‘Dr. Phil Show’ Episode Guide (Aug. 19): Young Teenager Affiliated with a Deadly Gang

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‘Dr. Phil Show’ Episode Guide (Aug. 19): Young Teenager Affiliated with a Deadly Gang

The following is a synopsis of today’s all-new episode of CBS Television Distribution’s “Dr. Phil Show.” To watch, be sure to check local listings for the time period in your market.

Stephanie says her 16-year-old stepson, Bill, has been in a gang for more than a year — selling drugs and robbing people at gunpoint. She also says she learned he witnessed a murder, and she fears for her family’s safety.

She says the family has tried everything to straighten out the teen’s life, but Bill refuses to cut off his affiliation with the gang. Bill’s father, Jeremy, and mother, Gina, say they know their son is involved in many illegal activities but admit that they don’t want to know the extent.

Fearing Bill will be imprisoned or killed, the family turns to Dr. Phil for help. Bill says being in a gang gives him “a feeling of power,” and he’d do anything for his “brothers” — even die for them or get locked up. Does he feel the same about his own family?

Dr. Phil asks Bill a question he’s never asked a teen before — and the answer leaves everyone speechless. Then, two former gang members who turned their lives around have an important message for Bill.

Will their stories make an impact? Plus, former prosecutor and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin weighs in about the risks Bill is taking.

Originally launched in the fall of 2002 to the highest ratings of any new syndicated show since the launch of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” 16 years prior, “Dr. Phil” is enjoyed by millions of viewers nationally in 212 markets, covering 100 percent of the country.Additionally, “Dr. Phil” is licensed to nearly 50 territories and countries worldwide.

McGraw’s success stems from his signature “get real” approach to helping his guests solve their problems, stripping through their emotional clutter, helping them to get down to the bare bones of their issues and giving them the challenge they need to move ahead. McGraw champions those who suffer from such silent epidemics as domestic violence, child abuse, depression, racism, substance abuse and other health issues that are prevalent in society, but go largely undiscussed by their victims.

While McGraw will continue with the topics and themes that have made the show number one, he will introduce some tech new features to the show. This season, a select group of viewers will be able to watch the show’s taping and contribute with real-time tweets, instant comments and even talk-back with the host.

Emmy-Award winning Executive Producer Carla Pennington has been with “Dr. Phil” since its first season, as has Co-Executive Producer Angie Kraus. “Dr. Phil” was created by Harpo Productions, is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution and is distributed by CBS Television Distribution, a unit of CBS Corp.

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