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The Best TV Shows With Therapy Scenes

Updated May 18, 2020 298 votes 72 voters 13.8k views18 items

List RulesVote up the best shows on television that have featured therapists and therapy scenes.

Thousands of people benefit from therapy every day. Some people learn how to better handle their emotions, and married couples learn how to create a stronger bond. However, plenty of people are still resistant to the idea for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, there are numerous TV shows with therapy scenes that help to destigmatize people seeking professional help.TV shows with therapists show that it is not shameful to get help when you need it. Even a tough guy like Tony Soprano sought help from Jennifer Melfi after he had a panic attack. Melfi was a regular on the show, and she is only the beginning of a long list. Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist provided a more humorous depiction of therapy life. One of the better television psychotherapists, he helped numerous actors and comedians over the years through improvised conversations. 

Whether you have gone to therapy in real life or just like it when your favorite TV character has a chance to voice their problems, this list is for you. Some of these shows featured therapy scenes in-depth while others only had an episode or two about it. What do you think are the best television series with therapy scenes? Let us know by voting below. 


  • Big Little Lies
    Photo: HBO

    The Therapist: Dr. Amanda Reisman

    The Patients: Celeste and Perry

    The Issue: Domestic abuse.

    The Breakthrough: Dr. Reisman gets Celeste to admit she's afraid she might be slain by her husband's hand. 

    • Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott
    • Premiered: 2017
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  • The Sopranos
    Photo: HBO

    The Therapist: Jennifer Melfi

    The Patient: Tony Soprano

    Their Issues: Panic attacks.

    The Breakthrough: At the end of the series, Dr. Melfi is actually the one to realize the impact her sessions with Tony haven't been all that productive. At a dinner party, Dr. Melfi learns therapy can give sociopathic people justification to continue committing criminal acts. At their last meeting, Dr. Melfi refers Tony to another therapist and says she cannot help him any longer.

    • Actors: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
    • Premiered: 1999
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  • Arrested Development
    Photo: Arrested Development / Fox

    The Therapist: Phil Gunty

    The Patients: Lindsay and Tobias

    Their Issue: Marital problems.

    The Breakthrough:  Phil suggests role playing due to Tobias' proclivity toward acting. Phil later leaves his counseling practice to pursue a career as an actor.

    • Actors: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale
    • Premiered: 2003
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  • Desperate Housewives
    Photo: Desperate Housewives / ABC

    The Therapist: Albert Goldfine

    The Patients: Bree and Rex

    The Issue: Marital problems.

    The Breakthrough: Goldfine does help with their marriage and, when Rex dies, he's there to give support to Bree when she needs it most.

    • Actors: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross
    • Premiered: 2004
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