Does anyone else find Dr. Phil's show over the top and just a bunch of crap?

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Posted: 2/8/2013 2:22:10 PM
I use to LOVE to watch Dr. Phil when I could but was in school for the last few years and haven't really watched it much. For the last couple of months I have been done school and have had more chance to watch it and I am done watching. I really don't think I will ever watch again... the topics are so ridiculous. I feel like I am watching Maury everyday and am shocked with how bad the show has gone downhill.

Do you still like it?

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Posted: 2/8/2013 2:36:16 PM
Funny you posted this. I, too, hadn't seen it in years. Caught a little a few mornings ago and was like, "WHAT THE.....?" What garbage! Looked so trashy and stupid!


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Posted: 2/8/2013 2:50:15 PM
I have never been a fan of I'm with you!

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Posted: 2/8/2013 2:51:01 PM
I've always thought that, and was shocked to find my sister records it every day because she thinks he's such a straight shooter.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 2:54:50 PM
I like that he's honest and very forthcoming when people are in denial.

That mother in law yesterday would not answer questions "yes or no" she had to couch everything with boosts to her own ego. There are people like that.

I sure don't watch every day.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 3:06:20 PM
I think he used to be good, but now it's just trash. I like his honesty, but his subject matter needs improvement.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 3:17:54 PM
I used to be a big fam and watched faithfully. Now, I rarely watch and even then, don't usually stay to the end of the show.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 3:21:16 PM
Never been a fan. Always thought he was ridiculous like a lot of the people Oprah has touted.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 3:28:02 PM
I hear ya. I swear, every time I watch, he is talking about his latest book, "that I wrote with my son Jay, who owns a publishing company..." blah bla,blah,bla,blah...

He is a straight shooter, but I see most of his topics are going for shock value.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 3:31:29 PM
That show is still on?

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Posted: 2/8/2013 3:33:38 PM
I am finding that most t.v. talk shows, no matter how well-intentioned they may start out to be, eventually devolve to Maury level.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 3:42:16 PM
we don't get him here at the moment so I haven"t seen any recent shows apart from the shows about the guy who pretended to be a footballers girlfriend, but I like Dr Phil

I think he does give some very good advice at times.Perhaps ratings are down and he has ben told to ramp it up, though? i certainly wouldn't compare him to what I have seen of Maury, which have just been endless "who's the daddy' fests.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 3:58:43 PM
I am not a fan.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 4:19:59 PM
I think I've watched once or twice in the past year.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 4:33:10 PM
I gave up on Dr. Phil years ago, so I can only imagine how bad it's gotten.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 4:55:10 PM
Though I think that Dr. Phil can give good advice and is sincere when he wants to help someone, I think he likes to hear himself talk more than anyone else. He has become more and more arrogant as the years have gone by. His repeated use of phrases like "seriously now" and "this isn't my first time at the rodeo" are getting annoying.

I hope I never hear about his new book and how his son has a publishing company again. It may be a great book but the repeated plugs for it are turning me off of even looking at it let alone buy it.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:52:38 AM
Haven't watched in years, now I"m curious...

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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:58:45 AM
I don't like him - I never did.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:11:57 PM
I think I watched it for the first season or two and then the topics got too ridiculous to me. That is how things go I guess to get ratings. I definitely find his show awful and you couldn't pay me to watch it now.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 1:13:55 PM
The only Oprah-bot I liked was Nate Berkas (sp??). Was it ever determined if Dr. Phil even had a PhD??? I'd listen to his advice about as much as I'd listen to "Dr." Drew. Bleh! I even stopped watch Dr. Oz over a year ago. I got very annoyed that he gives 1/2 truths. You never hear important details about some herbs and alternative medicine he preaches about.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 1:18:20 PM
I've always liked Dr Phil, and still watch most of his shows...but I can see why some people don't care for him.

I'll agree that I'm sick and tired of him saying, "This is the first book I've wrote in 5 years, and it's pretty cool because I wrote it and my son Jay owns a publishing company..."

Like a pp, makes me want to NOT buy it.

And that mother in law the other day was a real doozy. What a bitch.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 4:35:03 PM
He is a real psychologist. He is very very smart.

I haven't watched in a long time because his show went like Oprah in the end. Where everything became a plug for a select few. It's a pity she is a very good psychologist.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 5:24:42 PM
I remember when he first started his show. He was quite vocal about avoiding porn and how the industry was demeaning. Then his son married a triplet who was in Playboy. Haven't heard a word since.

It has turned even trashier. I did like when he picked a family and followed through with several episodes. I think he may have stopped because the outcomes were rarely good.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 5:43:45 PM
I've been watching lately and really like it.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 8:18:49 PM

When his show first came out I thought the topics were relevant and watched almost daily. I stopped watching about 7 years ago because the quality of the topics had declined dramatically. I feel like I have enough problems of my own without having to listen to the crazy problems that he presents on his show.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 8:25:03 PM
I still record it every day but about half of the time I delete them because of the subject matter. He is dropping rapidly in my estimation and I agree with the others about the book pushing and his "son Jay's publishing company" being the only place you can get it.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 8:34:25 PM
I believe he may be a straight shooter, but still exploits people for the good of his show. I used to work for a counseling psychologist who cringed at the thought of being compared to a Dr. Phil type.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:39:51 AM
I sometimes tune in. I don't like (actually can't stand) when he has the same experts on; people who basically work for him now. It's like any time he says I'm going to get you some help, like that Dr Lawless. I am sick of seeing him on there.

I like when he gets couples on there and works with them through the whole show; I don't like when he switches it up by sliding in a second couple with 20 minutes left in the show.

I also think Robin sitting there every day and the camera on her and then they sweetly walk out together has been done to death. But whatever, that's his schtick I guess.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:46:52 AM
A total bunch of crap. He's gone "Hollywood", IMHO.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:46:54 AM
A total bunch of crap. He's gone "Hollywood", IMHO.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:50:41 AM
It's not for me -- there's some good advice to be found on the shows I've seen at times - but I really think many issues are so private they need to be counseled privately - exploiting your family and especially teens on national television is just, for me, almost painful to watch - I feel embarrased for the person being told in front of everyone what their faults are. I also think it can be a little too self-righteous at times. Last, I've seen parts of some episodes where it seems a marriage would be driven further apart vs come closer together by what's said on live TV - I can't imagine being one of those folks and having to go back to my job or neighbors after what they've seen.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:22:24 PM
I would like to see more follow ups .
The mom and former drug addicted son team are pretty effective, however, they rarely come back to say if the person has remained sober.
He is a phd psychologist, but I think he testified in forensics when Oprah found him.

Good thing we have a DVR - fast forward is my friend when I want to see the "ending" thoughts.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:27:03 PM

but I think he testified in forensics when Oprah found him.

He coached individuals on how to win at trial. Oprah said something unbelievably dumb about meat and was sued. He was her trial adviser.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:35:28 PM

Never a fan. I sometimes catch the end of it and when he walks up to his wife and they walk off the set holding hands I think they look ridiculous and unnatural.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 3:42:23 PM
I used to like him years ago, but the show has just become a ratings grabber over last few years. He does give some good advice but I also get sick of hearing about 'my new book published by Jay's company'. And he yells. The guests are sitting 2 feet away and there a are microphones all over the studio, he doesn't need to speak so loudly.

Also, his habit of saying everything in threes gets irritating too. Example: You do it because you want attention - you do it becasue you are insecure - you do it because you think it works for you. Why can't he eliminate the 2nd and 3rd "you do it because". He only needs to say that once to get the point across. Change the delivery Doc, it's getting old.

Was it ever determined if Dr. Phil even had a PhD???

Just got this off Wiki...

"McGraw graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas.

After run-ins with several faculty members, McGraw was guided through the doctoral program by Frank Lawlis, who later became the primary contributing psychologist for the Dr. Phil television show.

In 1990, McGraw joined lawyer Gary Dobbs in co-founding Courtroom Sciences, Inc. (CSI), a trial consulting firm. McGraw is no longer an officer or director of the company.

After starting CSI, McGraw ceased the practice of psychology. He maintained his license current and in good standing until he elected to retire it 15 years later in 2006. Appearing on the Today Show in January 2008, McGraw said that he has made it "very clear" that his current work does not involve the practice of psychology. He also said that he had "retired from psychology". According to the Today Show, the California Board of Psychology determined in 2002 that he did not require a license because his show involves "entertainment" rather than psychology. McGraw's license is currently listed by the Texas State Board of Psychology as "retired" and he holds no other active licenses to practice in any other state."

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Posted: 2/10/2013 4:07:02 PM
Oh, there's that Frank Lawlis connection. Now I hate him being on there even more.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:15:04 PM
I used to love his show but life got in the way and I stopped watching. I caught an episode recently where the wife was a compulsive shopper and the husband was a workaholic surgeon. I couldn't believe it when Dr. Phil blamed the husband for the wife's spending. I lost all respect for him.
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