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.

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Mental Health
My Mate's Not Hot Enough!
How much should looking good factor into your relationship? Today’s guests say appearance matters, and their mate is not up to their standards! Sandi says after six years of marriage, she misses her husband, Otto’s, six-pack. He says working -- not working out -- is a priority for him, and nothing will satisfy his wife, who rates herself a 20 out of 10. But the couple does agree on one thing: whatever Sandi wants, Sandi gets. Will Otto agree to hit the gym? Then, Dawn worked hard to shed 150 pounds, and when the new svelte Dawn met Paul, sparks flew! He thought she was hot -- until she undressed. What is she hiding? Plus, discover why Dr. Phil wrestles with his decision to help Dawn and Paul. And, Cynthia says she’s embarrassed by her boyfriend’s outdated wardrobe, and refuses to be seen with him in public! Can a professional makeover change her opinion?
46 min
The Six Quickest Ways To Ruin A Marriage
Is your marriage headed down the aisle of divorce? Denise says she and her husband of two years, Rick, are physically abusive, constantly argue, rarelyhave sex and are in so much debt, they're struggling to pay the bills and keep food on the table for their five children. Denise claims Rick is controlling, deceitful and may be facing prison time for money-related charges. Rick says Denise is just as much to blame for their marriage's meltdown. He claims she threatens to sleep with other men and enables her mother, Sandy, to instigate their arguments. Hear why Sandy says she refuses to stop intervening. Is she a meddling mom, or justified in worrying about her daughter's safety? You may be surprised by Dr. Phil's advice for this family. Plus, learn the six quickest ways Dr. Phil says couples ruin their marriages. Is your relationship at risk?
44 min
Majoring in Failure?
How old is too old to be living in your parents' basement? Twenty-three-year-old Justin is a high school dropout who has lost 12 jobs and calls his family's basement home. Justin’s stepfather, Bill, and his mother, Bonnie, say they don't understand why Justin has stopped trying to climb life's ladder of success, and are sick of trying to encourage him to move out and on with his life. Justin and his sister, Brianne, say their stepfather is a bully whose name-calling and tough love has backfired and made the situation worse. Bill says he's only trying to motivate Justin. Can Dr. Phil give these parents the tools they need to help Justin stand on his own two feet? And, Kris makes her living as a college prep advisor but admits she can’t motivate her own sons to excel at anything other than mooching. In fact, both of her sons have dropped out of college!Twenty-year-old Charlie says he’s racked up so many legal fees from the trouble he's caused that he can’t afford to move out, and his 19-year-old brother, Cody, appears to be following in his footsteps. Can these parents help their adult children find their independence? Don't miss Dr. Phil's advice for parents who want to raise motivated and contributing adults!
44 min
Chore Wars
While 2012 is fast approaching, three wives say when it comes to household chores, they feel like they live in the 1950s. Cam, a stay-at-home mom, says her husband of four years, Kyle, is a “slob” who refuses to clean up after himself. Bridget, who works full-time, says she spends 18 hours a day cleaning her home, yet her husband of 16 years, Mike, won’t take out the trash or pick up his dirty clothes. And after 39 years together, Debi says her husband, Rick, admits he neglects household chores, but claims it’s too late for him to change. See what happens when roles are reversed and the men are forced to step into their wives' shoes. Can Dr. Phil teach these old dogs new tricks? Watch as the couples air their 'dirty laundry' and attempt to call a truce! Plus, if you need a day off from your housework, don’t miss a chance to win a $500 gift certificate!
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Featuring a story from the A&E Network's real-life series of the same name, in this episode, Dr. Phil talks to a mother-in-law who admits to hating her son-in-law of 7 weeks, Steve. She continually belittles him by calling him "Dumbass Steve" and "Loser." She even programmed Steve in her phone as "Dumbass Steve." Her daughter wants her mother to stop attacking and start respecting her husband, otherwise she will walk out of her mother's life. Steve’s father-in-law, Jerry, wants his son-in-law to live up to his potential, but disagrees with his wife's verbal assaults as a way to motivate their son-in-law.
44 min
Desperately Seeking Attention
We all love to look our best, but how much is too much to spend on your appearance? Thirty-one-year-old bodybuilder Michael says he’s already spent $10,000 this year on tanning, vitamins, health food, hair transplants and Botox. Now he wants a $5,000 full-body hair removal procedure, but his wife, RoseAnn, refuses to support it. She says Michael’s pricey pampering has racked up thousands in debt and that he spends more time in the gym than with his own children. Fed up with his superficiality, RoseAnn says Michael needs a reality check and thinks Dr. Phil is the man for the job. Can he help Michael learn to put his family first? Then, Todd admits that he craves attention from women and can’t stop cheating on his girlfriend, Christina, who is pregnant with their first child. He says as a part-time disc jockey, women constantly flirt with him, and he worries that he’ll never be faithful. Hear what Dr. Phil calls the real reason for Michael’s infidelity and his shocking advice for Christina. If you or anyone you know is addicted to attention, this is one wake-up call you don’t want to miss!
45 min
Anything Men Can Do, Women Can Do Better
The men take on the women in a hilarious debate about who can do it better! Attorney and legal analyst Dan Abrams, author of Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else shares the compelling evidence behind his book and why women are superior to men in a variety of ways! Joining the debate are comediennes Kate Rigg and Kathleen Madigan, comedian Kirk Fox, music producer David Foster and his fiancée, Yolanda Hadid, and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors and author of Paper Dollhouse, Dr. Lisa Masterson. They all have something to say about Dan’s findings! Who comes out on top in the battle of the sexes? Cast your vote on!
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Love Triangle: Carly and Mikey
Learning your spouse is a cheater is devastating, but how do you recover when his lover is also your best friend? Carly, 22, and her 24-year-old husband, Mikey, say they fell in love as teens and tied the knot seven years later. The young wife says that she and Mikey were happy newlyweds until eight months after their wedding, she found him in bed with her best friend and bridesmaid, Jessica. Caught in the act, Jessica, 24, claimed that it was the first and only time --but was it? Carly says she later learned that the single stint between the sheets had spiraled into a no-limits love affair, and now she feels like she's stuck in the middle. Can her marriage survive? What about her friendship? Mikey admits he’s in love with both women, and doesn’t know who to choose. Desperate for a resolution, he reached out to Dr. Phil for guidance. Can Dr. Phil help him decide? Plus, Jessica filed for divorce from her husband --Mikey's cousin, with whom she has a child --and says she’ll fight to be with Mikey no matter what it takes. Watch sparks fly as Dr. Phil untangles a web of deceit that's tearing apart both friends and families.
44 min
Teen Mama Drama: Did She Get Pregnant to Get on...
Kayla, 18, and Vincent, 17, say that they dated for just four months before Kayla discovered she was pregnant. Shortly before giving birth to Milo, now 9 months, the young couple broke up. Kayla's mom, Jill, and stepdad, Mike, believe Kayla got pregnant intentionally, to earn a role on one of the popular teen pregnancy reality TV shows --a claim Kayla denies. Kayla says as a teen mom, she quickly realized she was in over her head and signed custody of Milo over to her mom.Jill and Mike say that Kayla is immature and would rather party than be a mother. Can Dr. Phil get Kayla to step up and be the mom her son needs? Then, Vincent joins the show with his father,Lewis. Who do they believe should be raising Milo? And, is Vincent doing all he can to be a good father?Plus, do you think TV shows about teen mothers glamorize or prevent teen pregnancy? Log on to and vote! And, tune in to learn about the three most important conversations that you must have with your daughter.
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Ripped From The Headlines: Teacher Leaves Famil...
Does love really conquer all? James, 41, quit his job and left his wife and three children to pursue a relationship with his 18-year-old former student, Jordan. The couple says they're not breaking any laws, want to set the record straight with Dr. Phil, and want Jordan's mother, Tammie, to stop her Facebook "smear campaign" against them. In a national exclusive,Tammie confronts James for the first time on Dr. Phil’s stage. Find out how the attraction began and why Tammie says James is lying. Were there secret meetings before Jordan turned 18? And, what does Jordan stand to lose? Parents, how would you react if your child started a relationship with his or her former teacher? Weigh in at! (link:
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Shaming the Family Name
Tiffany is a beautiful 23-year-old who says that using drugs makes her feel complete, but in reality, she knows she's just a lost little girl and a liar. After dropping out of three rehab programs for an Oxycontin addiction, she says she wants to come clean with her parents and kick her substance abuse once and for all. Her parents, Susie and Ken, believed Tiffany stopped using drugs on her own, but she recently confessed that she’s been abusing Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addictions, and now she wants Dr. Phil’s help to confess an even bigger secret --she uses heroin every day and steals from her parents to support her habit. Ken, a police detective, says he’s embarrassed to have an addict for a daughter, but admit she still financially supports Tiffany by paying her bills, insurance and even buying her a new car. Is Tiffany finally ready to commit to getting healthy for good? What underlying family issues are contributing to her illness? And, who does Tiffany blame for her downward spiral? Dr. Phil spells out the roles and responsibilities of each family member when a loved one is addicted.
43 min
Generation Lazy?
Are today’s kids more entitled than past generations? Research shows that 80 percent of college graduates are moving back in with Mom and Dad, and many appear to be earning a degree in laziness! Dorothy says her son, Johnnie, isa spoiled con artist who attended more than four years of college, never earned a degree and has moved in-and-out of her home twice, free-of-charge. Johnnie says he never wants to find a job, and thinks his mom –who he claims is a multi-millionaire --is just being “greedy.” Dorothy says her son dropped out of college, traveled the world on an $84,000 inheritance intended for his education, and once threatened to burn down her house if she didn’t give him $5,000. She says she has found him odd jobs, provided his transportation and even bribed him to finish college, but he won’t stop freeloading. Dr. Phil shells out some tough love to both mom and son.Then, Maria says she cooks, cleans and does laundry for her 24-year-old daughter, Alexis, but the college graduate takes it all for granted. Alexis says she’s in a transitional period and isn’t ready to live on her own. Fed up, Maria says she has given her daughter eight months to save her money and get her own place –but is she being reasonable? Hear what Dr. Phil has to say, and get some tips on motivating anyone who is outstaying their welcome!
44 min
Won’t Do "I Do" Until…
Never a bridesmaid, always a bride? Some women may dream of having Monette's problem: She's a bride-to-be preparing for her eleventh trip down the aisle! What's her secret to inspiring so many men to pop the question? It may sound like she's reliving a fairytale, but once the "honeymoon" is over, why can’t she make the marriages stick? This time, Monette says her relationship with her fiancé, Anthony, is different, and she's preparing an elaborate dream wedding themed around the number 11–scheduled for 11/11/11 with 11 bridesmaids and 11 groomsmen. But Anthony says he has concerns about Monette's past repeating itself. Is the couple spending too much time planning the wedding --and not the marriage? Dr. Phil outlines critical warning signs that may indicate the outcome of this relationship. Will he ease Anthony’s nerves, or send him running for the hills? And, Monette's daughter, Mercedes, 19, says she's worried about the effects that yet another marriage could have on her teenage brother. Plus, Monette's bridesmaids chime in on their friend’s eagerness to tie the knot. Is it all in good fun, or is there more at stake? Then, Stacey and Stephen came to Dr. Phil to discuss their future as a couple, but an incident the night before their appearance landed her on the show alone, and Stephen in jail! Find out what happened. Plus, are you ready for marriage? Don't miss Dr. Phil's advice for couples preparing for their big day.
44 min
Million-Dollar Custody Battle
Ex-spouses Pam and Jim say they’ve spent nearly $1 million combined in a battle for custody of their 9-year-old daughter, Dawn -- a fight that includes multiple arrests, restraining orders and accusations of abuse and molestation. Pam says her ex-husband is a vindictive, narcissistic liar, and she has proof that their daughter is afraid of him. She also claims that Jim abused her for years and is now trying to destroy her life -- but is he? Jim says his ex-wife is mentally ill and should not have custody of Dawn. He says Pam has tried to kill him in front of their daughter, and he has proof that she has physically abused Dawn. Can Pam and Jim stop finger-pointing and mud-slinging and do what’s best for their daughter? Plus, Pam agrees to take a polygraph test. Don’t miss the results!
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Parenting Disaster: Extreme Excuses
Darcy says that her sister Jennifer’s home is in a state of complete chaos. She says Jennifer and her husband, Ralph, have no rules, their kitchen is bare, the electricity is often shut off, and they put their needs ahead of those of their four children --who are acting out as a result. Darcy says her nephews, 8 and 10, smoke marijuana, play with weapons and recently started a local forest fire --and that the 10-year-old once wrote a note asking for someone to kill him in his sleep. She says her 12-year-old niece was recently called to truancy court, and her 16-year-old niece is having unprotected sex in the home with her older, live-in boyfriend. Ralph concedes that he’s struggling to provide for his family financially and has made mistakes as a parent, but says Jennifer is to blame, claiming she’s checked out as a mother. Jennifer admits she’s detached from her family, struggles with depression and has trouble maintaining the household. She also confesses that she witnessed Ralph abusing their children but did nothing to stop it --a claim Ralph does not deny. With this family in dire need of a resolution, Dr. Phil stages a no-nonsense intervention. Are Jennifer and Ralph willing to take the necessary steps to save their family?
43 min
Affair Aftermath
April says her world came crashing down when she discovered her husband, Jeff, had a secret cell phone with racy photographs and text messages from another woman on it. After 15 years of providing fancy cars, expensive vacations and a beautiful home on the river for her family, she says the betrayal cut deeply. Jeff admits to the affair, but says his infidelity is not what ruined their marriage and that their relationship was rocky long before he cheated. He claims April is verbally and physically abusive and emasculates him for not making enough money. Can -- and should -- this marriage be saved? Then, Charnay says after one month of marriage, she learned her husband J-uan cheated and fathered a child with his ex while he was engaged to Charnay. She says she never would've married him had she known the truth, and that their relationship has been deteriorating ever since. J-uan wants to save their marriage, but Charnay wants to know if she should, "run like hell." Dr. Phil shares his insight and perspective on this marriage. And, can any marriage survive infidelity? Don't miss Dr. Phil's advice.
45 min
Actress Accused: Was She an Accomplice to Murder?”
In 2010, Rachel says she was in love and planning to marry the man of her dreams, but just days before their beachside wedding, her fiancé, Dan Wozniak, was arrested for murder. According to investigators, Wozniak shot and killed the couple's neighbor, Samuel Herr, and his friend, Juri “Julie” Kibuishi, and then allegedly dismembered Samuel’s body and scattered his remains in a park. Wozniak, who is behind bars awaiting trial, was indicted by a grand jury on two felony counts of special circumstances murder, to which he has pleaded not guilty. Now, two years after the grisly murders, Rachel has been arrested and charged with three counts of accessory after the fact. Prosecutors believe she lied to help her then-fiancé cover up his alleged crimes. Facing four years behind bars, Rachel, along with her attorney, speaks out, claiming she was duped by Wozniak and knew nothing of his alleged crime. Then, Samuel Herr’s father, Steve, weighs in. Hear why he believes Rachel is playing the greatest role of her life -- that of an innocent victim. And, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas details why he says Rachel’s story just doesn’t add up. Is Rachel a victim, or did she help cover up a crime?
44 min
Is Mom Playing Favorites?
Twenty-eight-year-old Lynn says her mother, Anne, has turned her entire family against her, and now she feels like she's the "black sheep." She says her mom calls her names, has hit her in the past and favors her younger brothers so much that she's even turned them against her. Anne says her daughter’s narcissism and lies have made her an outcast. She claims Lynn will stop at nothing to get attention -- even lie about a pregnancy and miscarriage. Can Dr. Phil stop the mudslinging long enough to get to the root of their disagreements? And, was Lynn really pregnant? See how mother and daughter react to what medical records reveal. Then, hear from Lynn's brother Tom. Why does he say he sides with their mom? Can Dr. Phil mend these family ties?
44 min
Baby Snatcher – Barely Escaping a Fetal Abduction?
In her first nationally-televised interview, Angelique, 20, breaks her silence about an alleged plot to steal her unborn baby. In December 2010, Angelique, then 7 months pregnant, says she met Kassandra, 18 -- and two months later, she discovered her new friend had been faking her pregnancy and allegedly planning to surgically remove Angelique’s baby. How did Angelique learn of and narrowly escape this sadistic plot? Kassandra has since been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in a psychiatric hospital for attempted arson -- Does Angelique think that justice was served? Plus, Angelique says the frightening incident still traumatizes her to this day. Can Dr. Phil help her move past her fears? Then, Katie, 21, admits that she’s been obsessed with being a mom since she was a teenager, wants at least 20 kids and confesses that she’s resorted to dirty tricks to become pregnant -- without her husband, Jeff’s, knowledge. She says she was already telling Jeff, 23, she wanted another baby while still delivering their first! Jeff says he's willing to compromise but is uncomfortable with the drastic measures he says Katie is taking to get pregnant again. Can Dr. Phil get to the root of Katie's baby obsession?
44 min
Stepdad Takes on Dr. Phil
Brenda claims her husband, Drew, is physically and verbally abusive to her 14-year-old son, Austin --who suffers from ADHD and bipolar disorder --and ridicules her intellectually disabled 20-year-old daughter, Destiny, making her cry. She accuses Drew of throwing Austin against a wall and constantly calling him names and threatening him --and she says divorce is imminent if he doesn’t change. Drew says he never threw Austin againsta wall and insists he’s not abusive, he’s “aggressive” and is “trying to get these kids ready for the real world.” He admits he has a short temper,but says he’s tired of being made out to be the bad guy. Dr. Philfaces off with Drew --doeshe have the kids’ best interest in mind, or is he just a bully? And, what is at the root of this stepfather’s anger?
43 min
My Husband, My Boyfriend, My Big Decision
Lisa says she can’t choose between her boyfriend of one year -- or her husband of 26 years, Rick. She claims Rick is verbally abusive, controlling and has held her against her will -- and she never would’ve cheated if he treated her better. Rick says he’ll do anything -- from bribing his wife with gifts to forcing her into his car and driving off -- to keep her from this other man, but nothing seems to work. Lisa says she’s tried to break it off with her boyfriend several times, but she just can’t let him go. Lisa and Rick’s grown children, Alexa, 25, and Jordan, 20, say they are disgusted by their mom’s behavior, and they’re tired of being pulled into the middle of the drama. Will this couple fix their marriage or call it quits? Whom will Lisa choose: her boyfriend or her husband?
43 min
Football Star Accused: Did He Do It?
In a Dr. Phil exclusive, a 17-year-old football star accused of rape -- and the alleged victim -- speak out about how one alcohol-fueled night changed their lives in an instant. Matt says he and three friends were drinking at a party nearly nine months ago when the four boys had sex with a 16-year-old classmate. He claims she initiated the encounter and that the sex was consensual. Matt and the three boys are charged with second-degree rape, and Matt says his dreams of getting a college scholarship have been put on hold. How does he describe the events of that night? And, what, if anything, does he say he’d do differently? Then, hear from the alleged victim, who is speaking out for the first time. What does she recall happening that night? And, how has the ordeal impacted her life?Plus, Matt’s parents, Dianne and Mark, insist their son is innocent and say they believe the alleged victim is out for attention. Dr. Phil has a powerful message for the couple.
43 min
Outrageous Parenting Styles
Amy admits she’s a “psycho over-protective mom” of fivechildren, ages 4 to 20, and worries that her behavior could be crippling her kids’ development. She admits to flossing her 20-year-old daughter's teeth, trimming her 15-year-old's toe nails and doing her children's homework for them. Amy says she’s just trying to prevent her kids from being hurt or disappointed --but is she really just setting them up for failure? Amy’s 20-year-old pregnant daughter, Katelynn, says her mother’s overprotectiveness is out of control --claiming that Amy has even threatened to gain custody of her unborn baby, to ensure the child is taken care of properly. And, Amy’s son, Robert, 15, says he’s suffering in school because his mom won’t let him do his own homework, and that he doesn’t even know what he’s good at, because she does everything for him. What's behind Amy’s “helicopter mom” habits? Find out what Dr. Phil uncovers from Amy’s past that may be contributing to her parenting style. Can she learn to take a step back and allow her kids to become independent?
44 min
When Love Hurts
Gina says her fiancé, Jeremy, is physically, emotionally and sexually abusive, and that in the last year, he has beaten her at least once a week, and they’ve been in at least 50 altercations. Gina says Jeremy has wrestled her to the floor, choked her, cracked her teeth, slammed her head against a wall, beaten her with a belt buckle and driven a nail through her arm. And, when Gina was three months pregnant, she says Jeremy did the unthinkable --he raped her. What does Jeremy say happened? Find out why Gina says she believes Jeremy will kill her. And hear why, despite her fear, she says she will never leave him. Jeremy admits that he physically abuses Gina, but adds that she is often the aggressor in their fights. With so much anger in the house, the couple says their 2-year-old son has begun to display aggressive tendencies. Can Dr. Phil get to the root of what's really wrong and stop the cycle of violence? Hear how secrets from Gina's and Jeremy's childhoods could be the culprit. If you know someone who is trying to escape an abusive relationship, learn the steps to take by visiting
43 min
Children of Affairs
Three percent of all children born in the United States each year are the product of extra-marital affairs. What happens when these children -- a result of lies and deception -- grow up and learn the circumstances surrounding their birth? Germaine says she is five months pregnant and engaged to Trevor, the father of her unborn child. But, Trevor already has a wife. Germaine says Trevor constantly lies to her and his wife, and she wants to know if he is ready to end the deceit and commit to her. Hear what Dr. Phil thinks about the future of their relationship. Then, Krista says she was 11 years old when she learned she was the product of an affair, and her world came crashing down. She says the pain, anger and guilt she feels affects every area of her life, including driving a wedge between her and her husband of 11 years. Will an emotional exercise with Germaine help Krista find a new perspective on life? And, will Germaine and Trevor begin to understand how their behavior may have lifelong consequences for their unborn child?
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