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.
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?
Kristen, 22, says two years ago, she feels that she was manipulated into placing her newborn for adoption with her ex-stepfather, Adam, and his new wife, Stacy, who took her in while she was pregnant. Kristen says the two promised her she could be involved in the child’s life but claims they kicked her to the curb a week after her daughter was born, and she hasn’t seen the child since. She calls Stacy “evil” and “psycho crazy” — and even says she could have been drugged, because she says she has no recollection of signing the adoption papers. Adam and Stacy deny Kristen’s accusations and say she was in no way ready to care for a child — which is why they stepped up. They are adamant they followed the letter of the law and communicated openly with Kristen. Emotions run high when Dr. Phil brings everyone together in search of answers and a resolution to this adoption drama. Are Adam and Stacy freezing Kristen out? Has she given them reason to? And, is there any hope of fostering a peace moving forward? Plus, Kristen is now pregnant again — what are her plans for this baby?