YMMV / Dr. Phil

  • Acceptable Targets: Despite the show being accused of exploiting their guests for profit and entertainment, in all fairness, it is always the guests who choose to go on the show for not just help, but also for attention. And most of the guests consist of abusive parents, badly behaved teens and other low-lifes who you won't be finding yourself sympathizing with.
  • Bile Fascination: Dr. Phil frequently has guests on his show that don't have any problem at all, but simply look funny or have an inordinary lifestyle that he seems to gawk at, such as people in plural marriages, or men with many piercings and tattoos on their body, for no other reason than for the audience to snicker and judge them for being comfortable with themselves. To be fair, a lot of these people have e-mailed themselves requesting that they want to be on the show to alert the world that people like them aren't weirdos. A recent example of this was an infantilist. This was the whole idea behind the appearance of one woman who was essentially the biggest and certainly whiniest bitch in the world. She mocked her own very autistic cousin because she doesn't like that the girl doesn't understand her unless she speaks simply and she drools, and felt we shouldn't have handicapped parking spots so close to the doors because she wants those spots and all hanidcapped people got that way by driving drunk. It was It's All About Me and for some it broke the suspension of disbelief and they wondered if she was just trolling Phil and everyone else.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Todd Herzog, winner of season 15 of Survivor, appeared on the show with a severe alcohol addiction. Dr. Phil sent him to rehab for at least 90 days, and Todd came back on the show on its 2000th episode 112 days sober.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Almost everyone in "Inside the Mind of a Mistress" can qualify.
    • Sonia, the titular 74-year-old foul-mouthed mother from a recent episode definitely qualifies. Everything out of this woman's mouth is horrendous; she uses racial slurs, tells cops she hopes they get shot, and picks fights with anyone who breathes. Yet she was also molested as a child, abandoned to an orphanage, and raped as an adult. She has a medical background full of surgeries and infections that probably would've killed anyone else. Racist Grandma and general horrible person she may be, but...wow.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Catch me outside, how 'bout dah!?", or heck, anything involving Danielle is highly memetic.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The "scorned wives" who snark and bitch at the titular women in "Inside the Mind of a Mistress" appear very judgmental with the result of some viewers not sympathizing with them.
    • Some of the parents of out of control kids and teens fall into this because it frequently turns out:
      • They are abusive or have exhibited those tendencies.
      • Their parenting, such as it is, sucks.
    • For many viewers, Phil himself is extremely unsympathetic. The show as a whole has been accused of exploiting vulnerable people for entertainment and profit, and there are multiple specific instances of Phil being a Jerkass on top of that (see below, along with Point-and-Laugh Show on the main page).
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In an April 2015 episode, Dr. Phil gave an abusive husband an all-expenses-paid vacation just because he had a Freudian Excuse, and he just told the abused wife, who was not only pregnant but already had one child who was being just as abused, to get a grip and call Doctor On Demand. In other words, he rewarded the abuser with an expensive gift, and just advertised an expensive and ineffective service to the abused.
  • The Woobie: Most if not all kids, and some teens, featured on the show. Abused adults also qualify. Often, if a young adult or teen is exhibiting out of control tendencies, he or she becomes a Jerk Ass Woobie.