Dr. Phil is an American talk show hosted by Dr. Phil McGraw. It debuted on September 16, 2002, after McGraw had enjoyed success with the "Tuesdays with Dr. Phil" segment on the hugely popular Oprah Winfrey Show. On both shows McGraw offers advice in the form of "life strategies" from his experience as a clinical psychologist. The show covers a wide variety of human issue topics, including weight loss, financial planning, errant children, gift suggestions, and support for good causes. He is noted for often bringing back families for multiple shows for "follow-up" therapy sessions in his segment called "Dr. Phil Family." Generally, the program is filmed and guests appear in studio, but in 2006, the Dr. Phil House began as an occasional series. Dr. Phil and his production staff invite guests to a special house wired with numerous cameras and microphones, which is similiar to that of the Big Brother house. There, his staff monitor the conversations of the guests he is trying to help, and intervene as necessary to prevent physical violence. Dr. Phil also provides on-the-spot advice and counseling to the houseguests as he determines necessary. Taping in Los Angeles, the fifth season of Dr. Phil aired Monday, September 11, 2006. It is in syndication throughout the United States and Canada, as well as a number of other countries. Also, the show's syndication contracts specifically state that if Dr. Phil is on another station, it cannot air at the same time as Oprah. It was announced on August 3, 2005 that Dr. Phil had been renewed through at least its 12th season, lasting through the 2013-2014 season.
Lisa says her half-sister, Sarah, is a sociopathic liar who is pushing her entire family away with her web of deceit, which includes forging checks and lying about the deaths of her father and brother. Sarah admits she has a problem, which has cost her every relationship she has ever had, but she says she still doesn’t know how to stop. Sarah’s family confronts her on Dr. Phil’s stage. How does she explain her choices? Could something in her past have triggered her behavior? Tune in to hear Dr. Phil’s advice for Sarah. How can she repair the damage she has caused and regain her family’s trust?
Peggy says her daughter, Jen, 38, hasn’t spoken to her in seven years, and she has no idea why. She says she feels Jen owes her an apology for shutting her out -- but Jen insists it’s Peggy who should be apologizing! Jen claims Peggy was physically and emotionally abusive during her childhood and put drugs and men before her children. She calls Peggy a liar and a manipulator, and after decades of drama and pain, she says she simply had enough. Emotions run high when this mother and daughter face each other on Dr. Phil’s stage. Peggy admits she wasn’t always a stable parent but says Jen needs to stop punishing her for the past. Hear from Jen’s sister, Becky, who also was estranged from Peggy for a time -- why has she forgiven her mother? Plus, Peggy accuses Jen of alienating her from her 17-year-old granddaughter. What does her granddaughter say about Peggy? Don’t miss Dr. Phil’s advice for this fractured family. Can Jen and Peggy heal the wounds of the past and move forward?