "worse" part and wind up trapped in a bad marriage?
42 min
Finding Allene & Mollie Pt. 3
The tense family drama continues. Dr. Phil sent Private Investigator Harold Copus thousands of miles through three countries including the jungles of Belize to find two sisters, Allene and Mollie, who were abducted by their father one year ago. Part 3
42 min
Finding Allene & Mollie Pt. 2
Join Dr. Phil on a search for two missing girls abducted by their father. Private Investigator Harold Copus travels thousands of miles and through a jungle. Will this search lead to the girls? Who has them and more disturbingly, for what purpose?
41 min
Missing Pt. 1
Dr. Phil shines a light on missing children. Some are taken by strangers, but more frequently a parent is the one to abduct them - too often with terrifying results.
43 min
Imagine cleaning your house for hours on end, washing your hands up to 30 times a day -- sometimes until they bleed -- and having the urge to repeatedly check that doors are locked and appliances are turned off. This may sound like extreme behavior, but 2.2 million American adults live with a debilitating illness known as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Learn the warning signs and what you can do to overcome anxiety. Lisa says she’s so petrified of germs that she scrubs her kitchen floor four to five times a day and constantly washes her hands. She even homeschools her three young children because she’s afraid that being around other kids will make them sick! Her husband, Khristian, fears that they’re raising a bunch of “shut ins” who will be terrified of going out into the real world. Will Lisa be able to manage her disease and move forward with her life? Plus, Phyllis, a former guest, says she cleaned 16 hours a day and rarely left her home. Find out how she’s doing today, and hear the advice she has for Lisa.
45 min
How To Talk To Your Kids About Money
The current economic crisis has everyone on edge. It’s more important than ever to talk to your kids about money, and today,Dr. Phil gives you the tools you need to have that conversation.His first guests, Lora and Kris, say they want help because their 15-year-old daughter, Katy, loves to shop –-with their money –-and she doesn’t take care of the items she buys. She’s already on her second iPhone, second iPod and third laptop! Katy admits she’s a little spoiled but says every teenager wants nice things. Lora and Kris admit they have a hard time telling their daughter no. How will Katy do when asked to balance the family budget? Then, Dr. Phil leads a round table discussion about money with a group of fourth and fifth graders. Find out their reactions when they learn how many bags of groceries you could buy with the amount of money it costs for an iPod. Plus, financial expert Susan Beacham shares the dos and don’ts for teaching kids about money.
42 min
Generation Me
They’re self-absorbed, spoiled and entitled brats, otherwise known as Generation Me. MTV correspondent Kim Stolz recently hit the streets of New York to find out how the younger generation feels about this label. Don't miss the candid responses. Then, Bradley, 24, says he wants to be rich and drive a Lamborghini, but he only wants to put in 80 percent of the effort. He still relies on his mom, Christine, to pay his rent and other bills. Will Bradley learn to stand on his own two feet? Plus, Monica says her 18-year-old daughter, Courtney, is an “entitlement princess,” and she gives the teen money just to keep the peace. Will mom and daughter get a wake-up call? And Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me, reveals why many young people are narcissistic.
45 min
How To Get To I Do
For many girls, a fairytale wedding day is a sweet fantasy -- but getting the proposal can be a real nightmare! Amber and Rich are struggling through commitment issues. They live, work and have children together, and say they're happy but can't seem to take the next step. Rich sold Amber on his plan to marry her after five years, so why hasn't he proposed after nearly seven? Does he have valid reasons for resisting marriage? After Dr. Phil challenges him, will Rich decide to walk down the aisle ... on Dr. Phil's stage? Next, Jill has taken the leap and been divorced seven times. Why does she pick the wrong men, and what can she do to make her next union last? Then, Candy describes her first marriage as lasting 18 miserable years, and she regrets how she poisoned her daughters against men during that time. What will it take to change her daughter, who calls herself the Runaway Bride? Plus, a don't-miss moment happens in Dr. Phil's audience!
43 min
The 237 Reasons Why Women Have Sex
"I wanted to make someone jealous." "I was bored." "I wanted to feel closer to God." These are some of the 237 reasons why women say they have sex. In her new book, Why Women Have Sex, Dr. Cindy Meston lists the good, bad, silly and shocking reasons that women do the deed. She and Dr. Jennifer Berman, a sexual health expert, join Dr. Phil to talk about women and sex, and offer advice to couples with differing libidos. To get an idea of how women feel about having sex, Dr. Phil sends comedienne Kathleen Madigan to talk to women on the street. You may be surprised to hear some of the reasons women are intimate. Next, meet Maribel and Jeff. She says her number one reason to have sex is because she likes it.She's gone to great lengths, from dressing sexy to undergoing surgery, to engage her husband, but he's not interested. Jeff says he resists because he's worried he's going to have another heart attack. But is there an underlying reason why he refuses to make love to his wife? Then, Deanna says she only wants sex one way, but her husband Robert complains he's bored with the routine. What do they need to do to come together in the bedroom? And find out the top five reasons women have sex and how they compare to men's reasons.
45 min
Wedding Woes
When you’re a bride-to-be, planning your wedding can be an emotional time for you and your parents. But what happens when your family members are not exactly jumping for joy over your upcoming nuptials? From a mom who is worried her daughter is rushing into a marriage with a complete stranger to a bride who says her father is ruining her big day, Dr. Phil helps families figure out how to keep the happiest day in a young couple’s life from turning into a nightmare.And, are you sure you're preparing for a marriage and not just a wedding? Find out the questions you must ask yourself before walking down the aisle.
45 min
What's Wrong with People
Dr. Phil and HLN’s Nancy Grace dissect recent headlines that they believe demonstrate how the system has failed. What if you found out your child was allegedly molested by a man after he’d been on the radar with police, the state medical board, the Attorney General’s office and even his own family and colleagues? How does this happen, and what can parents do to protect their kids? Then, girl-on-girl fighting has increased alarmingly, and some brawls are even videotaped and posted online. Tessa was 14 when she was beaten by a classmate while being videotaped. The video ended up on YouTube. So why didn’t they prosecute? And, why did three security guards in Seattle do nothing to intervene when a 15-year-old girl was savagely attacked and mugged by other girls in front of them? And wait until you hear who else failed to help – it may leave you asking, “What is wrong with people?”
45 min
Top 3 Biggest Mistakes You Don't Know You're Ma...
Married couples, listen up! Learn the top three mistakes you’re making that could have long-lasting negative effects on your relationship. Orlando and Sarah say they fight constantly, and their conflict never gets resolved. One spat turned physical and had their 2 1/2-year-old daughter in tears. Learn the eight non-negotiable rules all couples need to follow to fight fair. Next, Nikio and Nedra have two sets of twins under age 4, and Nikio says his wife undermines his authority when he’s disciplining the kids. Nedra says her spouse’s punishments are too harsh. Dr. Phil shares his thoughts about spanking. Plus, Marilyn Logan, the renowned “Money Lady,” reveals the biggest financial mistakes you could be making.
40 min
The Biggest Money Fights: Pre-Nups and Wills
It’s a five-letter word that can come between loved ones and divide families forever: M-O-N-E-Y! Dr. Phil speaks with guests battling over inheritances and prenuptial agreements. Kathy says her father, Ed, betrayed her by losing close to a million dollars, which should’ve been her inheritance. Ed says he invested the money with his son, which didn’t turn out the way he planned and admits he wasn’t honest with his family about his financial decisions. Kathy says some of that money was meant for her children’s college funds, and she’s not sure she can ever forgive him. And, Stacy wants to know if she divorces her husband, will she be owed more than what her prenuptial agreement stipulates given her unique circumstances? Legal analyst Lisa Bloom weighs in on these money matters.
44 min
Dr. Phil's Personality Test
Are you more of an extrovert or do you tend to be neurotic? Learn about the five basic dimensions of personality, and take the Big 5 Test to determine which category you fall in! Brian is a mild-mannered fun husband and father, but when he sits behind the wheel, he says he gets so angry and aggressive that he constantly sprays other cars with windshield wiper fluid --going through as much as three gallons of fluid every week!Can he put the brakes on his temper before someone gets hurt? Next, meet Sam Gosling, professor of psychology and author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says about You. See what he learns about the Dr. Phil staff and Dr. Phil when he snoops through the office! And, body language expert Dr. Lillian Glass analyzes Darcy and Craig's behavior on a date. Is this couple of seven months compatible for the long haul? Plus, learn how to mesh your personality with someone who's opposite of you, and take a quiz to find out your dog personality!
44 min
Biggest Financial Mistakes
Are your extravagant ways about to send you to the poorhouse? Dr. Phil explains the five biggest financial mistakes you could be making. Brad and Yvonne had a 3,200 square foot house, went on expensive vacations and hosted lavish parties for their friends. Now they say they live in a trailer in Yvonne’s parents’ backyard. In spite of their dire financial straits, Yvonne says her husband still wants to purchase a $1,800 watch! What’s behind Brad’s urge to splurge? Can the couple ever get out from under their mound of debt? And, the economic downturn is even forcing the wealthy to downsize. Dr. Phil talks to Vicki, Gina and Lynne of the Real Housewives of Orange County about how the cash crunch is affecting them. Find out what happened when Gina asked Vicki to borrow money. Plus, a top Hollywood divorce attorney shares some of the top mistakes women make when it comes to money and marriage.
45 min
Revenge: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Bleach, bologna and super glue --Do you know what these items have in common? They have all been used by people to get revenge against another. Dr. Phil, along with criminal defense attorney Anthony Pope and revenge expert and blogger Dr. Gina Barreca, delve into headline-making revenge stories of retribution, like the women from Wisconsin who were arrested for using super glue on a man's private parts, and Michael Brewer, a 15-year-old who was badly burned after telling police that boys stole his dad's bike. Next, Todd says months after he separated from his wife, Deborah, she took revenge against him, and he landed in jail. He says now it's payback time, but find out why he doesn't act like it. Then, hear Deborah's side. When Dr. Phil drills down, will she admit to criminal activities? You won't believe the strange behavior of both Deborah and Todd. Anthony and Gina weigh-in on this battle, but they see it way differently. And, a woman tried to get even with her husband's ex-wife, but the outcome wasn't what she expected.
45 min
How to Negotiate Anything
When you think of negotiations, you may think of men in suits and corporate boardrooms, but negotiating happens every day -- even in your own house. Dr. Phil helps his guests negotiate everything from time spent watching football, to where a student gets to attend college, to the price of that new car and even what organs a spouse can donate when they pass away! Learn the principles of making a deal, how to compromise to get what you want and the biggest mistakes you can make when buying a new car. Plus, learn the five things you might not realize you can bargain for. Stop getting ripped off and start negotiating!
44 min
Can You Get Over Your Past?
What if you once embraced a lifestyle so terrible and so violent that it cost you your family, your friends and your freedom? Can you ever get over your past and make things right? Dr. Phil talks to two men who face this struggle. Tad and Josh joined ranks with white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups. Embracing hatred, they shut out anyone who didn’t share their views. Tired of feeling angry and empty, these men now want to turn their lives around. But is it too late to expect forgiveness? And can they forgive themselves? Don’t miss this powerful show!
44 min